Glenalbyn Sports Centre: Glenalbyn Road, Stillorgan, Dublin
Starts Wednesday, 8 May, 2019 at 19:00
Teacher: Alex Delogu
Course Category: Class
Alex goes through the moves slowly, explaining in great clarity the reasoning behind the moves in tai chi, starting with the assumption that most people are only dimly aware of their bodies until it begins to break down or hurt from long-term damage. He outlines what he calls Movement Principles, the archetypal moves that you need to move your body efficiently. Tai chi is not just for recreation; like all so-called play, it has a deadly serious function-to rewire your nervous system so that future moves are not putting strain through the system. We will try to make you feel and recognise the Zero Point; the position where you are balanced in all planes. From this position you begin to learn movements, via the Movement Principles, like “How To Move Your Arms From Your Body” and “Learning To Step Correctly” and so on, building up a repertoire of motion. In order to learn these effectively and correct yourself from “falling into dysfunction”, you will learn how to feel your body and recognise when you are starting to clench and contract your body unnecessarily; clenching tension can lead to hard fascial tension, which is what distorts bodies into pathological postures.
In addition, you become aware of the endless distraction in your head, as well as your nervous system; the chattering monologue of left-hemisphere interference ( in both senses of that meaning) which can lead to wholly spurious, in-your-head-only scenarios of worry and anxiety that can shorten your life through stress. Mindfulness is an over-used word these days. Too often, mind practices are undertaken with little understanding that a relaxed mind must be housed in a relaxed body, but real physical relaxation is something that many people in our modern world have little conception of. Alex will explain how this can be achieved with some body/mind scanning practices.
From the poised, balanced body which is explained in the first class and constantly revised, we start learning how to move efficiently. So the tai chi Short Form is taught slowly, allowing you time to absorb the new way of moving. This can then be put into practice into your daily routine. Students who do this make rapid progress and report great benefit.
You then export this function to your habitual postures in daily life, preventing the relentless pull of gravity upon your spine, and working with it, to balance both sides of your body in a poised, balanced totality of easeful motion.
Alex has been learning from Jan Golden for 6 years and brings a wealth of experience from psychotherapy and philosophy to his teaching style.