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This is a group for anyone who is interested or curious about any aspect of Chinese Medicine and using its principles to promote healthy living. From my time living in Taiwan and China I came across the concept of Yang Sheng or 'cultivating life', a range of techniques from Chinese cooking to qi gong to just soaking your feet in hot water to promote health, vitality and long-life. In this group we will organize talks, workshops and experiences ranging from learning self-acupressure or Chinese recipes to more philosophical topics. It is fundamentally a group for anyone who wants to learn how to empower themselves on their own healing journey and take control of their own health. We also want to have fun and meet new people!

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Summer Mastery – Mastering Energy Management in Everyday Life

West Hampstead Community Centre

£15.00

• Learn the energy Secrets behind PERFORMING WITH EXCELLENCE, whether it is in a work, play or personal life situation • Learn how to Perform consistently and daily without BURNING OUT • Learn powerful techniques to raise energy, open yourself to become more creative, expressive and joyful and vitally, to maintain this energy without depleting yourself • Enjoy delicious food and herbal drinks, Qi Gong and Self-Acupressure knowledge Changes in the seasons are reflected in our bodies and energy. In the season of Summer the hot Yang of the Sun in ‘Heaven’ comes down to meet the rising Yin dampness of the Earth and intermingles to create life and abundance. Life in nature comes out of hiding and expresses its dynamic activity and bright beauty for all to see. According to ancient Chinese thought, one of the key secrets of health is for us to understand the energies of nature and synchronise our own bodies and lives with its cycles. So the Summer for us is a time to express ourselves and fully engage with life as much as possibly, ideally embodying and carrying with us, the emotion of Joy which corresponds to the season. One of the greatest challenges we face in our lives though, is the ability to perform and be active without burning out. This interactive talk is dedicated to this idea and the lessons from Chinese Medicine self-help in the Summer particularly aid us in this goal. We all have to perform and work hard in our lives but maintaining our physical health and emotional balance at the same time without setting ourselves on a path to meltdown and burnout often can seem like an insurmountable challenge. In this talk you will learn powerful techniques and a fresh and highly useful understanding of how we can live the life we love, perform with excellence and do it repeatedly without losing our energy. You will learn a whole new way of thinking of what energy conservation and energy expression means, from the most material physiological, body centered level to the most psychological, emotional and energetic. This will be a highly practical talk with delicious food and herbal drinks, Self-Acupressure, Qi Gong with vibrant imagery from nature, Chinese culture and ancient wisdom. Learn how to open your heart to life and love this Summer and join us for this fun and empowering talk. About the Speaker – Alex Jacobs Alex Jacobs is a Chinese Medicine practitioner qualified in all of its 5 healing methods (Acupuncture, Massage, Herbal Medicine, Chinese Dietary Therapy, Qi Gong). He practises in North London at Dao Medicine (www.daomedicine.com). Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, he has spent his life training and developing in different traditional disciplines with multiple teachers. He is also the founder and current organiser of the London Chinese Medicine Meetup Group and a council member for the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine. His main inspiration is to find better more effective ways to empower people in their own health and personal development with Chinese medicine treatment and self-help. If you have any questions or have trouble booking through meetup, you can contact Alex directly at [masked] or on[masked]. Alex also teaches weekly Tai Chi and Qi gong classes at West Hampstead Community Centre (Mondays 10:30am to 11:30am - £11, Thursdays 7pm-8:30pm -£15. All levels welcome. Contact him directly if you would like to come along.

Tai Chi, Qi Gong and the Meridians – Harmonizing the body

West Hampstead Community Centre

£15.00

Have you ever wondered what the lines on those acupuncture charts and diagrams actually refer to? In this session you will not only find out the answers but you will have the opportunity to experience them yourself through the practice of Radiant Chi Kung Meridian Stretching. The first part of the session will be a talk on the idea of the meridians in Chinese medicine and how they are used in medicine. Each meridian is named after and runs through an organ. There will also be an introduction to the general principles of Qi Gong (Chi Kung). The second part of the session will be a Qi Gong (Chi Kung) class with each movement related to one of the 12 primary meridians and ending with 2 of the extraordinary meridians making 14 movements in total. Qi Gong (Chi Kung) exercise is gentle but powerful movement which is synchronised with the breath and mind. It is a potent and harmonious method for getting in touch with and cultivating ones own Qi or Energy flow. It is a foundational art for health and healing and one of the five main treatment methods of Chinese Medicine. This class is suitable for participants at any level, from complete beginner through to regular practitioner. It will be a unique class that approaches this topic from many angles from the theoretical to the experiential. Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for light exercise and stretching. If you have any queries or issues signing up please contact Alex at [masked]. Alex Jacobs is a qualified Acupuncturist, Tui Na Massage practitioner and Chinese Herbalist. He is also a trainee teacher of Tai Chi and Qi Gong (Chi Kung) in the Infinite Tai Chi school. He has studied the Chinese medical arts in both the East and the West and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. He founded the London Chinese Medicine Meetup group because he felt that a huge part of the power of Chinese medicine lies in the self-help techniques and knowledge that can empower one to take control of their own health in both body and mind.

The Spirituality of Star Wars - Harness the Power of the Force for Yourself!

West Hampstead Community Centre

£15.00

‘Do or Do Not, There is No Try’ ‘Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose’ ‘Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering’ ‘Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealousy. The shadow of greed, that is.’ • Learn the real reason behind the allure of Star Wars and how this knowledge can be applied to enhance your own life • Learn about ‘The Hero’s Journey’ and how you can become the hero of your own story. • Learn where the idea of ‘The Force’ comes from and how to connect to the real force i.e. Qi and live in harmony with the Tao Whether we are fans of the series or not, it is undebatable that it in many ways defined the culture that those born in the late 20th Century and early 21st grew up in. You ask any fan why they have this obsession and they might answer in a hundred different ways. ‘The special effects’, ‘the light saber battles’, ‘the imaginative world’, ‘the space battles’, ‘the romance’… However, few realise that the real source of the heart and resonance of the series comes from something much deeper and much more fundamental to the human journey. A young George Lucas was very taken by the work of the comparative mythologist, Joseph Campbell. Campbell discovered that if one was to compare the myths and legends of cultures from all over the world, one would find that there is an underlying story structure which is common to all. It is common because it is the fundamental human story and speaks to the deeper quest that all of us are on. This story is the myth of all myths which he called both ‘The Monomyth’ and ‘The Hero’s Journey’. Lucas used Campbell’s as a template for Star Wars. It is THE premier modern retelling of the monomyth and this is the true reason why this movie series resonated so deeply and fundamentally with the whole world. If that were not enough, Lucas also blended this universal mythology with the life wisdom and spirituality of the East, drawing clearly on both Taoist and Buddhist thought. For many, this was their first exposure to Eastern spirituality and left a lasting impression. In this fun and enlightening talk, you will see how Lucas used this amazing fantastical setting to take us on the Hero’s Journey. You will also discover the elements of East Asian philosophy and wisdom embedded in the film. More than that, you will learn how you can use this wisdom to empower yourself and enrich your life, attracting great health, love and abundance. This will be an entertaining but also very practical talk where you will also get a chance to experience Qi Gong practices where you can develop the ability to ‘Feel the Force’ and tap into the power of the universe. I can’t promise that you will be able to use it to levitate an X-Wing from a swamp in the Dagobar system but following the tried and tested practices from the East, you can use it for your own health and energy development and discover the secrets of the universe for yourself! This talk will focus mainly on the original trilogy (4, 5 and 6) with some reference to the prequels (1, 2 and 3) and contain spoilers for every major plot element. So if you haven’t seen the movies and don’t want to hear spoilers, give them a watch before you come! Alex Jacobs is a Chinese Medicine practitioner qualified in all of its 5 healing methods (Acupuncture, Massage, Herbal Medicine, Chinese Dietary Therapy, Qi Gong).Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, he has spent his life training and developing in different traditional disciplines with multiple teachers. He is also a massive lifelong Star Wars nerd and would love to share this joy and enthusiasm with you! If you have any questions, you can contact Alex directly at [masked] or on[masked]. Alex also teaches Tai Chi and Qi gong classes (Mondays 10:30am to 11:30am - £11, Thursdays 7pm-8:30pm -£15.

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