If you have a stressful job or a lot going on in your life and want an hour a week to call your own, where you can learn techniques to hack modern day living and return to a state of tranquility then this is the class you need.
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 standing Yoga-type flows, moving between a stretch and a relaxation, aided by the breath and mindful visualisations. Tuning into the body, we become aware of our tensions and stresses, and we learn to let go. Gradually installing a new habit of relaxation and calm, to defeat stress and anxiety
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. Qigong is the exercise branch of Chinese medicine and is often prescribed to improve the health of an individual.
Most of the class is performed standing up, but for 10 minutes the group sit on chairs for a guided meditation. The class was nicknamed 'Zen Sanctuary' by one of our group who attended a few years ago - they said coming into the class was like stepping away from the stresses of the world - with soft coloured lights , Mandala wall hangings and Zen music. A space for being, restoring and renewal. In the lighter evenings we have a view over the canal - a warm breeze and evening birdsong wafting in through the picture-windows of our sanctuary :)
£9 per class paid in blocks of roughly 6 weeks. First block = 3 week 'taster' block 27/2, 12/3 & 19/3. Continuing after Easter.
The venue is a local beauty spot - if you have time before or ater class, take a slow mindful stroll and connect with the wildlife on the canal or venture father into the woods and breathe the forest air- you'll have it all to yourself after the public have gone home for the day and the car park barrier is closed (don't worry, we will give you the barrier code).
My favourite space for just being :)
BOOK IN ADVANCE ONLY
£9 per class
Canal Visitors Centre
Mytchett GU16 6DD
It is a condition not to attend any class if you have any sort of respiratory illness, such as a cold, as we want to keep ALL illness out of our classes,
THIS CLASS IS CURRENTLY FULLY BOOKED - please contact us to go on the waiting list and we will let you know when a place becomes available
Canal Visitors Centre
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