What is tai chi useful for?
As taiji becomes part of daily life, the practise of standing and gentle flowing exercises can help to improve:
- posture and alignment
- stress by calming the shen or mind
- mental wellbeing
You can either attend group classes or one to one sessions. These can be in person at our centres or by Zoom.
What is tai chi?
Tai Chi (Tai Chi Chuan or Taijiquan) translates as 'Supreme Ultimate Fist."
It is a complete exercise system or discipline for the body and mind that develops qi (functional energy) and internal strength, promotes physical, mental and spiritual balance, and enhances body awareness.
Legend has it that a famous Daoist monk, Zhang Sangfeng, who lived on Wudang Mountain, saw a snake and a crane fighting and devised exercise based on these movements. To this day, postures like bai he liang chi (white crane spreads its wings) and you xia she du li (snake creeps down) are in taiji forms.
The accepted history of tai chi dates back around 400 years when Chen Wangting, a martial arts master and retired general, created a form or sequence of movements to maintain health.
Who can teach tai chi?
Our tai chi teachers are trained in the UK and China and are members of the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts.
Your next step for making an appointment
Laura is at the centre on Tuesdays and Fridays. She is also at Breathe London Covent Garden on Mondays and Wednesdays.
To find out more about expected wellbeing outcomes, pricing, and availability, contact Laura directly via her biography.
Her telephone number is included, or if you wish to email her an enquiry, there is also a contact form booking link on her biography.