Chi Kung five elements: moving from the centre: all levels
Time: 11:00 - 12:15
In this weekly course we will follow the support cycle of the five elements earth, metal, water, wood and fire. With a focus on earth and metal. We will slow down and connect to stillness, become more grounded, centred and relaxed, get a better energy flow and become more aware of ourselves, others and our surroundings. We will also do some standing and sitting meditation.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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- Course Code: FFC24
- Dates: 17/04/24 - 19/06/24
- Time: 11:00 - 12:15
- Taught: Wed, Daytime
- Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
- Location: Online
- Tutor: Heike Clarke
Course Code: FFC24
Choose a start date
Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
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What is the course about?
This course will teach you some slow meditative movements and postures, linked to the Five Elements in Chinese Philosophy. You will learn the basic theory of The Five Elements. Chi kung helps to focus the mind and builds confidence.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
You will learn the basic stance in Chi Kung, along with some warm up exercises. Slow meditative movements and postures for each Element, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood and Fire, with an emphasis on Earth and Metal will be taught. The day will end with a sitting meditation.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Practise the basic chi kung stance
- Perform some warm up exercises
- Demonstrate 5 movements or postures related to the Five Elements
- Practise sitting meditation.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Previous knowledge of Chi Kung may be helpful but is not essential.
You will need to be able to read and write short sentences; follow verbal instructions; observe and copy physical movements and be aware of spatial awareness.
To assist us in providing a safe and healthy environment for you to exercise in please take a moment to consider the list below. If you have suffered from any of the conditions listed, please check with a medical practitioner whether it is suitable for you to undertake an exercise programme and bring a referral letter from your doctor to your tutor. If you have not checked, or if it is not suitable, please do not participate in an exercise or movement class.
- Do you ever have pains in your chest?
- Have you had any operations or injuries in the last year?
- Do you often feel faint or have spells of dizziness?
- Are you receiving medication for any condition?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Is there anything else we should know about your health?
- Do you have a bone or joint problem, such as arthritis, osteoporosis, back or knee problems?
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through demonstration and active participation. The course tutor will give individual instruction during the class to enhance and develop your practice. Some handouts will also be provided.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You should wear loose comfortable clothing and soft indoor shoes. ‘Socks only’ practice is not permitted on wooden floors.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other Chi Kung and/or T’ai Chi courses are available at City Lit; or repeat Chi Kung, Five Elements the next academic year.
Heike Clarke is a German tutor, Chi Kung tutor and Craniosacral Therapist. After completing her MA in English and Spanish Philology and Adult Education in Germany, she moved to London, where she has been a German teacher since 2003. Being a life-long learner, she also tried out many courses at Citylit as a student and developed a passion for Chi Kung. In 2011 she became a Chi Kung teacher. In 2017 she graduated as a Craniosacral Therapist at the CTET where she currently also is an assistant tutor. Heike loves the mixture of her subject areas and to develop her knowledge further and beyond and she loves teaching.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.