Chi Kung five elements: moving from the centre: all levels

Course Dates: 21/09/22 - 07/12/22
Time: 11:00 - 12:15
Location: Online
Would you like to learn about Chi Kung (qigong/chi-gung) and the five elements and how these elements (earth, metal, water, wood, fire) are reflected in the human body? Various movements and walks for each element will be demonstrated so that you can then practise this form of exercise to help in the promotion of health and wellbeing.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £118.00

Course Code: FFC32

Available start dates 

Wed, day, 21 Sep - 07 Dec '22

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

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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 be introduced to the key principles and philosophy of Chi Kung and the Five Elements. Two of the Five Elements will be covered in each term. The theory and practice in Term 1 will cover the Earth and Metal Elements.

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
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 Earth and Metal Elements:
- Practise a variety of warm up exercises
- Practise warm-up exercises
- Practise static postures
- Practise a variety of slow gentle movements
- Practise standing or sitting meditations.

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 Tutor Website

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.