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James Rafael

James is enthralled by movement and meditation and their power to bring about positive change at the individual and collective level. Drawing from the practices of yoga, qigong, tai chi, and meditation, James creates experiences which leave you feeling revitalised, uplifted, and vibrant.

He draws on a lifetime knowledge of ancient and contemporary movement systems, fusing this with living philosophies, poetry and nature inspired imagery. His intention is to encourage curiosity and a sense of being on an adventure in practice. He is inclusive and kind, offering many options and ways to explore so you feel empowered, represented and seen.

Session

A5 Daoist Flow: Qigong and Vinyasa Fusion Flow
Date: Friday 29 Apr 2022 Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

An uplifting and energising fusion of slow, mindful vinyasa flow and the ancient Chinese practice of Qigong (similar to Tai Chi).

This class introduces qigong to curious beginners, but also builds on existing learning for those with more experience.

What you’ll experience:

  • A slow, awareness based flowing warm up
  • A feel good, moderate intensity vinyasa flow
  • Traditional qigong movements woven in surprising and unexpected ways
  • A playful, vibrant and lighthearted class
  • Plentiful options throughout
  • Ancient Chinese philosophy and poetry

A deep final relaxation, to refresh and restore.

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E3 Qigong For Inner and Outer Strength: An Ancient Sequence
Date: Saturday 30 Apr 2022 Time: 7:00 am - 8:30 am

We explore the ancient Chinese sequence of 12 movements called “The Muscle Tendon Changing Classic”. It includes standing postures with slow mindful movements and natural imagery. The sequence has been used for hundreds of years to strengthen and condition the physical and energetic body, and the mind.

You will learn:

  • The traditional set sequence of 12 forms
  • Why the sequence is said to dramatically enhance physical health
  • A slightly stronger form of qigong to improve stamina, strength and flexibility
  • How this series was used by Shaolin monks as a form of  regular conditioning
  • How this sequence could be a beneficial complement to your other movement practices
  • The exciting Shaolin legends and myths surrounding this practice
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M5 Qigong Seasonal Workshop: The Energies of Spring into Summer
Date: Sunday 01 May 2022 Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, each season of the year represents an expression of energy and a specific element. Spring and summer are a time of increasing yang energy: trees coming into leaf, flowers bloom, more light and an increase in energy. As we shift from spring to summer, we move from the element of Wood towards the element of Fire.

In this workshop well explore gentle flowing, standing movements, seated meditations, and visualisations. There will be sections of practice and movement, and sections of listening and discussion with Q & A.

You will learn:

  • The ancient Chinese perspective on spring /summer and wood/fire energies
  • Movements which cultivate and balance these elemental energies in your body and organs
  • How these energies relate to particular emotions, phases of life, sounds and even flavours
  • Ways of honouring this seasonal shift in your life and relationships
  • A simple, wood to fire focused sequence to practice at home
  • A closing relaxation to integrate
  • Q&A

Please note this is a hybrid session taught in-person and also via Zoom.

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M5 Qigong Seasonal Workshop: The Energies of Spring into Summer (ZOOM)
Date: Sunday 01 May 2022 Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, each season of the year represents an expression of energy and a specific element. Spring and summer are a time of increasing yang energy: trees coming into leaf, flowers bloom, more light and an increase in energy. As we shift from spring to summer, we move from the element of Wood towards the element of Fire.

In this workshop we’ll explore gentle flowing, standing movements, seated meditations, and visualisations. There will be sections of practice and movement, and sections of listening and discussion with Q & A.

You will learn:

  • The ancient Chinese perspective on spring /summer and wood/fire energies
  • Movements which cultivate and balance these elemental energies in your body and organs
  • How these energies relate to particular emotions, phases of life, sounds and even flavours
  • Ways of honouring this seasonal shift in your life and relationships
  • A simple, wood to fire focused sequence to practice at home
  • A closing relaxation to integrate
  • Q&A

Please note this is a hybrid session taught in-person and also via Zoom.

The Zoom link and recording can be found under your Account once you have completed your purchase.

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