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Tai Chi Lessons Near Me

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese practice focused on meditative deep breathing and relaxation exercises. During our Tai Chi classes, you’ll focus on controlled movements and postures, developing muscle strength, improving balance and increasing flexibility. Meditating also helps to clear the mind whether you’re unwinding from the working day or preparing for the day ahead. 

A fun option for those that love to get their fitness kicks in a group, Tai Chi also packs a number of mental and physical health benefits, making you both happier and healthier. Increase your body's overall health with a Tai Chi class near you at Village Gym.

What To Wear

Tai Chi classes are all about fluid movements, so you'll want to wear something that allows you to move, stretch and flow.

So we've outlined a few pointers to put together the perfect workout wardrobe to ensure you hit the studio dressed for the occasion.

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Tai Chi For Weight Loss

Whilst the slow and gentle nature of our Tai Chi classes won't have you burning significant calories, they will help you to tone, strengthen and develop muscle mass.

Increasing your muscle mass will encourage the body to burn fat more quickly, so if your goal is weight loss, Tai Chi can form a great addition to your weight loss training plan.

 

Tai Chi | Where It All Began

The true origins of Tai Chi actually remain a mystery, but the concepts are rooted in Chinese history, Taoism, and Confucianism.

The founder of Tai Chi is believed to be a 12th century monk named Zhang Sanfeng.  Zhang Sanfeng left his monastery to become a hermit and created a form of gentle fighting.

 

"In every movement, every part of the body must be light and agile and strung together. The postures should be without breaks. Substantial and insubstantial movements must be clearly differentiated."

Zhang Sanfeng

Forty Winks

Struggling to get a decent night's rest?

Regularly attending our Tai Chi classes can help you to sleep much better.

The controlled breathing techniques and relaxing moves you'll enjoy in our Tai Chi class will help the body to relax the muscles properly, releasing stiffness and tension, resulting in a higher quality and longer sleep. 

What Is Tai Chi Good For?

Tone and sculpt a leaner body shape

Improve your upper and lower body strength

Improve balance and posture

Improve your coordination and agility

Relieve stress and improve mood

Learn how to breathe more effectively (great for allergy sufferers!)

Tai Chi For Anxiety

Anxiety plagues one in ten people in the UK. It makes us feel low, fatigued and plays havoc with our blood pressure.

One of the great benefits of our Tai Chi classes in is it's ability to reduce stress.

The gentle movements combined with light meditation and controlled breathing will help you to feel more relaxed, more focussed and boost your mood.

The stress-busting benefits of our Tai Chi class make it a great choice for members with long working hours, young families, hectic lifestyles, depression or anxiety disorders. 

Tai Chi Styles

Our instructors cover the main five styles of Tai Chi in our classes at Village Gym. Each one focusses on a different area though they're all about continuous, graceful movements. 

Find the style that works for you and adapt it for your own fitness levels. 

Yang style Tai Chi involves slow movements and a focus on your relaxation levels. A great class for Tai Chi beginners or yoga fans looking for something new.

Wu style Tai Chi features micro-movements rather than large stretches. You'll move slowly, making only little movements each time. This is designed to strengthen key muscles and improve your balance.

Chen style Tai Chi is a combination of slow movements and quicker transitions. Expect to do some punching, kicking and squatting. 

Sun style Tai Chi is similar to Chen style, though less physically demanding, making it a great option for older adults of Tai Chi beginners.

Hao style Tai Chi is designed to work on posture, positioning the body and strength.

Joining us for a day? Try one of our Tai Chi classes during your visit. Buy your Day Pass here.

Tai Chi For Seniors

The great thing about Tai Chi, is that anyone can do it! No age limits or restrictions on abilities. Just turn up and make it your own!

Popular amongst our senior members, our Tai Chi classes for over 50s are low impact, easy on the joints and great fun when shared with friends! 

Our members over a certain age love nothing more than a morning Tai Chi session, followed by a cuppa tea!

Regularly attending our Tai Chi classes will improve balance, also reducing the risk of falling.

QUESTIONS?

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Is Tai Chi or Yoga better?

Yoga and Tai Chi offer very similar benefits, but Tai Chi is closer in style to a martial art with flowing moves, whereas Yoga is based around poses and postures which have to be held.

How much does a Tai Chi class cost?

At the Village Gym, most of our membership options include classes such as Tai Chi. You can also buy a gym pass which allows class bookings.

Can I do Tai Chi with bad knees?

Learning Tai Chi can improve balance and strength, however, it does involve twisting single-leg movements which could aggravate bad knees. We would recommend getting professional advice before attending any fitness classes with any health issue.

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