Bodywork Workshops

WOOD - an elemental Qigong workshop (Mar 2019)

Wood is the power of growth and is associated with the season of Spring. In the body it manifests as the Liver and Gall Bladder organs, responsible for planning, decision-making and the free flow of Blood, Qi and the emotions. The Liver in particular is said to house our 'wild inner spirit' and its vitality governs the healthy expression of this aspect of us, including our sexuality.

The expansive and spiraling qualities of Wood and its connection to these organs and their meridians will be explored in both moving and static forms. The Deer is the animal most associated with the Wood Element and we will use several Deer forms that embody the animal's power and grace. The day will be gently paced and will be perfect for the beginner.

Tea will be provided.

Sun 24 Mar, 10:00-14:00
With: Richard Thomas, Tom Watson
Costs,
£44
£32 concession

Open to All
Booking required

Nourishing the Yin: Harmonising the Five Orbs (May 2019)

The ancient Daoists studied and understood nature through the prism of five: five directions, five phases, five flavours, five tones, and in the body the five yin organs. Western physiology, too, considers these of utmost importance to us as functioning life forms: the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver and spleen. In Chinese medicine these organs not only have a physical aspect but also a set of correspondent emotions. Qigong gives us a way to influence this cycle in a positive way to help maintain and restore balance and health.

We will also explore the use of "healing sounds" as another method for supporting the health of the organs. As with chanting or mantra, this type of practice is predicated on the idea that sound and vibration form the basis of the universe, and that by creating certain frequencies with the voice we can resonate and heal our internal organs.

This workshop will be gently paced and is open to all. The form is easy to learn and very effective in its ability to restore balance to the body.
Tea will be provided.

Sun 12 May, 10:00-14:00
With: Richard Thomas, Tom Watson
Costs,
£44
£32 concession

Open to All
Booking required (16 places left)

Deep Rest (May 2019)

A unique and deeply relaxing blend of simple practices to rest, restore and nourish.

Including gentle floor-based exercises to help release muscular tension (Hanna Somatics) as well as Pranayama (breath focus) and quiet time for meditation, these workshops will focus primarily on supported, restorative yoga poses using bolsters and other props.

This way of working is designed to calm the nervous system, boost the immune system and promote balance for busy lives.

Sun 12 May - 15.00-18.00
With: Anna Jones
Costs,
£36
£24 concession

Open to All
Booking required

FIRE: An Elemental Qigong Workshop (Jun 2019)

Fire is the expansive phase of the Five Elements cycle. It is associated with heat, the season of summer and the emotion joy. In the body it manifests primarily through the Heart, seen in Chinese medicine as the emperor of our internal kingdom, but its significance and power is such that it is allotted four meridians.

We will explore a variety of static and moving forms that connect to these meridians and their associated organs, and balance and support this work with the Earth and Water Elements. We will incorporate several bird forms, this being the animal most associated with Fire. Working with the Fire Element can bring clarity of mind, aid restful sleep and help us to fully embrace life. The session will be gently paced and will be suitable for the beginner.

Tea will be provided.

Sun 30 June 2019, 10.00-14.00
With: Richard Thomas, Tom Watson
Costs,
£35
£25 concession

Open to All
Booking required

Deep Rest (July 2019)

A unique and deeply relaxing blend of simple practices to rest, restore and nourish.

Including gentle floor-based exercises to help release muscular tension (Hanna Somatics) as well as Pranayama (breath focus) and quiet time for meditation, these workshops will focus primarily on supported, restorative yoga poses using bolsters and other props.

This way of working is designed to calm the nervous system, boost the immune system and promote balance for busy lives.

Sun 14 July - 15.00-18.00
With: Anna Jones
Costs,
£36
£24 concession

Open to All
Booking required