Tai Chi Qigong

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Treat yourself to a relaxing hour of attentive postural alignment, natural breathing, gentle movement and calm mindful awareness. Qigong (pronounced ‘chee kung’) is a form of gentle holistic exercise, originating in ancient China, which coordinates mind, body and breath to promote health, wellbeing and vitality. Tai Chi Qigong is based on traditional tai chi, with more simple symmetrical movements which are easier to learn. The class is meditative, calming and relaxing, aiming to: relieve stress; improve postural awareness; mindfully and gently mobilise all joints and connective tissues; promote physical, mental and emotional balance; develop the ability to concentrate; encourage improved coordination; and develop overall health promoting fitness without strain. Qigong is proven to help with many chronic health conditions, and this class is designed to be accessible, safe and effective for most people.

♥ – Easy – Suitable for beginners and getting back to exercise

Be Active

Our Be Active active programme offers sessions in our Wellbeing Rooms and are delivered in 8 week blocks.  The sessions take place throughout the year but we generally offer more sessions during the term time period when more people are on campus.

Each session is rated based on the level of intensity in the class so you can choose what is right for you.

Armitage Classes

Our classes at the Armitage Centre take place in our fitness spaces including our purpose made class studio.  Our classes take place all year round and are free to members or you can pay as you go.

Fitness classes are generally led by an instructor however we also offer virtual classes in our studio so if we don’t have a class just at the right time for you, you can still come in and enjoy a workout with all the help and motivation provided by our state of the art Wexer system.

Active Anywhere

We encourage everyone to get #ActiveAnywhere and offer a lot of support for you to be active.  We have a range of events through the year in addition to weekly activity and this year we have a fantastic online offer for you to get involved with.

Our online classes take place via Zoom for you to enjoy and all information is on our timetables for you to login from anywhere and get involved.

Further information

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