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"The Journey Of A Thousand Miles Begins With A Single Step": An Introduction to Qigong

Date: Saturday 29th of September

Time: 3-5pm

Price: £25

Payment: Contact Tom directly: tomholmesyoga@gmail.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.

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Gong Bath

Date: First Saturday of every month. 

Time: 4-5pm

Price: £18

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.

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