Tai Chi weekend workshop
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The three pillar's of Tai Chi Chuan:
1) Chi Kung (Standing practice to help centralise energy)
2) Form (Moving practice to help circulate energy)
3) Partner Work (Standing and moving practice to
In class we mainly focus on the first two pillars. The fastest and most enjoyable way to improve your Tai Chi is partner work.
We learn and grow together no matter which level we are at. If you are interested in learning, you have what it takes to attend.
Workshop topic for the day: introduction to partner work
Why do we do partner work?
It can be difficult to relax. Through practice we find what 'relaxed' means to us individually. The Tai Chi movements in the form help to maneuver the joints to help relax the muscles. But it is generally much easier to relax 'into' something else - a chair or a bed. So in partner work we learn to relax into another structure while standing and moving. The person who provides the structure for us to relax into is helping to build up their sensitivity. The person doing the 'relaxing' is building up a vocabulary for themselves as to where they are and are not 'relaxed'.
In solo practice of the Tai Chi form we are continually attempting to integrate our structure to move as one unit; to integrate the fluid systems within that structure and the structure itself to move as one unit. We subsequently explore our ability to move as one unit - body and mind. In partner work we explore the practice of integrating into another person's structure and system.
For many, the interactive nature of partner work is simply fun, and that's enough. Through repetition of gentle partner exercises we are nourishing our system in a way that cannot be explored through solo practice of form movement, no matter how much solo work we do.
There are many levels to partner work. This short workshop offers us an opportunity to learn how to not only to listen to ourselves but to feel and listen to our partners movements while maintaining our balance.
We will look into some Chi Kung postures, Tai Chi form moves and their underlying principles and applications.
Posture testing Tai Chi