An art embracing the mind, body and spirit
Originating in ancient China, Tai Chi is one of the most effective exercises for health of mind and body. Although an art with great depth of knowledge and skill, it can be easy to learn and soon delivers its health benefits. For many, it continues as a lifetime journey.
The essential principles of Tai Chi include; the mind integrated with the body; control of movements and breathing; generating internal energy, mindfulness, song (loosening 松) and jing (serenity 静). The ultimate purpose is to cultivate the qi or life energy within us to flow smoothly and powerfully throughout the body. Total harmony of the inner and outer self comes from the integration of mind and body, empowered by healthy qi, achieved through the practice of Tai Chi.
The flowing movements of Tai Chi contain much inner strength, like water flowing in a river. Beneath the tranquil surface there is a current with immense power—the power for healing and wellness. With consistent practise, people will be able to feel the internal energy (qi 氣), convert it to internal force (jing 勁) and use it to generate more internal energy – building the inner strength from inside out, therefore you can continue to develop at any age.
Numerous studies have demonstrated that Tai Chi improves muscular strength, flexibility, fitness as well as improving balance, ehancing immunity, relief of pain and improved quality of life. Muscle strength is important for supporting and protecting joints and is essential for normal physical function. Flexibility exercises enable people to move more easily and facilitate circulation of body fluid and blood, which enhance healing. Fitness is important for overall functioning of the heart, lungs, and muscles.
Our Instructor – Ray Pawlett
With his earliest experiences in Yoga as his very first ‘Energy Art’, Ray’s youth was filled with martial arts and by the time he left Nottingham Trent University (he’s an Engineering graduate) he was accomplished in Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Judo, and Aikido. He later trained in the healing art of Shiatsu.
In the mid 1990’s, he met Chris Pei of the US Wushu Academy and Shelagh Grandpierre of the Tai Chi Alliance. They taught him the traditional Yang style of Tai Chi which he practices and teaches to the present day.
In 2016, Ray was authorised to teach the ‘Phoenix in Graceful Clouds of Blessings’ Qigong system by its founder, Joe Lok. In Chris Pei and Joe Lok, Ray has been fortunate in having some of the best Tai Chi teachers of modern times, both are internationally famous Tai Chi masters.
Ray has a particular passion for teaching Tai Chi for its qualities of healing and resilience. His clients have included people with dementia, frail people, recovering drug addicts, survivors of sexual abuse, people with Parkinsons, palliative care, people with cancer, care for people recovering from cancer therapy, all aspects of chronic fatigue including M.E. and fibromyalgia and much more.#
Healthy or unwell, young or old, Tai Chi may be beneficial. If you are unsure of it’s suitability for you, or your suitability for the class, please get in touch with Ray directly.
Ray’s class at the studio in 22 Broad Street will take place from 3.30pm – 5pm every Friday afternoon, starting on the 1st February 2019. Class size limited to 8-10 students.
On the rare occasions when Ray is unable to take the class (through other commitments, holiday or illness) class will be conducted by Jane Robson – Ray’s most longstanding and accomplished student – a qualified teacher herself. Jane will attend the sessions on a regular basis so that students become familiar with her personality and approach.
Class Fees – As an introduction and to allow people to try a class or two ‘on for size’ before committing to a block of classes, until Easter single classes will be available at £15 per class (1½ hrs) To secure your place, payment must be made at the time of booking.
To book your place in Ray’s Tai Chi class, please contact him direct on his mobile 07413 620344 or by email at email@example.com