ZHUN ARTS

movement & meditation

Workshops


Our workshops are generally held at either St John's Highbury Parish Hall in Conewood Street, N5 or at the North London Buddhist Centre on Holloway Road, N7.  The day or weekend focuses on a particular theme.  The workshops are perectly suitable for beginners as well as those with previous experience.  They are sometimes over-subscribed so early booking is recommended.



Next workshops:


WATER (REVISITED) - AN ELEMENTAL QIGONG WORKSHOP


Water is our deep potential to develop and change. It is essential to life, and in a very real sense we are water. When the Water Element is healthy it can affect the whole balance of yin and yang forces in the body and bring about deep vitality. Water is fluidity and flow, and these aspects, as well as its connection with the Kidney and Bladder organs and meridians, will be explored in both moving and static forms. These forms will include some inspired by the Bear, the animal associated with Water in the Five Elements system. The session will be gently paced and will be perfectly suitable for the beginner.  Tea will be provided.


Date & Times: Sunday 10 February 2019, 10 am - 2 pm


Venue: The North London Buddhist Centre, 72 Holloway Road, N7 8JG


Cost: £44 (£32 concessions)


Booking: Through the North London Buddhist Centre website www.northlondonbuddhistcentre.com / Tel: 020 7700 1177


Contact: Richard on 07939 592 975 or Tom on 07961 177 003, or e-mail: mail@zhunarts.co.uk for more information.



WOOD - AN ELEMENTAL QIGONG WORKSHOP


Wood is the power of growth and is associated with the season of Spring. In the body it manifests as the Liver and Gall Bladder organs, responsible for planning, decision-making and the free flow of Blood, Qi and the emotions. The Liver in particular is said to house our 'wild inner spirit' and its vitality governs the healthy expression of this aspect of us, including our sexuality. The expansive and spiralling qualities of Wood and its connection to these organs and their meridians will be explored in both moving and static forms. The Deer is the animal most associated with the Wood Element and we will use several Deer forms that embody the animal's power and grace. The day will be gently paced and will be perfect for the beginner. Tea will be provided.


Dates & Times: Sunday 24 March 2019, 10 am - 2 pm


Venue: The North London Buddhist Centre, 72 Holloway Road, N7 8JG


Cost: £44 (£32 concessions)


Booking: Through the North London Buddhist Centre website www.northlondonbuddhistcentre.com / Tel: 020 7700 1177


Contact: Richard on 07939 592 975 or Tom on 07961 177 003, or e-mail: mail@zhunarts.co.uk for more information.



NOURISHING THE YIN: HARMONISING THE FIVE ORBS


The ancient Daoists studied and understood Nature through the prism of five: five directions, five phases, five flavours, five tones, and in the body the five yin organs, or viscera (wu zang).  Western physiology, too, considers these of utmost importance to us as functioning life forms: the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver and spleen.  In Chinese medicine these organs not only have a physical aspect but also a set of correspondences to emotion, colour, flavour, sound and movement.  These constitute their Orbs, or spheres, or realms. Through the generating and controlling cycles of the five phases these work continuously to support and regulate one another.  A disharmony in one will have a knock-on effect throughout the system.  Qigong gives us a way to influence this cycle in a positive way to help maintain and restore balance and health.


This workshop will be gently paced and is open to all. We will study a routine that works with each of the organs in turn, placing each in relation to the heart, which in Daoist thought holds an exalted position among the five as the “emperor" or benevolent overseer. The form is easy to learn and very effective in its ability to restore balance to the body.


We will also explore the use of "healing sounds" as another method for supporting the health of the organs.  As with chanting or mantra, this type of practice is predicated on the idea that sound and vibration form the basis of the universe, and that by creating certain frequencies with the voice we can resonate and heal our internal organs. The sounds we will use are simple and partnered with movement.  They are enjoyable to practice and the benefits are immediately felt.  Tea will be provided.


Dates & Times: Sunday 12 May 2019, 10am-2pm


Venue: The North London Buddhist Centre, 72 Holloway Road, N7 8JG


Cost: £44 (£32 concessions)


Booking: Through the North London Buddhist Centre website www.northlondonbuddhistcentre.com / Tel: 020 7700 1177


Contact: Richard on 07939 592 975 or Tom on 07961 177 003, or e-mail: mail@zhunarts.co.uk for more information.



FIRE: AN ELEMENTAL QIGONG WORKSHOP


Fire is the expansive phase of the Five Elements cycle. It is associated with heat, the season of summer and the emotion joy. In the body it manifests primarily through the Heart, seen in Chinese medicine as the emperor of our internal kingdom, but its significance and power is such that it is allotted four meridians. We will explore a variety of static and moving forms that connect to these meridians and their associated organs, and balance and support this work with the Earth and Water Elements. We will incorporate several bird forms, this being the animal most associated with Fire. Working with the Fire Element can bring clarity of mind, aid restful sleep and help us to fully embrace life. The session will be gently paced and will be suitable for the beginner.  Tea will be provided.


Dates & Times: Sunday 30 June 2019, 10am-2pm


Venue: The North London Buddhist Centre, 72 Holloway Road, N7 8JG


Cost: £44 (£32 concessions)


Booking: Through the North London Buddhist Centre website www.northlondonbuddhistcentre.com / Tel: 020 7700 1177


Contact: Richard on 07939 592 975 or Tom on 07961 177 003, or e-mail: mail@zhunarts.co.uk for more information.



North London Buddhist Centre