Tai Chi day at Heartlands

Cornwall Tai Chi will be hosting a day of T’ai Chi at the Heartlands Hall on

Saturday 12th October 10am to 5pm (lunch 1-2pm)

The cost will be £45 (£40 if you book in advance/ £25 half day)

  • 10am – Morning session starts: we begin with some warming up exercises followed by deep breathing to activate the internal energy. Tai Chi is not a physical form of exercise but develops a store of Qi or internal energy sometimes called the life-force, deep breathing is an important component in activating this kind of energy. We then go on to learning a sequence of flowing movements called Tai Chi dance which stimulates energy at the start of the class, this works by relaxing the physical body and opening the energy meridians and concentrating the mind. The energy tends to flow where the mind goes so learning these movements gets energy to flow around the entire body including the internal organs which generate energy.
  • 11:30am – Tea break, tea will be available
  • 11:45am – Partner work. Learning how to overcome stress is one of the most important factors in learning to relax and promote the free-flowing of energy in the body. Stress burns up too much energy and causes the body to age too quickly so we take practical steps to deal with it through partner exercises like sticky hands. You make contact with your partner’s arms and move in a circular fashion gently testing each other’s balance. With practice you learn how to relax and not tense when someone is pushing you, this skill can then be transferred into a host of other situations, even self-defence training.
  • 1-2pm – Lunch break. Bring a packed lunch or you can go to the nearby Red River Cafe.
  • 2-3:30pm – Qigong exercises and energy exercises in pairs.
  • 3:30pm – Afternoon tea break.
  • 3:45-5pm – T’ai Chi form. A meditative sequence of slow movements.

You can see some videos of our courses and classes and the various exercises we learn in T’ai Chi on our Youtube channel.