New Year Timetable 2023!!

Monday 9.30am Nuffield Health Guildford, 11.30am Daley Fitness & Putney Common (Zoom optional), 1.30pm Barn Elms Sports Centre, 6.30pm ZOOM Advanced

Tuesday 10.00am Nuffield Health Twickenham Tai Chi & Qigong, 12.15pm Silverfit Whitton Tai Chi 1.15pm Silverfit Qigong, 3pm 1-2-1, 6.25pm The Inspired Hub Hampton

Wednesday 10.00am ZOOM Intermediate, 11.35am DL Woking, 1.05pm Nuffield Kingston Qigong, 2pm DL Kingston, 4pm ZOOM Advanced class 90min

Thursday 10.30am Zoom 1-2-1, 1pm Nuffield Health Kingston Tai Chi, 2.30pm DL Hampton, 4pm Hurlingham Club, 6.05pm Nuffield Sunbury Tai Chi

Friday 9.00am Kew, 11.00am Tai Chi Esher at Imber Court Pavillion, 12.15pm Silverfit Kingston, 1.15pm Silverfit Beginners, 4pm ZOOM (Advanced class 90 min)

Saturday 10am ZOOM Intermediate Tai Chi

Tai Chi and Qigong workshops also available Saturdays/ Sundays online and in-person at YMCA Kingston, Private lessons can be organised too in-person or online also great!

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World Health Qigong Day

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New Year Tai Chi! Restarting Monday 4th January!!

Monday 11.30am ZOOM Beginners, 2pm ZOOM Intermediate, 4pm Kew Gardens Online Tai Chi,7pm ZOOM Advanced

Tuesday 4pm ZOOM Long Form pt3 90min, 7pm ZOOM Beginners/ Intermediate

Wednesday 10am ZOOM Intermediate, 4pm ZOOM Advanced Pt1/ Pt2 90min

Thursday 10.30am ZOOM Beginner/ Intermediate

Friday 11am Qigong, 12pm ZOOM Intermediate, 4pm ZOOM Advanced 90min

Saturday 10am ZOOM Intermediate

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November #StayHome Schedule

MONDAY 10.30am Zoom Beginners, 11.30am ZOOM Beginners, 2pm ZOOM Intermediate, 4pm Kew Gardens Tai Chi via Microsoft Team, 7pm ZOOM Advanced

TUESDAY 4pm ZOOM Long Form pt3 90min, 7pm ZOOM Beginners/ Intermediate

WEDNESDAY 10am ZOOM Intermediate, 11.30am Zoom Beginners, 4pm ZOOM Advanced Pt1/ Pt2 90min

THURSDAY 10.30am ZOOM Beginner/ Intermediate, 6pm ZOOM HC 75min

FRIDAY 12pm ZOOM Intermediate 4pm ZOOM Advanced Pt2 Pt3 90min

SATURDAY 10am ZOOM Intermediate

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Welcome to the Online Tai Chi & Qigong Community

Join the fastest growing online Tai Chi community!

Here’s what to do…

Just register a free basic account with and you can join the classes from either you computer, tablet, TV or phone!

Class list is here:

Monday 11.30am, 2pm, 7pm
Tuesday 7pm
Wednesday 10am and 4pm (4pm Intermediate class 90min)
Thursday 10.30am
Friday 1pm and 4pm (Advanced class 4pm 90min)
Saturday 10am (Short form & Long form)

Private Zoom classes Tai Chi or Qigong classes available from £15

Payment is £6 minimum donation, more if you feel like leaving a tip!!

Some students doing 2 or 3 times a week, everyday or whenever they are free!

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Tai Chi Online Classes Starting Saturday

Michael featured on the front cover of Master Ding’s book 15 Minute Tai Chi

Online Tai Chi classes will be running for students currently at home.

Email to book your lesson!


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Tai Chi – World’s Best Low Impact Exercise?

Tai Chi is considered a low impact exercise, but there are many other low impact exercises such as aerobics, many forms of dancing and walking. So what exactly is the advantage of practicing tai chi over other low impact exercises?

What is the difference between normal, low impact exercises and tai chi? Is tai chi that much better?

Tai Chi – The King of Low Impact Exercises
There are a lot of articles about the benefits of tai chi, but in this post I want consider the main differences of tai chi compared to other low impact exercises. You have a choice on what you can practice so it is helpful to know how it is working and why you may want to practice tai chi rather than do something like take a walk.

Lets look at how tai chi compares:

Tai Chi Brings You Back Into Your Body
The first thing is that with normal, low impact exercises they’re often still very physical. Most low impact exercise have a tendency to work your muscles. Unlike tai chi they also tend to be done faster. The nature of movements in tai chi require the practitioner to operate in slow motion, and slow motion has a tendency to loosen up the body in the way that normal, low impact exercises don’t.

An adjunct to this is because of the degree of attention and concentration required to do tai chi, you must drop your mind into your body. This is not necessary the case with other low impact exercises such as walking where you can walk and at the same time daydream being completely in your head.

Tai chi is a exercise that helps bring you back in your body – something that is needed in our fast paced western world where many people are disconnected from their body.

Tai Chi Gets Your Joints Moving
A second important point is that while you are doing the movements of Tai Chi, the constant shifting weight back and forth between the legs, the constant change in the position, the incredibly wide range of arm movements get every joint in the body to fully articulate. Most low impact, aerobic exercises do not do that. That’s a special focus of tai chi.

Tai Chi Increases Circulation
A important third point is the way in which Tai Chi movements are done with very even slow motion rhythm. This boosts circulation in a way that goes deep to work with the small, tiny, blood vessels inside the body that most slow, low impact aerobics will do.

Tai Chi Develops Balance
Above and beyond this, doing Tai Chi has a way of developing balance (both inner and outer) because of the way you shift your weight from your forward leg to your back leg and all sorts of different positions and pick one foot off the floor constantly. It develops balance better than the vast majority of low impact exercises do.

For athletes developing better balance and body awareness result in higher performance. On the other spectrum, for seniors and those who are aging, any fall or bone break beyond the initial pain and medical costs, will seriously decrease the mobility and possibly result in chronic pain and a lower quality of life.

Developing better balance is a big thing that can not be overlooked and Tai Chi does it just about as good a job at this than anything I have encountered.

Tai Chi Principles are Unique
Tai chi simply does not follow the same physical principals that normal, low impact exercises do. Tai chi has its own unique principles that are significantly different from the way the western mind thinks about exercise.

I think it’s the slow motion nature of it, I think it’s the circular motion of it and I think it’s the nature of the way that it makes the body move in such a wide variety of positions and postures and articulations of your arms and your legs.

It is a combination of all these things together that make the benefits of tai chi so compelling and useful.

Is Great the Enemy of Your Good?
Lastly one of the statements that I have made is that Tai Chi has great benefits for people even when it is practiced poorly. After seeing many people do tai chi all I can say is that in general doing it even poorly is better than not doing it.

Now the great thing about tai chi is that just by doing it, no matter how bad or good you get results. This is an important point because I live in America and there is a great desire her to do things only if you can be great – but this reasoning just does not hold for tai chi. My mantra when I encounter this attitude is “Don’t let the great be the enemy of the good.”

So rather than only do it if you can do it perfectly, just do it and understand you are working toward great. You most likely will not reach greatness after taking a week course for a few months or even by attending an intensive seminar. Realistically it takes years and many hours of regular practice to bring any movement form to its full potential. This is also the carrot or the greatness that makes tai chi so appealing because there is always another level to climb and always ways to deepen your practice.

Via NHS Network

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The Physiology of Tai Chi and QiGong – Dr Janke

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Tai Chi and Qigong talk at the world renowned Mayo Clinic Integrative Cancer Center

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Meditation can do many great things for your mind and body…

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