Very different from our daytime Tai Chi classes, this evening class is held in a dedicated wellbeing studio: Decorated with an Eastern vibe, dressed with rice paper Japanese lanterns and Buddha statues, the scene is set to unwind, the moment you walk in. Leave your shoes and your troubles at the door.
The exercises we do here are called Qigong ("Chee - Gong")
Qigong could be described as a half-way house between complicated Tai Chi routines and basic Yoga-type flows, moving between a stretch and a relaxation, aided by the breath and mindful visualisations. Tuning into the body, becoming aware of our tensions and stresses, we learn to let go. Gradually installing a new habit of relaxation and calm.
Qigong is a very ancient health promoting exercise system originating in China about 5000 years ago. A series of standing postures and mindful movements to boost the internal energy flow and promote wellness of body mind and spirit
Most of the class is performed standing up, but we have a short period of relaxing meditation at the end where you can stand, sit or lie down whilst our teacher guides you through a soothing or empowering visualisation. Then it's time to float home in a state of bliss!
HOW BOOKING WORKS
Bookings are made online a calendar month at a time. We are currently booking for the 4 week block 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd October You can book the first block via the orange button to the right. A few days before the last class in a block, class participants will be sent a renewal email. If you are continuing, please book at least one week before the next block starts as un-booked places will be offered to others from the waiting list (if one is in operation) 7 days before the next block starts.
Fridays 7.30-8.30pm from 1st October excluding local school holidays
Shieling House, Invincible Rd GU14 7QU
Yes, it's right in the middle of an industrial estate, but at 7.30pm all the businesses have closed for the day and the area is quiet and deserted.
The word Shieling is an ancient Gaelic word - It was a hut built as a shelter, by shepherds or cowherders when they took their stock to the higher summer pastures. Sometimes regarded as a rite of passage, the inhabitants, living a solitary life would often discover truths about themselves as they lived in nature and reconnected to the land.
I hope that Shieling house will offer new beginnings and discoveries or a place of quiet retreat for all of our members too.
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