Tai Chi for All Abilities

Our aim at Earth Balance Tai Chi is to create classes that are accessible by the whole community.  We provide Tai Chi and Qigong for all abilities, meaning seated and chair based for those with restricted movement / mobility whether through disability, age, disease, injury or for rehabilitation.

Your instructor Nicola says  “As someone who lives with Ehlers Danlos, a genetic defect which has a number of joint, connective tissue and vascular based effects on the body, I understand the importance of life-long mobility and movement. Personally I live as gracefully as possible, not exploiting or hiding my ‘baseline’, my body simply works differently than the average.  Instead I work with my mind and body gently and patiently for a better quality of life. Tai Chi and Qigong give me greater hope, strength, calm, release, awareness, posture, mobility and character, they help me sustain myself as me.

I believe these traditional Chinese exercises should be for all abilities, ages and fitness levels. I celebrate Tai Chi and Qigong for everyone, whatever their individual reason for joining or goal is, all are welcome.  Some people may be looking for stress-relief, some the martial arts discipline, some to strengthen the core and limbs, some to aid recovery from illness, to enhance immune function, some to aid injury, some looking for a spiritual practice and some for simple exercise and movement.

Chair based classes provide students who wouldn’t usually be able to attend a class that is standing/walking, with the chance to try out and benefit from regular and authentic Tai Chi and Qigong practice.  And this can all be done in your own home.  Teaching you how to create mental balance and physical ease at the right pace you can sustain for the rest of your life. How wonderful is that!”

Live Online Seated Tai Chi and Qigong Tuition

This type of class offers simple healthy movements for those wish to learn the Classical Chinese arts whilst seated in their own home.  All of the movements have been modified from the standing, walking syllabus that we teach.

Lesson Content:

Suggested Equipment: A dining room chair without arms or a stability ball.

Your Location: UK and Europe

Live Online Tuition – Qigong

Instructor Nicola is passionate about sharing qigong with her students. She provides live online private tuition using Skype and/or Facebook video call. Teaching you ancient Taoist movements that will help you towards a regular qigong practice. Your online class is one-to-one private tuition that is set to your pace, style of learning, needs and experience, all from the comfort of your home.

New beginners are encouraged, this service is open to everyone no matter age, fitness level nor ability. Learn authentic healthy movements in your own home and join Nicola’s community of students on a journey to improved health and wellbeing. Visit the Qigong section in the webstore to book your lesson.

Live Online Tuition – Chen Tai Chi

Instructor Nicola is passionate about sharing Chen style Tai Chi with her students. Following the forms of Grand Master Chen Zhenglei she provides live online private tuition using Skype and/or Facebook video call. The types of live online lessons offered are Chen Tai Chi for previous students/those with experience and Hibernating Bear Tai Chi.

Nicola helps students progress through the traditional principles of Chen style silk reeling and the empty hand forms, teaching through a hands-on method rather than ‘watch and follow‘. Lessons start with traditional Chen warm up exercises that loosen every major joint in the body. Next a Qigong breathing session, focusing on relaxation, softening the body, lowering the heart rate and slowing the breath. Progressing to ‘Standing Practice’ (Zhan Zhuang), a static Qigong posture as a meditation and stillness exercise. Moving onto Silk Reeling Drills, the signature movement of Chen style and then the main content of her lessons covers the empty hand form.

Please note, as with any physical exercise programme, you are required to seek permission from your doctor before commencing with us. We are not medically trained and are unable to comment on or discuss in detail any injury or health condition you may have. Your instructor Nicola provides tuition in Tai Chi and Qigong only, following the principles of movement and how these relate to posture, alignment and general health and wellbeing.

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