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Self Connection Qigong with Rik Midgley

Online Zoom Classes, Mondays 6-7pm, with an option to check out at the end. Your first online session is free.

There is a choice of price for the class of £5 or £10, depeding on what you feel comfortable with, bearing in mind that a higher amount enables others with less financial capacity to join, while supporting this to be sustainable for me. Alternative ways of transfering money to me can be found HERE

Please email me if you are interested, and I will send a zoom link:

Rik Midgley

Self Connection is the ability to be tangibly aware of the body with curiosity and acceptance, acknowledging the body's language of sensations and feelings as a longing to inform how it perceives life may be enriched. This empathic presence engenders congruence between mind and body, enhancing resonance between the energy driving our thoughts and the energetic yearnings residing in the body. Well being and self-esteem grow, and awareness of the play of tension between the two becomes a dance of life, a celebration of thriving authentic expression.


Self Connection Qigong uses repetitive natural movements to explore the mind-body interaction from the body's perspective of tangible sensations. The calming practice supports familiarisation of this relationship, encouraging enhanced awareness with a balanced mind, an invitation to welcome the whole physical self into presence.

It enables impartial observation of the inter-relationship of mind-body, creating space to simply be with physical expression. In this stillness, this ‘beingness’, energies from our unprocessed passed that are held physically in the body naturally express as tangible sensations. The balanced and calm observation of these sensations allows the natural healing response, a process of unwinding, allowing to settle into presence. The Buddha gave an example of a rope – twist it and twist it until it coils and tenses, and then let go, do nothing, allow, nature does the rest. These moments in which the habit of continual mental reaction to our physical energy is brought to consciousness, and held in awareness with a loving pause, these precious unreactive moments create the space for rejuvenation, for choice, for empowerment and freedom to be fully alive. A spanner in the machine; social change begins with stillness in our hearts.


Rik has been developing Self Connection Qigong since 2008. The movements are derived from Classical Yang Style Taichi (INFO), while he has incorporated body awareness from his practice of Vipassana Meditation (INFO) since 1990, an understanding of the empathic process through his Nonviolent Communication experience (INFO), a number of somatic healing and trauma release processes.

The Workshops are a practical, systematic, yet playful explorations of how emotional energy is held in the body. They are a chance to 'hear' the body in its natural mode of expression, in its own language, enabling spaciousness and release. This opens connection, invites self understanding, and allows natural resilience and self-esteem to grow. The movements lead to improvements in emotional and physical balance and harmony, with a sense of empowerment - you feel great for doing it!
Self Connection Qigong


This was the first time I have felt truth in my body, permission to feel truth in my body because Rik's class feels so authentic and safe, the imagery he used, communicated in such a gentle,loving and peaceful way offered an immediate opening into the present moment. Emma Cole, yoga teacher, London

This was an amazing workshop, it really worked for me in bringing my awareness to the tension I am holding. The way Rik lead this workshop was fantastic. We felt safe to relax, I found it releasing a great deal for me, it was awesome. Cathy Liste, Reflexologist, Poole

I experienced a profound state of stillness and peace in my first qigong class. Rik is a skillful, sensitive and inspiring teacher. He enabled me to come Home to myself. Lizzie Lumiyati, London

Beautiful class. Each time I've been I feel soft, open and energised afterwards. Rik has a depth of knowledge and a huge wisdom in his field. Michelle


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