Classes - Online
We normally run regular classes and workshops in Islington, North London.
Due to restrictions brought in to curb the spread of the Coronavirus / Covid-19 all our "physical" classes are suspended until further notice. We are, however, offering classes online via Zoom. Details of upcoming classes are given below.
Without going outside, you may know the whole world.
Without looking through the window, you may see the ways of heaven.
The farther you go, the less you know.
Thus the sage knows without traveling;
He sees without looking;
He works without doing.
Dao de jing, v.47, translation by Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English
We will be offering several classes each week through the North London Buddhist Centre, which need to be booked through them. The revenue raised by their bodywork classes makes a significant contribution to the cost of keeping the centre running, so these classes are at fixed prices and need to be paid in advance. A concession rate is available. To book NLBC classes please follow the link after the listing to go direct to .
We will also aim to offer some classes each week direct on a donation basis. Like so many self-employed people, and even many who are employed, who have lost income due to the lockdown we appreciate that this may well be the case for many of you. We also feel qigong and related practices can be of particular benefit just now. We therefore invite you to join in even if you are unable to make a financial contribution. To book a Direct class please follow the link on the day for the specific class you want to attend. You will also find next to the listing our Paypal links for donations (suggested range £5 to £8).
All online classes will be delivered via . This software is free and is straightforward to install and use, so don't let it put you off. After following the link to the class you will be prompted to download and install Zoom if you don't already have it. It is best to allow time to do this before the class, or even do it at some point in advance.
Of course, this is all new to us and we are bound to make some mistakes as we "learn on the job". Your feedback will, as ever, be very helpful.
Perhaps an online solution cannot fully replace the actual gathering together of people in one place to share their exploration of being, but hopefully it can provide some supportive connectivity and community until that is once again possible.
Finally, a few disclaimers, notes on etiquette, etc.:
- We will aim to open the class ten minutes before the time shown to allow you to get set up and settled
- You are taking part in these classes remotely - please take responsibility for your own health and well-being
- Wear loose and comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely
- Make sure you have an appropriate amount of clear space around you
- Do not do anything that doesn't feel right for you, and go gently
- Keep some water to hand if your room is warm
- Be aware of what is "in shot" in regards of your own privacy and to avoid causing offence to others
- Your mic will be muted on arrival. There will be an opportunity to talk at the end of class (and possibly before)
Keep safe, everyone, and we hope to see you in class!
Schedule for the next few weeks
Mondays online 1100-1150 - Qigong with Richard -
Wednesdays online 1100-1150 - Qigong with Tom -
Wednesdays online 1800-1900 - T'ai Chi for Beginners with Richard -
You may have seen T'ai Chi being performed and been enchanted by the slow, graceful movements. Perhaps you wondered what it is like to actually do. You may have tried a class, but felt a bit lost when confronted with a long set of movements to learn. This class may be for you. We will be working with a “form” (a flowing sequence of connected postures), but a very short one. The Yang style 10 Form takes its name from the number of postures involved – just ten! In fact, it is even referred to sometimes as the 8 Form, as the two simple movements that “bookend” it are not always counted. Nevertheless, it includes some of the signature postures of the Yang style, such as Part the Wild Horse's Mane and Cloud Hands. It is incredibly compact, too, perfectly suitable for learning and practising at home. We will go slowly, building up the sequence gradually. Why not give it a go?