“If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” Lao Tzu
Be more present, grounded and centred. Be in the here and now.
What is Chi Kung?
Chi Kung (or Qigong) means ‘energy work’ and is an ancient Chinese art that is similar to Yoga and Tai Chi, but the movements and postures are much simpler. It consists of static postures, simple movements, stretching exercises, breathing exercises and sitting, standing and walking meditation. The Chi Kung I practise is called ‘Elemental Chi Kung’. Each element (earth, metal, water, wood and fire) contains certain properties, which manifest as certain movements in the body. The aim is to try and balance all the elements in the body.
What is Chi?
Chi is a life-force energy, which according to Traditional Chinese Medicine exists in all living beings.
The flow of chi in our body is important for maintaining health.
In other cultures this energy is known as ‘prana’ (India) or ‘ki’ (Japan).
Pop-up Chi Kung in the park (only during the summer; please contact me beforehand)
St James Park (Waltham Forest), next to Essex Road, London E17 8AN
Adults only (16 +)
9th – 30th June 2019; Sunday mornings 11 a.m – 12 p.m
Price: £32 for 4 sessions (£10 drop-in sessions)
Please contact me before the class starts via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or mobile (0790 550 2183) if you are interested in joining this class and to find out about payment method.
City Lit, Keeley Street, London WC2B 4BA: Chi Kung five elements: moving from the centre: all levels
Wednesdays Time: 11:45 – 13:00
To enrol call 020 7831 7831; or online www.citylit.ac.uk
Private Chi Kung classes can also be arranged. (£30/hour)
During classes we will be doing various movements, warm-ups, clearing exercises, static postures, stretches and meditation. It has been designed to help you be more present and become more grounded and relaxed.
The lessons usually start with a set of warm up exercises, which are important to loosen and open up the joints and to aid energy flow. These exercises are also very good on their own as part of a morning routine.
After the warm up, we will be doing a mixture of stretches, clearing exercises, simple postures or movements that correspond to the five elements.
All this work is an excellent preparation for meditation, which can be done in a standing, sitting or lying down position.
Who can take part?
Anyone can do Chi Kung. It is a gentle, low impact form of exercise and is open to adults of all abilities.
What do I wear?
Please wear loose comfortable clothing. If we do chi kung in the park, please wear lots of layers. If we do indoor chi kung, please wear indoor shoes.
“I look after twins and the Chi Kung sessions with Heike really helped me to release all the tension in my neck. I pick them up regularly and the slow stretching movements were very beneficial. I also liked that it would energise me for the whole day, ready to get going. Heike is a very calm teacher who constantly makes sure that you are in the right position to prevent injury and makes the lesson a wonderful experience. I can’t wait for the next session.”
“I really enjoyed Chi Kung with Heike. Heike is a warm, calm and joyful person, who helped me to appreciate the benefits of Chi Kung. After our sessions, I felt relaxed and calmer. I also perceived an increased clarity of mind and I felt more grounded. Our sessions were a special treat that helped me to take a break from the stressful routine of everyday life. I would advise anyone to take Chi Kung classes with Heike. She is very professional and prepared.”
“Heike’s Chi Kung classes are a great way to relax and feel grounded. I always sleep well in the evening after classes, and enjoy the chance to breathe deeply and stretch. The classes give a chance to be present in the now and connect with the environment and have a sense of possibilities.”
“I really enjoyed Heike’s course at the city lit. It was my first introduction to chi kung and I consider myself fortunate to have had such an excellent teacher. So much so that I now hope to continue practicing chi kung on a permanent basis as I found the postures and breathing of very great benefit.”
“I first heard about chi kung at a seminar for trauma therapy in may 2012. When I came across the advertisement for chi kung classes by Heike, I was so excited that it was taking place locally in Walthamstow. I had no expectations what so ever prior to attending my first class, I went in with an open mind and the willingness to explore.
To my utter amazement I found myself crying following the grounding exercise where we had to imagine growing roots beneath our feet and those roots receiving nutrients from the earth. Never have I ever attended an exercise class where such gentle movements and visualisation has had such an intense effect.
What more can I say other than that I am hooked. I am developing such a great respect for this particular form of movement and the philosophy. Heike herself is an amazing teacher, not only with clear directions and very calm soothing voice, but also her passion for chi kung comes through.
I have had the pleasure of having some private lessons along with a group setting and all I can say is I have benefited in so many ways. Despite my short exposer, chi kung has opened an access to myself in ways that I have never experienced before, and I will continue to practice and hopefully explore it further with even more benefits.
So Heike thank you so much. You have been a fantastic teacher may I continue to learn from your experience and wisdom .”
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