Tai Chi is a soft art. The form, which is a long series of moves, is a fundamental exercise of the art typically practised slowly, the aim
being to soften the movements and to keep the body and the mind flowing in harmony from beginning to end.
Tai Chi exercises the body at a very deep level, strengthening and stretching tendons and ligaments rather than the larger muscle groups.
Benefits are many. A deepening and slowing of the cardio vascular system, improved cognitive functions, improved balance and even some strange results seen in studies recently where improvements have been seen in diabetic patients and people suffering with Parkinson disease
The practise starts with a set of warm-up exercises which isolate the nature of Tai Chi movement and help the student to learn how to move in a Tai Chi like way. We explore two-person practises which demonstrate to us the energies involved and help to understand the reason for the body shapes we hold in the postures. Then we examine the form. A long series of connected postures which we flow through.