Village Tai Chi
Lisa Sang and Christine Woodford are founder members of Village Tai Chi. We are passionate about sharing the benefits of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. In addition to our individual practices, we embody the village and Daoist principles of mutual support and co-operation through some co-led classes and workshops.
Lisa Sang teaches Chen Style Tai Chi, Qigong (Chigung), and Fan form. She is an accredited Tai Chi instructor with the Chinese Internal Arts Association (CIAA) and Qigong instructor with the British Health Qigong Association BHQA
Lisa currently teaches Yi Jin Jing, one of the more dynamic set of movements, particularly aimed at lengthening and strengthening muscles and tendons.
Lisa also practises Alexander Technique, dance, myofascial release, and gyrotonics which give her an understanding of human anatomy and a deeper insight into good movement patterns.
Christine has a long and varied experience of Tai Chi and Qi Gong in the UK and Hong Kong. She has practised Wu and Chen-style Tai Chi, and completed a 3 year certificated course in Qi Gong with CIAA. She also enjoys Yi Quan, Tai Chi Fan, Meditation and Alexander Technique. She has a B.A.Hons degree and P.G.C.E. teaching qualification.
Christine is very grateful to Master Chen Xiao Wang, Chen Bing, Master Chow Chin Ching, Chan An, Eddie Turner, Karel and Eva Koskuba, Sam Moor and Alkin Emerali for their inspiration and continuing influence on her practice.
Tai Chi classes begin with basic warmups, followed by exercises specifically designed to aid in the understanding of the Chen Style Laojia form. The ‘form’ is a sequence of movements, done slowly, that aid balance, flexibility, and physical and mental agility. Chen is one of the many styles of Tai Chi teaching. It is understood to be the original style from which others derive. The style is particularly noted for its use of spiralling through the body to encourage and enable easy relaxed movement. It is integrative movement, in which energy flows freely. Breathing and release are core basics.
Qigong Classes feature softly repeated movements and short sequences. Initially the emphasis is on release and attention to flow, later introducing short set sequences that aid memory, improve and maintain health and wellbeing. Health Qigong is a system that comprises of some of the oldest Qigongs in China: Yi Jin Jing, Ba Duan Jin, Wu Qin Xi, Liu Zi Jue and Twelve Duan Jin, these Qigongs have a history stretching back at least a thousand years. Each set has a different emphasis for the body and mind.
Everyone is able to do these movements, whatever age or ability. You begin from where you are, and grow in ability as you practice; the pace and process depend on you. We hope only to act as a guide to your deeper understanding of what helps you move well.