"The Journey Of A Thousand Miles Begins With A Single Step": An Introduction to Qigong
Date: Saturday 29th of September
Payment: Contact Tom directly: email@example.com
Qigong (pronounced chee-gong) is a Chinese energy cultivation practice with roots in Daoist traditions. Qigong is the cultivation and management of the life force (chi, prana, élan vital) used to create and maintain radiant health and wellbeing. Integrating dynamic and static movements, deep breathing and visualization techniques, Qigong forms are often slow, circular, repetitive, graceful and flowing, like wind and water. They loosen the joints, strengthen the tendons and muscles, improve circulation, and relax the nervous system. Each movement is linked to the breath and the intention. Qigong is an extremely accessible practice, which promotes the un-obstructed flow of life energy (chi) in order to restore and create greater balance, harmony, and an overall sense of health, vitality and wellbeing.
In this workshop we will set the foundations for a lifelong practice. Learning a simple, yet profound sequence of forms and meditation techniques and beginning to explore some of the underlying concepts that inform the practice.
Date: First Saturday of every month.
As you lay down under your soft blanket, Rachael will guide you through a Reiki activated relaxation enabling you to relax your body and begin to quieten the mind ready for the resonant sounds of the gong, Tibetan singing bowls and Koshi bells to wash over you.
Sound has been used for thousands of years for therapeutic purposes. As you bathe in the deep vibrations of the gong, all the cells in the body begin to resonate, stimulating the vegas nerve (which runs from your brain stem to your abdomen). Your vegas nerve kick starts your bodies relaxation response, helps prevent inflammation in the body and can slow your heart rate. Therapeutic sounds have been shown to inhibit the stress or pain response as well as having a positive effect on your heart and respiratory rates. They entrain the brain to theta brain wave frequencies where visualisation and the creative power of your mind starts. As you relax deeper you may find you enter a trance like state, or are able to access different levels of consciousness not explored before.
People often report deep meditative and peaceful states, clarity of mind, and deeper connections to their intuition.
“The gong is more accurately a force of energy, "like a divine engine, affecting the body's meridians. By and large, after it's over, you just feel great, you feel like you've been healed by the spirit of nature." Don Conreaux
"The effects lasted well into the evening and even the next morning, when I felt an incredible sense of calm and focus." Priyam Sharma - from Huffington Post article Why every stressed out person should try a gong meditation.
Rachael trained with Tim Wheater and Cherub and runs regular Reiki Activated meditations and gong baths across London.
SHIFTING WEIGHT with Lydia Buckler
Date: Sunday 7th October
Time: 3 - 5pm
A mat-less movement based workshop designed to feed and amplify your day to day yoga practice.
Through out the workshop we will explore movements that allow us to use the hands like feet. Building strength & eradicating the fear of shifting our weight away from our feet.
The workshop will be laced with fun and a real chance to play & explore, whilst getting to understand your own body a little better.
Yoga for your Senses Fundraising Workshop with Sheila Wisdom
Date: Saturday 13th October 2018
Time: 3pm - 5pm
“Yoga never fails to deliver when it comes to transformation and opening us up to different ways of functioning happily within ourselves. As a yoga teacher I feel blessed to be in the same space with adults and children (especially children with special educational needs) witnessing this transformation taking place. Witnessing this transformation became the driving force which lead me to crowdfund to go teach yoga in Ghana. For the last two years I have had the honour of watching this transformation happen amongst over 100 school children and adults on daily basis during my stay.
Join me for a two-hour fundraising workshop on the 13th October where I will be sharing a few of these transformational techniques which will include Reflex Yoga (a new unique style of Yoga specifically designed to target the Body-Brain neurological, physical and emotional connections) and Kundalini Yoga (Through movement, chanting and meditation, this practice channels the force from the base, upward through the body’s spiritual centres, or chakras).
Dragonfly Yoga Studio is very kindly supporting this event. All money made on the day will be used to help me return to Ghana at the end of this year to work with both students and teachers teaching yoga in schools. If for any reason you can not attend this workshop but would still like to contribute please see a go-fund-me like below, please share the link with friends and family.”
The Face Yoga Workshop with Jacquline Hannam
Date: Saturday 20th October
Time: 3 - 4pm
‘Face Yoga I hear you say’…. Yes, Face Yoga, it’s a natural and effective way of looking and feeling healthier with the added benefit of releasing stress and tension around the face and neck.
Most of us have experienced the advantages of exercise for the body, so just as your body needs exercise to stay healthy and toned, the techniques of Face Yoga will help improve the facial muscles & tone the skin attached to the muscles in much the same way.
Face Yoga works to keep the muscles and tissues on our face’s strong, toned and healthy, while helping you to relax muscular tension. It’s a safe and none invasive method: when practiced regularly, improvements can be seen within weeks.
Face Yoga session is a combination of:
~ Facial Exercises
~ Face Massage
~ Pranayama, breath work
~ Well-being advice
In this workshop, participant will learn some ancient time-tested technique along with some traditional yoga asana. The methods are easy to access and once learnt can be built into your daily routine.
The sessions are fun, energizing & soothing. Giving additional tools too aid relaxation calm and openness around the face.
Jacquline (Maîtri) is a Face Yoga Teacher: Danellie Collins method.
Akhanda Yoga teacher (Hatha), Yin Yoga teacher & Ayurveda adviser trained under Yog Sudari & Yogrishi Vishvketu
October's Beginners' Workshop
Date: 27th - 28th October 2018
Time: 3 - 5pm on both days
A two day workshop designed for those looking creating consistency and strong foundations in their yoga practice. Sessions cover yoga asana, pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation. Suitable for complete beginners or experience yoga practitioners looking to revisit yoga fundamentals.
Book your spot on the Dragonfly website or MINDBODY app.