During Isolation - Tai Chi from Home

Practising during the Coronavirus period

As we cannot meet to practise together right now, we may need to think of ways to keep going with our Tai Chi. It’s not just that we don’t want to forget what has taken time and effort to learn but we also want to keep active and Tai chi is an easy and fun way to do that at home.

So, first of all, I thought it would be helpful to post links to the YouTube videos that we have used to learn some of the forms, to practise Qi gong and to do warm up and balance exercises. It’s not always easy to practise on your own and to remember all of the moves in the right order (Morecambe and Wise come to mind) so the videos should help.

  • Start with the forms and exercises you know and/ or like best and build up from there.
  • Find a time of day that suits you best and try to practise regularly. 
  • Even if you don’t have a great deal of space at home, you can practise the 8 Form and the Qi Gong ( Perth Academy and Butterfly Tai Chi)

I think you will be surprised at how much you can remember and improve over the next few weeks.

So here are the links:

Tai Chi Forms

Tai Chi 8 Form for all groups 

tj 8 fom back view 1

Tai Chi 48 Form for Advanced Group

48 Form Tai Chi Demonstration Master Amin Wu 吳阿敏48式太極拳

Tai Chi 24 Form for Beginners, Intermediates and Advanced

24 Form Tai Chi Demonstration Back View Master Amin Wu 吳阿敏背向示範楊式24式太極拳

Yang style Fan 18 form for Intermediates and Advanced

Yang Style 18 Fan Back Demo 杨式18势太极扇背面示范

Qi Gong Exercises and Butterfly Tai Chi

These exercises are for all groups and suitable for people who have never tried Tai Chi before. You don’t have to learn a form, just follow the teacher.

Perth Taichi Academy: 18 Taiji Qigong

Perth Taichi Academy: 8 Pieces Brocade

Butterfly Tai Chi

Balance Exercises for Seniors – these are for everyone but particularly for our Tai Chi and Balance Exercise Group

Improve Your Balance in 5 Minutes

Balance Exercises for Seniors – Fall Prevention – Balance Exercises for Elderly

Secondly, if you can remember some of the forms, you may want to practise without DVDs. We usually do this to music in our sessions, and most of us like this even if it’s not strictly necessary!

You can choose any relaxing music that you like for this so have a look through your music collection . 

However, as we could be in this for some time, you may want to invest in the Lin Fu Chan T’ai Chi CD. We use track 7 ( Circulation) for the 8 form, track 8 (Hua Tuo’s Way) for the Fan 18 and track 9 ( Reaching Shoong for the 24 form. If you have subscriptions to online music libraries, you may be able to access them through these. You will definitely find something else suitable.

If you can think of anything else that would be helpful, please let me know. I’m thinking about you all and looking forward to meeting up again as soon as we can.

In the meantime, I will post an update here every few weeks…..

All the best and stay safe

Kate