TAI CHI, MEDITATION & QIGONG CLASSES IN HASTINGS
Qi (pronounced chee) means lifeforce, it is the energy that makes your body function as a living organism. It is something you can feel concretely in your physical body as it moves through the fluids, nerves, fascia and other tissues. When we tune into the body in this way rather than as a mechanical object, we access our potential to become more fully alive and vibrant and can free ourselves from so many tensions and discomforts.
Tai Chi with Russell Pond starting 6th September
Fridays 10-11.15am at West Hill Community Centre, Croft Road, Hastings, TN34 3JT. This is a mixed class of beginners and intermediates open to new students. Please be able to make some small commitment to practise outside of class, 10-15 minutes 2-3 times a week would be fantastic. Contact Russell on 0730 656 2345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Experience and qualifications here.
£8 per class paid monthly, £10 drop in.
Classes will include:
- Simple qigong movements that will keep your body loose and comfortable while increasing energy levels. What is Qigong?
- Standing and sitting meditation to help calm the mind and increase feeling awareness.
- The first section of Old Yang Style Tai Chi. This style is particularly good for learning the inner workings of Tai Chi, the large distinct movements make it very clear what energy you are trying to manifest in each posture. For example, expansive energy opens up your body and mind helping you not to collapse under pressure and remain present to your environment without fear. Absorbing, yielding energy helps you stay soft and relaxed and can free you from anxiety.
- Some partner exercises to hep you feel your own and others bodies more easily.
Email email@example.com to reserve your place or if you have any questions please ask.
Hello, my name is Russell Pond, I have trained in meditation and qigong (an ancient Chinese health system that includes tai chi) for 20 years and would love to share with you these wonderful ways of creating vibrant health and well being. 121’s are a fantastic way to get an optimal regular practise going that will give you the maximum return for the effort and time you put in. £40 per 1-1.5 hour session (concessions available). Contact Russell on 07306 562345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Experience and qualifications here.
What is Qigong?
Qigong works both physically and energetically. Physically, you will learn how to lengthen and release the various soft tissues of the body in a soothing rhythmical way which feels much like getting a gentle massage. This brings relief from pain and heals many of the persistent health problems that come from stuck fascia (sheets of connective tissue beneath the skin). You will also learn precise body alignments for optimum health and powerful ways to get the fluids (blood, lymph, joint fluid etc.) of the body moving. The fluid systems of the body play a huge role in our physical and emotional health so being able to deliberately enhance their functioning is one of the greatest benefits of qigong.
Energetically I will show you how to experience for yourself what qi is (pronounced “chee”, qi is the Chinese word for life force or energy), how to feel qi in your aura, and how to move qi inside and outside of your body to really boost energy levels and heal discomforts and disease.
The state of our mind depends on the flow of our qi so coordinating our energy also helps our mind to much more easily relax and let go leading to fruitful efforts and success with sitting meditation. Success with meditation then leads to a greater ability to feel qi and practise qigong, so we have a reinforcing circle. (See videos below)
Relaxation in Qigong
Relaxation is a huge deal in qigong, tai chi and meditation but this is nothing like the normal understanding of ‘relax’ in our culture. Relaxing activities and external exercise help a little with the quite extreme amount of stress most of us carry around but they also tend to simply cover up the stress and we go progressively more numb needing more and more stimulation to feel anything. What qigong can do for you is give you a way to become directly aware of your nervous system then permanently release the stress and habitual tension stuck in there. Also, practising qigong long term will change the whole way your nervous system functions and responds to external or internal pressures in the first place.
Classes also include some simple breathing meditations done laying or sitting and standing meditation.
The ideal model of health in Taoism is the baby (not the olympic athelete!), this class will show you how to return to the full and natural breathing of a baby, where the whole body expands and closes with each breath massaging all your internal organs and regulating many different systems in the body that govern our physical and emotional well being. This releases stress, regulates emotional energy and dramatically raises energy levels and the ability to maintain relaxed concentration. Any health problem you have will benefit from being able to breathe well.
Standing meditation is a very effective way to come out of your head and into your body, this is done by focusing on precise body alignments, breathing, and feeling through the body with the mind. It will enable you to become radically more aware of your body and its energies, release tension, and improve posture and subtle body alignments to maximise health and energy.
For most people the most effective and easiest way to learn these is laying and standing but both these practises can be done sitting if you prefer.
Caroline has been practising Tai Chi and Qigong for four years, including an intensive year of one-to-one lessons and teacher training with Russell Pond, and is an EnergyArts certified instructor in Dragon and Tiger Medical Qigong and Gods Playing in the Clouds.
Contact Caroline on 07903 217658 or email email@example.com. Available for one-to-one lessons. Experience and qualifications here.
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A taste of what you will learn..
Training & Qualifications – Russell Pond
Weekly Wu Style Tai Chi class with Chad Roberts
Wu Style Tai Chi 121’s with Brian Cooper, Senior Instructor of Bruce Frantzis, insidetaichi.com
Opening the Energy Gates, and Dragon and Tiger Qigong workshops with Jamie Dibdin, Senior Instructor of Bruce Frantzis, balancedenergyarts.co.uk
Ongoing participation in the Online Energy Arts Training Circle with Bruce Frantzis
Various Meditation Retreats mainly with Chogyal Namkhai Norbu who teaches Dzogchen. This is similar to the Water Method of Meditation in Taoism
Online course in Qigong for Back, Neck and Shoulder pain with Bruce Frantzis.
Online Dragon and Tiger Course with Bill Ryan
1998 – 2005
Various 6-day retreats and seminars with Master Bruce Kumar Frantzis. Covering Qigong, Tai Chi, Ba Gua Zhang, Qigong Tui Na (Chinese Energetic Massage) and Taoist Meditation.
Qualified as an Instructor for Marriage of Heaven and Earth Chi Gung. Intensive 3 week instructor training course with Master Bruce Kumar Frantzis
1998 – 2002
Dragon and Tiger Medical Qigong, Opening the Energy Gates Qigong and Wu Style Tai Chi Instructor training apprenticeship completed at Real Taoism with Chris Chappell.
Teaching Qigong and Tai Chi for Hastings Chinese Association
2013 – 2015
Teaching Qigong at WRVS, St Leonards on Sea
Teaching privately, mostly one-to-one and small groups
2003 – 2004
Teaching Tai Chi for older people with Kensington and Chelsea Adult Education
2001 – 2003
Teaching Tai Chi, Qigong, and Meditation at The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Training & Qualifications – Caroline Martin
Passed 2 week intensive Dragon and Tiger Qigong Instructor Training with Bruce Frantzis
10 day training in Ku Nye Traditional Tibetan Massage with the Shangshung Foundation
3 week intensive retreat with Master Bruce Frantzis
1 week – Standing Qigong
1 week – Bagua, Introduction to Circle Walking and Single Palm Change
1 week – Taoist Meditation – Sealing the senses
2 days – Taoist Meditation – Interactive Practices and Sexual Meditation
Monthly Dragon and Tiger Qigong workshops with Paul Cavel
Ongoing participation in the Energy Arts Training Circle with Bruce Frantzis
Qigong Instructor Training Apprenticeship with Russell Pond
Dzogchen Meditation Retreats with Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Passed 3 week intensive Gods Playing in the Clouds Qigong Instructor Training with Bruce Frantzis
6-day retreat on Yantra Yoga and Pranayamas with John Renshaw
Wu Style Tai Chi 6 week course with Brian Cooper
Tui Na workshop with Bruce Frantzis
Yang Style Tai Chi workshop with Bruce Frantzis
Monthly Gods Playing in the Clouds Qigong workshops with Paul Cavel
Standing Qigong workshop with Bruce Frantzis
2012 – 2014
Weekly Tai Chi classes with Lynne Wood
Teaching Qigong for the over 50’s at AmicusHorizon, Bevin Court, St Leonards on Sea