“The means for achieving health, happiness and wellbeing should be for everyone.”
Li Li Qun
Our Association is committed to sharing the health and therapeutic practices of Taiji and Qi Gong throughout our local communities, and particularly among the elderly, people living with chronic health conditions, and those who’ve become isolated or vulnerable.
As gentle, low impact forms of exercise that can be tailored to individual needs, they are an ideal way to maintain our health and wellbeing as we get older and help us manage a range of physical, mental and emotional conditions. When practised in a group setting, they can also reconnect us with our local community and enable us to overcome feelings of isolation.
We’ve delivered tailored classes and programmes within local hospices, health centres, community halls, pensioners clubs, and many other health and community settings, as well as working with leading charities and universities to design and implement pioneering clinical research.
Many of our instructors come from a therapeutic background with considerable experience working with the elderly, vulnerable and those with health conditions, and we bring great care, attention and sensitivity to how we teach.
We have developed a mature and growing expertise in delivering Taiji and Qi Gong as health and therapeutic interventions, and welcome the opportunity to work with partners and funders to expand our reach and impact among some of the most vulnerable in our communities.
Sit, Stand, Walk, Talk
“Sit, Stand, Walk, Talk is a wellbeing programme teaching traditional Taiji Quan and Qi Gong therapeutic and meditational practices. It has been developed specifically for older people and those with significant and debilitating health conditions, and includes a focus on falls prevention. These gentle exercise and meditation practices can improve your physical and mental health, promote wellbeing and help you overcome feelings of isolation.”
We’ve been successfully delivering the programme from our Studio in Finsbury Park since 2019, part-funded by Islington Council and the Cripplegate Foundation. This funding has enabled us to offer the classes freely to local ageing and vulnerable residents within Islington and the surrounding boroughs, many of whom struggle with social isolation and underlying health issues.
During the weekly classes, which our experienced instructors tailor to the group’s needs, participants learn a series of physical movements and breathing and meditation practices, which can be done sitting, standing and walking. There is also the opportunity to chat over a cup of tea, so you can meet others and socialise in a safe and friendly environment.
Our evaluation shows that participants have found the classes helpful for their health and wellbeing, particularly improving balance, reducing falls, increasing leg strength and mobility, and relieving anxiety. They’ve also enjoyed the opportunity for regular exercise, and to meet and make friends.
Our vision is to expand the reach of the programme within Islington, other local boroughs, and beyond, so that as many ageing and vulnerable people as possible can benefit. This includes offering more classes in more settings, and we’ve also taken the programme online with live Zoom classes and pre-recorded instructional films.
Mondays at 5pm – online via Zoom
Wednesdays at 11am – online via Zoom
Classes are free. Donations welcome.
For more information, including how to join via Zoom, please contact Awais Mian, the lead instructor on the programme – firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note – Due to Covid-19 restrictions our classes are currently online. When restrictions ease, we will return to running the classes at our Covid-secure Studio on Blackstock Road, Finsbury Park.
“These are great classes, so good to have locally. Friendly, welcoming, with excellent tuition. I am very grateful these classes exist!”
“The atmosphere of the sessions is greatly enhanced by the tutor’s very supportive encouragement and enthusiasm.”
“These classes are superb for mental, physical and social wellbeing.”
Quotes from some of our participants