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.
Taoist Qigong and Meditation Classes
New students can have half price (£20) 121’s to introduce you to what I teach in the class and go over anything that is specific to you.
Fridays 10-11.15am at West Hill Community Centre, Croft Road, Hastings, TN34 3JT
This is a mixed class of new beginners and intermediates. 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:
- Sitting meditation
- Dragon and Tiger Medical Qigong. This is a great set to introduce you to Qigong and feeling Qi. It helps keep your body loose and comfortable while increasing energy levels. What is Qigong?
- Opening the Energy Gates Qigong. This introduces you to the deeper Neigong (inner workings) of Qigong and Tai Chi. Develop powerful yet soft and relaxed internal energy.
- Marriage of Heaven and Earth Qigong. A simple external movement, but one that carries a lot of Neigong principles like tissue lengthening, breathing and how to pulse (open and close) the joints. It especially helps with many shoulder, neck and back issues.
Hello, my name is Russell Pond, I have trained in meditation and qigong (an ancient Chinese health system that includes tai chi), mainly with Master Bruce Frantzis, and would love to share with you these wonderful ways of creating vibrant health and well being. I have one public class and 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 0730 656 2345 or email email@example.com. 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 sitting and standing meditation. The ideal model of health in Taoism is the baby (not the Olympic athlete!), 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.
|Fridays with Russell Pond|
A taste of what you will learn..
Training & Qualifications
2018 – 2019
Weekly Wu Style Tai Chi class with Chad Roberts
2017 – 2018
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 Tao Space Live with Master Bruce Frantzis
2001 – 2018
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 public classes and 121’s
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