Tai Chi and Yoga
Tai Chi is a moving mediation. This is an ancient martial art that develops control over the breath, the body, the mind and the spirit.
By repeating the physical movements of Tai Chi, the student increases awareness of their body and develops strength and control in their movements.
As they repeat these movements and grow towards mastery of them, the student has the opportunity to become lost in the movement, and free themselves from external thoughts and distractions and become immersed in the moment. This provides a stillness and an energy that is not found anywhere else.
Some Tai Chi students also study in our Hapkido programme, other students are simply interested in the Tai Chi programme. They are distinct arts, and it is not necessary to do one in order to do the other.
The Tai Chi taught at Fire Phoenix is Yang style Tai Chi. This is a style of Tai Chi which is performed with slow, steady movements which hold no tension in the body. The movements are large and involve the whole body, and the Yang style is a flowing and graceful style.
Yoga is a mindful practice that gets students in control of their breath, their body and their mind.
By moving the body through the yoga poses, students gain control of their bodies, increase their flexibility and feel a sense of balance and calm.
In the classes, students are shown the poses and variations of the poses, which means that the classes are suitable for students who are carrying injuries, as there are always versions of the poses that can work for students at any level of physical mobility.