Tai-Ga offers personal training, fitness classes and supportive lifestyle programmes for every body. We work with individuals, community organisations and businesses. So what could you expect from joining us? Research suggests exercise can:
Increase general fitness and mental wellbeing
Reduce stress and anxiety
Increase body confidence
Help with weight loss and body composition
Improve balance and coordination
Improve posture and joint mobility
Increase energy and motivation
Improve performance (sports and libido!)
Body mechanics (fluidity) and integrated movement form the foundation of what we teach. This provides structural alignment, ease of movement and core stability across everything we offer. Above all, we want you to have a safe, effective and enjoyable experience with us. Get in touch and we can recommend classes or a programme to help you get results.
The Tai-Ga Story
Tai-Ga was launched by Stuart McCabe in 2008 to bring Tai Chi and yoga into the community. Running classes in Dunstable and Flitwick in Bedfordshire, the company has expanded over the past eight years and now offers more locations, classes, modalities and trainers.
Not a natural sports person, Stuart found his first passion for movement in gymnastics and trained all during middle school. With nowhere local to continue his training, he stepped foot into his first gym at just 15 years old and was hooked. He started bodybuilding at 17, both out of interest in body mechanics, and as a means to escape the bullying he encountered at school.
Stuart says, “I reached my full height at 15 and was a skinny kid going into a new school, the youngest of my year group. I was seriously bullied throughout the next three years because I refused to conform or cave in to the gang mentality of my peers. I felt small in my body and it really undermined my confidence. Putting on body mass gave me focus, increased confidence and an outlet for what I had experienced at school.”
The more he trained the more fascinated he became with how the body works and what it is capable of. And in true 1980's style, he took his inspiration from the likes of Lou Ferrigno and Arnold Schwarzenegger who pushed their bodies to the limits. It was a serious knee injury that forced him to reconsider his training. After two years of MRI scans, X-rays and numerous physiotherapy, chiropractic and osteopathy sessions he was without diagnosis and no improvement in pain or movement. Surgery was the recommended course of action. In defiance of the doctors, he turned to Tai Chi rather than go under the knife and this opened up a whole new way of thinking about movement, body and mind. Stuart was virtually pain free and had full range of movement in the joint after two years of Tai Chi practice.
A new way of thinking
The concept of movement originating from the waist and spirals rather than linear movement fascinated him. Everything Stuart had done previously was with force and his body was locked down with rigidity. Through Tai Chi he learned how to create power from softness.
It took yoga to open up the mind body connection and accessing movement internally through the breath. He was then able to take this back to his Tai Chi practice and says, “Yoga has taught me loads about Tai Chi such as internal focus and unlocking my hips. I found new strength within my structure and form. Each practice informs the other.”
This layering of modalities influences his teaching and the Tai-Ga approach today. His understanding comes from his study of Pilates, fascia, body mechanics and integrated movement analysis. Applying these principles to movement as diverse as self-defence or yoga has led him to a greater understanding of how the body moves. He coined the term 'Biofluidity' to express the coming together of form, structural alignment, ease of movement and range of motion.
Much of the work he does is outside of the conventional approach. Bodies become locked down by the limiting stresses and strains put on them. Tai-Ga offers unique ways to unlock potential to move as free range and fluid bodies.
"This opened up a whole new way of thinking about movement, body and mind."
It's All About Our Clients
Tai-Ga supports individuals, community organisations and businesses across a whole range of fitness, health and wellbeing. The range of classes we offer is unique and means we can recommend a programme that is tailored to you. Or for a completely individual approach try our personal training, private yoga or Tai Chi sessions. These are great for injury rehabilitation, focused training, enhancing sports performance or to build confidence before attending classes.
Examples of our wider community work include Tai Chi and chair-based exercise to seniors in care homes, breathing and meditation workshops to young people in schools, yoga classes for teachers, exercise information sessions for MacMillan cancer recovery, Highways Agency and Network Rail.