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Tai Chi Workshops (beginners)

These Tai Chi workshops are open to beginners and people who started Tai Chi not long ago (or indeed anyone wishing to consolidate their knowledge of the 1st 17 moves). During these 3 hours we will use qigong practice to teach our body to learn how to work as a unit, learn tai chi stepping and we will focus on the first 17 moves of the Yang style, long form. This will let you see what Tai Chi is about as well as giving you enough to practice until the next workshop. What you need on the day is very simple, yourself with comfortable clothing and flat comfortable shoes/trainers.

Tai Chi and the 8 gates

This is the perfect introduction to Tai Chi! On this workshop you will have access to your teacher Helene Fleming as well as our assistant instructor. This way learning is easier and more relaxed.

During the 3 hours, there will be ample opportunity for practice and repetition as well as breaks whenever those are needed, snacks and a selection of teas will also be provided. The total cost for the workshop is £30.

For more information Please contact Helene Fleming, helenehealing@hotmail.com or 07985 983 160

Or use the links to book your place

Tai chi & Qigong questionnaire

I have been thinking of bringing more classes in tai chi and Qigong in the Inverness and surrounding area. So here is are a few questions to see what it is YOU are looking for. I hope you will enjoy answering the polls and I look forward to seeing you soon in class

Please do let me know if you have further ideas that you would like to add.

email helenehealing@hotmail.com

 

 

 

ALL good things come to those who wait…

Talks of the creation of an outdoor tai chi space at our place have certainly been doing the rounds this year. And I am pleased (and a bit scared) to announce that the work is underway! An outdoor space will enable us to do weapons work with a few people as well as hand forms work and Qigong. If you come for individual sessions and it’s a nice day we’ll also probably use it too. The space is directly in front of our house, it is sheltered and captures the sun very well indeed.

Don’t be afraid if you are passing the house on your way to sessions or courses! It’s only temporary and for the betterment of our tai chi and qigong.

Phase 1 is now complete, check out Murray’s handy work

This doesn’t look so scary until you enter the garden then it does scare you lol. However I am sure it will be worth it.

The second phase, will be all about building the wall and flattening the planters up top

Phase 3 will be the laying of the tiles for total tai chi experience!

In there somewhere I think a bagua circle is due to be installed too on the higher portion of the garden.

 

I’ll keep you all updated…

Wednesday Tai Chi class **** Updated****

The Wednesday Tai Chi Class is taking a break just now, it may be back in the future if there is enough interest…

Look out for new things happening on Wednesday evenings and Saturday workshops

 

I am pleased to let you know the changes for the Tai Chi Qigong class on Wednesdays. As of wednesday 18th of April ’18, the class will operate on the following basis:

1-The formal class will last 1 hour with an extra 30 minutes for weapons forms and extended personal practice.

2-The class will focus on Tai Chi although we will still use a qigong form to warm up. This form will change from time to time.

3-The class will now be charged by the block. If you come regularly to the class, then you will be charged by the block. Blocks (for now) will be 5 or 6 weeks in a row. A 6 week block will be charged at £30, a 5 week block will be charged at £25. This will enable the class to be managed in a more continuous way.

If you wish to join through the block: Then yes you can do this. You can attend a trail class (£7) if you wish and when you decide to sign up for the class you will be charged pro rata for the number of weeks left in the block.

 

If you are unsure about any of the changes or want more information about the class, then get in touch on 07985 983 160

or email helenehealing@hotmail.com

 

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As you know a few months ago our wednesday evening class moved premises. It has been nearly 6 months and I feel a review is now due.

As it stands I am looking at shortening the class from 1h 30 to an hour, and to move the focus of the class. I am also looking at alternative modes of payments.

I would appreciate if you could take the time to fill in the questions below.

-The first question regards you prefered length for the class,

-Secondly, we look at the type of class

-Finally we look at the way to pay for the class

 

Thank you for taking the time to review these, I aim to keep the class relevant to you so please additional input is also welcome

email  helenehealing@hotmail.com

text -07985983160

 

 

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 2017 ***updated***

We had a fab and very well attended day practising

Qigong and Tai Chi

You made this day very special indeed by your presence.Thank you to all who attended, you made this a very special day indeed

Check out the photos and videos

Special mention to Hazel for putting yourself out there and doing the sword display with me, many thanks.

Preparing to do the Tai Chi hand form, 108 moves

 

Hard working students preparing for hand form practice

 

This Year for World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, Highland Healing Space is organising an event. Unlike last year’s event which took place outdoors, this year the community room has been booked at Milton of Leys Primary school, just in case the weather is not quite what we expect…

The event is open to all, we will practice some qigong and some taichi, and hopefully there will be some of us to hand to do some displays.

The venue: Milton of Leys Primary School, community school
The date : 29th of April 2017
The time : 10 am till 11.30 am
The Price: Free

Please book your place with me and don’t hesitate to share with others.

Here is what the founders of WTCQD say about the event

At 10 am on the “last Saturday of April” each year, in 60 nations and 50 US states, hundreds of mass Tai Chi & Qigong exhibition events, open to the public are held to educate about Tai Chi & Qigong health benefits.
Beginning with the earliest time zones of New Zealand and then occuring at 10 am local time spanning 60 nations to end with the final events in the last time zones of Hawaii.
All are welcome. Find local events you can join at http://www.worldtaichiday.org, or if there isn’t one in your area, you may start one yourself by using the free resources at the “Schools Resources” at http://www.worldtaichiday.org.
Feel free to post this announcement everywhere you can, as WTCQD is a global volunteer event that depends on all who’ve benefited from tai chi & qigong to help spread the world of this extraordinary global health & healing event. http://www.worldtaichiday.org
This event has been recognized by the United Nations World Health Organization, and proclaimed officially for 17 US states by their governors, as well as senates, legislatures and mayors of various countries.
It has been covered or served as a source for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, South China Morning Post, Reader’s Digest, USA Weekend, CNN, FOX National News, and over 100 media worldwide.
Get this years “exact date” and learn more at: http://www.worldtaichiday.org

Improver Tai Chi Class

This class is open to all who attend the Friday class (or a tai chi class regularly) and want more practice and wish to improve their understanding of the form, breath work, how qi works… Currently we are working a qigong set at the beginning of this class and we will be developing our listening skills in the tai chi set over the next while, which will include some light partner work. 

The Friday class is a beginner/ general practice class, where we introduce the form and it is officially our beginners class. 

These classes are both part of your highlife membership  if you have one.

 

 

Hope to see many of you there, happy practice 

New style sessions for Reiki, Meditation and Tai Chi

A fresh look at how sessions work

If you are feeling out of sync, stressed out, or that things are not quite right… Maybe you feel like there is something missing from your life? A lot of us go through life seeking, looking to ‘improve ‘ our condition, whether that is because we have a physical issue or a mental and/or emotional trouble, or sometimes we search to explore further afield.

Help is at hand! I am currently revising the way session work is being proposed at Highland Healing Space, so we can tailor the contents of your sessions to your needs. When we first meet we will talk about your interests, the things that brought you here, and which modalities you are interested in, we will also examine the outcomes you are looking for. Working in this way you are truly empowered to make the choices that are right for you!

From my point of view working in this way means that your sessions will be that much more effective and we can focus on what is needed. So for example if you would like to do some tai chi and some meditation we can work them both into your session. If you feel reiki is the thing for you we can look at all the different tools and choose which ones we think will be best suited.

You can have a look at the modalities that I propose on the reiki, meditation and tai chi pages and then you can get in touch to book your 1st session.

For Tai Chi, Meditation and Qigong sessions time will usually last around one hour,  although the first session can take a little longer, because of the set up process. Comfortable clothing, and grippy socks are advised.

Reiki sessions last  one hour and a half minimum.

If you have questions or wish to book your first session please do get in touch either through the phone or text 07985983160, email helenehealing@hotmail.com or facebook.

Starting well with tai chi!

I wanted to talk a little about what to expect when you first attend our Tai Chi classes. When you first come to the class you will be introduced to our warm up which we practice as a group. We then usually go over the first 17 moves of the tai chi set which form your foundations and is also referred to as the 1st third. It also gives you a more global view of what we do and allows you to play around with the moves.Because the class is a multi level class we then split into groups and I spend a while with each group level to introduce moves, to break them down and to spend time refining them. During your first class we will probably only break down 2 or 3 moves, which you then will have to retain and refine. Towards the end of class we usually bring things back together and practice either a full set or the first 17 moves again depending on how much time we have. At the end of the Wednesday class we usually also do a cool down.

Tai Chi takes a while to learn and it is good to remember that it is referred to as meditation in motion. When you practice your new moves it is good to get into a meditative state or to just ‘chill out’. I see beginners sometimes getting impatient and thinking they can handle a lot more than they are given. Bear in mind that some of the practitioners in the class have been attending for 1 or 2 years and therefore they will have more moves to practice. Remember also that we shouldn’t rush and hurry through the first moves. The first few moves that we learn are not just about moving our body in a certain way, they are also about getting into a certain frame of mind, one of awareness and openness.

Awareness about what we are actually doing, about how we feel the moves inside our bodies, about what it is that we are trying to achieve.

Openness towards what you are learning. Things may feel completely alien at first, however if we keep an open mind then we can get to the core of the practice.

It is also pointless to introduce and breakdown 10 new moves during your first class as little will be retained and practised. Tai Chi is learnt slowly and through lots of repetition, amongst other things it teaches us patience and resilience!

Tai Chi is part of Kung Fu, and is developed through hard and repetitive work. It is expected that newcomers should commit to tai chi for a while as it does take a few weeks for students to develop a feel for their practice and also to start gaining the benefits.

Tai Chi is definitely not about ego, it is not about being able to perform some cool moves, or about competition. I respect each and every practitioner for who they are and try to work at their own pace. Tai Chi is about a personal journey of developing and maintaining our own personal energetic, physical, mental and emotional equilibrium. For some it also becomes part of a spiritual journey.

Tai Chi is non religious, it is open to all. When you come to the class you will be treated with respect, understanding and non judgement and I hope you can approach your class in the same way.

I hope you will enjoy your classes, and that you know that I am always there to answer your burning questions or to demonstrate a move again and again. That is all part of the fun! 🌟

Sharing Reiki and Meditation Practice

I wanted to try and talk a little about the value of sharing practice. Whether we are talking about our meditation practice or our Reiki practice or for that matter our tai chi practice, coming together is great. There are several reasons why that is the case.

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1- Meeting other practitioners- a great motivator!

We practice all these techniques because ultimately they are good for us and those around us. However sometimes it can be a bit daunting to practice all by ourselves for weeks on end, and sometimes our practice will suffer from this and we will start to drop it more and more frequently, thus not getting so many benefits. The opportunity to exchange about our practice is great because we can chat about different techniques we use, we can share things that we have found useful in our practice, share how our practice has gone, we can learn new things, support each other and last but not least we can ask questions! So no more staying in the dark!

All of this combines to keeping our Reiki, Meditation and Tai chi practice fresh, and it helps us to stay motivated knowing that we don’t exist in a vacuum but that we are connected to others, to a network.

2-A different energetic dimension …

When we meet up for a Reiki Share or a Meditation meet up or a tai chi class, the energy there will be very different to what we generate when we are working on our own. For exemple during a Tai Chi group practice the Qi generated by the common practice becomes palpable, the same is true for Group meditation practice. So I encourage you to come and experience this for yourself.

3-Sharing Reiki: 

A fantastic part of the practice of Reiki is that we can share this with others. However often enough Reiki practitioners find themselves not receiving as much reiki as they would like. Let’s face it having a reiki session is fantastic, you are so refreshed and relaxed afterwards! Also there is great value in receiving sessions from other people as they will not necessarily pick up the same things that you would during your self treatments and it can have a great impact.

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Having looked at some of the direct benefits of sharing practice I want to encourage you to take part in Reiki Shares and Meditation meet ups. I have now set the ball rolling with our first sessions coming up very soon

For next meditation meet up please check the home page

For the next Reiki Share please check the home page

These now run on a regular basis!

(For Tai Chi classes please check the tai chi pages)

These will take place in our retreat space at 8 Balvonie Street, Inverness, these sessions operate on a small donation basis (for upkeep and supplies)

If you have any questions or wish to book a space for either of these then please get in touch by

email: helenehealing@hotmail.com

by phone or text : 07985 983 160

or leave a comment!

I look forward to seeing you soon

Individual Tai Chi sessions

Because some of us never have the time to join a class, or maybe prefer to work on a 1-2-1 basis. Or maybe you would just like to get more input into your tai chi outside of class. If this is the case for you then please get in touch to book a 1-2-1 session. Sessions are conducted in our retreat space where you can fully relax and feel at peace. During 1-2-1 sessions I look in more detail at breath work, the movements that you are currently practising, the flow of qi, relaxing your body and clearing your mind, standing meditation… Each session is tailored to you and your needs.

Origins of Qigong and Tai Chi Chuan on ancient scroll

 

Practising standing meditation

 

Practising the wuji stance

If you are interested to find out more or would like to book your first session then please get in touch either phone or text on 07985983160 or by email helenehealing@hotmail.com
Timings, duration and costs:

Times for booking are flexible just get in touch to find a suitable time.