3 Hour Workshop
Saturday 14th April 2.30pm to 5.30pm
This unique workshop brings together a selection of exercises derived from the ancient tradition of Qi Gong to offer a gentle and approachable way for you to meditate. Research by neuroscientists has shown that meditating can have enormous benefits on your wellbeing, from improving sleep, mental focus, and even boosting your immune system to helping deal with stress, anxiety and physical pain. If you like the idea of enjoying these benefits BUT you’re put off by the thought of sitting still and trying to ’empty your mind’ for hours on end, then this is for you.
This workshop will show you that anyone can benefit from meditation. It doesn’t have to be a time-consuming practice nor a back-breaking one sitting cross legged on a hard floor. Aikido expert and yoga teacher, David Ellard, will take you step-by-step through a series of exercises involving visualisation, breathing and gentle mobilisations and you will discover that meditation can be as simple as bringing your full awareness to the breath or to a physical sensation and yes, you CAN move while meditating! And you can take what you learn and start using it straight away to help you cope with life’s daily demands. It doesn’t take years of practice before you start feeling the benefits. These are simple techniques that work, brought to you with a no-nonsense approach.
Suitable for any age, gender, or fitness ability and for absolute beginners.
Workshop fee: £35
Meet the teacher
In a story that might be familiar to some, I had been working in office-based employment since leaving university. My particular speciality was technical communication. Meaning that it was my role to explain ‘somewhat complicated concepts’ in the Information Technology and Telecommunications spaces to many different people, with many different needs.
Over time, I had found life in the office becoming less enjoyable. As technology changed I was spending less time with real people and more time teaching over the Internet. I also found that my body was rebelling against sitting and typing all day long; and that in many ways, my mind too was also rebelling against the stresses and strains of the corporate world.
Instead, I was hugely enjoying activities in the health and fitness space. I was teaching Aikido classes (a traditional Japanese martial art that focuses on connection and softness) practising yoga & meditation and going to the gym most days.
As I did this more and more, and became increasingly proficient, people began to come to me for help and advice. I soon realised that with my training and communication background I was ideally placed to help these busy people who wanted to safely get the greatest benefit from their fitness pursuits. I understood the world of fitness, but also the world of being a busy parent and office worker.
Therefore, I then set about retraining, studying and taking qualifications in yoga, personal training, and nutrition. I looked to gain a genuine understanding in the scientific evidence-base behind different fitness practices, and I continued my own practices in the martial arts (gaining a 3rd degree blackbelt), mindfulness and meditation.