Tai Chi Workshop
About your instructor…
Sophie Fagan is a Tai chi instructor from the UK now living in Amsterdam. She has studied Tai Chi for over 15 years in a variety of settings.
Having trained and taught at Tai Chi schools in Bristol UK as well as deepening her training at The Wudang Gong Fu Academy in China, this range of experience and inspiration has fueled the enthusiasm and knowledge inherent in her teaching.
She is now the proud founder of Amsterdam Chen Tai Chi and Chi Gong which offers workshops in parks, festivals and retreats during the summer months as well as weekly classes indoors in the city of Amsterdam.
Sophie's story - DzI discovered Tai Chi at a very stressful time of my life, when work got on top of me and I was finding it very difficult to switch off and find any Ǯme timeǯ. Discovering Tai chi has changed all that, helping me control my stress levels and providing me with that vital space to let go and relax.
In turn it has deepened the connection between my mind and body developing good core strength and finding beauty in the movements, which are created in the Tai Chi formsdz. Practising regular Tai Chi has completely changed how I live my life, I would be completely lost without it.
It’s because of this that I feel incredibly passionate about making Tai Chi accessible for all. It is my hope that through teaching Tai Chi I can provide students with the tools they need to combat day to day stress and feel more relaxed.
What is Tai Chi?
Tai Chi is a Chinese form of martial art that dates back thousands of years. Its gentle, yet strong movements and breathing techniques help develop core strength as well as improve health and vitality.
Tai Chi Form - I will be teaching the first set of movements to the Chen style Lao Jia Yilu (old Frame). This form is the oldest form of Tai Chi in the world and is a joy to teach and practice.
About the Workshop
The great thing about this workshop is that is is completely accessible to all. If you’ve never done Tai Chi before this workshop is a great introduction and if you’ve studied it for years the workshop provides you with lovely way to reconnect. The workshop will include:-Warm up - where we’ll start with some loosening exercises to limber up our bodies and relax our minds.
Chi Gong – We will practice some simple moving meditation exercises together.
Partner exercises to help embody the principles of Tai Chi – moving from our centre and connecting with our Tantien (energy centre).
Tai Chi Form – Bringing our focus to the first few movements in the Lao Jia Yilu form of Chen Style Tai Chi.