New Qigong & Tai Chi Classes Starting at the Folk House

Qigong (Taijiwuxigong)

Wednesday, 12pm – 1pm

Tai Chi

Wednesday, 1.15pm – 2.15pm

April 19th – July 12th

(Half term May 31st)

April 19th – July 12th

(Half term May 31st)

Full fee: £102.00 | Over 65s: £92.00 | Benefit: £82.00Full fee: £102.00 | Over 65s: £92.00 | Benefit: £82.00


Many people have been asking when I’ll be restarting my weekly classes in Bristol, and I’m pleased to announce that as of next month I will be stepping in as tutor for two new courses at the Folk House on Park Street.


I’m really excited about this opportunity to represent our style of Tai Chi and Qigong in such a well regarded and central location in Bristol. These exercises offer such wonderful tools for people to let go of their mental and physical stresses and strains, and I hope that I can make a real impact in the lives of everyone who joins us.


Here are some questions you might be asking yourselves about these classes…


Who would benefit from attending these Tai Chi & Qigong Classes?



To be honest, I think it would be better to ask who wouldn’t benefit from practising Tai Chi and Qigong! I’ve been around the world and dipped anywhere from a toe to a whole leg in many other exercise styles, but I’ve never found anything that compares to the joy and tranquillity I feel after a good bit of Tai Chi and Qigong. The glowing faces and peaceful air that people have after a good session are enough for me to recommend this practice to everyone that I meet.


I would also say that these exercises are great for supporting people who are feeling a little out of balance in their lives, and can offer useful resources for those who might be suffering from more serious conditions.


My hope is that putting these courses on over lunchtime will mean that people can join us during their lunchbreak from work, or between their lectures at Bristol University which is also nearby. I would be really happy if I could make an impact in the lives of the many students who seem to be suffering so greatly from the stresses of life at university.


Should you attend a Qigong Class or a Tai Chi Class (or Both)?


There are a couple of things to consider here…


The postures in a Qigong class will be more accessible to anyone who has issues with their legs, as we mostly stand with feet parallel and our weight distributed evenly. Also, we repeat the same movements, learning to connect ever deeper with our breath and our bodies. This means that we can get the benefits of practice without having to remember long sequences such as the Tai Chi form.


In Tai Chi, on the other hand, we often stand with our weight more over one foot than the other, and at times take all of our weight on one leg. This means that Tai Chi is more challenging in terms of strength and balance. Tai Chi is also a martial art which means that we need to have a clear understanding of the fighting intent behind each posture, and this can bring a sharp clarity to our mind.


Personally, I love Qigong (Taijiwuxigong) for its profound simplicity. These are meditations in movement that connect us back to a wholeness of being that we may have lost in the chaos of life. Also, I love Tai Chi for the strength and dynamism of its movement, as well as for their grace and beauty.


Ultimately, both of these ways of exercise are leading to the same goal, but offer different paths to that destination.


Will Tai Chi & Qigong be Good for My Pain Issues?



Another key reason for starting these classes is the sheer number of people that I see in my acupuncture clinic who I know would benefit from this way of exercise.


Tai Chi & Qigong place such a strong emphasis on correcting physical misalignments, relaxing areas of stiffness and tension, and releasing emotions held in the body. So much so that I have lost count of the people I know who have changed their lives around through their dedication to this practice.


Where can I learn more about these Tai Chi & Qigong Classes in Bristol?



These classes are being offered by the Folk House on Park Street in central Bristol. You can check out their website using the buttons below, and if you’d like to attend a course then simply book in with them.


You can also read some more about Tai Chi and Qigong on my website, and if you have any questions then just get in touch in whatever way is most convenient for you.


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Andrew Wormald

Acupuncture, Tuina Massage & Qigong Specialist

Andrew is a lifelong practitioner of traditional self-cultivation practices. This journal is a space to share insights and information with like-minded people.

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