Tai Chi with Pat

The aim of this course is to provide a clear introduction to tai chi flowing exercise so that by the end of eight weeks you can exercise independently and feel the health and wellbeing benefits of the exercise as you do it by yourself. The course also aims to share an understanding of the tai chi idea (balance and harmony) and how it can be applied to inspire a more graceful approach to daily living.

While our school performs the long form of tai chi which consists of 128 postures and takes about 30 minutes, in this course we will be introducing the five flowing exercises (which are the building blocks of the longer form) as well as two supplementary exercises which help you to energise and sensitise. This will allow you to build a 20-30 minute exercise routine you can perform at home.

We begin each class with some standing meditation, being aware of our breathing as we are still, and then we progress to moving meditation, where we feel ourselves to be in the centre of the circular motion of the postures. Tai chi is a fine model for us to build our inner sense of freedom and our inner sense of security.

Course Outline:

Week One

  • Introduction to the history and practice off tai chi (including concept of qi);
  • Loosening exercises;
  • Tai chi standing and walking exercise;

Week Two

  • Tai chi standing exercise/meditation;
  • Tai chi walking exercise;
  • First flowing exercise- Hand Play with the Clouds.

Week Three

  • Discussion of tai chi and self-defence application;
  • Tai chi standing exercise/meditation;
  • Second flowing exercise- Brushing knee.

Week Four

  • Discussion of tai chi & relaxation;
  • Revision- first and second flowings;
  • Third Flowing exercise- Repulse Monkey.

Week Five

  • Discussion of tai chi and qi gong energy meditation;
  • Loosening exercises and revision;
  • Fourth Flowing exercise- Crane Opens Wings.

Week Six

  • Discussion of tai chi and acupressure;
  • Revision- first four flowings;
  • Fifth Flowing exercise- Brush Swallow’s Tail.

Week Seven

  • Introduction to supplementary exercises- Pushing Body & Pushing Hands
  • Revision- five flowings;

Week Eight

  • Revision- five flowings;
  • Pushing Hands exercise in more detail;
  • Overview of the longer form of tai chi.
  • Survey of tai chi resources available.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, a learner will be able to:

  • remember and practice the tai chi five flowings;
  • do tai chi standing meditation exercise;
  • do tai chi walking exercise;
  • be able to supplementary Pushing Body & Pushing Hands exercises;
  • be familiar with core tai chi concepts;
  • know the next steps if a learner is interested in continuing.

What to bring:

  • Wear loose clothing

About the Tutor:

'Patrick McGowan learned tai chi from teacher and naturopath, Simon Lim, who was head of the Tai Chi and Acupressure Organisation (TAO) in Sydney in the 1980s. Patrick has taught at various venues around Sydney since first learning the art and enjoys the exercise as much as ever. He has also written a book about the subject: Use Mind and Not Force: A Taiji Memoir.'

Other Information:

  • To ensure resources are ready for you at the start of your course, we ask you ideally enrol at least one week before the course commences.
  • All courses need a minimum number of students to run ("we try our hardest to get those") . If your course does not have enough students it will be cancelled before the commencement and you will be informed.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.