Meditation & Movement
"Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt."
St Francis De Sales
People of all ages and spiritual beliefs are very welcome to join this deeply relaxing class. You don't need to have any experience with mindfulness, meditation or the peaceful Chi Gong exercises to enjoy and benefit from this course. Practice how to do less and be more; be more aware, more accepting, more compassionate; kinder to yourself and others. Learn how to let go of physical, mental and emotional tension and worries and stay with yourself in the present moment. You'll soon feel the benefits :-)
"Excellent professional video...I had done Zoe's Chi Gong group classes (in person) in the past, so had high expectations, which Zoe met and surpassed. " Helen
Meditation in Movement
We warm up, slow down and tune inwards with gentle exercises while standing or sitting. Chi Gong is similar to Tai Chi and both are very popular forms of flowing exercises often enjoyed in the parks in China and Japan. We practice being truly aware and mindful of each breath and every movement: however small or seemingly easy. This helps us feel relaxed but alert and prepares us to get the most out of the meditation in stillness.
"Zoe is a warm, inclusive and passionate teacher. It has helped me enormously with coping with anxiety. I feel back in control! Come and join us." Shirley
Meditation in Stillness
After choosing a comfortable posture (sitting on a chair or floor cushion or lying down if you prefer) we turn our attention to the chosen focus of meditation, such as actively listening to the continuously changing field of sound in each moment, following the breath moving in and out of the body or tuning into bodily sensations etc. Each technique helps to keep us in the present and let go of any concerns about the past or future. It's fine to either close your eyes or have them slightly open. You can always decide what's best for you.
We work through a carefully designed programme so you will learn a wide range of simple and highly effective techniques to greatly deepen your experience of formal meditation but also to encourage mindfulness throughout your daily life. There are two 30 minute sessions of Meditation in Movement and also Stillness each week.
"As well as practising mindfulness in daily life, it can be helpful to set aside time for a more formal mindfulness practice. Mindfulness meditation involves sitting silently and paying attention to thoughts, sounds, the sensations of breathing or parts of the body, bringing your attention back whenever the mind starts to wander. Yoga and Tai-chi can also help with developing awareness of your breathing."