Can Tai Chi be taught as a drop-in class? Absolutely. Rather than focusing on a sequence of movements, drop-in Tai Chi classes focus on specific movements that can stand on their own.  

This is a great way to try Tai Chi before deciding to enrol in a full program (for example, a 6-week series). With all the options in fitness classes it’s worth trying different types of activities before making a commitment. Zumba? Pilates? HIIT? It’s all fun and engaging and all very different. Perhaps Tai Chi will be a great fit for you.   

Even if you have experience with Tai Chi or are already enrolled in a program, the drop-in format has something to offer. This is because drop-in classes provide opportunities to spend time working on a specific movement. Practicing a form, be it Tai Chi walking, Brushed knee, or even Repulse monkey, allows for focused attention without concern for how the form links to other movements to create a sequence. Practicing just one form as a stand alone can be both relaxing and enriching.

Tai Chi as drop-in can also set you up for more enjoyment if you do decide to attend a full program. Rather than starting from a blank page, you’ll have had experience with some movements and feel confident as these get linked into a larger sequence. In other words, the drop-in classes can act as building blocks for a more comprehensive Tai Chi practice.

“Tai Chi differs from other types of exercise in several respects. The movements are usually circular and never forced, the muscles are relaxed rather than tensed, the joints are not fully extended or bent, and connective tissues are not stretched. Tai Chi can be easily adapted for anyone, from the most fit to people confined to wheelchairs or recovering from surgery.”

The Health Benefits of Tai Chi – Harvard Health Publishing 

Another benefit of Tai Chi drop-in is that is allows fitness enthusiasts to add Tai Chi to their more intensive programming. With the intensity of some workouts it’s beneficial to have an activity that keeps you moving but offers a break or a space for active recovery. It’s even better if the class can be easily added to a busy workout schedule.

By attending a drop in class you can:

  • Try before you buy
  • Focus on a specific movement
  • Create building blocks for learning 
  • Take a break from a more intense fitness program
  • Fit Tai Chi into a busy schedule

Tai Chi drop-in is an easy, low commitment activity that can either stand on its own or form part of a fitness program. Why not give it a try?