Tai Chi Qigong

            
Photos of free class for World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, 27th April 2019

Tai Chi Qigong classes are postponed for the moment, but some revision workshops will be available for students who have already attended classes (contact me for dates!). I hope to offer a new term in 2022 for all abilities including beginners. 

The classes are held from 1.30pm-3pm on Wednesdays at Downside Village Hall, Downside Common Road, KT11 3NP. All abilities are welcome, including beginners. 

You can sign up for the whole term for sure, steady progress through the form, exploring each move in detail and integrating it into the whole. You can also attend as a drop-in. We practice the whole Tai Chi form together each week. Choose from £77 for the whole term or £12.50 to drop-in. 

Tai Chi Qigong roughly translates as “Supreme ultimate life-force cultivation”, and is an ancient martial art for keeping fit on all levels. We develop strength, flexibility and balance. We let go of stress and enter a restful state of relaxation and focus combined. Above all we generate chi, our body’s natural energy, to experience more vitality. I’m grateful to my teachers and all their teachers before them, and look forward to sharing the benefits with you.

I teach Yang Family Style, 13 Movement 5 Element Tai Chi Qigong. It doesn’t require a lot of space to practice, making it a great form to learn wherever you live or travel. We begin in the primordial stillness of Wu Chi, content but ready for anything. We step out and flow through the 4 directions, harmonising yin and yang through a repeating sequence of movements, learning to change direction and flow before returning to the completion of stillness. Each session will include a warm-up and grounding Qigong (standing meditation) before the Tai Chi (moving meditation).

I also teach the Eight Pieces of Brocade, Iron Shirt Qigong and Five Elements Animal Flow Qigong.

No experience is necessary and all abilities are welcome. Tai Chi and Qigong have many proven benefits, from improving balance and coordination to reducing stress. Come and find out what they can do for you!

Why do Tai Chi Qigong?

Improve your balance, flexibility, strength & posture.

 

Relax & release stress through meditation in motion.

 

 Energise your mind and body as you learn our form.

 

Travel through the 4 directions in 13 movements, harmonising yin and yang in a compact form you can enjoy anywhere.

 

Classes include a warm-up and chi self-massage, with Qigong and, usually, Master Lim of Penang’s Push-Hands for grounding. Due to Covid-19 and dependent on current guidelines, I will share other non-contact physical and mental grounding exercises instead of  Push-Hands.

 

Book your place today on 07944 872332.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some of the online classes I offered in 2020. We can explore these teachings in person again soon. Online one-to-one sessions are still available via Zoom so feel free to contact me with any questions. 

Earlier in the summer…
Morning of Monday 29th June – 10.30am-11.30am. The Makka-Ho Stretches.
Evening of Monday 29th June – 7.30pm-8.30pm. The Makka-Ho Stretches.

About the Makka-Ho Stretches

Join me to learn a a series of stretches to improve flexibility, calm the mind, and get your energy flowing! There are six movements, so they’re easy to learn and integrate into other exercise practices.

The Makka-Ho Stretches are designed to promote the flow of natural energy or chi through the body’s meridians. They’re also great for the circulation and lymphatic systems, for the digestion, and for connecting to our bodies kindly and helpfully.

When I was learning Shiatsu we did these stretches before every lesson and I’ve found them a valuable practice for over a decade. We’re not just moving the body, but allowing ourselves to move with our breath. I notice my mind becoming more calm and rested in these stretches. They are a gentle way to feel more energised and let go of tension. See how they feel for you!

We’ll start with a standing stretch and the rest are done on the floor. Please wear comfortable clothes and have a mat or non-stick rug beneath you, to ensure you remain comfortable. Have some water to hand too. The stretches are suitable for most people and we’ll go gently, so there’s no need to go further into a movement than feels right for your body. Please contact me if you would like to check if the stretches will suit you.

I look forward to sharing these wonderful, enjoyable stretches with you!

Earlier in June…
Mondays 1st and 8th June, 10.30am & 7.3opm: Shiatsu Self-Massage

DIY Shiatsu & Massage: A Guided Tour of You! 

You have the ability to make a real difference to your physical and emotional health right now. I reminded myself this week just how well our bodies our designed for self-treatment. I had shoulder pain and tension for a couple of days after sleeping heavily on one side. Pain needs attention, so the next night I gave myself some shoulder massage, intuitively exploring for pressure points without thinking too much about it. I woke the next morning without pain and with better mobility, as well as the mental relief of feeling that my body was in a healthier state. My training in Shiatsu and massage, plus a decade of professional experience with lots of different bodies, helps me trust my instincts and follow my hands. You can do this too and I can show you how.

You don’t need to have anything wrong to benefit from self-massage! It’s a great daily practice, helping to improve the circulation of blood to the whole body including our vital organs. It stimulates lymphatic flow which helps our body eliminate toxins. Massage also benefits the skin, and I will include gentle movements to take care of our joints and muscles. Massage also helps our bodies release the hormones that make us feel relaxed, safe and connected.

I can show you a selection of self-massage techniques and Shiatsu pressure points to help a range of aches, pains and common complaints. If there’s something in particular you’d like help with then contact me in advance so I can include advice tailored to you. You can also book a one-to-one session.

Mondays 1st and 8th June 10.30am-12.00noon £15
Mondays 1st and 8th June 7.30pm-9.00pm £15

Earlier in May…
Mondays 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th May at 11am. The Inner Smile Meditation is an uplifting and energising journey through your internal universe. An ideal morning meditation, this helps to develop a genuine sense of loving kindness and gratitude. 30 minutes, FREE.

Mondays 4th , 11th, 18th and 25th May at 8pm. The Six Healing Sounds Meditation is calming and restorative. You can think of it as emotional recycling, letting go of stress and cultivating harmony. It’s an ideal evening meditation to prepare you for a good night’s rest. 30 minutes, FREE.

Wednesdays 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th May at 2pm. Tai Chi Qigong roughly translates as “Supreme ultimate life-force cultivation”, and is an ancient martial art for keeping fit on all levels. We develop strength, flexibility and balance. We let go of stress and enter a restful state of relaxation and focus combined. Above all we generate chi, our body’s natural energy, to experience more vitality. I’m grateful to my teachers and all their teachers before them, and look forward to sharing the benefits with you. 1 hr 15 mins, £10 per session. Email liz@surrey-shiatsu.co.uk for joining & payment info.

I’ll be teaching Yang Family Style, 13 Movement 5 Element Tai Chi Qigong. It doesn’t require a lot of space – it’s the ideal lockdown Tai Chi form! We begin in the primordial stillness of Wu Chi, content but ready for anything. We step out and flow through the 4 directions, harmonising yin and yang through a repeating sequence of movements, learning to change direction and flow before returning to the completion of stillness. Each session will include a warm-up and grounding Qigong (standing meditation) before the Tai Chi (moving meditation).

Here’s information about our usual classes:
Learn, practice and enjoy the benefits of meditation in motion on Wednesday afternoons at Downside near Cobham, Surrey.

No experience is necessary and all abilities are welcome. Tai Chi and Qigong have many proven benefits, from improving balance and coordination to reducing stress. Come and find out what they can do for you!

 

Why do Tai Chi Qigong?

 

Improve your balance, flexibility, strength & posture.

 

Relax & release stress through meditation in motion.

 

 Energise your mind and body as you learn our form.

 

Travel through the 4 directions in 13 movements, harmonising yin and yang in a compact form you can enjoy anywhere.

 

Classes include a warm-up and chi self-massage, with Qigong and Master Lim of Penang’s Push-Hands for grounding.

 

Book your place today on 07944 872332.

 

 

 

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