All About Your Spiralling Energy

Tai Chi Instructor

Paula Jobson

Friends say that Paula is like a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day and that seems the best way to sum up her work! She offers calm and peaceful instruction. Through Paula's tai chi training, with mindfulness and qigong, – be it live classes, online, one to one, workshops or retreats – she offers a holistic experience of healing mind, body and spirit.

Over the last 20 years of sharing tai chi in Herefordshire, Paula has built up a beautiful community that welcomes new beginners every week.

Paula's joy is to work with individuals within a class as much as possible to develop and improve their own Tai Chi knowledge and practice. Paula is dedicated to ensuring that everyone is enjoying themselves as chi flows more willingly with laughter and good spirits.

Training takes place in a progressive way, and upholds the fundamental importance of cultivating and nurturing every aspect of one's being.

Why Tai Chi – how it can change your life

When Paula was in her mid-thirties, without warning, she experienced a quick succession of life changing difficulties in all areas of her life. As result she was feeling in a pretty dark place.

As Paula started her journey with tai chi, each class was like an opening up to a new way of being, and each class brought her back into a trusting connection with her body.

"Very early on in my practice I had the amazing good fortune to go to China and experience Eastern living. I went to learn at the source in Chen Village, Henan Province of China. My new path became clear."

Paula can vouch that the benefits of learning tai chi are many, and some of the ones she has experienced and witnessed are listed below.

Reasons for taking up tai chi:

Consistent practice can allow you to shed old negative thought patterns, insecurities, self-doubts, and self-judgment. As you expand your knowledge and work in coordination with others you become connected to feelings of love and fearlessness.

When tai chi finds you - Everything in your life can heal… your body gains flexibility, relationships bloom, opportunities for personal growth present themselves, social interactions grow more balanced and responsive.

The action in Chen Style Tai Chi is of a cellular nature, working with the energy flow of the body.


Media

Guest on the Kate Justice Show, BBC Hereford & Worcester Radio - Sports Talk -

15th March 2021 - conversation about the benejfits of Tai Chi, and

20 May 2021 - conversation about my experiences in China, and the opening up of group classes after the easing of lock-down restrictions.


Qualifications & Memberships

Paula is a fully insured Instructor member of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain.

Paula regularly increases her knowledge and appreciation of tai chi by attending workshops and seminars with the Chen family, their representatives and disciples.

Paula is a Dignity Champion


Continuing Professional Development

Paula continues to deepen her Tai Chi practice and understanding with Karel & Eva Koskuba of the Chinese Internal Arts Association – lineage disciples of Grand Master Chen Xiao Wang

It has also been Paula's privilege to attend many seminars by Grandmaster Chen Xiao Wang and his son Chen Ying Jun when they visit the UK and Ireland. And to have made the journey to Chenjiagou in China to train with Grand Master Chen Xiao Wang.

"I took this practice up whilst a very active rower needing to find flexibility, mastery of balance and free-flowing movement to match my rapidly developing physical strength and core control gained through sporting activity. I began this practice over 20 years ago and as I go deeper into the practice it keeps getting better and better." Paula Jobson


Featured articles and publications

A beautiful blog post on meet the teacher, created by Zoe Mason at Clear Space Studios can be found here

Local Herefordshire magazine - Fitnet - September 2019 article here