|Tai chi for health syllabus|
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We taught this tai chi for health syllabus to the over 50's for 7 years at Age Concern in Newcastle and Age Concern North Tyneside.
Our students had a variety of mild health conditions.
We had referrals from Freeman Hospital, medical students visited the class regularly and the classes were featured in the local newspapers.
8 areas of study
Tai chi for health practice in our class is broken down into 8 areas of study:
4 directions - forwards & backwards
4 directions - to the side
Ba duan jin (8 exercises)
Full circle qigong (6 positions)
High circle qigong
Moving qigong (15 exercises)
Opening & closing - to the side
Qigong on one leg
Self-massage (100 exercises)
Standing post with arms
Standing qigong/3 circle qigong
Stretches & joint work
2. Form (regular &
Long Yang form (slow form version)
Single pushing hands
Meditation on body sensations
Meditation on emotions
5. Brain work
(meditation, awareness, metacognition)
- There Are No Secrets
- The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi
- The Way of Chuang Tzu
- Tao Te Ching (The Way and Its Power)
- The Little Zen Companion
- Chang San-feng treatise
- Wang Tsung-yueh treatise
- Wu Yu-hsiang treatise
- The Inner Way
- Zen in the Art of Archery
- The Essence of Tai Chi Chuan
- Sword & Brush
- Steal My Art
- Commentaries on Living volume 2
- How to Win Friends and Influence People
- The Complete Taiji Dao
- The Tai Chi Journey
6. Partner work
4 directions with a partner
Central equilibrium – maintain the centre
Leading & following (eyes-closed)
Palm at 3 distances
Place palms & shift weight (eyes-closed)
Pushing peng exercise
Yielding to a push
7. Neigong (introductory)
Teacher training course (free of charge)
More advanced material?
Students are taught material relative to competence.
My health has improved immeasurably. I am stronger, fewer aches and pains.
Muscle tone has improved. Energy levels increased dramatically. Blood
pressure reduced to a level where I no longer need medication.
The class in Newcastle has literally changed my life. Daily practice and a weekly class taught by Sifu Waller have improved my health and wellbeing to such an extent that I can't imagine life without tai chi for health. I wish I had discovered tai chi for health years ago but am grateful for the opportunity to attend your class and continue to improve my physical and mental health.
Page created 2 August 1995
Last updated 31 March 2017