I started learning T’ai Chi Chih by accident! I was looking for a suitable space for a Reiki Share and put the request out on a health and wellbeing group Facebook page. Tina Wells posted a photo of her lovely garden room, where she teaches her T’ai Chi Chih classes and invited me to visit. Although it was in the wrong location, it looked so wonderful, I felt compelled to go and see it. Tina suggested I might like to learn T’ai Chi Chih, and as I was drawn by Tina’s enthusiasm and the energy of the room, I jumped at the chance, and fell in love with the practice.
A few moths later, when Tina did a demonstration workshop at an event, Laurin McDonald joined the classes as well. Thanks to Tina and Tracy Gibbons, we were prepared and ready to travel to the US for our Teacher Accreditation course from 1/11th March 2018, just when the “Beast from the East”was due to hit the UK!
On our return, Laurin and I began setting up our classes in and around Banbury. I set up several public classes and, as I am a tutor with the Oxfordshire Recovery College, also helped Tina Wells to deliver the T’ai Chi and Wellbeing course that she had created, to people recovering from mental health issues. The feedback we’ve had from our students is that it’s so easy to learn and implement into daily life, and that the health benefits gained are well worth the investment of time and money.
As we only have six accredited teachers in the UK, we also knew we had to have more teachers over here so that we could spread this wonderful mindfulness moving meditation. We all love being part of the T’ai Chi Chih Community in the US and had the desire to replicate a similar community in the UK, which led us to consider how we were going to achieve our aim. Hence, Laurin and I worked together to create the T’ai Chi Chih Discovery Workshop, designed especially for complementary therapists which we planned to take on a UK tour. That was just before the Covid 19 pandemic invaded the UK, completely derailing our plans.
Since the end of March, I have been leading guided practices for my current students, and teaching new students via Zoom, which is working very effectively.
Although I am based in the centre of the UK, the exciting thing about teaching online currently, is that it demolishes geographical barriers, allowing me to teach students across the whole of Europe. So, do contact me on [email protected] or [email protected] I look forward to hearing from you!
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