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.

7 areas of study

Tai chi for health practice in our class is broken down into 7 areas of study:

1. Qigong

4 directions - forwards & backwards
4 directions - to the side
Ba duan jin (8 exercises)
Cloud hands
Full circle qigong (6 positions)
Moving qigong (15 exercises)
Opening & closing - to the side
Plate exercise
Pushing peng
Standing post
Standing qigong/3 circle qigong

2. Form (regular & mirrored)

Long Yang form (slow form version)

3. Pushing hands

Single pushing hands

4. Brain work (meditation, awareness, metacognition)

Breath meditation
Meditation on body sensations
Meditation on emotions

Recommended reading:

- 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

5. Partner work

4 directions with a partner
Central equilibrium maintain the centre
Eyes-closed walking
Leading & following (eyes-closed)
Palm at 3 distances
Peripheral vision
Place palms & shift weight (eyes-closed)
Posture testing
Pushing peng exercise
Yielding to a push

6. Neigong (introductory)

7. Instructing (optional)

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 08 May 2017