Meditation and Relaxation classes near Aldershot Farnborough Mytchett Camberley Farnham
Our seated Zen Sanctuary class
is here for you
Is you mind always wandering aimlessly or darting anxiously from one thing to the next?
Do you find it hard to relax or sleep soundly?
Do you find it difficult to focus or think clearly or memory a bit foggy?
Is your body stiff / full of aches and pains?
Do you wish you were more flexible?
Do you feel anxious or worried ?
Zen Sanctuary might be the class you need!
Canal Visitor's Centre Mytchett
New Term starts 8 September
£8 per class pay cash on the day
but please let us know you are coming in advance
or save £2 per class and pay
£25 for 4 consecutive classes in advance
Arrive at 12.30 as the doors are locked when we start the class at 12.40
Please do not attend if you have a cough or any cold - like symptoms.
More information about the class
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.
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 .
There's lots of medical research to support the benefits of meditation
The brain wave patterns of meditators show why they're healthier:
Neuroscientists have found that meditators have more left frontal cortex activity than non meditators. The left cortex is associated with feelings of calm and wellbeing
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 when healing of the body's physical structure takes place) 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.
We offer instruction in:
1. Seated qigong meditation
2. Breathing Techniques
3. Guided (spoken) Meditation - using visualisation techniques to relax the body & mind - very effective at clearing negative emotions
4. Meditation and mindfulness 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 health promoting exercise routines "Health Qigong"
pic above: Cherry practicing Standing Meditation on Mount Wudang, China.