Chi Kung five elements: moving from the centre: all levels
Time: 11:00 - 12:15
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: FFC26
Available start dates
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
Chi Kung is a simple form of movement exercise which is both energising and relaxing. It is easy to learn. Chi is energy, life force, breath, and Kung simply means work, so energy cultivation through regular practice. You will learn more on the key principles and philosophy of Chi Kung and the Five Elements. Two of the Five Elements have been covered in Term 1 and a further two, which will be Water and Wood Elements will be covered here.
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?
A variety of warm-up exercises, static postures, gentle movements, slow walks and short standing or sitting meditations will be demonstrated and you will practise these along with the tutor. There will be emphasis on Wu Chi posture as well as ‘movement from the centre’ during practice.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
:(in relation to Water and Wood Elements)
- Practise a variety of warm up exercises
- Practise a variety of slow gentle movements
- Practise static postures
- Practise slow walks
- Practise standing or sitting meditations
Rate of achievement is largely dependent on personal daily practice. It is recommended that you keep a diary of
your experiences for your own personal reflection purposes.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a for ‘all levels’ course; previous knowledge of Chi Kung is, of course, helpful but 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 within a group.
If you have suffered from any of the conditions listed below, 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.
If you have suffered from any of the conditions listed below, 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?
This course is taught online. You will be taught through demonstration and 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.