Tai Chi Classes


An 8 week Tai Chi course (comprising 1 hour class per week every Wednesday at 6:30pm) at the Greenwich Natural Health Centre.

Places are limited so classes must be booked in advance.

Please note: You may 'drop in' part way through a course but you should always telephone us first on 020 8691 5408 to check if a place is available.
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What is Tai Chi?


Tai chi, also called tai chi chuan, combines deep breathing and relaxation with flowing movements. Originally developed as a martial art in 13th-century China, tai chi is now practised around the world as a health-promoting exercise. Source: NHS guide to Tai Chi
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What are the health benefits of Tai Chi?


While there's scope for more rigorous research on tai chi's health benefits, studies have shown that it can help people aged 65 and over to reduce stress, improve posture, balance and general mobility, and increase muscle strength in the legs. Source: NHS guide to Tai Chi

Link to BBC news item about health benefits of Tai Chi for over 65s

What to expect?


Tai chi is characterised by its slow, graceful, continuous movements that are gentle on the joints and muscles. Done correctly, you'll find that the tai chi poses flow smoothly from one into another. Many movements are completed with bent knees in a squat-like position.

What to wear?


Any clothing you feel most comfortable in. Jogging bottoms or loosely fitting trousers would be ideal.

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View Tai Chi Demonstration Video:

Course Content


  • Week 1
  • Warm up
  • Qi Gong exercises 1 & 2
  • TaiJi moves 1 & 2

  • Week 2
  • Warm up
  • Qi Gong exercises 3 & 4
  • TaiJi moves 1, 2, 3 & 4

  • Week 3
  • Warm up
  • Qi Gong exercises 5 & 6
  • TaiJi moves 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

  • Week 4
  • Qi Gong exercises 7&8
  • TaiJi moves 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8

  • Weeks 5 - 8 will follow the same format but will have more detail enhancing technique and flow.

Course Dates for 2019


Start date: Wednesday 4th September at 6:30pm End date: Wednesday 23rd October

Start date: Wednesday 30th October at 6:30pm End date: Wednesday 18th December

Price


£15 per class, payable on arrival. Cash & cards accepted.
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Practitioner profile & prices:

Peter Salt-Berrymen

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