Tai Chi (Tai Ji) is an ancient Chinese health exercise dating back several hundred
years. It is a series of slow, graceful, flowing movements designed to make you more
sensitive to your body and the flow of energy within it. There are five styles and
many different forms. A form is a complete sequence of movements in a particular
style. Tai Chi is primarily an internal process, where you learn to direct the energy
around your body. Tai Chi is suitable for people of all ages and no athletic ability
is needed. The movements can be large or small according to your physical condition.
Qi Gong (pronounced ‘Chi Kung’) concentrates on developing healing energy through
control of breathing and simple movements. You learn how to direct the energy to
heal yourself. Qi Gong exercises are often short and simple to learn though there
are longer forms like the beautiful ‘Wild Goose Qi Gong’. Other forms you could choose
include: 8 silk form, Standing Qi Gong, Tai Ji Qi Gong 28 Steps.
People come to Tai Chi & Qi Gong for different reasons. Millions of Chinese practise
them every day to keep themselves healthy and supple into old age. It is increasingly
used in the west as a gentle health exercise alongside the complementary therapies.
It is also very useful to calm the mind and body in stress management and can deepen
the experience of meditation in spiritual practice. There are simple Qi Gong exercises
for specific medical conditions. Often, in contemporary life, we lose the experience
of fully inhabiting our body. Through learning a Tai Chi form you can connect with
your own energy and feel more fully alive.
Why Individual Lessons?
Bo has taught many classes and seminars in the UK, China and Singapore (sometimes
to groups as large as 60) but she prefers to teach individuals so she can tailor
lessons to each student’s particular interests and concentrate on helping them develop
internal energy flow rather than have students try to copy external movements as
best they can at the back of a class. Learning Tai Chi or Chi Kung is a journey of
discovery of your personal energy. Different students progress at different rates
and want to take different routes. Individual tuition means that your journey need
not be compromised for the sake of a larger group.