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Taiji teaches us skills to improve balance, posture, breathing  and releases tension from the body.
Using gentle exercise we discover ways to improve our inner health.
Amongst things students say – better sleep, better circulation, less stiffness, less pain, more relaxed, are a few.
Taiji is a bit like gardening … you plant a seed and nothing reveals itself for a few weeks – you need to water and nurture any seed to grow. Any garden needs attention for it to continue to grow, patience helps too. The benefits grow as your practice continues.
As you start playing with Taiji, give it time, play with it gently, over time you will feel little changes in your body. It is a gentle art, as you adhere to the principles the body starts to respond. Take time, be patient, enjoy the subtle feelings that become stronger as you start to listen inside.

There is much written about the origins of Taiji. Many different styles and forms have evolved, the same principles apply to them all. Just like you can travel on a variety of airlines to fly to a destination, same flight principles apply. Such is the art that the classics are still relevant today and the principles remain the foundation.

The drills, skills, Qigong, 4 Pillars of Health are all based on the principles and allow us to develop the skills and then bring them into everyday life. I enjoy being a student and a teacher of this wonderful Art.

One of the interesting things about Taiji is that it nurtures and improves our inner health.
Everything is connected, it’s a body, mind and soul exercise and can be enjoyed at many levels.

Some of my students just enjoy an hour away from busy, some build practices into their everyday routines and some transform previous ailments and enjoy a better body!
Taiji isn’t magic – it takes some effort, like any new skill you have to be prepared to work at it.
Like any new skill, it takes time and practice to reap the benefits.
New learning is good! Discover ways to help your body recover from stiffness, tightness and tension.

You know your body best. Consult with your health professional if you have questions about your fitness suitability for Taiji. My oldest student is 93 my youngest 5 – anyone can play. 

If you are keen to improve your inner health, want to improve your balance or just want to relax and release tension from the body come and give it a try.

My Qualifications

  • John Hartley Inner Health Taijiquan Adelaide
  • My training with Roman Czerniasky (Sydney) in push hands
  • Four Pillars of Health - Roman Czerniasky and Trish Tan (Lismore NSW)
  • Paul Lam (Sydney) –T’ai Chi for Arthritis, T’ai Chi for Diabetes & T’ai Chi for Osteoporosis Instructor
  • Teaching the Xing Yi form – taught by Karen Anderson (Goolwa SA)
    Qigong – Shibashi
  • T’ai Chi for Health and Falls Prevention – Alice Liping Yuan (Sydney)
  • Member of  TCAA (T’ai Chi Association of Australia)

What I offer

  • Individual or group classes in Strathalbyn, Goolwa
  • Business relaxation sessions
  • Personalised sessions to suit you

How does Taiji and Qigong work?

Taiji and Qigong are suitable for almost anyone,
scientific studies continue to show the benefits.
Each student comes with their own body history.
Taiji allows you to gently find your postural alignment,
as you learn to release stiffness and tension the body can rejuvenate itself.
You have to be prepared to have a bit of stamina, to persevere, as it is a process.

It helps support and protect your joints.
The flexibility helps you to move easier.
The fitness improves circulation and function of heart, lungs and muscles.
Chi moves through your body helping to maintain good health.
Breathing deeply improves the quality of oxygenated blood in your system.
People interested in improving their flexibility, balance, relaxation, posture and
general wellbeing continue to refine and discover layers in this amazing Art.


  • Relaxing way to exercise, building flexibility, balance and letting go of tension.
  • No equipment needed, just space to stand or sit a little sunshine is a bonus!!!
  • You can do it by yourself or with a group
  • The best way to understand Taiji is to feel it - start, keep going! Stop if it hurts.
  • The body systems need movement to function well, move it don’t lose it.