Taiji Classes in East Kilbride

Taiji classes East Kilbride

Current Taiji classes in East Kilbride include the following:

Taiji Classes

Taiji classes in East Kilbride, at the United Reformed Church.  This afternoon class caters for people who wish to learn the Taiji form and Qigong in a relaxed atmosphere.

  • Taiji classes in East Kilbride - Taiji classes East Kilbride - Taiji in East KilbrideLocation – United Reformed Church, Old Coach Road, The Village, East Kilbride.
  • Day – Wednesday.
  • Time – 12.00 till 1.00 pm.
  • Type – Taiji and Qigong
  • Details -Teaching the Yang Taiji Short Form, 16 Posture Taiji, & Qigong.
  • Instructor – Des Lawton
  • Further information – ‘Phone Des on 01355266011 or use the form on the Contact Us page.

Taiji 16 FORM taught at this class

  1. Opening stance.
  2. Partition of the Wild Horse’s Mane left. Partition of the Wild Horse’s Mane right.
  3. White Crane Spreads Its Wings.
  4. Brush right kneeBrush right knee and push. Brush left knee and push.
  5. Step up, chop, parry & punch.
  6. Apparent Close Up.
  7. Single Whip.
  8. Play Guitar.
  9. Step Back and Repulse the Monkey.
  10. The Fair Lady Weaves at Shuttles to the north east.
  11. The Fair Lady Weaves at Shuttles to the south east.
  12. Needles at the Sea Bottom.
  13. Wave Hands Like Clouds.
  14. Ward-off right, Roll-back, Press and Push to the east.
  15. Ward-off right, Roll-back, Press and Push to the west.
  16. Turn and Cross Hands.

Taiji and Qigong Classes

Qigong and Taiji classes in East Kilbride at the Stewartfield Community Centre.

  • taiji and qigong classes in east kilbride - taiji and qigong classes east kilbride - taiji and qigong in east kilbrideLocation – Stewartfield Community Centre, East Kilbride.
  • Day – Thursday.
  • Time – 8.00 till 10.00 pm.
  • Type – Taiji and Qigong
  • Details – Teaching the Yang Taiji Short Form, 24 Posture Taiji, 16 Posture Taiji, Da Lu, the Taiji Shibashi Qigong & a variety of other Qigong exercises. This class concentrates on learning the Taiji form in depth. Along with this, students are taught various Qigong sets and Qi awareness, push hands and some basic applications from the form.
  • Instructor – Des Lawton
  • Further information – ‘Phone Des on 01355266011 or use the form on the Contact Us page.

Self Defence and Neijia Quan Classes

Self defence and Neijia Quan  class at the John Wright Sports Centre, East Kilbride.

  • Self defence and neijia classes in east kilbride - Self defence classes in east kilbride - neijia classes in east kilbrideLocation – John Wright Sports Centre, Calderwood Road, East Kilbride.
  • Day – Tuesday.
  • Time – 8.00 till 10.00 pm.
  • Type – Self defence and  Neijia Quan (Chinese Internal martial arts)
  • Details – This class is purely geared towards the martial side of Taiji and the internal arts. Participants are required to be reasonably fit.
  • Instructor – Des Lawton
  • Further information – ‘Phone Des on 01355266011 or use the form on the Contact Us page.

Pro Holistic is based in East Kilbride from where we provide our services to the Lanarkshire, East Renfrewshire, North Ayrshire, and Glasgow areas.

What is Taiji Quan?

Taiji Quan (pronounced Tai Chee Chwan) is said to have been created by Chang Sang-Feng, a Taoist priest, during the T’ang dynasty in China about 700 years ago. It is sometimes described as “Shadow Boxing” or “Active Meditation. Funamentally, it is a martial art not only embraces philosophy and self-defence but also consciousness, psychology and medicine. Taiji is a Chinese Internal martial art – Nia Chia – where the emphasis is on exercising body, mind and spirit.

However, the Quan, or martial, aspect of Taiji Quan is, probably, studied by less than ten percent of those who practice Taiji, with the vast majority focussing on the health and wellbeing that continued practice, of the forms, can bring.

Taiji Quan is the most popular of all the Internal martial arts forms around the world with Yang Family Style being the most prolific. The meaning of Taiji is Grand Ultimate Fist or Supreme Ultimate Fist – this is not an egotistical claim to be the best martial art, it refers to the Taiji symbol, (more commonly known as the Yin/Yang symbol), which itself symbolizes the Universe (past, present, and future). As with all other arts, Taiji has become much more diverse as it different families and teachers, through the millennia, have influenced the moves/application/style. But through all this, even with the diversity of styles, the essence of the Internal Art must remain for any of these styles to be truly called Taiji.

The natural way of movement of Taiji is only achieved when there is harmony between the movement of the body, mind and spirit. The carefully structured patterns of the Taiji form reflect the Taoist views of the universe. Throughout the form, and indeed throughout life when one lives within the principals of Taiji, the Shen is lifted, making the upper body light and flexible, while the Qi is sunk, and feet are planted solidly on the earth. In Taoist philosophy, this is seen as symbolizing mans’ position standing between the heavens and earth.

For centuries the Chinese have recognised the incredible health benefits of Taiji. Its effects can be categorized into three separate but interconnected groups: –

  • The effects on internal physiological balance and equilibrium.
  • The effects on postural balance.
  • The effects on psychological balance.

Although some of these effects are seen quickly, it may be some time before others are appreciated. The initial effects of Taiji are usually observed in the relaxation of the  muscles and deeper, more relaxed, breathing.  This then lead to better circulation, healthier blood pressure, and also to a change in brain-wave from beta to alpha (this often occurs more quickly through Qigong) that occurs during the practice of the form.  This, in turn, sets up a feedback loop encouraging deeper relaxation and awareness.

Taiji constitutes a holistic approach to health and it is now being advised along with Qigong by some doctors for people with stress disorders, angina and is now being recommended as a post heart bypass exercise. It seems that the West is beginning to appreciate the centuries of accumulated knowledge of the East.

The emphasis, in the main, is now on the health aspects of the art, but this is only one facet and by ignoring the other facets, it is important therefore to find a teacher who can not only “do the form” but who also has knowledge and experience of Qi, the healing aspects, the spiritual (Shen) aspect, and the martial aspect of the art.