Tai Chi: Wisdom for Autumn (HWM509CF22)


The Yews, Haywards Heath


09:00 - 12:00


3 hours x 1 session

Matthew Ward

03456 01 01 61

Cost breakdown

Tuition fee£19.50
Total cost£19.50


Concessions available if you are: 65 or over or on a means tested benefit (evidence required)

What is the course about?

Autumn is the perfect time for some gentle stretching as the body begins to warm up and soften so in this workshop, we will be covering some traditional Taoist Yoga techniques for the heart and small intestine. We will begin with a standing Qigong set known as ‘rolling through the joints’ and continue with a seated Qigong set. The Inner Heart smile technique involves standing and walking with one hand ‘over the heart’ and is linked to loving kindness meditation. We will practise breathing techniques including upper chest breathing to massage your heart and the Taoist ‘Fire releasing breath (in through the mouth and out through the nose). We will practise the healing sound for the heart (‘Ho’/ ‘Her’) and using this to release fiery summer anger. We will also be looking at tips for staying healthy in spring including diet, exercise and lifestyle tips from Chinese medicine. Tai Chi exercises are gentle and are beneficial for both the mind and body. Here are just a few of the many benefits you might discover. Deep relaxation allows time for the body to rebalance and repair itself, deep breathing resets the endocrine system turning off the stress hormones and increasing calm and happy hormones, deep breathing and stretching increases circulation of blood and nourishes and refreshes every cell in the body. Our slow walking techniques improve balance and postural alignment allows organs to function better. The gentle squeezing and stretching techniques pump the lymph, remove toxins as well as refreshing organs, glands and muscles.

What previous experience, knowledge or qualifications do I need for this course?

Although prior knowledge of Tai Chi, Qigong, meditation or yoga is always useful, complete beginners are also welcome. The exercises can be developed deeper and deeper so there is always something new to learn. The exercises can be either be practised seated in a chair or for those who are able seated on the floor.

What do I need to bring with me?

Please wear loose comfy clothes suitable for an exercise class and either flat shoes or warm socks. Please bring a bottle of water with you. Please also bring a yoga mat or similar to sit on if you have one as well as cushions and blankets to keep yourself comfortable and warm.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs to attend this course.

What can I do next?

You might also like to progress to other Aspire Sussex courses developed to improve your skills for everyday life, employment, health and wellbeing or to explore a personal interest, see below.

Learning for Life: Develop your skills to support greater independence, including digital skills and skills to support family learning. Courses available include: Computer Skills for Beginners and Improvers, Microsoft packages, Creative Writing and British Sign Language.

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Learning for Health & Wellbeing: Develop your skills to support personal wellbeing including confidence and independence through healthy body and mind and improved nutrition. Courses available include: Yoga, Mindfulness, Cooking/Nutrition and Art for Wellbeing.

Learning for Personal Interest: Develop skills to support your quality of life, gain cultural enrichment and personal fulfilment, encourage social interaction. Courses available include: Textiles, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Drawing and Painting, Pottery, Photography and many more.

Detailed information on or all these courses and many more can be found online or in our brochure. If you have any questions, please ask your tutor or contact aspire on 0345 601 01 61 or visit our website at www.aspiresussex.org.uk

Course Location

The Yews
55 Boltro Road
Haywards Heath
West Sussex
RH16 1BJ