Location: St Matthews Hall
Barrow in Furness
Times: Tuesday 10:00am – 11:30am.
Cost: Members £3:50p. Non-Members 4-50p
Membership £25-00p per year. Retired Membership £15-00p. Per Year.
New members are always welcome.
Instructor Profile: Leslie Wearing.
I went to my first Tai Chi class in 2004 not really thinking I would take to it, but to my amazement took to it instantly. Since then I have practised various styles, finally settling for Lee Style Tai Chi which incorporates Breathing and Stretching exercise into all the routines. I completed my teacher training with Master Howard Gibbon in 2016 and regularly attend his courses to update my skills.
What to expect in the class: Warm up, ‘Kai Men’ and ‘Dao Yin’ breathing and stretching exercises followed by the ‘Tai Chi Form’ and ‘Dance’.
Kai Men: (Chinese Yoga) Exercises are broken down into two parts, the first concentrates on deep breathing and gentle stretching. This prepares the body for the second part, the extensions, which are done by breathing normally and with more emphasis on the stretching.
Dao Yin: (Respiratory Therapy) focuses on three levels of deep breathing with light stretching to improve energy levels and calm the mind.
Lee Style Tai Chi Form: A series of slow graceful movements practised with slow deep breaths, it exercises both mind and body, helping you to relax.
Lee Style Tai Chi Dance: A more aerobic enjoyable and stimulating series of movements practised at a faster pace than the Form but using many of the same foot positions.
The teaching is supportive and friendly. Students finish the session feeling relaxed and invigorated.
More advanced practitioners can progress to other forms such as Straight Sword, Sabre, Silk, Staff and Fan and explore partner routines,including Push Hands, Sticky Hands, Whirling Hands and Whirling Arms. Much of this is learnt by attending further training courses run by the East West Taoist Association.
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