tonic for the heart

tonic for the heart

this site is set up to promote belinda’s classes and workshops in islington N1 and WC1 focusing on chi kung (qigong) with tai chi, dao yin and bagua

the classes are suitable for all levels and are based around gentle, rhythmic movements

tonic for the heart- calming breath from belinda ackermann on Vimeo.

these are ancient chinese martial arts that bring about personal transformation through movement, breath and meditation.
here’s a fabulous quote from rick barrent that goes a long way to mapping the dynamics, of this practice ‘yang & yin are not opposing forces so much as complementary aspects of an underlying unity. hot is yang because it is an expansion. cold is yin and a contraction. all energy is a pulse between expansion and contraction. computers render all information into ’ones’ (yang) & ‘zeros’ (yin)… its effectiveness depends on first recognising the dual nature of all that exists & then transcending that duality’
come to a class or book a one 2 one session and experience for yourself

upcoming classes

HiCcup with NEW SATURDAY 11am class

taiji chi kung (qigong ) we are now nomads the lovely new venue has been with drawn so in the mean time while we find a new space Richard or I will meet any one interested in a class @ the venue below and walked down to Crumble Castle (down Bingfield st just passed the surgery) to practice in a public space good to be outside while the sun shines
  • time: 11.00am-12.00pm
  • venue: JEAN STOKES community hall, Carnoustie Drive, N1 0DX
  • cost: £5 contribution welcomed

N1 sat., tues. & wed. MORNING

  • 8.45am-9.45am saturday morning.
  • 11.00am-12.00pm tuesday morning.
  • 8.15am-9.15am wednesdaymorning.
  • YOGABASE: 257 Liverpool Road, Islington N1 1LX
  • £9 per class for block of 5 consecutive classes @ £45; drop-in £11


new term at mary ward is now booking classes are held at 10 Great Turnstile, WC1V 7JU
  • 21 September- 7 December
  • 11:00-12:30
  • 16:30-18:00
  • 18:00-19:30


wood workshop 25 MAY

bank holiday monday WOOD workshop
  • time: 10.30-12.30
  • venue:  YOGABASE 257 Liverpool Road, Islington N1 1LX
  • cost:  £24 concessions £18like the deer below, as we burst into the season of spring we will be exploring the element of wood,  growth that transforms stagnation! deer

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    lucy cash photos west square se1

    great images from LUCY CASH of monday evening she captures the quality of the chi in this enchanted  square and the tranquility it inspires they fill me with delight       WS3 WS23_2

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