Hibernating Bear Livestream

Tai Chi & Qi Gong Online Class

The Hibernating Bear lessons offer a more gentle approach to training Tai Chi and Qigong. The weekly Zoom livestream class include seated and standing movements, guiding you through gentle tension relief, physical relaxation and meditation techniques. Give momentum to self-care, boost your mental health and support your physical body with kindness. Open to everyone, for all abilities, especially those living with chronic health, chronic pain and chronic fatigue, or anybody who would like to nourish the mind and body through relaxing movement and stillness. Beginners welcome to join. 

Video on demand – New class uploaded Fridays

Hibernating Bear Qigong Trial Class
Hibernating Bear Offline Subscription

Livestream Paypal Subscription



Lesson details

  • Regular Classes: 1 per week, totalling 4 per month.
  • Day/Time: Video recording uploaded to Vimeo by Friday evening.
  • Access: Via Vimeo on demand for one month.
  • Support: Contact Nicola via email with questions or send videos of your movements in between classes. These learning points will be taken into the next lesson.
  • Lesson Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes.
  • Instructor:  Nicola of Earth Balance Tai Chi.
  • Note: This is not a live class. Study at a time and pace that suits you via catch up videos on demand.

Hibernating Bear Schedule May to June 23

About you

Everyone is welcome from 18 years to 80 plus. These lessons are open to beginner level students upwards, no experience needed.  To have the best experience during the live streams you must be physically able to follow along with the class for 1.15 hours.  You need space to step two to three times in any direction. These classes are a mixture of:

  • Seated presentation and discussion.
  • Seated or standing loosening exercises.
  • Seated or standing breath work.
  • Seated or standing Tai Chi and Qigong movements.
  • Seated or lying down relaxation and meditation session.

If you have complex health needs where bespoke tuition is needed, these lessons are taught as online private tuition where you work with instructor Nicola directly. Please contact Nicola with any questions about whether you are suitable to participate in the livestream, alternatively try a trial class for £5, see details below.

Tai Chi Qigong Monthly Classes


  • What do you get in a YANG monthly subscription?
  • Access to live stream and video on demand classes.
  • Total:  16 classes per month.
  • Hibernating Bear: 4 x classes per month. VIDEO ON DEMAND.
  • Chen Tai Chi Foundations: 4 x classes per month. LIVE ON ZOOM.
  • Chen Tai Chi Form: 4 x classes per month. VIDEO ON DEMAND. * Please note no form classes will run during July and August 2023.
  • Qigong on Rotation: 4 x classes per month. LIVE ON ZOOM.
  • Plus any ad-hoc workshops / events.

Hibernating Bear Qigong Trial Class


      • Cost: £5 for one class.
        • What do you get? Access to one recorded class.
        • Chose the date you wish to attend and book your trial.
        • No Access: Other subscription livestreams or Vimeo catch up classes.
        • No Access: To our private online network.


Hibernating Bear Offline Subscription


      • Cost: £20 per month subscription.
      • What do you get? Offline Access.
      • All video recordings on Vimeo available for 1 month.
      • Access to our online Tai Chi & Qigong community, a private network and support group.
      • Payment Terms: Monthly automatic renewal. Cancellations apply to the next monthly payment date.



What you will learn

      • Gentle loosening exercises to warm the body.
      • The warm up exercises are a diagnostic to show where the body/mind are on that day, the lesson is then guided by that position.
      • Relaxing deep breathing and soft movement techniques to calm the mind.
      • Stress and the relaxation response
      • Standing or seated meditation practice.
      • Standing or seated Qigong movements.
      • Chen style Tai Chi and Qigong exercises and drills that train both sides of the body.
      • What makes Tai Chi and Qigong sophisticated forms of healthy movement exercises, why they are different to other exercises.
      • Learn how posture, breathing and awareness apply to your daily life.
      • Develop body sensitivity to understand the different types of pain within the body, to use pain as a diagnostic.
      • Learn how to progressively build up to a regular exercise routine and the importance of frequency.
      • The importance of not pushing passed your body’s tolerance, to avoid extremes and train moderately at 60-70-80% (ebb and flow).
      • Learn to stop fighting the body and how to truly relax the muscle and soft tissue structure.
      • The importance of physical symmetry. Protecting the weak points and strengthening problem areas.
      • How to maximise the lymph system to detox and flush out toxins.
      • Expansion and compression of the joint system for improved health. Looking at the major joints and the spine.
      • How to self manage life with chronic pain and chronic fatigue.
      • Acceptance through the absence of resistance, the meaning of true physical relaxation.
      • Working through challenges and struggle in the learning process with kindness. Movement and stillness compassion exercises. Introduction to meditation practice.

N.B. This is not tuition where you will learn a Tai Chi routine or a qigong set. The focus is on Tai Chi movements, drills and exercises for health. Especially correcting and maintaining physical alignment, with deep muscular / soft tissue /joint movements and diaphragmatic breathing.

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.
        • 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.

Vimeo Tai Chi ClassesVideo catch up: The live-streams will be recorded, you will have access to the previous 4 classes via Vimeo.  Once your subscription is active, you will be sent the Vimeo link (does not apply to the trial week).

Contact: Any questions please contact Nicola here.

Caveat: Please note that learning online is not a replacement for in person classes. Tai Chi and Qigong should ideally be taught in a hands on manner, where movement, posture and alignment corrections are given and shown physically.

Medical history: 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.  Please advise instructor Nicola prior to class of any medical conditions, injuries and/or ill-health that may prevent you from safely taking part. Our privacy policy is noted here.

Terms of Online Purchases

TermsBy subscribing to the livestream you are in agreement with the terms noted here.

Payment: Automatic monthly subscription via PayPal.

Trial Cancellations: No changes, refunds or cancellations of the trial class.

Subscription Cancellations:  You can cancel the subscription from within your PayPal account. Read Paypal’s instructions here. This will cancel your next monthly payment and no further payments will be debited. You will continue to receive the livestream service until the end of your pre-paid month. No refunds permitted for cancelling mid subscription.

Defaulted Subscription Payments:  As a student you are responsible for paying on time. If your subscription payment defaults on renewal, your subscription will be cancelled and access to the service will cease on that date. You will only be able to access the livestream classes and Vimeo account once again when you purchase a new subscription.

Annual leave: The cost takes into account six lessons as annual leave per year. Livestreams during annual leave will be pre-recorded and uploaded to Vimeo. In the event of illness, livestreams will not go ahead as planned  and will be post-recorded and uploaded to Vimeo.

Requirements: A good size PC monitor, a good internet connection and computer speakers. Best suited to a laptop or home PC. Mobile devices are not suitable for the livestream as the screen size is too small.

Legal: We are based in the UK and governed by UK jurisdiction.

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