Beginners Tai Chi Qigong Classes in Mytchett near Farnborough Frimley Camberley Woking Fleet Blackwater Sandhurst Taught by Cherry Collins Surrey and Hants Tai Chi
Tai Chi & Qigong classes
Mytchett Community Centre
located in the playing fields, right next door to the BP / M&S Garage / double roundabouts
(for Tuesdays and Fridays click to see Mytchett Canal Centre
Classes at Mytchett Community Centre
NEW! 9.30-10.30 Tai Chi MovementNEW!
We have found many people are seeking a half-way house between the soft meditative Qigong movements and the more strenuous Chen style Tai Chi as a martial art. Therefore the first Wednesday class is now focusing on various Tai Chi movements from different styles of Tai Chi. Each week Cherry teaches and builds a short sequence of between 4-6 Tai Chi movements which is performed several times as short 'form' as a follow along at the end of the class. We look at the principles of Tai Chi (how we use the body and mind) within the context of the form. You could think of the first class as a workout for the brain and body. Choose this class if you are already fairly well coordinated and find it relatively easy to follow movements
NEW! 10.30-11.30 Beginners TaiChi Qigong NEW!
Why Tai Chi Qigong? It seems there is an endless list of new things to try these days- fads come and go all the time, new systems such as Pilates and Zumba spring up, but Tai Chi Qigong is the oldest heath promoting discipline known, it's withstood the tests of time- with an unbroken history spanning 5000 years! I have seen so many people improve their health through my classes and it's a wonderful reward to hear their recovery stories. This is not just an exercise class - it's a new way of being.
Not sure which class to choose?
The main difference between the first and second classes on Wednesdays is that the first class involves more concentration coordination and as the sequences move from one movement to the next without much repetition. Some of the movements are complex. It's a workout for the brain as well as a gentle workout for the body.
The second class has more repetition, goes at a slower pace and utilises less complicated movements. The focus is on feeling the movement & combining deep breathing and a relaxed calm mind. Therefore the second class is more relaxing and de-stressing
Both classes operate on a drop-in basis - you don't have to attend every week
"Choose the first class if you are already faily well coordinated, want to stimulate your mind, improve bodily strength and self-control"
"Choose the second class if you are stressed, want to learn to switch off and relax, have health issues or enjoy slow comfortable movement for health"
*Please check the LATEST NEWS page for holiday closures before coming along
Pic above: Our Wednesday daytime venue is on the left, just after the BP / M&S garage and before the double roundabouts,coming from Ash direction.
We also have Monday Evening, Tuesday and Friday classes at avenue just a minute up the road - the Canal centre in Mytchett, so do make sure you come to the right venue. The car park entrance is just in front of the building. Busses 3, 85 and 403 come past our door.
Who is it for?
9.30am Returners / Improvers
10.30am NEW Joiners /Beginners
The classes are aimed at people who want to improve their health and wellbeing or just want to get a bit more active and flexible, improve posture and balance etc, without wearing themselves out. You don't need any particular level of fitness to join. Many of our students come to us via a recommendation from their doctor now that Western Medicine is waking up to the wisdom and secrets of Eastern Medicine
Although we hope you'll want to attend most weeks, the class is not learning a progressive sequence, so if you are away for a couple of weeks you can come back and join straight in without the worry that you have fallen behind
What is Qigong?
Qigong - literally 'internal energy work' is a branch of Chinese Medicine that has been keeping the Chinese nation healthy for thousands of years. It is practiced by millions of people as a health nurturing activity, every day. Now we in the West can enjoy it's instant benefits too.
Most exercises classes in the Western world are aimed at making the heart pump faster and increasing the speed of the breath (aerobic is the buzz word). Chinese Medicine however has a very different approach - Its aims to build oneself UP through gentle yet powerful exercise, not wear oneself OUT!
Tai Chi Qigong involves slow rhythmic repetitive movement performed in a standing up position. Definitely no laying around on plastic mats on cold floors. Movements are performed according to the individual's range of movement. We are not trying to do better than anyone else. Cherry teaches the movements slowly and everyone follows along. Clear explantions are given. If you are unsure, just come and try a class - there's nothing to join and no subscriptions. Our classes tend to be friendly and relaxed.
Genuine Qigong - not a modern fad
Surrey and Hants Tai Chi instructor, Cherry Collins, who teaches this class, has made 5 residential trips to China, staying for up to 6 months as a time, to study the essence of Tai Chi & Qigong at it's birthplace. Surrey and Hants Tai Chi only offers genuine traditional Tai Chi /Qigong, NOT a mish mash of various other things branded as the latest fad, learnt in a week long course in Brighton. Qigong has a traceable 5000 year history. The popularity of our classes speaks for itself and every week another person tells us how much the classes have improved an aspect of their health, from headaches, to arthritis, to insomnia, poor balance, blood pressure, anxiety etc. This is because the ancient art of Qigong balances the internal energy to create an environment within the individual where body and mind can simply heal itself. Qigong is not just about getting fit, it's about becoming WHOLE again :)
What do I wear?
Normal indoor casual wear is perfect - trousers rather than skirts and something loose with a high neckline for ladies. No lycra or skin tight clothing please. Trousers with an elastic waist are best. Flat soled shoes or trainers.
Do i need to bring / buy anything else?
just bring a bottle of water to drink. No special clothing or equipment required
*Always check the LATEST NEWS page before coming along as we sometimes have occasional class closures