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Tai Chi - Advanced - Online Live

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Delivered online
Mixed Level
10:00 - 11:15
12 weeks

This Tai Chi course will be delivered online using Zoom, in real time with live interaction with your tutor and fellow learners. It will include a combination of relaxation and toning exercises, promoting harmony and health, and balancing the mind, body and spirit. The movements of tai chi are slow and deliberate and together can help to improve mental and physical wellbeing. Your tutor will explain the benefits of Tai Chi and how you can apply them to your daily life.

The 4 most popular family styles of Tai Chi are Yang, Chen, Wu, and Sun. There are also Chi Gong (energy work) and Dao Yin, which is a series of Chi Gong exercises specifically for different parts of the body; the heart, lungs, kidneys as well as routines for general wellbeing. The tutor will draw on all these styles, as appropriate, during the course, and it will be suitable for those who have studied at beginners or improvers level or returners to Tai Chi, maximising the health and relaxation benefits this discipline has.

You will need to be able to follow verbal instructions, observe and copy physical movements and use spatial awareness within your own environment. Although there is no specific work set outside of the class, students will gain most benefit if Tai Chi is performed regularly and practised between classes

By the end of this course students will:

- Be able to understand breathing patterns and techniques,
- Have improved their understanding of the philosophy of Tai Chi;
- Be able to demonstrate the beginning of the form using correct alignment by themselves;
- Be able to use the Tai Chi Ruler;
- Have a basic understanding of the five organs system and experience of Qigong exercises for the inner organs.

Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: Tamar Hirshfeld

Tamar has been a qualified Tai Chi and Qigong teacher since 1998. Her teacher was one of John Kells’ first disciples in London in the 1970s. She is a member of the TCUGB (the British Tai Chi Union) and teaches the Cheng Man-Ching Yang style, which focuses on softness and relaxation of body and mind through Tai Chi.

Tamar has spent her career exploring ways of adapting Tai Chi to make it accessible, enjoyable and effective for people of all levels, abilities and needs.

As such, she delivers Chair based sessions, uses Tai Chi techniques for depression and stress management, and works with children and young people on the autistic spectrum. The sessions follow the Tai Chi way and philosophy and focus on using aspects of this art and adapt them to best suit the individual. Classes focus on Tai Chi as meditation in movement, and involve breathing exercises and soft flowing movements that work as tools to connect awareness of body and mind.

“(On the first class) we went through some very simple relaxation techniques, and I left feeling almost lighter in body and soul. I used to suffer from excruciating tension headaches and since (I started Tai Chi classes) I haven’t had one.”
(Sandy, Ramsgate)
“… the utmost patience, understanding and respect of individuals-to hold group sessions that make each student feel as if they have been especially tailored for him or her. An inspiration.”
(Carey, 46, London)

View all courses taught by Tamar Hirshfeld here

How will I be taught?

You will be taught by a qualified instructor. Teaching methods will include demonstration, explanation, discussion and times for question and answer sessions. Your tutor will demonstrate movements and talk you through all exercises. You will be required to complete a pre course health and fitness questionnaire and during the lessons you will be carefully observed to ensure that you are working safely. You will also be encouraged to monitor and record your progression through the course on an Individual Learning Plan, which your tutor will also use to give you feedback on your progress. At the end of the course you and your tutor will assess the progress you have made.

What do I need to have with me?

Loose comfortable clothes, soft cotton shoes or thick socks.

What can I do next?

Specialist advice is available from your tutor to help identify the next suitable course for you. Alternatively visit our website

What do I need to join the course

Prior knowledge and experience is required, ideally students will have completed a Beginners class. This course is designed for people who have an interest in Tai Chi or Martial Art forms and who want to improve on their understanding of this form of exercise comprised of slow gentle movements in a standing position.

Please take a moment to consider the list below. If you have suffered from any of the conditions listed, please check with a medical practitioner whether it is suitable for you to undertake an exercise programme and bring a referral letter from your doctor to your tutor. If you have not checked, or if it is not suitable, please do not participate in this class.

- Do you ever have pains in your chest?
- Have you had any operations or injuries in the last year?
- Do you often feel faint or have spells of dizziness?
- Are you receiving medication for any condition?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Do you have a bone or joint problem, such as Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Back or knee

If you have a disability and think it may affect your learning in the classroom, or using any of our other services, please speak to us in confidence as soon as possible. We will discuss options with you and do our best to provide the support you would like.

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If you require any information about joining this online course then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code ONL/120305/M/LC.