Meditation and Relaxation classes in Aldershot Farnborough Mytchett Camberley Farnham
Stressed? Worried? Under Pressure?
Is you mind always wandering aimlessly or darting anxiously from one thing to the next?
Do you find that the only time you can 'switch off' is when you are physically exhausted?
Why not try one of our Qigong classes, which focus on meditative realxing movement and deep mindfulness and breathing techniques
These classes includes instruction, theory and practice so you fully understand what you are trying to achieve as well as how to go about achieving it. We focus on slow mindful movement and guided meditations.
pic above: Our instructor Cherry Collins practicing Yi jin Jing Qigong
There's lots of medical research to prove the physical benefits:
The brain wave patterns of meditators show why they're healthier. Neuroscientists have found that meditators shift their brain activity to different areas of the cortex—brain waves in the stress-prone right frontal cortex move to the calmer left frontal cortex.
Recent research indicates that meditating brings about dramatic effects in as little as a 10-minute session. Several studies have demonstrated that subjects who meditated for a short time showed increased alpha waves (the relaxed brain waves) and decreased anxiety and depression as the production of adrenaline decreased.
A study at Harvard which used MRI scans to map the brains of participants, has given the first physical proof that meditation can change our minds. The study showed that after just 8 weeks of meditation - for half an hour a day - the hippocampus area of the brain (linked to self-awareness, compassion and introspection) became denser and the amygdala -(an area known to be associated with stress and anxiety) had thinned. Subjects reported feeling happier, calmer and more in control of themselves. What this means is that the brain we have now doesn't have to be the brain we will have in just 8 weeks time - our brains have a type of plasticity - they are constantly changing. Mindfulness is the tool which is used to shape the brain.
Always check the calendar or email Cherry before coming along for the first time or after a break as occasionally we have a week off when Cherry has a holiday or training course.
At present we are not offering meditation as a separate class, but often incorporat meditative teschniqies and principles into our Canal Centre qigong classes. We may soon offer a dedicated Meditation class.
1. Standing and seated qigong meditation - standing like a tree / pole standing - in various stances.
2. Breathing Techniques such as Daoist breathing, Buddhist breathing, Universal Breathing & Dragon Breath techniques
3. Guided (spoken) Meditation - using visualisation techniques to relax the body & mind - very effective at clearing old negative emotions
4. Meditations from the Buddhist tradition and the principles of the Buddhist path to happiness (Buddhism is a philosophy and does not worship a deity, therefore it should not clash with your religious beliefs)
5. Physical relaxation techniques such as Daoist Self Massage & Tuina (accupoint) Self Massage,
6. Colour and sound therapies
7. Gentle movement and light exercise routines
Sometimes we will use soft music, nature sounds - birdsong / water, and sometimes soft lighting and candles to create an atmosphere of calm.
pic above: Cherry prcticing Standing Meditation on Mount Wudang, China.
How to join us:
Contact us in advance if you have any questions, otherwise just come along to the class of your choice, after first checking on the calendar that the class is on that week. Pay £6, (£7 eves) and join in :)
No membership fees or advance payment required.