Many people email me asking about beginners classes or courses but as I'm pretty much at my limit of classes to teach each week, new classes are few and far between, but, I do have the 'All Levels' class. You'll see these on the classes page (which you may have just clicked through from)

So, what are the All Levels classes?

Well, I'm glad you asked.

Very simply, an All Levels class is an already established class with people of differing levels of ability coming along.

You 'drop-in' and learn as you go, but let me give you some more tips and info on how to make the best of a drop in class.

First of all, here's the format of the class:

  1. Warm Up (about 10 minutes of light gentle exercises to loosen the joints and warm up muscles)
  2. Daoyin Practice (these are the breathing exercises based on Traditional Chinese Medicine)
  3. T'ai Chi Practice (the 12 move Cheng Hsin mini-set)
  4. Learning / Review Section

The first 3 take up anywhere from 30-45 minutes. If you're new, you just join in and have some fun (and be confused of course!)

The last section is where we review any exercises and postures that you're unsure of or maybe review some specific structural point or principle of movement. It's also where you learn new exercises, or sets of exercises.

When you first start, it's advisable to only try and remember a small amount of what you'll do. You'll never remember 20 movements (which is the breathing exercises and t'ai chi set) in one lesson, so pick something simple that you can remember and practice and add a little to it the following week.

You can, and should, ask me questions about anything you're unsure of. I'd also like to hear about any physical or health problems you may have that can be compensated for in your practice. (I'll give you some alternatives so you can still practice)

So there you go. I hope that explains a little more about what to expect when you come along to an All Levels class. It's also useful to bear in mind that many of the people I teach are over 50 and the classes are gentle (to begin with, anyway). The tougher stuff is reserved for the Elite classes.

If you're wondering if t'ai chi will be suitable for you to practice, there's only one basic question you need to ask yourself - can you walk? If you can walk and stand for a short time you can do t'ai chi. Yes, the lessons last for an hour but you don't need to stand for the full hour. You can sit down and take 5 whenever you feel like and join back in when you're ready.

There's no need to make yourself too uncomfortable in the class, pace yourself so that you enjoy the class and take one small thing away each week. Very soon, you'll be surprised at how much you can remember.

If you have any questions, please get in touch via the contact page and I'll do my very best to help you out...

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