Tai Chi: A return to nature

The Tai Chi system i teach is a traditional practice, which has been handed down through several generations of diligent practitioners since it’s creation by Taoists in the mountains of ancient China.

The practice of Tai Chi has never been more relevant for humans of today, who are faced with unprecedented levels of uncertainty and stress, in addition to becoming increasingly removed from lifestyles our biological systems were designed for.

Harmonising with natural rhythms

Tai Chi practice is fundamentally about re aligning yourself with the natural, healthful processes of nature and to allow these generative and restorative features to occur within you. 

Practice of Tai Chi significantly reduces stress levels and anxiety, by focusing on states of mind, attitudes and beliefs as well as a variety of different physical and attentional practices which are designed to get you to shift the activity of your nerves into parasympathetic mode. This is the calm, restful state where we feel at ease, positive and good. In this state the body is primed to regenerate injured tissues and cells, promote feelings of wellbeing, optimise and balance hormones and allow the mind to be in a positive mode, where it can plan better and make higher quality decisions. You are essentially taking yourself out of ‘defence’ mode and into ‘active positive living mode.

The genius of tai chi is that it does this through methods of practice that are truly whole and unified.

Whole body inner and outer training: Tranquility, calm and wellbeing

You develop profound feelings of wellbeing after practice, including partner work, via increases in all the D.O.S.E feel good chemistry, dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin and endorphins – literally all the ways a human being can feel happiest.

Practice of traditional Tai Chi methods can have transformative effects on your health. It strengthens attentional focus, awareness, the functioning of the nervous system, moves lymphatic fluid, enhances respiration and lung function, improves overall immunity and strengthens the condition of the internal organs. Not to mention enhance cardiovascular functioning and oxygenation of cells around the body. Muscular and connective tissue strength is developed and conditioned, posture improves and your ability to use your body athletically is improved. Systemic Inflammation is also reduced.

Improving physical and mental performance

By training properly in Tai Chi Chuan you are improving the functioning of your entire organism including all the physical and mental aspects. This leads to no only feelings of positivity and optimism but also promotes confidence. Your appearance improves through a variety of mechanisms including weight management, better body control and posture, improved skin condition via the mechanism of lengthening of telomeres, which is linked to improved collagen condition.

Tai Chi practice is something everyone can and probably should do. It’s infused with profound humanist/naturalist wisdom from the ancient Taoists, which is an ideal antidote to the current techno focussed, disconnected lifestyles many people endure today. All ages can practice, and fitness levels are not important. Everyone will quickly improve all facets once they begin their practice. 

The practice i teach is generally known as the ‘Wudang’ style – and is a complete system of Tai Chi – which also includes a separate (though integrated) martial arts/self defence training syllabus.

Practicing on Hampstead Heath (socially distant)

I am aiming to run these daily soon, currently we meet Monday and Wednesday from 6.30pm till 8.30pm. Cost per class is £20 or £100 for an entire month (includes both classes). Student discounts are available.

To join the group drop me an email Neil@Neilrosiak.com

or a WhatsApp message: 0751 552 2950

Online classes

I stream the classes online via Google Hangouts so if you aren’t local or prefer to stay online for now drop me a message.

Neil@Neilrosiak.com

Tai Chi personal Training

With lockdown restrictions easing up, I am training people in person on a one-to-one basis again. I am doing these sessions in Hampstead Heath as well as in Grovelands Park. Drop me an email to enquire.

Neil@Neilrosiak.com

Learn via video.

My videos are designed to be very easy to follow and learn from. One is designed for beginners and intermediates and the other for intermediates to advanced.