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Hibernating Bear Tai Chi

Hibernating Bear Tai Chi

Do you live with chronic illness and want to try a different approach to building resilience in mind and body? The Hibernating Bear system draws from traditional Tai Chi, Qigong and meditation practices to help support chronic pain, chronic fatigue and those living with a different health baseline than the norm. You can be proactive in your self care management and learn effective techniques that aid the physical and mental health symptoms of life long health challenges. Learn to move slowly whilst breathing deeply, connecting the whole body through a sophisticated system of movement. These ancient practices are as relevant to health in today's modern world as they were hundreds to thousands of years ago. Take a positive step towards empowering your health and wellbeing.

Hibernating Bear Tai Chi – What You Will Learn

In our online private tuition classes, the lesson content is tailored to your individual needs. Instructor Nicola follows a person centred teaching style, supporting your health baseline and physical ability through ebb and flow. Learn how to pace gracefully without crashing into the boom and bust cycle. Learn how posture, breathing and awareness apply to your daily life, and develop a movement and stillness routine that you can practice regularly to aid the symptoms of chronic health. This helps you regain some level of control over your experience, building a tool kit that you can use anytime to help. 

Our online group classes provide a variety of healthy gentle movements, both seated and standing, with relaxation techniques, deep breathing that foster mental calm and physical release. Learn to stop fighting the body through your pain experience and how to deeply relax the muscles and soft tissue through awareness and intention, unbinding years of chronic muscular contraction in a safe and low impact way.  Learn the importance of not pushing passed your body's tolerance, to avoid extremes and train moderately at 70-80%. Each week is a stand alone class that you can drop in and out of through Vimeo.

The Benefits Training with Chronic Health/Injury

It makes you focus on your physical alignment and your body awareness as you need to listen actively to the body as you exercise.  This awareness is at the very heart of Tai Chi and Qigong practice, connecting mind and body through intention and attention. There is nowhere to hide, discomfort is a constant reminder and diagnostic of how important well aligned movements are.  This helps guide your practice with gentle awareness and pacing to your unique baseline. Read my article 'Pain Instructs' and 'Chronic Pain'.

Breathing Qigong Movement

Health Benefits (to name a mere few)

  • Rotation of the joints
  • Correct skeletal alignment
  • Muscle flexibility, strength, unity and elasticity
  • Soft tissue fluidity
  • Deep diaphragmatic breathing for organ and whole system health
  • Connect the mind, body and spirit
  • Develop right brain awareness
  • Blood and lymph fluid circulation
  • Balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems
  • Whole body symmetry

Hibernating Bear Tai Chi is for Students Looking to...

  • Be flexible in your Tai Chi and Qigong practice, whether seated, standing etc.
  • Aid recovery from injury or illness
  • Help ease the symptoms of living with chronic or degenerative health conditions
  • Learn to aid chronic fatigue
  • To gain confidence before attending a public class
  • To get back into exercise after being sedentary
  • Would like to learn in the privacy of the home

Online Group Class "From My Home to Yours"

Each week's recorded lesson will visit an area of self managing chronic health, from healthy movement to stillness meditation and relaxation practices. Take time out away from the stresses of life and nourish the mind, body and soul.  Learn at your own pace via video on demand. Classes uploaded for viewing on Thursdays, total four classes per month. Visit the webstore to find out more.

Join us on Patreon

For students who wish to study the Hibernating Bear system without signing up to the livestream subscription, head over to Patreon where you will find a private community space dedicated to living well with chronic health. Chose your tier of membership to gain access to class videos, resources and patron only posts. A more affordable way to learn more about how to develop self care outside of the medical system.  Visit the Hibernating Bear patreon page.

Live Online Tuition "From My Home to Yours"

Learn online in the privacy and comfort of your own home directly with instructor Nicola through Zoom video call. Hibernating Bear Tai Chi has been designed for students who live with a differing baseline from the norm. Covering the tools and techniques that aid your journey in self care health management. Your online class is one-to-one private tuition that is set to your pace, style of learning, needs and experience. Visit the Hibernating Bear section in the webstore.

Nourish through Breath Programme

In ancient Eastern cultures breathing is seen as fundamental to life-long health. This has become lost in the modern world, leaning more on pharmaceutical companies to provide us with 'better health'. Learning to breathe more effectively can have a profound effect on how the systems in your body function. Learn effective breathing techniques for life long health and wellbeing. Visit this link.

As with all medical conditions, injuries and/or ill-health, please consult with your Doctor prior to starting a class. Tai Chi, Qigong and Meditation are not a replacement for conventional medical treatment. This article is for information only and should not be taken as medical advice.


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