Qigong & Winter Woodland TrailsQigong & Trail Walk/Run Through London's Ancient Woodlands
15 January 2022 | 10 am to 4:30 pm
A 1-Day Qigong & Trails Experience
Practice the healing art of Qigong | Explore London's ancient woodlands
The Adventures Studio, 15 Myddelton Road, London N8 7PY
Experience a relaxed mind, recharged body, and positive spirit.
Taking time out from your normal routine, doing something different with a small group of like-minded people is refreshing, energising and restorative.
During this 1-Day Qigong & Winter Trails Experience you'll be guided in qigong practice, Oxygen Advantage breathwork, and walking and running through some of London's ancient woodland. Discovering nature at its best.
The day is led by master Oxygen Advantage Coach Gray Caws. Go at your own pace – we guarantee that no-one is left behind. Gray will help you discover your natural aerobic pace (walking and/or running) and highlight all of the health benefits that you'll get from being out in nature. We will aim to cover 5 miles over the course of the day.
Breathe naturally, move with ease!
Learn Qigong flow movements specifically designed to prepare you for walking and running to increase energy and reduce stress
Practice mindful movement to help recharge and restore mind and body as you walk/run winter woodland trails in this 1-day unique experience.
Meet Your Coach
If you’re like me then you love nothing better than to get outside and explore.
I find that if I need a bit of a motivational boost – to get that feeling of true contentment – then to be outdoors running, walking, playing is where I need to be.
The aim of our adventure weekend is to have fun – go exploring, meet like-minded people, take time out to relax and restore mind and body through our daily Qigong, breathwork practice, walking, running and play.
This is what exercise is all about; not something to be endured but something to enjoy.
I've been coaching for over 10 years. I arranged my first adventure holiday in 2012, taking a group over to Costa Brava. Since then I've run the Costa Brava Adventure every year (apart from 2020).
My plan for 2020 was to run more adventures – I had Bali, Portugal and Costa Brava planned but, of course, due to COVID that all changed. This is what led me to explore closer to home and hence this Essex adventure.
I founded Adventures In Movement & Breath in 2015 with the aim of bringing a different approach to fitness training. I believe that true health and vitality come about by focusing your mind, listening to your body and tapping into your natural, intuitive flow of energy, movement and breath.
I’m a qualified personal trainer, running coach, and breathworker with a master certification in the Oxygen Advantage and Buteyko methods. I’m also a teacher of Qigong, training with Lee Holden.
"Gray changed my life within the first 10 seconds of seeing me run! I have been a serious runner since childhood but had all kinds of injuries. Then in my mid 30s I started getting calf tears more and more regularly. I tried everything to no avail. Someone put me onto the Chi Running book, which helped somewhat but not completely. Then I discovered Gray. Within 10 seconds of him watching me run he spotted things that no book could. He transformed my running immediately, and each week improves it further. I can now run as far as I like in complete confidence that I won’t get injured. Thank you Gray!"
Very impressive results so far from my workshop last week. Running feels much easier plus I’m running faster despite it feeling easier. 58 seconds off my ParkRun PB today. Amazing as it was very hot and I felt as though I was running at a relaxed pace. V happy. Thanks!
This time last year I was unable to run any more than two miles without knee pain. I attended a workshop run by Gray at the end of September last year. It completely re-ignited my love for running.
As a resulted I completed the London Marathon this year. This has been a dream of mine since the very first one.
Whenever I here from people struggling with various niggles from running I always recommend they check out Gray.
Is this for me?
I’m an experienced runner looking for a new challenge.
We'll be walking and running about 5 miles throughout the day, moving at your own comfortable pace guided by easy nasal breathing. You’ll also learn how Qigong flow practice can lead to increased strength and power in your running. You'll get exercises too in breathing techniques to improve energy efficiency, and relaxation techniques to help rest and restore the body.
I’m new to running.
We'll be walking and running about 5 miles throughout the day so if you are completely new to running at the moment you would need to make sure you have enough time to prepare. We would ask that you can walk/run for at least this distance at your own comfortable pace without getting out of breath before you come along.
We believe walking and running is the most efficient mode of transportation to get to know a new place. Having this as your intention is a great way to start with no pressure at all to cover a certain distance.
From the experience of past adventures, many new runners have run far more than they expected, simply by setting their intention to ‘travel’ rather than ‘exercise’. And since there is so much to see, time goes quickly and before you know it you’ve covered a few miles. Your coach will make sure that you keep a steady pace so that you don’t tire too soon.
I’m looking for a way to take a break from the stresses of everyday life.
Everyday life can be stressful. Everybody needs some ‘me-time’. This adventure is a great opportunity to get away from it all, meet new people and enjoy time outdoors. Numerous studies show that being active and outdoors is a proven way of reducing stress. We'll spend most of the time outdoors, whatever the weather, drawing on the therapeutic powers of nature and connecting with the natural environment.
Qigong practice will focus on efficient movement and breath to increase energy and reduce stress. At the end of the adventure, you'll feel a sense of enormous achievement, more body awareness, and greater clarity of mind.
I like to meet new people and explore new places.
This adventure is the perfect way to meet new people and see new places. The trails will give you the time to explore and enjoy the outdoors. You’ll meet like-minded people from different walks of life with a common purpose working together as a team rather than in competition. The small group ensures no-one feels overwhelmed or left out.
I want to enjoy running but it hurts too much and I’m plagued with niggles and injuries.
With anywhere between 30 – 80% of runners affected by injury it’s no wonder it has a bad reputation but this experience will teach you a different approach to running. You’ll experience running with the intention to travel rather than exercise or to get fit, burn calories or get faster. Often just this change in mindset makes a huge difference to how you run. The Qigong flow practice will relate directly to improved power in your running exploring how ease of movement comes first through relaxation. You'll discover how breathing too much air can be bad for your health! With the unique combination of Qigong and Oxygen Advantage breath-work, you'll soon get to experience the age-old idea that by doing less you can actually achieve much more. You’ll also get practical sessions to help rest, restore, and repair the body.