Tai Chi/Chi Kung
Tai Chi and Chi Kung are ancient Chinese martial arts that bring about personal transformation through movement, breath and meditation. The classes are based around gentle, rhythmic movements, and are suitable for all levels of experience. Enhancing your vitality and well-being, the exercises are beneficial for the beginner and will work on a deeper level for those with more experience.
Who is this course for
No previous experience of tai chi is necessary. These courses are mixed ability and suitable for all ages and experience. Tai chi is a safe and gentle activity, however, students with specific health problems should obtain their doctor's permission to attend classes and inform the tutor at the first session.
What does this course cover
The whole group will practise some chi kung (Qigong) breathing exercises plus warming-up and cooling-down exercises. The class content will respond to the changing seasons and their corresponding element. In winter for example we are in the element of WATER and will be looking at static and moving forms connected to WATER, our potential for change, it is fluidity and flow and it represents a state of rest in nature. We will explore its association with the bladder and kidney meridians and work with related tai chi forms.
Continuous assessment and verbal feedback will be given throughout the term
By the end of the course, students will have: increased body awareness; increased strength, flexibility, core stability and balance; a better understanding of their own physical capacities and limitations, the ability to focus/concentrate the mind for a short period of time (if practiced daily) and an introduction level understanding of philosophical principles of tai chi/chi kung
What will it be like
The course will be run online using Zoom for the live class sessions and either the Moodle page for the course or some other system for the distribution of the electronic resources for the session sitting alongside this. Although there will be some adjustments that need to be made for the online version of this course, we will aim to keep the experience as close as possible to that of a face to face course taught in the Centre.
Regular attendance and commitment to the full duration of each class is important. The initial setting up and final relaxation periods are particularly important therefore attendance for the full duration is encouraged.
Important note: Students running more than 15 minutes late may not be admitted. If possible, please advise the tutor of possible lateness. If arriving to class during the initial settling please remove your shoes and be as quiet as possible in order to not disturb your fellow students
What else do you need to buy or do
The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:
You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.
You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.
Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quiet and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.
By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.
Wear loose,comfortable clothing and flat, soft shoes. Practice between sessions is encouraged.
What this course could lead to
Students may re-enrol each term. Please note that places for following terms are not ring-fenced, so students who wish to continue should enrol in advance.
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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria
Got a Question about this Course?
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Why choose Mary Ward?
Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course
Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’