Myself Stella’s Holistic Services https://www.facebook.com/Stella.Phillips.Holistic.Services/and Sarah Hall from Yoga at the Thames https://www.facebook.com/yogaattgethames/ run a weekly joint session at The Thames Estuary Yacht club the yacht club is such a beautiful venue with views right across the estuary and when the tide is in the water is literally underneath us.
Each week we have a different theme and sometimes our themes flow from one to another and at other times they contrast greater with more of an extreme transition from Yin to Yang.
We start the morning at 9.30am with Sarah’s gentle Yin yoga allowing our bodies to be supported by the blocks, bolsters and various other props that Sarah has. We cover ourselves with a soft fluffy blanket and allow our bodies to relax while our connective tissue responds to the long steady holds within a Yin practice whilst admiring the beautiful views of the estuary and nature. After the Yin Yoga session that last’s an hour we have a tea break with some herbal teas, chocolate including vegan chocolate and time to socialise and catch up with the group. This has become so much more than a group it’s a community of like minded people sharing the space. After tea Stella then leads the Yang Qigong session sometimes we start with floor work and focusing on restorative Qigong and other times we practice flowing routines aligning our breath with the gentle flowing movements of ancient Chinese self-healing practices that combines physical movements with a variety of gentle breathing methods, flowing movements, mindfulness meditation and postures.
Stella brings some affirmation cards that you are welcome to choose one from the deck with some words for your day ahead and Sarah brings aromatherapy oils for us to allow the oils to relax or recharge us and tempt our senses with the beautiful aromas. Stella and Sarah play music in the background although sometimes we listen to the sounds of the waves lapping around us. Most weeks we both offer a short meditation during our sessions.
Here is more information regarding details about Qigong and Yin Yoga all these sessions are suitable for all ages and abilities we adapt the moves where needed for individuals.
What is Qigong?
Qi: is your ‘vital energy’ or ‘lifeforce’
Gong: means skill or cultivation
Qigong: is the art and skill of gathering and working with Qi (life force energy) for better health
Qigong is an ancient Chinese self-healing practice that combines physical movements a variety of gentle breathing methods, flowing movements, mindfulness meditation, postures and a positive use of the mind for better health, well-being, fitness and vitality.
Stella’s Qigong will focus on the five elements of Wood, Water, Fire, Earth & Metal, Yin Yang philosophy and healing sounds. These sessions will be more Yang in nature to compliment Sarah’s Yin Yoga.
Qigong is suitable for all abilites and can be adapted. Please wear comfortable clothes.
What is yin yoga?
Yin yoga is a beautiful practice that enables us to heal both our heart and our mind. It allows us to take the time to sit and explore within, to just be still, and to be comfortable me aware of what the body and mind are telling us.
It differs from other types of yoga Hatha and Vinyasa yet is the perfect complement! By having a Yin and a Yang practice, you are creating a beautiful balance within your energy systems and a unique sense of calmness you will benefit from both physically and mentally.
Yin and Yang tissues respond differently to being exercised. Muscles require heat and movement to release in a Yang practice , while connective tissue responds best to the long steady holds within a Yin practice.
Join Sarah Hall & Stella Phillips
for an Alchemical Journey
of Yin Yoga & Yang Qigong on
9.30-10.30 yin yoga
10.45-11.45 Qi Gong with Stella £15 for both sessions
£9 individual drop in classes
We are offering 4 consecutive complete sessions for a reduced price of £50 opposed to £60.
Or individual classes 4 consecutive weeks £30 opposed to £36.
Come and join us for a relaxing morning by the sea 🌊 enjoying some me time nourishing your Mind Body & Soul with Yoga, Qigong and sipping complimentary drinks ☕️ and nibbles 🍫
Any questions feel free to contact me here on messenger
We hope to see you one Thursday love Sarah and Stella x