Welcome to West Way Tai Chi & Qigong

Based in Co. Clare, West Way is committed to giving anyone the chance to access health practices that will enhance their daily living.

Tai Chi and Qigong exercises work with the body by increasing strength, flexibility, balance, metabolism and blood flow, opening energy channels and stimulating acupuncture points.

The movements are non-stressful, non-evasive and suitable for all physiques and fitness levels. We try to teach the movements in such a way that you learn skills that can benefit you your whole life.

We offer classes, workshops, instructor training & membership (that includes online classes, learning resources and discounts) Click here to see members page


Weekly classes (please click on titles for details)

 MORNINGSMIDDAYEVENINGS
MondaysTai Chi with Arthritis Ireland Community Hall, Doonbeg 10am-11amHealing Sounds on Zoom 12pm-12.45pm
TuesdaysBa Duan Jin on Zoom 12pm-12.45pmTai Chi, CBS school, Ennis 8.15pm-9.15pm
WednesdaysTai Chi & Qigong, Green Room, Kilmihil 10am-11.30am
ThursdaysTai Chi with Arthritis Ireland GAA Hall, Milltown Malbay 10am-11amTai Chi on Zoom, 6.30pm-7.30pm
Fridays

Workshops (please click on titles for details)

DatesONLINE 8.30am-10am10am-12.30pm2pm-4.30pm
Sunday 17th October 2021Ba Duan Jin The Ba Duan Jin Qigong(八段錦) is one of the most common and widely practiced forms of Chinese Health Qigong in the world today. These simple movements stimulate the body and mind can be easily practiced at home.Stick Qigong Stick practices give tremendous benefits to the mind, body and energy/blood channels therein. Each of the Stick exercises work the whole body internally and externally. Use of the Stick within the movements helps to correct postural alignments and stimulate acupoints.
Saturday 13th NovemberFive Animals - Deer The Five Animals movements Qigong set, inspired by the animal kingdom, once learned are a treasure you can refine for a lifetime.
Sunday 14th November 2021Tai Chi Fundamentals This day long Tai Chi workshop is based around the fundamentals of good Tai Chi structure and movements. Basically simple repeated movements that work the whole body and mind.Tai Chi Fundamentals In the morning we will concentrate on a few foundations that enhance your body posture, balance and coordination. Then in the afternoon we will link the movements together so you will have a simple short form practice to take away with you that is great on it’s own, but will also be a fantastic foundation for the future
Saturday 4th DecemberFive Animals - Bear The Five Animals movements Qigong set, inspired by the animal kingdom, once learned are a treasure you can refine for a lifetime
Saturday 9th JanuaryFive Animals - Monkey The Five Animals movements Qigong set, inspired by the animal kingdom, once learned are a treasure you can refine for a lifetime
Sunday 16th January 2022Healing SoundsStick Qigong
Saturday 5th FebruaryFive Animals - Bird The Five Animals movements Qigong set, inspired by the animal kingdom, once learned are a treasure you can refine for a lifetime
Sunday 20th February 2022Five AnimalsFive Animals
Sunday 13th March 2022Tai Chi 11 FormTai Chi 11 Form
Sunday 24th April 2022Ba Duan JinStick Qigong
Sunday 22nd May 2022Healing SoundsStick Qigong
Sunday 19th June 2022Tai Chi Fundamentals This day long Tai Chi workshop is based around the fundamentals of good Tai Chi structure and movements. Basically simple repeated movements that work the whole body and mind.Tai Chi Fundamentals In the morning we will concentrate on a few foundations that enhance your body posture, balance and coordination. Then in the afternoon we will link the movements together so you will have a simple short form practice to take away with you that is great on it’s own, but will also be a fantastic foundation for the future

(all workshops held in the Green Room, Kilmihil)

Reflections on practice

The mind, as it directs the body’s movements should be focused and relaxed.  Even after many years of practicing the same exercises you keep your mind’s attention on the actions by observing as well as correcting your body movements, noticing the different feelings and sensations as they arise. As the body/mind connection strengthens, natural awareness of yourself and your environment increases, helping you function more productively in day to day life.

The exercises need to be practiced regularly, with increasing familiarity making the muscle member and performance more productive. Over time you will notice changes in your whole self, relative to your own physical make up and life experiences. 

People approaching Tai Chi/Qigong expecting instant benefits may or may not get what they are looking for. But the real life changing effects are realised through consistent long term practice, so notice over time the marked physical and psychological changes you experience……from the time before you began practicing to where you are now.

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