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Lighthouse Tai Chi® Spring Newsletter 2024

In this edition: · World Tai Chi Day Free Online · Latest weekly class timetable · Holiday Closures · Free Tai Chi in Whitaker Park Lighthouse Tai Chi® and Lighthouse Aqua Tai Chi® t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, hoodies, and gilets are available to order from classes. All orders are made to your request and must be paid for by credit or debit card in advance. Order forms and colour charts are available at classes. Please note we cannot accept cash payments. The Spring/Summer order closes on Friday 30th March. Delivery will be to your selected class venue after Easter. Please check our terms and conditions on the order forms.  World Tai Chi Day 2024  Saturday 27th April at 10am World Tai Chi & Qigong Day is held each year in over 80 nations on the last Saturday of April each year, at 10 am local time all over the world. It begins with mass Tai Chi, Chi Kung, and Mind Body events in the earliest time zones of New Zealand, and then spreads at the world turns, 10
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Happy New Year 2024 - Celebrating our Top Attenders in 2023

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Lighthouse Tai Chi Weekly Classes

  all classes include Tai Chi & Qigong join anytime Classes are 1 hour except Aqua 45 minutes All sessions open to beginners Burnley & Accrington classes require advanced booking For venues and booking information, visit our Venues page  or Tap Centre Name to visit their website or use our Lighthouse Map TIME VENUE   MONDAY 08.15 Spa Naturel at Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Clayton-le-Moors, Hyndburn 10.00 Trawden Community Centre, Trawden, Pendle 13.00 Adrenaline Centre , Haslingden, Rossendale 14.00 Adrenaline Centre, Haslingden, Rossendale   TUESDAY 10.00 Sion Baptist Church , Church St. Burnley 13.00 West Craven Sports Centre , Barnoldswick   WEDNESDAY 10.00 Pendle Leisure Centre , Colne 11.00 Pe

Lighthouse Aqua Tai Chi® - Weekly Classes - When & Where?

Our current timetable for aqua sessions for the benefits and general information, please visit our dedicated page ,  or scroll down to find your class Or click on the picture above to watch our short introduction video Wednesdays  11am – 11.45am Ramsbottom Venue : Ramsbottom Pool & Fitness Centre,  Stubbins Lane, Ramsbottom BL0 0PT   Prices & Bookings Tel 0161 253 7000 Thursdays  7pm – 7.45pm  Barnoldswick Venue:  West Craven Sports Centre Kelbrook Road, Barnoldswick, BB18 5TB Prices & Bookings Tel  01282 666710 Fridays  11am – 11.45am Barnoldswick Venue:  West Craven Sports Centre Kelbrook Road, Barnoldswick, BB18 5TB Prices & Bookings Tel  01282 666710 coming soon tbc Fridays  2pm - 2.45pm Spa Naturel at Mercure Dunkenhalgh Hotel Clayton-le-Moors, Hyndburn  BB5 5JP Included in memberships - click logo book via app or at reception  Non-Members welcome   Please call Lighthouse  for non-member bookings on Tel 0787 637 7321 Our Safeguarding & DBS Policy Our Data P

Lighthouse Aqua Tai Chi® Antenatal - the benefits for mums-to-be

Lighthouse Aqua Tai Chi ® for pregnancy Real Tai Chi and Qigong in warm water, Lighthouse Aqua Tai Chi® is gentle, low impact, relaxing and mindful and offers all the benefits of tai chi ,   plus the recognized outcomes of water based exercise. It is on both the NHS website and Netmums Whether you are continuing exercising or just getting started during your pregnancy our specialised aqua tai chi sessions will give you the gentle workout you need, without the worry of bumping the bump, or adding pressure to aching feet and joints. Women who participate in aqua exercise during pregnancy experience less physical discomfort and improved mobility in addition for being physically prepared for childbirth. Aqua tai chi is safe at all stages of pregnancy unless your health professional recommends you do not exercise at all. The water helps to support your posture, to strengthen the core muscles, enhancing the stability of the abdomen and lower back, improving your balance, co-ordination and

What's in a name? The importance of understanding imagery in Tai Chi & Qigong

  Names and understanding The use of poetic and functional names in Tai Chi and Qigong can be difficult to decipher or simplistically obvious. When we first hear some of the names of the postures, it can be amusing and confusing: ‘ part wild horse’s mane’, ‘ twin dragons emerge from the sea ’ and ‘ stand like a tree .’ What we need to appreciate is that these names are translations from the original Chinese. So, with as with any translation, things can be lost in the process. Much of the knowledge of tai chi and qigong was traditionally encoded in poetic form or as a song. Many of the students would not have been literate, so the names aided in the memorising of the sequence and its applications. Additionally cultural and philosophical differences, along with the inherent secrecy of martial arts culture, could lead you to misunderstandings and getting the wrong end of the stick. However, when we hear these names, we instantly get a picture or concept in our mind. Combining this

Embodying Tai Chi in the Sword by Judith van Drooge

Our guest blog for August is by  Judith Van Drooge.  Judith is a very accomplished tai chi instructor whom we have admired for many years, and is particularly known to us for her tai chi sword expertise and passion for sharing.  We asked her to provide a short, personal article about her feelings and experience of tai chi sword, with some links for you to find out more. The lovely flow of these words is an art in itself, we hope you will enjoy reading and re-reading it as much as we do. She has practised Yang Lineage Tai Chi Chuan with Luis Molera and Grandmaster William C.C. Chen since 1999, with great pleasure and devotion. Judith is an all-round practitioner who successfully competed in national and international tournaments attaining gold, silver and bronze medals in Forms (weapons), Chi Kung and Push Hands.  Judith has her own school Inner Touch Tai Chi in Zwolle, the Netherlands and has been a regular teacher at most of the major European Tai Chi events.  "To embody the

5 Elements Theory - Pathway to internal and external harmony by Heather Reade

This month we have another guest blog:  The 5 Elements Theory  is by our esteemed colleague and friend Heather Reade (MFHT) .  Heather has been teaching Tai Chi and Qigong since 1999 in England and the US and provides courses for the NHS, in addition to Active West Lancs, MacMillan Cancer Care; the U3A; Twinkle House Sensory and Wellness Centre and primary schools in Liverpool and Lancashire.  In 2009, she created Water Lotus Qigong, a hydrotherapy, which has been used in the US and UK for the alleviation of pain, arthritis, and fibromyalgia. She is also, a qualified Sports Therapist, and Ear Acupuncturist.  To find out more about Heather and to request any further information, please visit website  Heather Reade School of Tai Chi and QiGong The 5 Elements, or Wu Xing (woo sshing), is a system used to categorise and explain patterns of transformation in the universe.  Wu Xing 五行  Wu = five  Xing = movement, transformation, phase Dating back almost 4,700 years ago, the 5 Elements wer