Chi for Children
A Practical Guide to Teaching Tai Chi and Qigong in Schools and the Community
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Singing Dragon
Learning the Chinese arts of Tai Chi and Qigong is a great way for children to relax, have fun, and strengthen body and mind. This easy-to-use teacher training pack provides step-by-step instructions and simple techniques that enable anyone to teach Tai Chi and Qigong to children.This interactive book and DVD set contains four tutorials that guide teachers through basic, intermediate and advanced exercises, as well as offering breathing and relaxation techniques to help create calm classrooms and beat exam stress. Proven to increase concentration levels, fitness and confidence, introducing children to Tai Chi and Qigong gives them the ideal foundation for a life of physical and mental well-being.This exciting training programme will be an indispensible resource for anyone looking for a fresh and engaging way to improve children's focus, health and happiness, and will be a welcome addition to any classroom, gym class or youth group.
Praise for the programme:'As well as the health and physical benefits to all the young people, what has been most encouraging is the impact the initiative has had within the whole school. Schools have been using Tai Chi as a means of stress relief for pupils (and staff) prior to exams, as a means of calming children down after lunchtimes, as a way of focusing children in the mornings to start the daythe program has been a huge success.'- Andy Clay, Partnership Development Manager, Barlby School Sport Partnership, UK'[Chi for Children] has been enthusiastically received by staff, parents and children and is now an established part of the PE curriculum. As a result of Tai Chi sessions, it is noticeable that the children are calmer and more focused. They also find it fun!'- E. Brown, Head Teacher, Fairburn Community Primary School, UK
Betty Sutherland is the founder and director of UK Tai Chi and Chi for Children, a leading provider of Tai Chi based initiatives in schools across the UK. She has studied Tai Chi Chuan since 1994 and is a senior instructor at the Five Winds School of Tai Chi Chuan. She is also a member and listed as an 'A' grade instructor with the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain and a member of the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts. Betty is originally from Scotland but now resides in Yorkshire, UK.
Acknowledgements. About Chi for Children. About the Author. How to Use this Resource. Introduction. The Program. What is Tai Chi? What is Qigong? Meditation and Mindfulness. Stagnation. Ying and Yang. Discipline. Respect. The Most Important Thing. Tutorial 1 - Chi for Children - The Basics. Sequence of Training. Warm-up Exercises. Five Element Qigong Exercises. Tai Chi Exercises. Closing and Some Fun. Tutorial 2 - Centring and Balancing. About this Program. Sequence of Training. Qigong Exercises. Tai Chi Continuing The Form. Tutorial 3 - Opening the Form. About this Program. Sequence of Training. Tai Chi - Hand Form. Tutorial 4 - Stress Survival. About this Program. Anxiety. Attention. Forgetting the Past. Sequence of Training. Shake off Negativity. Qigong Exercises. Tai Chi. Techniques to Try Anytime. Grounding Energy. The Importance of Relaxation. Case Study. Testimonials. Resources.
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