Programme

Our Wellness Programme 

A range of daily activities for mental and physical wellbeing. You can choose to participate in the same session regularly, or mix and match to suit your schedule.

These are the sessions currently in the booking calendar.  They are all included in the monthly membership.


Tai Chi & Qi Gong for health
online
Mondays 11.00 – 11.45 am

This session starts with a warm up for mobility and then moves on to Qi Gong and one or more of the Tai Chi for Health sets. Qi Gong may include Badaunjin, Five Elements, Five Animals, Yi Jin Jing, Silk Reeling, Shibashi or Ming Mu Gong (vision improvement)


Tai Chi for Better Health
Community Hall, Broomhall Green

Wednesdays 2.00-300pm (fully subscribed) and 3.00-4.00pm (new starters)
Thursday 6.00-7.00pm (fully subscribed) and 7.00-8.00pm (new starters)

Introduction to traditional tai chi, through the Tai Chi for Health sets.  Initially focusing on becoming familiar with the principles of tai chi, progressing over time to traditional sets and styles.


Tai Chi for Better Health
hybrid session: online with studio places

Tuesdays 2.30-3.30pm

Introduction to traditional tai chi,  Initially focusing on becoming familiar with the principles of tai chi progressing through short forms and adapted sets.


Tai Chi: Short forms
online
times vary

Yang 8 and Yang 10 are short traditional sets which are perfect for online learning.  Comprising the basic movements of the form, they are a great introduction to Yang Style tai chi, giving a good foundation to progress to the longer forms.  Great for practice when space is limited. We also teach sections of Sun 73, breaking the long form down into manageable ‘chunks’ for learning and practice.


Tai Chi: Sun Style
online
Wednesdays 11.00am- 12.00noon

Traditional Sun Style tai chi.  A deeper look at the short form (Sun 30) and sections of the long form (Sun 73). Sun Style is well known for its smooth, flowing movements. Its gentle postures and high stances make it very suitable for use as an alternative or complementary therapy for medical disorders. 


Tai Chi: Yang Style
online
Thursdays 3.00 – 4.00pm

Traditional Yang Style tai chi. A deeper look at the short forms (Yang 8, 10 and 16) and Yang 24, plus the 13 Essentials of tai chi. Yang is the most popular and widely practiced form of Tai Chi, characterised by smooth, flowing movement and weight transfer with foot adjustment.


Deeply Moving
online
Fridays 11.00pm – 12.00pm

An immersive movement experience which acknowledges the connection between mind and body. Neither a class nor a fitness workout, it offers an opportunity to develop embodied awareness in a safe and supported way. The movement aspects are not taught, and they don’t require any experience or skill. Participants are encouraged to explore their own movement through awareness and improvisation and the session usually ends with a time of reflective relaxation.


Health Qi Gong
online
Monday to Friday 12.30 – 1.00pm

Alternating between the health qi gong Baduanjin (8 Pieces of Brocade) and the classic Baduanjin (8 Treasures). Mindful body and breath awareness meditations are used for preparation and centering.


Tai Chi Practice 
online

No teaching, just repetition of the sets for practice

Mondays and Fridays 10.00am Traditional Sun Style

Thursdays 10.00am Traditional Yang Style


Ad Hoc Bookings

You may see these bookings in the calendar when a private appointment has been scheduled.  To arrange an appointment, please contact us.


DMP Appointments
studio and online 

Private and confidential personal therapy sessions to address deep rooted or longstanding emotional difficulties. This is Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapy, in a person centred framework and with an embodied approach.


Appointments
studio and online 

One to One sessions which you can arrange to suit your schedule.  Ideal to catch up on a missed class or to work on something in particular.

One to one appointments are included in your membership


Seasonal or Occasional Sessions

These may not be in the calendar at the moment, but you will see them scheduled from time to time.
They are included in the membership


Shibashi

Shibashi is a set of individual Qigong exercises, practiced in a fluid, continuous manner. The set combines elements from Yang style Tai Chi and breathing and movement exercises from Qigong. It is suitable for all ages and has been shown to increase energetic vitality, refreshing the mind and body and improving agility and flexibility.

Unlike many exercises which stretch and stimulate the large muscle groups, Shibashi focuses on the smaller muscles, tendons and ligaments in order to promote the strong elastic forces of Tai Chi. The gentle stretching and releasing, combined with deep relaxed breathing, encourages tension deep in the body tissues to soften and release.


Tai Chi for Health

In addition to traditional styles, we also use programmes created by the Tai Chi for Health Institute.   These programmes were developed by medical professionals who are also experts in Tai Chi. The shorter sets with adapted movements suit a range of health conditions. The upright posture and easily adapted stances will put the least amount of stress on muscles and joints. The slow, gentle stretching and strengthening of the muscles will help with balance and mobility. From time to time we offer Tai Chi for Arthritis; Tai Chi for Diabetes; Tai Chi for Osteoporosis; Tai Chi for Memory; Tai Chi for Energy


Embodied Relaxation

These short sessions help to honour periods of rest in our daily cycles, and to respect the idea that we require times of relaxation to balance our energies.Our organs need time to rest, as does each of our cells.

Embodied Relaxation aims to get you breathing deeply and aligning your body so that it doesn’t have to work so hard. The sessions will help to calm the mind and bring a sense of wellness and balance.


Something Seated

Short seated sessions to get you breathing deeply and moving your body.  We take a different approach each time, so sessions could be inspired by Qi Gong or Tai Chi, Bollywood or Ballroom Dance, Mindful Movement, or maybe Otago and FaME exercises. Sessions end with a guided relaxation.


Freely Moving

Dance like nobody’s watching!  Feelgood, free flowing dance sessions  No skill or experience required, just the willingness to let your body move.  No technique to learn or routines to remember, find out how your body likes to move.

Each session takes inspiration from a different dance style or movement theme and playful, creative improvisation develops through guided movement.