Qigong Course London
Qigong : The Eight Silk Brocades
IN PERSON Qigong in london:
Top Studio @ Colet House
Six weeks course from January 10th to February 14th
The course is 7.5 hours over 6 weeks
The Eight Silk Brocades. Six weeks in-person course at Colet House
The Eight Silk Brocades is an ancient Qigong set of eight different fluid movements that together condition the whole body externally, stretching and strengthening it, and internally, improving the function of organs and systems (respiratory, circulatory, etc).
The set was first described in an eight-century Taoist text, and it is known to have been effectively used throughout the 17th Century during war in China to alleviate soldiers’ fatigue. This is a key aspect of Qigong as it helps us to regain energy and vitality to go about our modern daily lives and our inner battles of stress and emotional challenges.
The Eight Silk Brocades represent an excellent short daily health routine. It will provide you a whole-body workout, mobilising all your joints, strengthening your muscles and bones, improving your posture and balance while focusing and calming your busy mind. Your emotions will also feel more balanced, and your energy levels will increase.
In this course, we will learn two movements or Brocades per week, and we will devote the last two weeks of the course to review and refine the whole set, so that you feel confident when practising it on your own. Once you have learnt the set, it will take you just 20 minutes to complete it, although the practice can be shorter or longer depending on the number of repetitions. If you persevere in practising the set daily or a few times per week after the course, you will soon notice the health benefits which it brings.
In addition to the weekly classes, at the end of the course you will receive a handout (printed and digital) with photos to remember the order of the set, the name of each Brocade, the Intention behind them as well as the parts of the body, organs and emotions that benefit from their practice.
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.
Standard Ticket (full course): £60 (Members £50)
Single tickets: £15 (Members £10) available from 10/01)
Natalia Miralles Huete
Is a Certified Qigong Teacher. She has trained with Daniel Brierley who teaches Qigong online for The Study Society. She has also trained with Mimi Kuo-Deemer and Kenneth S. Cohen (author of “The Way of Qigong”)
Natalia has been running in person classes at Colet House since 2021 and she currently works as an assistant teacher training a new generation of Qigong teachers.
She graduated from the Chronic Pain Self Management Program at St George’s Hospital in May 2019: a transformative experience that made her embrace the changes in her life leaving behind her career as an architect and trying ever since then to live every day in balance with her most treasured values.
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”