Sunday, 2 April 2017

T'ai chi beginners course, starting 25th April

We are delighted to offer a new 12 week tai chi course for beginners, starting after Easter. 

Date:      Starts on Tuesday 25th April
Venue:    Centre for Whole Health, Victoria Place, Bedminster, BS3 3BP
Time:      6pm to 7:15pm
Cost:       £108 for 12 weeks

During this course you will learn:
· An enjoyable sequence of movement postures for daily practice
· The origins and key principles of T’ai Chi
· How to de-stress and maintain health

This introductory course forms the first session of a four-term course to learn the complete Yang stle t’ai chi short form in the lineage originated by Dr Cheng Man-Ching.

For further information and to reserve a place, please contact us at:


Saturday, 2 July 2016

New eBook. T'ai Chi Tao-te-Ching: Practising the Tao

Periodically, there is a debate as to whether t’ai chi is a martial art with principles that happen to be expressed in Taoist terms because of its cultural origins or, if in addition to its martial arts pedigree, it is also a full expression of Taoist philosophy. Ones view of this is most likely dependent upon one’s own interest in studying the art, personal experience and the focus of one’s practice.

If one has an interest in practicing t’ai chi as an exploration of Taoist philosophy, then the structure and practices outlined in this work share my understanding of the ‘Bare Bones’ of such a practice.

The book is based on an intermediate level course given by the Natural Way School of T'ai Chi at the Lam Rim Centre in Bristol in 2014 to students who had been studying for about five years.

Tai Chi Tao te Ching: Practising Tao

Monday, 30 November 2015

Beginners t'ai chi course. Starts Tuesday 10th January 2017

A new 12 week introductory t’ai chi course starting on Tuesday evening, 6pm to 7:15pm, on the 10th January 2017 at Lam Rim Bristol in Bedminster.
This introductory course forms the first term of a four-term course to learn the Yang style t’ai chi short form in the lineage of Cheng Man-Ching, Dr Chi Chang Tao and Alan Peck.  During the course you will learn:
• A short sequence of T’ai chi postures for daily practice
• The origins & principles of  T’ai Chi
• How to practice to cultivate health, relaxation and a peaceful mind
The cost for 12 lessons is £100 and a deposit of £15 would secure a place on the course.
If you are interested in joining the course, please get in contact via email or phone.
Wishing you peace and health.
Tim & Jan

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Dao and Self-Development. Amazon eBook

Dao and Self-Development

This 11 page article is based on a number of talks and writings given to students who have have typically been studying T'ai Chi for about eighteen months, have completed the short form, and have begun the process of coordinating and softening the body and developing a degree of 'internal awareness'.

At this stage, many students are curious about where the path of t’ai chi might take them. Do they really wish to spend more time continuing to study? Or might their time be a better spent doing something else.

Hence this article. It aims to highlight those areas of personal development which might be anticipated with further study of t’ai chi.

It sketches out how the path stretches out before us: specifically, how we practise, why we practise in a particular way at particular stages of our progress, common barriers to progress and ultimately where the practice could lead.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Dharma and Dao: Tantra and Tao. Amazon eBook

 Dharma and Dao: Tantra and Tao

Buddhism and Daoism are each profoundly influential paths of personal growth and spiritual development.

Initially they can seem quite different in both their methods and goals, but look beneath the differing cultural overlays and profound similarities can be seen in their systems of thought. Perhaps this is not totally surprising as scholars have documented that Yogacara Buddhism first began to be influential in China from circa 450 AD. Hence from a very early stage, Buddhism began to influence the development of Taoist thought and practice.

Although a number of academic texts exist which look to undertake a comparative analysis of these two influential philosophies, very little has been written from the point of view of a practitioner of both paths. However both Daoism and Buddhism emphasis the need for actual practice to reach true understanding; Intellect alone is not enough.

Hence this article seeks to examine the relationship between Buddhist and Daoist systems of thought from the point of view of the practitioner. It reasons that Buddhism and Daoism can provide deep insight into each other across the thee domains of human experience, body, energy and spirit (heart-mind).

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Qi Gong "drop-in" class. Beginners Welcome!

A new course in Bristol open to everyone, from complete beginners onwards.

Using active awareness we discover the unhelpful patterns of tension which block us from achieving our full potential for health and happiness. 

In this course we practice fundamental t'ai chi and Qi Gong exercises, with an emphasis on relaxation, recovering health and strengthening the twelve body systems.

We also explore the meditative aspects of Qi Gong as the basis of personal development.
Starts Tuesday 18th September, 2012
7:00 – 8 pm

The Centre for Whole Health
12 Victoria Place

The cost is £6 on a drop-in basis, and less if booking for the full Autumn term.

Bookings and Information
This course is open to all on a drop-in basis but, please drop us an email if you would like to attend and visit our website for more information.

Level 2 t'ai chi course: Starting Tuesday 11th Sept. 2012

Natural Way T’ai Chi
Level 2 Syllabus – An Intermediate course on t’ai chi chuan

Starts Tuesday 11th September, 2012
8:00 – 9:30 pm

The Centre for Whole Health
12 Victoria Place

This course is open to all who have nearly completed the Yang style short form. 
Please email to book a place on the course and for further information.

Tim Parsons
Bookings and Information
To book a place on the course, please drop us an email.