Our aim at Earth Balance Tai Chi is to create classes that are accessible across 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. Find out more about the meaning of qi gong.
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 Tuition
This type of Tai Chi and Qigong class offers simple healthy movements for those wish to learn the Classical Chinese arts whilst seated in their own home. Any of our online lessons can be modified from the standing, walking syllabus to accommodate a seated position.
Suggested Equipment: A dining room chair without arms or a stability ball.
Your Location: UK and Europe.
Isle of Wight Community Class
For those local to Newport on the Isle of Wight, join our weekly Tai Chi and Qigong class for an hour of mindful, powerful and energising movements. This class is open to all abilities, whether seated, using the back of a chair for stability, standing or a mixture of all three. Everyone is welcome to participate, each lesson is responsive to the students that arrive on the day. We meet on Tuesdays at 1-2pm in the main hall at the Newport Methodist Church on Quay Street. The classes are drop-in, there's no need to book, simply turn up when suits.
- Warm up loosening exercises
- Qigong breathing
- Stillness practice (based on Zhan Zhuang)
- Chen Tai Chi foundation movements
- Health Qigong movements
- How to breathe correctly.
- Working with baselines.
- Learning through method not mimic.
- How to truly relax physical and mental tension.
- The meaning of physical symmetry.
- The workings of the relaxation response.
- The mind body connection.
- Motivation and challenges.
- How to improve your health naturally.
- How to work through struggle in the learning process.
Please note, as with any physical exercise programme, you are required to seek permission from your doctor before commencing with us.