tai chi classes

In the past 18 months we have become used to getting our socialising and our fitness classes online, but for many of us while this has been helpful, the online option does not work well, so now that things are opening up we are working our way tentatively out of the Covid experience and back into real world social activities.

As an aid to this reclaiming of face-to-face classes Shefford Tai Chi is offering a “first lesson free” taster session during the month of July at our regular classes in the town Community Hall – just turn up during July at any of our classes and mention this offer to claim your free session. Classes are held on Monday at 2.30, Thursday at 2.30 and Sunday at 6.30 each week – see here for details

New Thursday class

28/05/2021

It is great to be back in the Shefford Community Hall once more after a winter of sub-zero temperatures with wind and rain outdoors on Digswell field! Thursday at 2.30 is a new class based on the classes established during Covid restrictions – so now there are two daytime classes available Monday and Thursday – both at 2.30

There is no need to book – simply turn up and enjoy relaxed Tai Chi movement with a session aimed at people “over 50” – an age when it makes sense to learn the skill of balance and movement so that you have it when you need it. Falls are a great problem in later life and Tai Chi is a great way to practice not falling!

We look forward to meeting new friends wearing warm loose clothing after lunch on Thursdays.

This is a bit of a strange post – I can’t say that anybody else will find all of this in their own Tai Chi study – but if I can then perhaps you can too.

Posture corrections

Easier movement

Falls prevention

Relaxed and loose body

Tai Chi based exercises

Simple Tai Chi form

Mindfully movement

Meditation in movement – the use of patterns and regular practice

Movement for your daily life

Enhanced lifestyle

Body and mind training

Understand and develop your movement in simple English

Learn how to age gracefully

Extend middle age mobility into old age

Feel safer, feel lighter, feel stronger, feel more confident

Learn how to pay attention and learn by observation of your own body

Feel comfortable among like-minded people and learn with them

Recover lost mobility

Management of physical conditions eg Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s etc.

Learn to manage your body before you become vulnerable.

Learn how to look after yourself

Learn how to take control of yourself

Tai Chi as an integrated part of a healthy lifestyle

Tai Chi tools of working with body and mind – you bring the spirit

Learning to balance the forces in your life:

– age, weight, personal interactions, social pressures, new technologies,

Dealing with change

Accessing Eastern world models of Buddhism and Taoism

Connecting with the latest of western science models and evidence

Understanding how western science like Newton’s laws of motion can be applied to turn a straight line into a curve and how equal and opposite action and reaction can be manipulated by yielding softly

Learn to use visualisation and metaphor in physical exercise

I have been notified that classes can re-start in the Shefford Community Hall starting May 17th  at 2.30 – there will then be no class on Thursday 20th but I am teaching at the Swiss Garden @ 10.00 ( please book with them ) – there will be a class on Sunday 23 at 6.30 then we can continue with regular weekly classes on Monday 2.30, Thursday 2.30 and Sunday 6.30pm

I look forward to seeing old friends!

All my best regards

Ian

Tai Chi in the park – tentative plan from March 29

28 February 2021

Given the recent news of Covid restriction changes to come into effect on March 29 ( which do not seem to be conditioned at this point), I am planning, albeit tentatively, to restart group classes in the park at the STMA from Monday 29th as follows: Monday at 10.00 am Thursday at 10.00 am Sunday […]

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Tai Chi in the Park cancelled

20 December 2020

Sorry but now we are in Tier 4 I must cancel group classes in the park until further notice – please watch this space and/or register for updates. Share the post “Tai Chi in the Park cancelled” FacebookTwitterShare…

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Tai Chi in the park Dec/Jan dates

11 December 2020

I would like to keep our informal friendly groups going if we can while negotiating the bad weather – if the weather is obviously horrible then please assume the session is cancelled – if it is marginal then I will go and see who turns up – dressing for the weather is clearly important so […]

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Dec 10 class in the park cancelled

3 December 2020

Sorry – I have diary issues next Thursday 10 Dec and will have to cancel Share the post “Dec 10 class in the park cancelled” FacebookTwitterShare…

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Tai Chi in the park at STMA – also class restarts

3 December 2020

Now that we are back to rule of six for outdoor groups those who wish to do so may join me for informal sessions in the usual place in the park outside the STMA – weather and other commitments permitting, subject to rule of six – last in first out. I expect to be there […]

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Classes cancelled under lockdown

2 November 2020

Sadly in light of the lockdown on Thursday I have had to cancel all classes with immediate effect at least until the end of lockdown on Dec 2nd – if I find that there is an exception for our sort of class or venue then of course I will restart. I am sorry for any […]

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