The Inner Dance School of T’ai Chi and Qigong

InnerDanceSchoolLogoTaiChiPage1Patrons:
Grand Master Yang Zhen Ji (China) Grandson of Yang Cheng Fu
Lineage Master Wee Kee Jin [New Zealand].

Principal Teacher:
Altair de Almeida (Malvern & Internationally).

Area Teachers:
Soozie Fernley-Weiner (Crediton, Devon),specialising in Qigong for the mentally, physically challenged.
Barry Sant (Worcester/Kidderminster)

New Qigong and Tai Chi Classes in Malvern – Let go of stress, the Easy way

Regain: Vitality, Stamina, Strength, Calm, Improved Health and Balance

Altair specifically uses Mindfulness techniques to help you drop habits that create tension to new habits that let go of tension, at mental, emotional and physical levels. These can be used daily in your life, to create a peaceful life, not only on class days!
For newcomers a taster class is offered for £5 when you complete the registration form:
Tai Chi & Qigong Registration Form

Tai Chi Classes in Malvern

Venue: Northleigh School, St. Peters Rd, Malvern, WR14 1QS.
Date: Wednesdays, 7.30pm to 9.00pm approx.

Please click the image below to view the class poster:

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For more information about Altair’s study in these arts, please click here.

In 2009 he was given the title of Honorary Vice President of the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain, the UK’s largest register of qualified teachers, for services to the community.

Study Development

This video gives an overview of my Tai Chi classes in Malvern.

What it cannot show is that in every class, much emphasis is put on bringing my students attention back to their bodies, away from the ‘chattering’ mind. This is to enable them to take this relaxing state, letting go of excess tension, into their daily lives and habits. This is called ‘Still Mind, Flowing Body’. This way works much faster than just practicing in class or occasionally at home. It allows life to flow more gracefully, by enjoying the Tai Chi principles everyday.

This study is a natural development, not a series of techniques. The aim is understanding and Mastery of Self, not technique.

T’ai Chi is an ancient Chinese system of movement. It has developed through the centuries to promote harmony in body, mind and spirit. Through a series of calm fluid movements one learns to harmonise with oneself. You have probably seen documentaries of China, where invariably a short clip is shown of people doing slow, graceful movements in the park. That is the T’ai Chi form. The form is a series of flowing movements linked seamlessly together.

With practice it induces a deep state of relaxation, at the same time sharpening mental clarity, awareness of oneself and the environment. T’ai Chi literally translated means ‘Supreme Ultimate’. This refers to the attainment of the highest state of body-mind-spirit possible, with diligent practice.

Literally translated Qigong means ‘the Way of Energy’. Originating roughly 4,000 years ago it predates the more well known T’ai Chi. Until recently Qigong was a closely guarded secret. This was because it was used by warriors to develop strength, vitality and stamina. With the advent of modern warfare, its original purpose was no longer needed. These same dynamic exercises can be used to improve health and vitality.

Zhineng Qigong
Zhineng Qigong is an astounding form of Qigong I discovered several years ago. In my training it had more profound effects than anything I’d previously experienced in 30 years of Tai Chi and Qigong study and practice. The 2 videos below give some indication of the power of this system. The second video gives one explanation of why it works, but that is by no means the full understanding of why Zhineng Qigong is so powerful, yet so gentle in it’s practice. To find out more about the creator, Professor Pang Ming, and a brief history of this system please click here

Video 1: Ultra Sound recording of the dissolving of a Bladder cancer tumour, in under 3 minutes

Video 2: Gregg Braden, Metaphysician, gives one explanation of why the tumour dissolves, and the scientific implications of this.

 

Both T’ai Chi and Qigong have been used for many centuries to promote health, stamina and longevity. The Chinese used their advanced knowledge of body, mind and spirit which created systems like Acupuncture, to design these exercises. The exercises work on many levels.

By correct use of the body, better posture hence improved blood circulation and muscle tone are achieved. By focusing the mind, discipline is strengthened, the mental ‘chatter’ is quietened and stress is thereby reduced. Awareness and perception of energies within the body are developed. All these contribute to a strengthened immune system, hence improved health.

Health is not only an absence of disease. It also encompasses having a positive, ‘bright’ attitude to life; the ability to change what needs changing and to accept what cannot be changed with equanimity.

The ‘Inner Dance’ has a dual meaning. We start from the premise that we are all magnificent Dancers in the Dance of Life, whose magnificence may sometimes by hidden. By learning to shake off unnecessary negativity we move through to discover unexpected power.

The second premise is that each person is unique. Discovering our own ‘Inner Dance’ or Spiritual Way is what life is all about. Through a process of increasing self-awareness we learn to embody our aspirations and move more fully into the world.

The school was founded by Altair de Almeida in 1988, in Malvern. Since 1984 Altair has been guided by various Spiritual Masters and Avatars including the late Barry Long and Mother Meera. He is also an Acupuncturist, Biodanza and Shiatsu practitioner/ teacher.

Our central premise is that when we envelop our ‘Inner Dance’ we attain peace in ourselves and thus contribute to Peace on Earth.

To embark or deepen our ‘Inner Journey’, to re-align ourselves with our own ‘Inner Dance’. To become more fully functional Human Beings rather than Human Doings [i.e. living according to other peoples beliefs rather than our own life experience – the greatest teacher].

Using the T’ai Chi Classics – an ancient yet simple set of guidelines as a basis and the Yang form as a platform, we release our assumptions about life, ourselves and each other, and fall into the immediacy of the moment, learning to meet life as-it-is, opening the door to spontaneity and Greater Aliveness. Using the ancient T’ai Chi and Qigong exercises as the main tools Altair also uses Accelerated learning music to enable students to learn faster, making it more enjoyable.

Mystery School teachings are shared to enable those who want to deepen their contact with Life,Love,Joy and Peace to do so, without the ‘friction of living’ one would normally have to endure before these qualities normally surface.Altair also uses his knowledge of Acupuncture and Shiatsu which he has been involved in since 1982,to enhance his students understanding of their body and mind and how to rectify various presenting problems.

The Yang form
is taught in weekly classes. Students are not pressurised to learn the form in a given period as everything depends on finding the correct attitude of mind, mental and physical relaxation and acceptance of Self, and individuals vary!

The Wu Short form
as taught to Altair by Bruce Frantzis (USA) is also taught from time to time.The speciality of this form is the healing of injuries of the joints in particular, and improving health in general.

Zhineng Qigong
is taught fairly regularly in the first hour of each class. It harmonises the exchange of Qi (or Life force) between the practitioner and nature. It is simple and gentle in it’s application, yet very powerful in it’s effects, as can be seen in the videos above.

The Dance of the Five Elements
is a not-so-structured form of Tai Chi, that Altair learned from it’s creator, Chungliang Al Huang, in the 1980’s. The Five Elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. In Chinese Medicine these elements encompass the 12 meridians, or energy pathways. Each element has emotions, seasons, tastes, colours, sounds etc connected to them.It is a metaphor of the how the human system is wired up. Through the movements, we learn to balance these elements. For example, the Fire element is linked with Joy, or lack of it! Through the movements we can help increase our sense of Joy, so that it permeates our life.Another element, Metal is linked with structure, like the frame of a house. If our structure is weak, our lives can be without balanced bounderies; we may allow others to regularly run rough-shod over our ideas etc, or the opposite, imposing our will on others- and all the shades in between! Again the movements can help us balance the sharp edges.

The 18 stance Tai Chi-Qigong form
(also called Shibashi) combines the strengths of Tai Chi and Qigong. It covers all the major muscles in the body and all the meridians too.It helps to move Qi or life-force faster than most forms, because each movement is repeated several times. In Chinese medicine, the blockage of Qi is considered to be the cause of dis-ease(more details under Acupuncture). Tai Chi & Qigong help to smooth the flow of Qi and therefore enhance health and wellbeing.The DVD on sale under the product tab, covers this form is detail. It is easy to follow at home, as it is presented in ‘real time’ ie each movement that is performed is followed by the player at home. Both front and side views are shown.

The Yang Family Sword and Partner Work
Sword.jpgThe Yang Family Sword is also taught. The sword is only a symbol of extending one’s energy and using it in a balanced way with external objects. It is not meant for cutting someone’s head off! It would then, for example help with scaffolding or moving any objects. Partner Work brings a new dimension to the art. Single Push Hands, Double Push Hands, and Bagua [Pa Kua] Qigong are taught. These help the student to become more sensitive and responsive to a partner’s movements. It helps to develop the sense of space and timing. With diligent practice the T’ai Chi Jin [internal force] is developed. This is where the self-defence and healing aspects unite.

The principal focus of the classes is the form. However Stationary Qigong, Moving Qigong and in more advanced classes Spontaneous (Fire) Qigong exercises are also taught. These exercises open specific energy pathways and help to clear mental and emotional blocks. In advanced classes deeper levels of the form are taught:- ‘Open/Closed’ form, Spiral Energy form and Chi form.

Ultimately the self-defence and healing aspects of the art cannot be separated. They go hand-in-hand.
To deepen this process day / weekend / fortnightly courses are offered here and abroad. Master teachers from around the world are also invited to teach at special events.

Teacher training is geared to the individual after several years of practice. The T’ai Chi process is a life-long journey always learning and opening to new dimensions and experiences, hence the name ‘Supreme Ultimate’.

Specialised Qigong and advanced classes

The principal focus of the classes is the form. However Stationary Qigong, Moving Qigong and in more advanced classes Spontaneous (Fire) Qigong exercises are also taught. These exercises open specific energy pathways and help to clear mental and emotional blocks. In advanced classes deeper levels of the form are taught:- ‘Open/Closed’ form, Spiral Energy form and Chi form.

The Five Relaxing Movements

These are the internal exercises that enable our students to understand the Tai Chi Principles at cellular level.
To view descriptions of these please click here.
To understand what our school seeks to teach at a much deeper level, please click here.

Background of Study

To read more about Altair’s extensive background of study in T’ai Chi & Qigong please click here.

For more information on Tai Chi classes in Malvern & Qigong please contact Altair here. You can also find details of classes here.