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

Our current timetable for aqua sessions by day 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  9am – 9.45am  (Temporarily closed) Whitworth, Rossendale Venue: John Street, Whitworth,  Near Rochdale. OL12 8BT Prices & Booking Information  Tel: 01282 865605 Fridays  11am – 11.45am Barnoldswick Venue:  West Craven Sports Centre Kelbrook Road, Barnoldswick, BB18 5TB Prices & Bookings Tel  01282 666710
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Lighthouse Tai Chi® Autumn News 2022

Autumn Fires -  Robert Louis Stevenson In the other gardens    And all up in the vale, From the autumn bonfires    See the smoke trail! Pleasant summer over,     And all the summer flowers, The red fire blazes,    The grey smoke towers. Sing a song of seasons!    Something bright in all! Flowers in the summer,    Fires in the fall!  Welcome to the Autumn Season at Lighthouse.  The class syllabus has changed to make sure we are getting the health and immune boosting benefits from our tai chi and qigong to prepare for the Winter. This is a great time to get back to class. We have been really busy this summer and so happy to see more people returning to classes and renewing the commitment to their health and wellbeing for the future.  Tai Chi is a lifestyle that will support you throughout life's ups and downs, helping to keep you independent for as long as possible and bringing balance and harmony to mind, body and spirit. Thank you for taking this journey with us. Congratulations to

Lighthouse Tai Chi® Summer Newsletter 2022

  We got Married - Woo Hoo! In May, we were finally able to have our wedding in Sorrento Italy. The day was more magical than we could have dreamed of and the good wishes and congratulations have been so lovely. When we get the official photos we'll make a short video and send you a link so you can have a look if you wish. We will now be with you all the way up to December, except for August Bank Holiday Monday  when we are closed. Summer is looking really good this year, as people feel more positive again and enjoy meeting up. This is especially good news for our free tai chi in the park program, which starts on Friday 1st July at Whitaker Park. This will be officially opened by the Mayor & Mayoress of Rossendale.  Victoria Park, Pendle events start on Friday 29th July, All the details for both parks are on our website at www.lighthousetaichi.com/events.html Lighthouse t-shirts, jackets & more We have the new prices from our supplier for our branded clothing and merchandis

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