Meditation and Relaxation classes for people living 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?
We offer several classes to suit everyone:
So sorry! This class in not currently running due to Covid restrictions- Contact us to go on waiting list, mentioning 'meditation / seated class' or check back in September 2021
A seated (chair based) Tai Chi Qigong and guided meditation class, with clear guidance in various meditative practices. (You won't need to lie on a mat or sit on a cushion, unless you prefer to - we have comfy padded chairs for everyone. Particularly aimed at beginners seeking to find a suitable meditation technique that they can use and practice at home plus half an hour of seated Tai Chi Qigong exercise for health, strength and well being. In the cooler months we provide cozy wraps / pashminas to wrap yourself in to keep warm
Why seated exercise?
By sitting we isolate the core and strengthen the muscles that good posture relies upon. We improve mobility, flexion and strength of the back by isolating the bottom of the spine and pelvis and moving everything above. The arms are toned via the various arm movements and the shoulders become looser and less tense. The hands are the focal point of the mind, so the slow movements aid to calming down a racing anxious mind .
If you have meditated before and prefer to sit on a floor cushion / zafu / mat - please bring your own along
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.
We offer instruction in:
1. Standing and seated qigong meditation - standing like a tree / pole standing - in various stances.
2. Breathing Techniques
3. Guided (spoken) Meditation - using visualisation techniques to relax the body & mind - very effective at clearing 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) and Mindfulness techniques
5. Physical relaxation techniques such as Daoist Self Massage & Tuina (accupoint) Self Massage,
6. Colour and sound therapies
7. Gentle movement and health promoting exercise routines "Health Qigong"
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 practicing Standing Meditation on Mount Wudang, China.