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Tai Chi

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     Waverley Health Food Store

  Carmarthen

  

T’AI CHI CHUAN

Yang style short form

(for health and wellbeing)

10 week introductory beginners

course

 

Waverley Health Food Store

Dydd Mawrth/Tuesday

12.00yh/pm - 1.30yh/pm

 

 

Gyda/With  Den Clark

Tel:01558 668 512 to book

 mailto:taichi@denclark.co.uk

 

Postures of the first part of the form  

1                    Attention

2                    Preparation

3                    Beginning

4                    Ward off Left

5                    Ward of Right

6                    Roll back

7                    Press

8                    Push

9                    Single Whip                                

10                  Lifting Hands

11                  Shoulder Stroke                        

12                  White Crane Spreads Its  Wings

13                  Brush Left Knee and Push

14                  Play Guitar

15                  Brush Left Knee and Push

16                  Step Forward, Deflect Downwards, Intercept and Punch

17                  Withdraw and Push

18                  Crossing Hands

What is T`ai Chi Chuan

Many people in the West have seen T`ai Chi on television, during films or documentaries about China or Hong Kong, however they may not have recognised it. T`ai Chi is a system of meditation in movement, practiced for health and vitality, for relaxation and awareness, natural balance and self-defence. It is usually practiced as though in slow motion - the gentle flowing and continuous movements, bringing harmony to the body and mind. The system is suitable for men and women of all ages. It is non-competitive, teaching us to realise our limitations and not use force.

  Origins

There are many stories concerning the origins of T`ai Chi, the most common and accepted one is as follows.

In the 13th century a Taoist hermit Chang San Feng from Wu Tang Mountain, was disturbed during his meditation one day by a fight between a snake and a crane. The snake was evading the crane`s sharp beak by swaying its body this way and that, so that by yielding to the beak and the crushing wings of the bird, no force could be applied against it. Through contemplation of this simple episode, Chang realised that the soft weak and yielding (Yin) actions of the snake, overcame the strength and direct force (Yang) of the bird, which became tired through effort and force and finally gave up the struggle. By remaining relaxed the snake could read the movements of the bird and so move naturally to avoid what was coming. In terms of meditation, this means trying to find out what makes us separate from other beings. What takes us away from harmony so that we have to use force in trying to overcome obstacles in our path. Having understood this, Chang then incorporated his realisation into a set of movements based on the martial arts. It was this synthesis of martial art and meditation, movement and relaxation, mind and body, which has made T`ai Chi one of the most practiced forms of exercise in the world.

Benefits

By increasing the body’s energy flow, regular practice of T`ai Chi Chuan can ward of sickness and disease. In China it is well known for its healing powers, and is often prescribed by Doctors in conjunction with other treatments, or when other methods fail. The continuous movements of the form, relaxes and loosens the muscles and joints, which can help alleviate or prevent illnesses such as arthritis. It stimulates blood circulation, helping to control blood pressure, builds stability in the legs and teaches balance. The practice straightens the spine and strengthens the lower back. The soft turning and bending massages the internal organs. As T`ai Chi helps focus the mind, calm the emotions and relax the body. It is beneficial to both mental and physical health. T`ai Chi practiced every day puts us in touch with our inner strength, giving a quality of deep beauty and meaning to life.   

 

For more information

 please contact Den Clark

Tel No: 01558 668 512  or mailto:taichi@denclark.co.uk

 

 

 

                             

 

 

 

                                                                              

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