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Alan Skirving

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Alan Skirving has been practising Tai Chi & Qigong since 1997, mostly in the Cheng Man-ch’ing and Huang Sheng Shyan lineages of Yang Style Tai Chi.  He has spent the past two decades training with senior teachers in this lineage and has explored other Tai Chi styles, as well as other forms of movement practice, martial arts and various forms of Qigong.  He is a registered advanced instructor with the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain.  He began teaching professionally in 2015, having previously worked in the NHS for many years.

Alan has also practised Yoga since 1998, with a particular interest in ‘Scaravelli-inspired’ yoga for more than ten years.  He has worked with many inspiring teachers over that time and is undertaking an ongoing teacher training programme with Marc Acquaviva.  He has also explored various forms of meditation and related practices, attending many retreats and courses over the past decade, with an interest in Buddhist and Shamanic approaches.

Alan’s approach to Tai Chi and Qigong is open-minded and holistic, influenced by his wider experiences, with the main interest being health, well-being and enjoyment of the practice, while staying true to the art.



“A passionate and dedicated Tai Chi & Qigong practitioner.  He has studied with some of the best teachers from around the world.  His teaching is clear, very accessible and his quirky sense of humour makes classes highly enjoyable.  Highly recommended.”

~ Andrea Franzi, Osteopath & Tai Chi Practitioner, York

“A really excellent practitioner.  Alan has not only studied with great teachers over a long period of time he also has a really present and grounding manner when teaching.  I highly recommend working with him.”

~ Abigail Acquaviva, Yoga Teacher/Teacher Trainer, Brighton

“Alan makes Tai Chi accessible to his students helping them to fully appreciate the art.”

~ Ian Burgess, Entrepreneur & Tai Chi Practitioner/Martial Artist, Linlithgow

“A very dedicated and enthusiastic teacher.  If you are looking for detailed guidance from a teacher who cares about your progress, Alan is the teacher for you.”

~ Jon Price, Acupuncturist & Tai Chi Teacher, Birmingham

“Alan’s dedication to Tai Chi really comes across, as does his desire to share the benefits with his students.”

~ Jamie Muir, Tai Chi Teacher, Durham

“A very good practitioner of his variant of Yang style Tai chi.  He is generous in his teaching and open to sharing his experience with others.”

~ Charles Gorrie, Tai Chi Teacher, Glasgow

“A genuine practitioner – knows his stuff and is always going deeper – work with him if you can.”

~ Marc J Acquaviva, Yoga Teacher / Teacher Trainer, Brighton