I am returning to venue-based classes in Godalming from 17 May and in Farnham from 28 May.
Due to Covid restrictions the number of students in the class will be restricted to allow for social distancing, so booking is essential. Classes will be streamed live via Zoom, so it is also possible to join a class virtually.
In addition I will be running some classes outdoors. Contact Debbie for further information and to book.
Weekly classes, incorporating both Tai Chi and Qigong, are held in and around Godalming and Farnham, combining health Qigong exercises and Yang Style Short or Long Form to harmonise mind, body and spirit.
All of these classes are suitable for any age and any level of fitness. Beginners are welcome! See below for venues and times.
We offer a regular Biospirals Qigong class (the first in the UK). Having trained with the Tai Chi Research Centre in Venice, Debbie is the first practitioner in the UK to offer a regular class where students can learn the routines associated with this grounding and flowing Biospirals Qigong practice, as well as bringing high-quality instructors from the Tai Chi Research Centre to run workshops and training programmes in the UK.
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese form of coordinated body movements focusing on the cultivation of internal energy - ‘chi’. Its aim is to harmonise the mind, body and spirit, promoting both mental and physical well-being through softness and relaxation.
When practised correctly the movements (or Form) of Tai Chi appear rhythmical, effortless and in continuous flow.
Debbie is accomplished in Yang Style Short Form and Long Form - sequences of 24 or 48 moves that provide a good grounding in the fundamental principles of Tai Chi - as well as Wudang, Sun and Fan Forms.
Qigong taps into the body’s internal energy and is an ancient Chinese health practice that coordinates breathing patterns with movement to maintain and improve health and well-being. Qigong focuses on simple, but subtly powerful exercises that relax and strengthen the body and mind, the aim being to build an inner relaxed alertness and resilience to stress.
Practiced regularly, Tai Chi and Qigong can increase internal vitality and improve general health, improving balance, co-ordination, focus and flexibility.
Grounding, calming and flowing, the Biospirals Qigong is a method of moving that helps the body to relax and become more centred by emulating one of the most beautiful patterns in nature the spiral.
Bringing together Eastern knowledge and western science, the exercises address the internal and external vibrational energies to integrate and harmonise internal structures, particularly the connective fascia system. This supports the task of receiving and distributing the necessary information to sustain and nourish the body.
The system allows the mind and body to free itself from the negative effects of accumulated tension. The benefits of practicing are obtained almost immediately in the bone structure, joints and articulations, muscles and tendons, connective fascia system, and above all, in the energy system.
There have been a wide range of studies undertaken over the past few years, all of which have reported positive benefits from practicing Tai Chi or Qigong. These include:
Reduces stress, anxiety and fatigue
Helps with back pain, and head, neck and shoulder pain
Improves balance and postural alignment
Helps boost memory and concentration
Supports the immune system
Can help with chronic conditions such as Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, IBS and ME
Deepens and enriches breathing
Online classes are available - please email Debbie for more details and joining instructions.
Chiddingfold Recreation Ground
10:30 - 11:30am
See flyer for more details
Contact Sport in Mind to book
Fun outdoors class for anyone experiencing mental health problems
9:30 - 10:30am
1.00 - 2.00pm
Dates: 2 April, 7 May, 18 June, 2 July, 10 September, 1 October 2022
With a focus on both theory and practical skills, our training is designed to develop and deepen your Qigong skills. We offer 6 days of training over 7 months in 2022. Our course is the only one on offer in the UK for any one who wishes to qualify to teach Biospirals Qigong, as well as being suitable for those who wish to explore and develop their own practice
Cost: £475 (all 6 workshops and training book) / £95 (individual days)
Click here for further details.
Debbie has practiced Tai Chi and Qigong since 2001 and has been teaching since 2008. Alongside her teaching Debbie is a Shiatsu therapist and finds that the combination of Tai Chi, Qigong and Shiatsu equips her to help students and clients to optimise their own health and well-being.
Debbie was originally attracted to Tai Chi because she found it was one of the few things in the middle of a hectic week which calmed her mind and helped her feel more grounded.
Debbie trained for many years with Sue Woodd, and has also attended workshops with Tew Bunnag, Master Faye Yip and Master Franco Mescola. It was meeting and training with Master Mescola that inspired Debbie to begin her own journey into an exploration of Biospirals Qigong; her journey led her to Gillian Reid, with whom she continued her Qigong training, which has resulted in her spearheading the introduction of this amazing style of Qigong in the UK. In 2016 Debbie and Gillian established the Biospirals Training School UK, offering anyone with a passion for life the opportunity to study and focus on how to reach a greater level of harmony within the body.
As well as her regular classes Debbie teaches for the Farnham U3A group and works with Oakleaf – a local mental health charity.
Debbie is an accredited teacher with the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain, and the Biospirals Training School UK.
“I've been practising Qigong and Tai Chi at Debbie's classes for three years. Debbie is a fantastic teacher, with patience and an interesting knowledge of how the calming movements, link to the martial arts.
I have chronic back, hip and nerve pain from surgeries. Tai Chi emotionally relaxes my mind and frees up the myofascia. Myofascia is the skeletal muscle which becomes immobile and tight causing pain after injury or surgery. Learning Tai Chi helps me manage daily activities easier and improves my mental state.
I really look forward to going to Debbie’s classes.”