The Thursday night Qi Gong and Taiji classes are for all levels, while the Tuesday night Taiji class is for those who have previous experience. Of all these classes, Qi Gong is the easiest and most gentle. The movements in the Thursday night 13-step Taiji class are more complex but are explained thoroughly. The eight taiji powers are laid out very clearly in this form, which makes it accessible for beginners while allowing experienced practitioners to focus on holistic aspects such as use of rhythm, momentum and intention. The Tuesday 36-step Taiji classes are more demanding. There is a thorough stretch warm-up after which we practise standing stake qi gong or meditation, before moving on to study the intricate 36-step form. If you’re still not sure of which class is right for you, please contact Lucia
Thursdays @ the Fire Hall 7.30-8.30pm
This hour-long class is suitable for all levels and features a stretch warm up, qi gong, and basic skills for learning the 13-step Wudang Taiji form. This short form is an excellent way of getting to grips with the eight main energetic principles of taiji. Students learn the eight powers by drilling basic skills until the body becomes familiar with the movements, then we start to hone in on the ‘feeling’ of that power. Two-person application exercises practised gently can also help students to understand how a taiji power works. These elements are then drawn together in the 13-step Wudang form, which can be practised at a slow meditative speed or with emphasis on changes of tempo for a more invigorating practise. The class is suitable for all levels.
Tuesdays @ Methodist Church 7-9pm
This two-hour class features a thorough stretch warm-up, qi gong, a prolonged exploration of Wudang basic skillsand the 36-step secret transmission Wudang Tai Chi form. Like the 13-step taiji, this form also features the eight main taiji powers, but expressed in a more complex way. Each step is broken down into simple repeatable movements that allow students to obtain a decent understanding of the form. These exercises are then drilled repeatedly in a traditional style. In order to join this class, students need to have some previous experience, see above.
Thursdays @ the Fire Hall 6.30-7.30pm
This hour-long class features a gentle warm-up, breathing exercises, Wudang basics and exercises from Wudang Five Element Qi Gong. Through simple movements, students learn how to let the breath move the body in a way that increases energy, mobility and mental stillness. This entire set of vital exercises from the Wudang Five Element Qi Gong can be practised in a small space, and is suitable for people of all health levels.
One Saturday per month @ Shellgrove Community Hall 10am-12pm and 2-5pm
These all levels workshops usually take place on the third Saturday of the month, with the Five Element Qi Gong workshop taking place in the morning, and the 13 Wudang Taiji Principles workshop taking place in the afternoon. In the 13 Principles workshop we look at one principle, like moving around your centreline, and explore the different ways this idea is used in Taiji. Please contact Lucia to book your place.
Thursdays: FIRST HOUR OF TEACHING ON A THURSDAY IS FREE. Thereafter Thursday classes are charged at a rate of £10 per hour for a drop-in class, or £7.50 per hour for the monthly advance rate (£32.50 for one calendar month of 1 hour weekly classes). The monthly discounted rate can be adjusted for those who know in advance that they will be unable to make a session.
Tuesdays: Tuesday classes are sold in term blocks, which are around 12 weeks long. The rate is £15 per class so £180 for a 12-week term. Students unable to make a class within that term can attend a Thursday class for free. Alternatively, the pay as you go rate for Tuesdays is £20 per session.
Weekends: The advance rate is £20 for two hours of Qi Gong or £30 for three hours of Tai Chi. The drop in rate is £25 and £35 respectively.
Concession rates are available for those on benefits and the low waged. Please contact Lucia for details.
Tuesdays 36-step Taiji 7-9pm
Stoke Newington Methodist Church
106 Stoke Newington High St,
London, N16 7NY
Thursday Qi Gong 6.30-7.30pm
and 13-Step Taiji 7.30-8.30pm
The Old Fire Station
61 Leswin Road
London, N16 7NX
Saturdays Qi Gong 10am-12pm
and 13 Taiji Principles 2-5pm
Shellgrove Community Hall
London, N16 8UU