Holistic Centre for Body, Mind & Spirit


Sometimes we need to allow ourselves time to just stop and smell the roses, to disconnect from our hectic world and reconnect with our deeper selves and the rhythms of nature. Learning a process such as Tai Chi and Chi Kung offers us the opportunity to remember our core values and reassess what life is all about.

The benefits

Tai chi, sometimes called ‘moving meditation’, is a low impact, gentle form of exercise suitable for all. Tai chi has many benefits to one’s health and wellbeing regardless of age or fitness levels. Slow, graceful movements encourage relaxation, deep breathing, balance, coordination and a meditative state of mind, the result being a calmer, healthier, stronger and more confident person.

Chi kung is an ancient Chinese art of relaxation using gentle exercise linked to the breath. It opens the meridians of the body, allowing the energy to flow freely to heal and strengthen the physical self. This extraordinary inner technique helps develop mind and body coordination and aids the reduction of stress.

Yi Jin Jing is an old chi kung practice thought to have originated over 2000 years ago. The first time the 12 exercises were seen, as described today, was in 1858 in a book compiled by Pan Wei in his ‘Illustrations of Internal Exercise’. The movements should be done with one’s spirit relaxed, to allow for an integration of the mind and body via natural breathing and relaxation. The interplay of the relaxing and stretching, insubstantial and substantial, yin and yang is important. Benefits include improved flexibility, balance and muscular strength, as well as an enhanced digestive system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system and nervous system.

If you suffer from tension, unidentified aches and pains, high blood pressure, sleepless nights, anger, stress, anxiety, low vitality etc then these exercise techniques are for you. They can help you regain your inner strength and clarity of mind. Poor posture, which causes tension and stress in the body and causes a loss of energy, can be improved. By reconnecting to our body we can physically relax, strengthen our immune system, improve blood circulation and breathing and give the mind a space to re-energise. Research has shown these exercises can aid recovery during cardiac rehabilitation, ease rheumatism and osteoarthritis, reduce high blood pressure and improve lung capacity.

The Anam Cara experience

  • Encourages a balanced body and a balanced mind
  • Brings relaxation and stress relief
  • Uses chi kung gentle exercise
  • Introduces tai chi movements and the teaching of Cheng Man Ching’s short ‘Executive Form’ exercise
  • Teaches techniques to release unnecessary tensions held in the body
  • Aids relaxation via guided meditations
  • Space to discuss your on-going practice and experience

Options include one to one tuition, joint couple work or the opportunity to take part in small group workshops. Please call for further details.

Anam Cara’s fully qualified practitioner is:

  • Regulated by Kai Ming Association for tai chi
  • Affiliated to the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain
  • Member of BCCMA and recognised by the Sports Council
  • Member of The British Health Qigong Association which is regulated by the International Chinese Health Qigong Association
  • Member of International Natural Healers Association and The Guild of Holistic Therapists

Anam Cara’s practitioner says, “My reason for starting tai chi and chi kung was because of the health benefits I knew these arts contained. My family health history was rather poor; when I was 11 my father died from an industrial related lung disease (pneumoconiosis) and in my late twenties my mother died from a brain aneurysm. Over the past few years two of my brothers have died from heart disease and one of my sisters survived a heart attack. Therefore, I felt I needed to do something to improve my chance of survival.

“I have studied the art for over thirteen years, becoming an instructor in 2006 and setting up my own company in 2009. I am a fully qualified, self employed, regulated and affiliated Tai Chi and Chi Kung instructor and a Yi Jin Jing level one instructor. I teach people and groups of all ages regardless of physical ability. I am also a ‘Painting the Rainbow’ instructor which means I provide tai chi, chi kung and yi jin jing to people with disabilities.”