Moving slowly and mindfully, in tune with the breath, qigong practice gently nourishes us, improving general health, flexibility, balance and state of mind. Regular practice of this ancient Chinese art benefits the immune system and gives our vital organs a health boost. It reduces blood pressure, helps with insomnia and is a great foundation for any meditation practice.
In these classes we will learn and practice the key principles of qigong including how to move and align the body so that it can naturally release the tensions that we carry.
Classes are £7 each session.
Qigong is an ancient Chinese system of exercise consisting of gentle, meditative movement designed to encourage a good and healthy flow of energy or “qi” around the body. Practicing regularly brings many health benefits both physical and emotional. In these classes we’ll be looking at qigong exercises and the related Chinese medical theory as we move through the changing seasons. As the energies of the natural world expand and contract, rise and fall with the seasons so too do our own. Winter qigong encourages our energy inwards, nourishing and conserving our deep energy reserves so that we have plenty of vitality for the coming year. Spring time starts to see that energy expanding and moving outwards towards it’s peak and most yang at the height of summer. Late summer and autumn see our energies beginning to contract again, coming inwards, preparing for the most yin time of year, back to winter. As we move through the year you’ll learn how to support your health through each season, gain a clear understanding of the main principles of qigong and how to get the most from your practice. This class is suitable for beginners and more experienced practitioners alike.
I first became interested in Buddhism as a teenager from a chance encounter with a book found in my school library. I was immediately struck by how Buddhism taught that I could change how I experience the world and that I could grow as a person. However, it wasn’t until many years later at the Sheffield Buddhist centre, that I began to commit myself fully to Buddhist practice as I saw that practicing Buddhist teachings was having a very positive impact on my life and on the lives of others.
I was delighted to join the Still Learning Team in November 2018. My previous work has been as a teacher and as an artist and I feel privileged to be able to bring those skills together with my passion for Buddhism in order to teach children and young people about Buddhism.
I first came into contact with Buddhism in my final year of university when I attended an introductory course at the Sheffield Buddhist Centre. I was instantly captivated by the revolutionary yet practical nature of the Dharma (teachings of the Buddha).
I began to meditate and apply Buddhism into my daily life and found that it actually worked! I had started to view the world differently and in a way that made me happier. I gained great confidence by this and became a committed Buddhist practitioner soon afterwards.
I enjoy sharing with others what I have learnt and how Buddhism has transformed me so I was delighted to join the Still Learning team in October 2013.
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