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Tai chi classes and qi gong starting next week

Alda of House of movement has been really busy training in Manchester, polishing the different forms that she knows, learning new things, liaising with other instructors to bring you further training, and finding the confidence to know that she can offer high standard tai chi classes in Dublin. Alda had to turn down a few students in the previous courses organized due to lack of spaces available, so now she has decided to open a new tai chi for beginners course.

The tai chi classes will run on a weekly basis every Wednesday evening at 8:30pm. Here are the details:

Wednesday Evening - Tai Chi 11 Form Classes - Book now!

Level: Tai chi for Beginners
Start Date: 19 February
Time: 20:30-21:30
Venue: Zephyr room, the Lantern Centre, 17 Synge St, Dublin 8 (free parking at the back)
Cost: €70 for 6 week course

For more details about the venue or other courses (including qi gong courses), click here.

QI GONG CLASSES

If you are more interested in qigong classes, there is a new course starting also on Wednesday at 7:15pm. Here are the details:

Wednesday Evening - Mawangdui Daoyin Shu Qigong - Book now!

Teaching: Draw a bow, Stretching the back, Wild duck swimming, Dragon flying

Level: All levels
Start Date:  Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Time: 19:15-20:15
Venue: Zephyr room, the Lantern Centre, Synge Street, Dublin 8
Cost: €70 for 6 weeks

More info here.


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Are you in the right class?

As our house of movement grows, new qi gong and tai chi classes are added, so please read carefully to make sure that you are in the class that brings most benefits to you. At the moment, I run 3 different types of classes: tai chi 11 form, health qigong Mawangdui, and qi gong & meditation.

You want to go to a tai chi class, but…. have you considered qi gong? Read more…

TAI CHI versus QI GONG

Most of you start coming to tai chi classes to improve your general well-being. Some of you have done a martial art in the past (karate, taekwondo…) and are looking for something similar. Some of you do not really mind about fighting or martial applications. You just saw the movements, loved them and wish to move in such a gentle way. Some of you have an illness or physical/psychical condition that you suffer in silence, and you hope to be helped by these ancient practices.

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To the first group, I’d recommend my tai chi classes and attending Master Liming Yue regular tai chi workshops in Dublin. To the second group, I’d advice to check both tai chi and health qi gong classes. Both tai chi and qi gong exercises are gentle and beautiful, but while tai chi is based on martial applications, qi gong is based on animal movements and other aspects of nature and it has a strong link to Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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To the third group I’d say to check out qi gong classes before making up your minds, and choose according to what you love. At times, illness is the way that our bodies has to communicate with our minds. Any of my classes is good to practice “listening to our bodies”. Some qi gong exercises can be particularly beneficial for certain conditions, but they need to be practised regularly, so qi gong classes may be the best for this group, depending on the condition.


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How to choose the right qi gong class?

Classes at House of Movement

 

As our house of movement grows, new tai chi and qi gong classes are added to the main ones, so please read carefully to make sure that you are in the class that brings most benefits to you. At the moment, 3 different types of classes are run: tai chi 11 form, health qigong Mawangdui, and qi gong & meditation.

 

You want to go to a qi gong class, but….

What QIGONG class?

At the moment, there are two options: Mawangdui qi gong and qi gong & meditation classes.

Drawing a bow

The Mawangdui qi gong set is a beautiful sequence of 12 qigong movements, each one of them focusing on a particular meridian in the body. Each movement is beneficial for that meridian, but is also linked to other meridians and acupoints. Some of the benefits will be explained in both qi gong class. Some of the movements need some time to be learnt, and may be challenging as we are often prone to push ourselves too hard. It may take time to relax and only move as our body feels comfortable moving. In time, we’ll get less explanations and more practice and it will be easier to relax. Mawangdui qigong movements are so special and delicate that they are worth waiting for.

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If you like simple, easy-to-learn qi gong movements, based mainly on the breath, and wish to enter into a meditative state most of the class, the qi gong & meditation classes may be what you’re looking for. The easiest qi gong exercises from different health qigong sets are selected to enter into a meditative state while moving, sort of a moving meditation, and then we’ll explore still meditation. If you went to meditation classes in the past, and would like to meditate but find it difficult to sit still for a long time, starting a practice of simple qi gong exercises may be a gentle way to get into it.

 

House of movement allows you to move in different ways, from the warrior mind set of the tai chi classes to the calm meditator mind set, and exploring some qi gong exercises based on animals and nature.


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Interesting tai chi articles

This is a short post to recommend some of the tai chi articles which I have been reading in the last couple of months. We are so lucky to have all of this information with a few clicks.

An article which reminds me of the taoist principle of wu wei (action without action):

The Power of Yielding: Getting It Done By Not Doing It

Tai chi article about the famous and spiritual Wudang Mountain (Hubei, China)

Going to the Mountain

Insteresting article linking Eastern and Western medicine, fascia network and acupoints

Review of Evidence Suggesting That the Fascia Network Could Be the Anatomical Basis for Acupoints and Meridians in the Human Body

Portrait of a wonderful Grandmaster who will be in Donegal in June

Chen XiaoWang – Keeper of the taiji secrets

For more information about his seminar in Donegal, visit http://www.chenireland.com

I have been posting these and other articles in my Facebook page. If you wish to read them as I’m finding them, become a friend, like House of movement – Tai chi & qi gong in Facebook. Happy reading!


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Who is Master Liming Yue

I first met Master Liming Yue in Manchester in October 2010. I was very afraid because it was the first time that I was training with a Chinese master and I knew that he will see all my mistakes. I was also planning to be accredited as a chen style tai chi teacher and I had been training hard, but I knew I still had a lot to learn. I was in bits.

The training was intense and he was serious and thorough. I learnt so much! After that, with sore legs and an accreditation in my hand, I met Liming, the man. The weekend ended with a Chinese meal in China Town in Manchester with a couple of instructors. I didn’t stop laughing. He explained that he would like his students to become friends. This gave me an idea of who he was: a serious instructor, a warm man. I smiled and thought that I had found my next tai chi home.

Over the years, Liming has been telling me stories about the tai chi world he discovered in China and his stories fascinate me. He started to train as a child in Shaolin martial arts, and being impressed by one tai chi practitioner decided to train with the masters in the Chen village (home of tai chi) to continue his journey. He tells his stories with a soft voice in a childlike tone full of life.

As the Chinese proverb goes “Teachers open the door, you enter it by yourself”. Master Liming opened a door to chen style tai chi and health qi gong for many of us. And we are friends. Every time I go to train in Manchester or Loughrea, I know I will meet some of my tai chi friends, and my heart lightens.

On Friday, 24 February, he will be teaching in Dublin, and I can’t wait to introduce him to my tai chi students, maybe some day his new friends. I am just back from an amazing weekend training with him in Manchester, and I would like as many people as possible to access his teachings. If you are reading this, think about coming to the workshop. It is a great opportunity to train with a great teacher and meet a wonderful man.


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Year of the Dragon – This house is moving

Dear students,

Only about a month earlier, I was recalling some of the events which marked 2011. Now, we are in 2012 and a Chinese New Year has began – the Year of the Dragon. House of movement is getting ready for a new year full of tai chi news and events.

Our venues

South William Space: House of movement’s regular classes are being held in the South William Space, 27 South William Street, Dublin 2.

Open Mind Yoga: HoM will also use Open Mind Yoga studios for some workshops.

Parks: Last year, free tai chi in the park practice was organised in the Iveagh Gardens. When Spring knocks at the door, we will go back to nature.

Our friends

Ireland Tai chi and Qigong Association – House of Movement belongs to this association, which is becoming more active and strives to promote quality tai chi and qi gong training everywhere in Ireland. The association includes tai chi instructors from Clare, Galway, Cork, Tipperary, Limerick, Dublin, etc. See our Facebook page and become a fan here.

A tai chi & qi gong international event will be organised during the year. Watch this space!

Our monthly workshops

There will be monthly tai chi and/or qi gong workshops every month. Check our website for updates. The first workshops are as follows:

February — Friday 24th at 6-9pm– With Master Liming Yue. Open to absolute beginners. Open Mind Yoga, 95 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. More details here.

March — Friday 16th at 6-8pm — Health Qi Gong — Ba Duan Jin — South William Space. This is part of the affordable workshops at €15 for students in the mailing list only. If you wish to become part of the mailing list and get updates about these workshops, contact Alda.

Our celebrations

There is no celebration without a party and there is no party without a surprise, so let us leave this section blank.

It is a pleasure to be part of this house which is moving thanks to you.

Keep in touch,

Alda


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House of movement in 2011

Hightlights of Year 2011 in House of Movement

January 2011 – House of movement runs only one course in the Swan Leisure.

16 students start the 11 form course.

April 2011 – Intensive training and accreditation in Five Animals and 8 piece brocade

May 2011 – Alda participates in Tina Zhang’s workshop in qi gong for women in Dublin

June 2011 – Alda obtains Level 2 instructor accreditation by Master Liming Yue

                     House of movement starts new courses in the South William Space

August 2011 – SpIrish party to fundraise the Irish team in Qi Gong Intl Tournament

September 2011 – Alda competes in Intl Qi Gong Tournament in Canada

October 2011 – HoM runs 6 courses: Swan Leisure, Sth William St & Civic Offices

A delegation of Chinese health qi gong masters visits Ireland

November 2011 – House of movement leaves Swan Leisure, teaching only in Dublin 2

Plans for 2012

Health Qigong Affordable Workshops once a month

Master Liming Yue will start teaching in Dublin – First workshop in February 24

More events and news soon!

Thank you all for making this year such a big success. Happy New Year 2012!


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HoM celebrates one anniversary with free classes

Alda started to teach tai chi as House of movement at around these times in the Swan Leisure in Rathmines. To celebrate this first anniversary, welcome all new students, and encourage potential ones to have a taste of the classes, HoM is organising free tai chi & qi gong classes. The classes will be a preparation for the long awaited seminar by the Chinese masters of the Health Qi Gong Association.

Here are the details for the free classes:

Date: Monday, 24 October
Time: 6pm-7pm & 7pm-8pm
Venue: Ground Floor, 28 South William Street, Dublin 2
Level: All levels
Cost: Free
 

And here are the details for the Chinese Health Qi Gong Association seminar:

Date: Wednesday, 26 October
Time: 7pm-9:30pm
Venue: Yeats Suite, Mont Clare Hotel, 1/4 Lower Merrion Street, Dublin 2
Level: All levels
Cost: €25
 

Normal classes with resume the week after this event with 4 classes per week (except Monday bank holiday) in Dublin 2 and 1 class in Rathmines.

Mondays at 6pm: Tai Chi 11 form in 28 South William Street. Cost: €45/ month. More info here.
Mondays at 7pm: Introduction to tai chi and qi gong in 28 South William Street. Cost: €40/month or €13 drop-in. More info here.
Mondays at 8:15pm: Tai Chi 11 form in Swan Leisure, Rathmines. Cost: €40 for beginners & €45 for post-beginners. More info here.
Tuesdays at 6pm: Health Qi Qong in 28 South William Street. Cost: €45/ month or €15 drop-in. More info here.
Tuesdays at 7pm: Tai Chi 11 form in 28 South William Street. Cost: €45/ month. More info here.
 

Don’t forget to check our Offers page for more details about discounts you can avail of.


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International championship in Vancouver

Last weekend, 17-18 September, the 4th International Health Qigong Tournament and Exchange took place in Vancouver, followed by seminars by prestigious Chinese masters from the Chinese Health Qigong Association. I was part of the Irish team, together with Kevin Copeland from Clare Tai Chi. From the registration day on 15th September, we had the chance to meet tai chi and qi gong practitionners from all over the world. It was an extremely enriching experience, and I am sure you will see this reflected in my future classes.

The tournament ran smoothly. It started with an opening ceremony with speeches by VIPs from the Chinese and Canadian governments, beautiful dances, and demonstrations of the four qi gong sets represented in the tournament (Ba Duan Jin, Wu Qin Xi, Yi Jin Jing & Liu Zi Jue). Both Kevin and I entered the competition in the modalities of Ba Duan Jin (8 pieces brocade) and Wu Qin Xi (five animals). Kevin brought two medals (silver and bronze) home. The competition was hard and I congratulate Kevin in his success.

Kevin receives his two medals (first on the left in the black suit)After the closing ceremony, the Chinese Health Qigong Association offered two seminars. Master Lei Bin and Master Wang Zhen shared their knowledge in respectively Yi Jin Jing and Mawangdui Daoyinshu qigong forms. The Mawangdui Daoyinshu qigong form has recently been introduced in the West and it is believed to be the origin of many other health qigong forms. The Chinese Health Qigong Association invited the instructors participating in this event to share this knowledge to benefit everyone’s health.

Wang Zhen with some students from ChinaThe Mawangdui Daoyinshu form is beautiful, with graceful movements and great health benefits as it works with all the meridians. I loved the movements, and I’ve decided to incorporate this form to my regular practice.

Participating in this event has proven to be a fantastic experience: my qigong has improved, I learnt other qigong forms, but also I met experienced instructors from all over the world who were open to share their experiences practising and teaching tai chi and qigong. I can’t wait to add all of this knowledge to my classes.

The Chinese Health Qigong Association masters, including its President, will be giving health qigong seminars in Ireland next October. They will teach Ba Duan Jin in Dublin on 26 October. More info here.

This is a unique opportunity to train with health qigong masters from China. If you are interested in this event, let me know.


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Free tai chi classes when you enter HoM

This is a quick note to let all current and potential students of HoM know that once you enrol a course, you can access other courses in the same level or inferior levels for free.

Examples:

If you attend the post-beginner course in South William Space on Mondays at 6pm, you can avail of free tai chi classes on Thursdays at 6pm the South William Space.

If you usually go on Mondays at 6pm and you are busy one week, you can make up for that class on Thursday at 6pm.

Also, if you enrol a qi gong course or drop-in a specific week to a qi gong class, you can avail of a discount on a class that same week. For example, if you enrol on the qi gong course on Monday at 7pm, you can go to the drop-in qi gong classes on Thursdays at 7pm for only €10. Or if you dropped in on Monday, and you wish to drop-in on Thursday that same week, you can do so for €10.

If you have any queries about this offer, do not hesitate to contact me.

To all new students, welcome to the House of movement (HoM)!

Alda

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