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7-day challenge

Breathe : Tap : Stretch


Kickstart your day beginning in bed! Your 7-day challenge to improve your health and wellbeing. Energise, exercise, feel great and alive. Enjoy a Calm Mind and Strong Body with this simple daily Breathe – Tap – Stretch routine with Marsha and David. Just 20 minutes of exercise in 3 parts. Starting now, let us know how you get on – can you do it?

GET MOVING : TAKE ACTION.  Living (as always) with energy & love xx

2021 Lockdown

All our classes are suspended until further notice but remember, we are always here to guide and support you in your Tai Chi and Qigong practice.

Thank you all for sticking with us – you’re doing a great job with your practice, and it will only get better.
Some thoughts for you to ponder:
“The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts”.
“For confronting boredom – ask more questions.
For tackling loneliness – take more action.
And for easing sadness – think more of others”.

“Accept……. Change doesn’t happen overnight. Attempt to effect change with kindness, understanding & constructive action”.

Take care, stay safe and well. See you all again very soon.

Look at all the benefits your mind and body can get with regular practice – why wouldn’t you want to do some Qigong every day. Qigong for the health and wellbeing of your body & mind:

  • brain – improve cognitive function
  • mood – relieve anxiety & depression symptoms
  • connective flexibility – improve strength
  • cardiovascular system – lower blood pressure / reduce resting heart rate
  • joints – relieve arthritis pain
  • balance – improve physical & mental balance
  • bones – increase density
  • immune system – improve function & reduce inflammation profiles
  • muscles – improve strength
  • overall wellbeing – improve markers in healthy & chronically ill people.

Tai Chi Long Style Yang Form:

  • Improve immune function.
  • Develop your muscle strength.
  • Lower blood pressure.
  • Increase bone density.
  • Reduce resting heart rate.
  • Improve balance.
  • Enjoy more joint flexibility.

Life is for living – enjoy in peace & tranquility with energy & love. Practice Tai Chi & Qigong at home regularly (in between classes!) to strengthen your immune system, build a stronger more flexible body and keep a grip on a positive mental attitude to get you through these difficult times.

Please keep in touch – we are always OPEN for your questions and comments. 

“Back to Basics” home practice 9

Tai Chi & Qigong daily. for mental relaxation and physical strength.
Feel the difference, be more aware of your body and breath.

Amazingly relaxing, simple moves – and evidence ‘that proves the effectiveness of this exercise on immunity, & Tai Chi efficacy for treating infectious diseases’. Read more.


Heng Ha breathing

“The Secret Power of Breathing” home practice 8

“The Secret Power of Breathing” – a CalmX routine to follow but it will need practice to fully achieve the powerful benefits gained from these simple moves.

To help you coordinate your moves with your natural breathing pattern, we have some notes here. Vocalise each breath – in as “henn”, out breath as “aaaaaaaaah” with enthusiasm.

“Calm Mind, Strong Body” home practice 7

“Calm Mind Strong Body” – a CalmX routine to practice standing or seated. Develop & gain mastery over your mind, your qi & your body. These exercises are only guides & aids to this process & are not ends in themselves.

Slow flowing movements will improve flexibility & posture & with regular practice will give you longer, & stronger muscles. 

Calm Mind Strong Body

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“Transferring Weight” home practice 6

“Transferring Weight” – another CalmX routine – with the essential principle of Tai Chi & Qigong Weight Transference simply integrated into this video:

  • moving from your centre
  • consciously shifting weight
  • controlling your balance with an upright posture 

“Feeling Awesome” home practice 5

– CalmX routine to become mindful, can enhance serenity, create positive emotions and cultivate your inner energy. Discover simplistic. progressive exercises for a lifetime of amazing health & wellbeing.

Seated or standing for all levels of fitness, these moves introduce simple exercise to beginners. “If you don’t make time in your life for exercise & health, then you will have to make time later for illness.” How true may this be for you!

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tai chi qigong mental physical balance

“Get Physical and Mental Balance” home practice 4

“Get Physical and Mental Balance” feel calm, clear-headed, grounded and motivated creating a more balanced life. Exercise using left & right sides of your body equally, in alternative directions, and start with your less dominant side. Every day, use your less dominant hand or leg for regular daily tasks – like opening doors, drawers, putting your clothes on using the other arm or leg….only if it is safe for you, it’s fun!

“Calming your Mind” home practice 3

“Calming Your Mind” anxious? stressed? then join us to benefit your health – exercise your mind and body. Start every day with a calm mind. Rejuvenate your day with practice after lunch. Relax before bedtime for a good nights sleep. Be aware of your body’s needs.

“Curling Tails” and “Swirling Water” qigong exercises are for anyone to enjoy – children and adults, fit and unfit, sitting on a chair.

Most importantly, breathe naturally – to and from the dantien (a place inside our bodies 2 finger-width beneath your tummy button) generally breathing in to lift and out to lower. Co-ordinate your moves with your breath.


calm your mind

stretching to expand

“Stretching to Expand” home practice 2

“Stretching to Expand” – feel good, feel alive & energised.

Simple stretches that can either be a superb workout for the super fit or a gentle stretch for those bodies that are more delicate. It’s up to you how much effort you put into the stretches and only do what you can comfortably do – listen to your body.

“Breathing to Begin” home practice 1

“Breathing to Begin” – Tai Chi Tigers first home practice video for you.

Enjoy with us now – gentle, calming exercises to feel relaxed, at the same time feeling  energised and more positive.

An ideal workout for the mental strain you may be feeling in these uncertain times.

breathing to begin

Coronavirus Update – stay well: wash hands often / use a tissue for coughs / avoid touching your face.

Take Action – practice Tai Chi & Qigong daily for regular mental & physical exercise.

Limit the news & be careful what you read. 

All indoor classes now postponed until further notice.

Workshops 2020

Unfortunately due to the present situation (coronavirus), our workshop Fan Form (March 21) has been postponed. Also WTCQD for this year is cancelled but you can still enjoy last years event here.

“Dear Marsha – Just a few words to describe what a great session we all had at the Saturday workshop. I said all since everyone I saw was involved, irrespective of their level of knowledge. It was enjoyable and exhilarating and I look forward to the next one”. J.H.

“Thank you Marsha and David for another wonderful workshop – these workshops give me the incentive to practice more every day. We study the moves in detail and learn how each move affects a certain part of the body energizing us and helping us get the most out of our day and also enhancing our wellbeing! I would certainly recommend these workshops to everyone!” M.S.


Just some of our Tiger family & friends celebrating Chinese New Year together after a short relaxing session of Qigong.


“Thank you so much for yesterday’s gathering of ‘tigers’ – I’m not quite sure if it was an ambush or a streak! –  but it proved that these tigers are not solitary animals”. Chris H

“Thanks Marsha. We all thoroughly enjoyed the occasion. Well done to you & your team”. Gill L

” It was so lovely seeing everyone happy, laughing & really enjoying themselves – & meeting new friends”. Sue H


Together we raised £336 which we are donating to Macmillan Cancer Halifax:

“The Jayne Garforth Cancer Information Centre:

& the British Heart Foundation in Halifax.

An amazing effort by everyone who supported the event.

BHF thanks

NHS thanks

Join us to celebrate World Tai Chi & Qigong Day with over 80 nations & 100’s of cities worldwide.
Everyone welcome to enjoy an amazing experience  that may change every aspect of your life promoting a healthier wellbeing physically & mentally.

Learn more about Tai Chi & Qigong.

From 9.30am talk to our instructors, hear about the amazing benefits:
to their health from this exercise,
the peace, calm and tranquility gained to deal with stress at work or in life.
Watch demonstrations of different Forms using swords, fans & sticks.
10am – 11am Experience the basic simple moves of Tai Chi & Qigong for yourself.
Never done this before? so try it now.
Beginners & Masters, fit & unfit, wheelchair users & people of any age 5 to 95 – this exercise is really for almost everyone. Come & enjoy it with us – you will feel so much better afterwards…physically or mentally – guaranteed!
Help us to help others –Donations of £5 pp or £10 per family (2 adults + up to 4 children over 5).
All proceeds to charity.

Health and Wellbeing 

Looking for more information relating to a healthy body and mind, the amazing benefits of Qigong? then click on Health & Wellbeing for articles to help motivate & encourage you towards a better, happier life, and living life to the very best you can.

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Strengthen muscles as well as heart to stay fit and healthy, say top doctors –

article on BBC News today 07.09.2019 recommends Tai Chi to combine deep breathing and relaxation with gentle movements.

Worth reading – an article brought to my notice in The Guardian recently :  read here.

And this week in The Times – Qigong : read here

2020 – Year of the Rat

This is a Year of Metal Rat, starting from the 2020 Chinese New Year on January 25 and lasting to 2021 Lunar New Year’s Eve on February 11.

The Rat has characteristics of an animal with spirit, wit, alertness, delicacy, flexibility and vitality.Rats are clever, quick thinkers; successful, but content with living a quiet and peaceful life.

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2020 Wellbeing Festival – CANCELLED due to coronavirus

“Thank you everyone who came along and supported Tai Chi Tigers throughout Saturday and Sunday. The weekend was great and the public Tai Chi & Qigong session on Sunday was truly memorable. Our taster sessions were very well attended and inspired lots of people”.MC

Many thanks to everyone involved at The Piece Hall, 2019 and special thanks to Howard of Phoenix Radio and his team whose music set the scene.