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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, low impact and suitable for all physiques and fitness levels. We try to teach the movements in such a way that you can learn skills that benefit you your whole life.


In Person Weekly Classes

MORNINGSMIDDAYEVENINGS
MondaysTai Chi with Arthritis Ireland Community Hall, Doonbeg 10am-11am
TuesdaysIntroduction to Vision & Body Improvement Exercises, CBS school, Ennis 8.10pm-9.20pm (Starts 18th June)
WednesdaysIntroduction to Tai Chi Stick Health Preservation Exercises, Green Room, Kilmihil 10am-11.15am (Starts 19th June)
ThursdaysTai Chi with Arthritis Ireland GAA Hall, Milltown Malbay 10am-11amTai Chi with WCRC, Community Centre, Kilrush 12pm-12.45pm
FridaysTai Chi with Arthritis Ireland Cois nA hBana, Ennis 10am-11am

Sunday Workshops in the Green Room, Kilmihil (10.30am-1pm)

Dates (2024/25)TitleDescription
June 16th Vision & Body Improvement Exercises (Improvers)Refining the movements. Suitable for those with previous experience of Vision & Body Improvement Exercises
July 7th Tai Chi FormLinking the foundation movements to the free flowing form. Suitable for those with previous experience of foundation Tai Chi and/or form
September 15thMembers Revision & Corrections WorkshopChance to go over any of he Tai Chi & Qigong Forms we do online, members only(free for members)
October 13thTai Chi Stick Health Preservation ExercisesThe forth and fifth Stick movements. Suitable for beginners
November 17th Tai Chi FormLinking the foundation movements to the free flowing form. Suitable for those with previous experience of foundation Tai Chi and/or form
January 19thMembers Revision & Corrections WorkshopChance to go over any of he Tai Chi & Qigong Forms we do online, members only(free for members)
February 16thTai Chi Stick Health Preservation ExercisesThe sixth & seventh movements. Suitable for beginners
March 23rdVision & Body Improvement ExercisesGently guided through the wonderful Vision & Body improvements 5 movements. Suitable for beginners

Members Classes (online unless otherwise stated)

8.30am-9.10pm12pm-12.45pm6.30pm-7.15pm
MondaysTai Chi Foundations
Tuesdays
Vision & Body Improvement
SaturdaysTai Chi Stick Health Exercises

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 memory 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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