Winter Qigong - Wilton
Live and practise qigong in harmony with the seasons. Let the changing energies of nature nourish and guide your mind, body and spirit with their timeless wisdom. For the first time, we will be teaching a series of 'immersion' weekend workshops that span the year and its seasons. Discover and embody ancient practices that were created to naturally resonate with the energies of the Earth through its annual cycle.
Much of Chinese culture and philosophy is based on 5 seasons and their tradition also works with 5 elements. During each of the 5 Seasons of the year, we aim to bring you the best practices to support your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing for that seasonal phase. If you attend all the workshops, you will have learnt 5 beneficial sets of practices to help you integrate your lifestyle with the core energies of nature.
- Learn how to monitor and return your energy to balance, in tune with nature.
- Use ancient natural wisdom to cultivate 'Lifestyle Medicine' - prevention is better than cure.
- Improve your ability to work and interact with others by recognising and understanding seasonal changes in human energy dynamics.
- Release negative and unhelpful emotional, mental and physical tensions and learn to tap in to the boundless, positive energies of nature.
- Recognise, acknowledge and start to address imbalances and core issues within yourself.
- Have fun, on a seasonal basis!
- Find joy, peacefulness, calm, happiness and forgiveness in the Way of the Seasons.
If you cannot make all 5 workshops this year, you will still benefit from what you have learnt, and can always catch-up when we run them again next year.
The benefits of these workshops apply to beginners and seasoned practitioners alike. If you are experienced in one of the exercises we are teaching, you will have the added benefit, with our guidance, of being able to delve more deeply into its components. Each session will also to allow you to integrate the seasonal theme into your daily practice, using whatever Tai Chi or Qigong form or exercise routine you may know - irrespective of its origin.
Winter Calm and Storing
There is a calmness and stillness deep inside all of us. The element Water predominates in this most yin of seasons and the associated organs are the kidneys, our source of vitality. The sense of hearing is closely related to the kidneys and in the stillness of winter we can further cultivate our listening skills, which require focus and concentration to derive meaning.
Winter practices do not over exert the body or mind. Now is the time to give yourself permission to allow your body and mind to settle and rest. We move smoothly and meditatively in harmony with the quiet of this season. The steady, slow movements of Qigong at this time are ideal for settling, integrating and nourishing your energy.
Movements of any sort are done as efficiently as possible without over reaching or over exertion. The efficiency of movement at this time of year can be a great teacher for break-through and light-bulb moments in your qigong or tai chi journey.
The emotion associated with water is fear. It is often thought of as a negative energy, but without fear and associated responses to danger our species would not have survived. But when fear goes beyond an instinctual emotion it can become unbalanced and cause great anxiety and stress. Yet we live in an uncertain world of constant changes, however we try to create safety. Working with the energy and flow of the water element and observing the power of water in nature can help inform our lives. Water is constantly manifesting, changing and dissolving, moving between deep stillness and powerful surges and waves.
In this workshop we will focus on:
- Warming up the hearing organ with the Dao Yin exercise.
- The Five Words of self composure - breath, calm, centre, root and energy - to take us inwards to quietly connect with our internal universe.
- Hanging out in the unknown - dissolving the power of ‘No’ by becoming curious and accepting what’s there.
- Smoothing the nervous system with breath.
- Understanding how to become more efficient with the complexities of life, using the Tai Chi Cloud Hands movement.
- The daily meditation for the Winter season.
Workshop content is largely dependent on the group dynamic and should only be used as a guide to what we may teach.
Suitable for all, including beginners.
Saturday 10am to 4.30pm. Cost £60 / £50 if you currently attend one of our classes
5 Seasons 'Sink-in Sundays'
On Sunday we also aim to offer an additional in-depth workshop where you can refine, develop and wire in the previous day's teachings. They will mainly on practice, drilling, Q&A and 1:1 help.
Sunday times (10am to 1pm). Special price of £20 for 3 hours or £7.50 per hour.
|Event Date||Sat 13th Jan 2018 - 10:00 am|
|Individual Price||£60 / £50 if you currently attend our classes|
|Location||Wilton, Comm Centre|