These classes work on a subscription model which enable you to do as many classes as you like each week. The fee for this is £10 per week. The material we cover changes as the season progresses and you are updated by weekly email. Some classes are recorded and made available on a YouTube playlist.
This new series begins on Monday September 20th 2021.
Here’s how it works:
• you enrol, once only. The system sets up an automated weekly payment and automatically adds your name to a participant list
• you can cancel or pause your payment at any time with ease
• you will be sent a new link by email each week
• this single link works for all classes
A Typical Timetable
Mondays 8-8.30am Meditation, 5-5.40pm Qigong
Tuesdays 8-8.30am Meditation, 7-7.40pm Qigong
Wednesdays 8-8.30am Meditation, 5-5.40pm Qigong
Thursdays 8-8.30am Meditation, 7-7.40pm Qigong
Fridays 8-8.30am Meditation
About the classes
Meditation. The meditation can be practised on the floor or on a chair. The practice will build in weekly stages with the same practice being repeated for five days then further developed the following week. The themes for the first four weeks will be settling, adjusting the breath and connecting to the lower and heart dantiens.
Hua Gong Forms. These are the fundamental self healing practices of Hua Gong, consisting of flowing movements which open the channels, activate the Qi and animate the body, heart and mind. They are rich and potent enough to serve as a lifelong practice, supporting our health at all levels and helping us heal.
Qi Ball. The Qi ball practices are universal to all Qigong styles. Working with the ball includes a variety of still postures and movement sequences. As well as significant health benefits, it is one of the best ways to develop our “Qi capacity”- our ability to contain strong experience – and our ability to directly feel the Qi.
Shen Form. In Qigong we talk about Jing, Qi and Shen. The Jing refers to the more physical level, Qi to the energetic and Shen to light or consciousness. The Shen form is a simple sequence of gestures whose effect is to help contain the Shen, to help keep the light in and around the body and prevent us from “leaking”. Psychologically we can experience this as the mind being well rooted in the body and a feeling of “coming back to ourselves”.
Five Animal forms. The Five Animal practices are more physical than most Huagong practices. They are also the most playful. In all cases they are energising and strengthening. The animal forms imitate the movements of deer, tiger, bird, bear and monkey in a stylised way and the practice steers a course between form and spontaneity. Like all Huagong, the essence of the practice is to connect, in this case to the spirit/energy of the animal.
Five Organ Qigong. This is a set of movements for the Yin organs (Kidney, Liver, Heart, Spleen, Lung). Once we have learned this set, we focus more closely on each organ in turn, learning other complementary exercises, hand gestures and meditations.