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In challenging times, our mental health can come under strain which can leave us feeling unsettled, anxious and overwhelmed. Relaxing, mindful and gentle forms of exercise like yoga and meditation have been shown to have beneficial effects on our stress and anxiety levels, making us feel calmer and better able to manage the pressures of life. Here at the Virtual Village Hall, you’ll find a range of mindful activities to relax and calm the mind and body.     

No special equipment required, just a sturdy chair for seated sessions. Our tutors are all experienced instructors so you can rest assured you’ll be in safe hands.

Please take care to ensure that your health and safety are a priority when taking part in these sessions and note that you are undertaking all Health & Wellbeing sessions at your own risk. When taking part in any of these activities, please ensure that you:

Risk assess your area: Make sure you have adequate space and clear any potential hazards.
Stay hydrated: Drink water before, during and after a session and take it steady in hot weather.
Know your limits: Take breaks when needed.
Wear comfortable clothing and footwear: Wear comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear for all exercise activities.
In case of an emergency: Keep your mobile phone nearby

 

Tutor: Jan, meditation leader

Join Jan for this short audio Grounding Points meditation practice

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Tutor: Jan, meditation leader

This session is meditative and calming and is sure to bring immediate benefits.

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Hana, meditation leader

To help us cope with the challenges of the current time, meditation leader Hana leads a series of 30 minute guided meditations. Each session has a different theme.

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Phil, Qi Gong instructor

Watch again. Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese exercise and healing technique that involves meditation, controlled breathing and slow movement exercises.

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Tutor: Tess, laughter yoga instructor

Laughter yoga was developed 20 years ago by Indian medical doctor, Madan Kataria, who realised how much quicker his patients recovered when he involved laughter in their care.

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We hope you have enjoyed taking part in some of the sessions at the Virtual Village Hall. If you have had a positive experience, please tell friends and family about it or share our social media pages and posts. You might also like to consider making a donation to Royal Voluntary Service to support our services in NHS hospitals and local communities across Britain.  

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