Qigong Course London

Qigong Course: “The Five Animal Frolics.



Qigong Course: “The Five Animal Frolics.

IN PERSON Qigong in london:

TUESDAYS 18:30-19:45

Top Studio @ Colet House

Tuesdays 18:30-19:45, Top Studio

Six week Qigong course in London from June 6th to July 11th.

The Five Animal Frolics (Wu Qin Xi) is the most ancient qigong system still practised to this day. Dating back 2000 years, it was created by Hua Tuo, often called “The Father of Chinese Medicine”, and is inspired by observations of the behaviours and activities of five wild animals: cranes, monkeys, tigers, bears and deer.

In this six-week course in London, we will learn a fascinating set of movements that will connect us deeply with each creature. We won’t superficially imitate the animals, we will become the animals, combining their physical movements with their specific psychological characters.

As always in Qigong, body, mind and breath integrate to harmonise with all nature and its cycles throughout the seasons and their associated elements.

  • The Crane represents lightness and relaxation and corresponds to Fire.

  • The Monkey represents nimbleness and dexterity and corresponds to Earth.

  • The Tiger represents courage and fierceness and corresponds to Metal.

  • The Bear represents steadiness and solidity and corresponds to Water.

  • The Deer represents flexibility and poise and corresponds to Wood.

On a physical level, the set will help us to improve our health, promoting the circulation of blood and developing strength, flexibility, balance and an abundance of vital energy (Qi) helping us to dissolve emotional blockages.

The course will take place at the beautiful and spacious top studio at Colet House, allowing us the freedom of movement necessary to fully embody and have fun with the Five Animal Frolics.

Beginners are welcome and the movements will be adapted to all abilities.

To benefit from the personal feedback from the teacher and to ensure the best quality experience, the course will have a limited capacity, so we invite you to book your ticket in advance.

Tickets options:

  • Early Bird Price Full course: £60 (until 31/05)

  • Full Course Concessions: £50

  • Standard Ticket Full course: £70

  • Single tickets: £15

  • Single ticket concession: £10

Concession tickets are for Study Society members, students, pensioned, and those unemployed or in financial difficulties.

You can purchase the tickets online or in person at our reception desk.


Natalia Practicing Qigong

Natalia Miralles Huete

Is a Certified Qigong Teacher settled in London. She has been running in-person Qigong classes and courses at Colet House since 2021.

Natalia has trained in Five Element Qigong with well recognised instructors such as Daniel Brierley and Mimi Kuo-Deemer and in Yi Quan Qigong with renowned Grandmaster Kenneth S. Cohen.

Qigong found her in 2017 when she was desperately looking for ways to manage her widespread chronic pain. The benefits of Qigong were so consistent at so many different levels (physical, emotional, and spiritual) that Natalia fully immersed herself into it, as a personal daily practice and as a new fulfilling profession, living behind her 15-year career as an architect. She is passionate to share the healing power of Qigong with others.

Natalia is also a volunteer at St George’s Hospital. There she has helped patients to cope better with their stay in hospital, teaching them mindful movements, meditation, relaxation techniques, and even Spanish!

What is Qigong?
Qigong (pronounced “Chee-gung”) is a whole system for health and wellbeing, it is an ancient Chinese Art for Energy Cultivation – a practice to cultivate health, vitality and strength in a gentle way, using Intention instead of Force.

If you have been thinking of taking action to improve your physical, mental and emotional health, but don’t know what to do or where to start, Qigong might be just the right practice for you. It is simple, yet extremely effective.

Qigong’s slow, fluid and harmonious movements are accessible to everyone regardless of current physical condition. It is a standing practice, but it can also be done from a chair if standing is not currently comfortable for you. You don’t need to lie down on a mat, be flexible or wear special clothes.

Unlike other forms of exercise, in Qigong we focus on: gently mobilising and lubricating all the joints in our body preventing or slowing down illnesses such as arthritis or chronic inflammation; learning to develop a better posture and a more structurally aligned spine; and building bone density. Our muscles also grow stronger and more flexible, lengthening without becoming bulky. Our balance and stability improve, which is so important as we grow old.

What are Qigong’s benefits?

The well-known Latin sentence, “Mens sana in corpore sano” is translated as, “A healthy mind in a healthy body”. Chinese wisdom is much more ancient, and they were aware that how we breathe, hold and move our bodies can have a profound impact on our mental and emotional health, balancing our emotions.

Qigong’s slow fluid movements will help you to quiet your busy mind and calm down the tension in your body. When your mind is clear and focused, and your body is calm and relaxed, you’ll be able to take the necessary steps to live a balanced life with more vitality. Additionally, the connection with the natural world that Qigong encourages through Intention and Imagery will develop the spiritual aspect of your life as well.

What are people saying…

“Natalia is an empathetic and professional teacher of Qigong. She clearly has a profound understanding of the forms and their inherent meaning. She demonstrates the traditional movements simply and clearly which makes them easy to learn while at the same time explaining their deeper purpose and meaning. I highly recommend Natalia to anyone wishing to learn more about this ancient technique.”

— John Kent

“Natalia is most encouraging to those coming to Qigong for the first time. She explains everything clearly and her class is an oasis of calm. She is ideally suited to teaching Qigong due to her natural communication skills and the benefits she has derived from it herself. She is very invested in her clients’ wellbeing, especially those suffering with chronic conditions.”

— Hilary Oliver

“I have found that the Qigong class has helped me during a really busy time in my life, when I have been changing my direction. It has given me a quiet period when I focus just on the exercises and breathing. I am enjoying trying to focus my mind and letting other thoughts go away, a work in progress for me.”
— Deborah Clune

“I love your approach to teaching qigong, your calm, grounded, presentation and the clarity with which you explain everything, and thoroughly enjoyed your sessions”

— Veronica