Hibernating Bear Online Tuition


1 hour live online private lesson.

“Hibernating Bear Tai Chi” comes from instructor Nicola‘s ethos to make authentic Chen Tai Chi and Qigong online training available to all abilities. In this online lesson the content is tailored to the student, where Nicola passes on her unique insight into training the Classical Chinese arts when living with chronic and degenerative health, during injury recovery and/or living with a different baseline from the norm.

Every movement I make in my practice has purpose, focus, principles and alignment. I meet each day no matter how challenging with hope and perseverance, as everyday holds potential. My aim as an instructor is to show people that there are other routes to improved health and wellbeing, rather than reliance on allopathic medicine and our crumbling health service.  Healthy, frequent and accurate Tai Chi/Qigong movements are a key part of my life and I hope that I can inspire others with my passion and dedication.” Nicola.



Instructor: Nicola.

Your Location: We are based in the UK and operate on either GMT or BST (GMT+1) time zones. Lessons are available globally.

Payments / Tuition Fees:  The cost is per hour for private online tuition. If you would like to be considered for a discounted rate please contact Nicola. Thank you.  To book a 10 week course specifically focusing on living with chronic pain, visit this page.

About: The online hibernating bear lessons are without expectations, judgement or disadvantage. This class is designed for those who would like to learn how to be active in their health recovery and self-management. Nicola embraces this ethos in her teachings. She has distilled her professional training to pass on the most effective methods for improving health and wellbeing through authentic Tai Chi and Qigong movements. Find out more information about Hibernating Bear through this link.  Read ‘Travel with Hope‘, an interview from one of Nicola’s students who lives with Parkinson’s disease and practices qigong.

LESSON FORMAT – Option 1: Online Lesson

What is included in the lesson?

  • The cost of this class includes a one hour live online tuition with instructor Nicola.
  • These classes are interactive and are a mixture of instructor demonstration, student observation, practice and correction.
  • Within the lesson, we work within the small space of the web cam view.

What is included outside of the lesson?

  • The cost is for one hour of online tuition only.
  • No further resources provided.

LESSON FORMAT – Option 2: Lesson + Notes/Homework

What is included in the lesson?

  • The cost of this class includes a one hour live online tuition with instructor Nicola.
  • These classes are interactive and are a mixture of instructor demonstration, student observation, practice and correction.
  • Within the lesson, we work within the small space of the web cam view.
  • The bulk of your practice and exploration is done outside of the online class.

What is included outside of the lesson?

  1. After the lesson you will be sent homework. This may be a review of the previous lesson or self-led learning to prepare for the next lesson.
  2. Practice.
  3. Upload your video to the ‘Tai Chi cloud’ and send your questions via email.
  4. You will receive an email with corrections and feedback.
  5. Practice.
  6. Next lesson.

Instructor Nicola will provide you with links to books and DVDs to purchase as a supplement to your training.


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
  • Standing meditation practice
  • 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
  • Learn how posture, breathing and awareness apply to your daily life
  • Learn how to progressively to 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

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
  • 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

Flexibility: You have the flexibility to set the pace of learning to suit your needs. Whether monthly, bi-monthly, weekly whatever works for you and the available time you have to practice.

Suited To:  These lessons are open to beginner level students upwards, where no experience is needed. Everyone is welcome from 18 years to 80 plus. New Hibernating Bear students will be required to complete a questionnaire and medical history form prior to their lesson.

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

Medical History: Before joining a class all students must advise of any limitations or pre-existing conditions that may prevent them from engaging safely in Tai Chi and Qigong on the medical history form provided via email. Our privacy policy is noted here.


Format: Over Zoom, Skype or Facebook video call.

Duration: One hour for one person.

Advance Payment Method:  Debit or credit card via Paypal only (you do not need a Paypal account).

Requirements: Highspeed broadband internet connection, web camera, computer microphone, computer speakers. Your webcam must be set up and tested in advance so that your whole body is shown in the video screen with speakers and microphone working.

Bookings: Once you have purchased this product, instructor Nicola will contact you to arrange your lesson time. If you would like to check in advance whether a particular time/date is available, please contact Nicola in advance.

Terms: 24 hours notice for cancellations, no refunds within this time frame.

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

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. All students will be required to complete a medical history form prior to joining a class.

Additional information

Lesson Format

Option 1 – Online Lesson, Option 2 – Online Lesson + Notes/Homework