Ecological degradation, nutrient deserts, chronic illness, fatigue, unbearable levels of stress as well as unprecedented depressions, addictions, auto-immune disorders and suicides are assaulting our society like never before. Stress in particular is propelling millions of people into making understandable, but ultimately unwise decisions regarding their health, but for many, medication (self or prescribed) is seemingly the only answer to the relentless hyperactivity, isolation and disconnection of modern life.
Can Tai Chi help?
Any path to recreating Wholeness-the word “Heal” and “Whole” come from Old English hǣlan ‘restore to sound health’ and hal “entire, whole; unhurt, uninjured– in the stressed body has to start with calming the nervous system down. But before even that can happen, you have to be able to recognise and become aware of your body. That may sound obvious, but it is a source of continual amazement to me how little people are aware of their bodies, unless they are in pain.
So, recognising your body via sensing and tuning in to apprehend the held and bound tension is the path to breaking the vase of tension and letting go, what the Tibetans describe as chod, when bound sticks fall apart after a rope is cut.
Allied to this beginning, your body is placed in certain postures that are very strong and aligned, and which can be easily tested for structural validity. Starting with a very strong Standing Posture, the Moving Postures of Tai Chi are then explained and demonstrated and tested. A “Form”, which is the collected postures of Tai Chi, is a set of repeated motions that often have recurring physical motifs. It is the essential Motifs of Movement that Jan tries to impart; to de-construct what is otherwise a bewildering routine of ritualised motion, made deliberately fuzzy and vague by uninformed and unknowing peddlers of “Chinese mysticism”.
The whole premise of Taoism is very attractive, but at the core of your life is a physical body that exists in a heavy, breathing 3-dimensional space-time. We must have a strong body before we can talk about more abstract and abstruse concepts such as Qi and Shen.
These fundamentals- posture, breathing, awareness, can be tested and refined through practice. Tai Chi Ireland offers detailed, serious and comprehensive tuition in the powerful, life-changing movement and mind arts of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. With 25 years experience working with some leading masters in their respective fields, Jan Golden and his instructors can offer you a body and mind-opening education in the potential of your body for relaxed power and strength, body awareness, balanced, smooth and co-ordinated movement plus a very subtle and fine method of mindfulness. Suitable for anyone of any age, it can enhance any professional sport and repair many long-term postural problems, as well as providing a wealth of other benefits. Try out a class today.
Starts Monday, 21 May, 2018 at 18:15
Find out more »
Starts Tuesday, 22 May, 2018 at 20:15
Find out more »
Starts Thursday, 24 May, 2018 at 20:15
Find out more »
“Our deep history was spent, at different times, in ancient oceans, small streams and savannahs, not office buildings, ski slopes and tennis courts. We were not designed to live past the age of eighty, sit on our kleisters for … Read More »
My colonizer tongue speaks for me now. The emeritus beauty of Old Irish is now retired to texts and those faded few who can speak it still. Modern Irish has suffered a butchering from the grimly shrill goons in … Read More »
“I suffer from a medically-managed chronic pain condition, debilitating when exacerbated by stress. Then I got a frozen shoulder, disabling pain. Jan’s classes have taught me how to relax and with his, and my chartered physio’s help, no surgical intervention, … Read More »
I’ve been practicing tai chi & qigong for about three years now. In that time I have had some profound changes in my overall feeling of wellbeing. I’ve become more aware of body, mind and emotions. I suffered with chronic … Read More »