Body-Dharma Sessions

‘Sensitive to the whole body’ is one of the Buddha’s ‘pith instructions’. What might it mean to us? How can we become more sensitive to the life of our body and breath?

In these classes we learn to integrate yoga and other body based practices with our meditation practice.

All the classes listed are suitable for everyone and are taught by qualified body work practitioners with experienced meditation teachers who are members of the Triratna Buddhist Order.

Part of the generosity economy. Please wear comfortable, loose clothing for these sessions. 

No need to book – just come along 

QiGong for meditation with Padmadrishti 
Mondays 5.30pm – 7pm

QiGong for meditation: “These sessions are designed with meditators in mind and bring together the aspects of Spiritual QiGong with our experience of Buddhist meditation. Through sitting, standing and mindful movements we connect deeply to our being. We learn how to align the body externally and internally to come to presence and connect with emptiness.
When we reach a ‘Qi state’ we are fully present, connected and receptive to our spiritual potential”.

6th January 2020 onwards: Qi Gong and the system of meditation. (no class Feb 17)

Padmadrishti is a trained QiGong teacher and has practiced QiGong and meditation for over twenty years.  She also brings her experience of the mind-body integration through over ten years of working as a hypnotherapist.

QiGong is suitable for complete beginners and is meditative and gentle in its approach, helping to cultivate and rest into an energised calm. Please wear comfortable, loose clothing.

Mindfulness in Movement – Tai Chi/Qi Gong – Tim Mason
Course starting Wed 22 Jan 10.30am – 12.00 noon

(x8 sessions ending 11 March)

The ‘Shibashi’ sequence of eighteen movements is a well known form that links mindfulness of breath and awareness within movement. It is also a support to  awareness within more formal meditation practice. It will be introduced sequentially over several sessions, along with other Qi Gong practices, to enable participants to practice at home.  This You-tube link shows the form in some detail.

There will be a chance to share some other short forms and to encourage everyone to discover their own sequences. Chungliang’s ‘Five Forces’ practise illustrates this playful approach to practice. 

We will also be learning the ‘Eight Brocade’ (or  ‘Baduanjin’) sequence which is a form of medical qigong. See this video for a modern rendition

Tim has trained in Qi Gong teaching with the Shiatsu College and has a Diploma in Mindfulness Based Approaches from University of Bangor. 

Body Dharma with Advayamati
10am – 12.00 noon

No classes in Feb

Body-dharma yoga is a ‘still flowing’ form of Hatha yoga that incorporates Vinyasa flow, Scaravelli inspiration, somatic approach with a ‘practical’ mindfulness. These aid the integration of mind, body and spirit using the yoga of curiosity and letting go.

Trained yoga teacher Advayamati brings his experience of many years practice, leading workshops and retreats that combine shiatsu and energy work with teaching Buddhism and embodied mindfulness.

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