Beginners Tai Chi Qigong Classes in Mytchett near Farnborough Frimley Camberley Woking Fleet Blackwater Sandhurst
Tai Chi & Qigong classes
Mytchett Community Centre
located in the playing fields, right next door to the BP / M&S Garage / double roundabouts
(Entrance on Mytchett Farm Park)
We also offer classes on several days / eves at Mytchett Canal Centre click the pink link to view Canal Visitors Centre Classes
Autumn 2018 Timetable
NEW Tuesday 11.15- 12.15 Tai Chi Qigong Beginners NEW
New from 4th September 2018 - A class combining the strengthening / improved balance benefits of Tai Chi with the mindful movements of Qigong to promote a healthy body and mind. This class is suitable for returners and new joiners /beginners alike. We are in the spacious Main Hall at the Mytchett Community Centre.
You may also be interested in joining us for half an hour prior to this class at The Canal Visitors Centre 10.30-11.00am for half an hour of soothing guided meditation (we sit on chairs for the meditation class) You will then have 15 minutes to transfer down to the Community Centre (5-7 min walk / 1-2 min drive)
Wednesday 9.30-10.30 Beijing 24 Tai Chi - Improvers
The Weds 9.30am class is only suitable for people who have previously learnt the whole Beijing 24 form, either with our school, or elsewhere, This group have now learnt the whole form and are continuing to improve their skills, before moving onto a new form.
Beginners should come on Tuesdays 11.15-12.15pm to the new beginners class starting on 4th September
Wednesday 10.30-11.30 Beijing 24 Tai Chi - Beginners Plus
In September 2018 the Weds 10.30am Tai Chi Qigong group starts to study the Beijing 24 form Tai Chi sequence. The class is not open to complete beginners because the group have already spent some months familiarising themselves with the foundations of Tai Chi and Qigong exercises in preparation for learning the form.
If you have a some Tai Chi experience already, or have done another body work system such as Yoga or Pliates for at least a year, you may be able to join this class, but during September only. After this time the class will be closed to all new joiners as we will be progressing on with the sequence to a point where new joiners will find it too difficult to catch up.New Beginners should join the Tuesday 11.15am class instead
*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 another venue just a minute up the road - the Canal Visitors' 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.
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