The Healthy Mind, Healthy Body Program
The Fully Alive - Healthy Mind, Healthy Body Program
offers the opportunity for children aged 9+ to explore
physical, mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual health
through Yoga, Qigong, Kung Fu and breathing.
STARTS JANUARY 5TH 2022
If you are looking for a live group where your child can develop self-esteem, fitness, focus and overall health, in a safe and friendly environment, we welcome you.
We believe that every child deserves to thrive, with minimal stress and anxiety, in an environment that enhances personal development and good physical and mental health.
We use ancient wisdom and know-how, combined with modern scientific understanding, practical training, and application for self-development, self-care and improved response to ongoing daily challenges and stressors.
Why is the Healthy Mind, Healthy Body program important?
Rates of probable mental health disorders have increased to one-in-six for ages 6-16
39% of 6–16 year olds have experienced deterioration of mental health since 2017
Only 1 in 3 get help - Just over one in three children and young people with a diagnosable mental health condition get access to NHS care and treatment
How does the Healthy Mind, Healthy Body program help?
Optimised Stress Response
Our coping mechanisms and perspective influence our responses. Chronic stress can lead to a weakened immune system, negatively affect brain function, such as memory and learning and increases inflammation in the body, causing pain, illness and depression. The Yoga, Qigong, Breath Work and Kung Fu help balance and strengthen systems, release tensions and negative feelings, while developing calmer, clearer, and more grounded states. In less stress states our systems work better.
Chronic inflammation can damage healthy tissues, cells and organs. Over time this can lead to several diseases, pain and fatigue. The methods and practices we use in classes help lower stress-related inflammation in the body.
At some point or another we will all have experienced feelings of anxiety, and either developed useful coping strategies or feel overwhelmed. A small amount of anxiety can help us focus and act, whereas excessive anxiety and worry can stop us doing what we want to do, and can lead to depression and dysfunction. Resilience training helps us adapt and deal with anxiety, stress and worry.
Increased Emotional Resilience
Making connections, nurturing positive self-view, keeping things in perspective, and learning to deal with tasks and encounters positively, will help your child bounce back after challenges and tough times. Resilient children can recover from setbacks and get back to living life. Strong relationships are the foundation of children's resilience.
Increased Mental Focus
Too much stress, worry and anxiety reduce our ability to focus or function well. Through the power of intention, mindful movement and breathing exercises, you can stimulate the growth of new brain cells for enhanced brain function. The training we do works on the mind level to feel freer, energised, and focused. The longer we can remain focused, without distraction, the more we can achieve.
Increased Fitness and Mobility
Movement is medicine for the mind, body and soul. Exercise helps improve cognitive function, strengthens the bones, muscles, hearts and lungs, improves children's coordination, balance, posture and flexibility. And it helps children stay at a healthy weight, reducing children's risk of getting heart disease, cancer and type-2 diabetes later in life.
Good flexibility can be taken for granted, often overlooked in exercises that focus on building strength or stamina. Being flexible is key to healthy living and mobility. Being able to bend forward and touch your toes, get up from the floor easily or squat down with feet flat on the ground are signs of functional flexibility, yet many adults struggle with the most basic flexibility needs. The classes focus on functional flexibility to improve posture, balance and mobility essential for health.
Energy Management Skills
One of the most important aspects of healthy living, often overlooked by the western approach to health, is energy. Yet millions of people suffer from low energy, energy depletion and lacklustre. A healthy immune system requires good energy flow. The exercises we practice help restore and increase energy and improve system function.
Improved Immune Function
We know that a strong immune system helps fight off infection and illness. And that chronic stress weakens the immune system. Therefore, stress optimisation is important to help keep the immune system strong.
My teacher said that all people would benefit from a little more confidence, and it is true. When we feel confident, we are more likely to embrace new challenges, make connections with people, succeed in education, and achieve personal goals.
Ability to Remain Calm Under Pressure
When you can stay calm under pressure and control your emotions, you are helping your heart, by reduces blood pressure, able to make informed decisions, and more likely to resolve problems in a positive manner. Staying calm under pressure enables us to perform better and stay cantered and in control, further boosting self-confidence and felt sense of ease.
Connection with Like Minded People
We all need connection to feel worthwhile, important, and loved. Positive experience of connection boosts self-esteem and ability to relate with the world around us. Meaningful connection is key to a healthy mind and body.
A Sense of Belonging to Something Meaningful
A sense of purpose and belonging helps connect the dots with our role in society, direction, and motivation. It also helps your child take on challenges, modify behaviour and experience satisfaction and joy in daily living.
Yoga & Qigong
for Physical, Mental and Emotional Fitness & Resilience
Mondays 11am -12pm
Term time only
Zen yoga and Qigong focus on three unified aspects of training leading to improved physical, emotional and mental health –
- Physical Alignment
- Flow of Energy
- Awareness of Mindfulness
The classes emphasise breath, movement and awareness exercises that help release held tension and anxiety, improve posture, flexibility, mobility and strength.
You don’t need to be strong, fit or flexible to join this class. You always start from where you are. The training can be done sitting or standing or as a movement exercise and is suitable for people with disabilities, including wheelchair users.
for Fitness, Flexibility and Focus
Wednesdays 4 - 5pm
Fridays 11am - 12pm
Term time only
Shaolin Kung Fu is more than a system of fighting; it is a way of cultivating mind, body, energy and spirit.
This style of martial arts has been developed over a period of 1500 years at the Shaolin Temple, and across China. It teaches kindness, compassion, resilience, discipline, and meaningful action, without the need for violence.
Knowing how to defend yourself provides an inner confidence and calm. The training gives a safe platform for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual fitness and health. Spiritual here means everyday connection, meaning and joy.
The training can be done sitting or standing or as a movement exercise and is suitable for people with disabilities, including wheelchair users.
Where are the classes?
The New Dojo at New Park Community & Arts Association, New Park Road, Chichester, PO19 7XY
What is the age group?
How much are the classes per child?
- £9 per class
- £14 for two classes a week
- £19 for three classes a week
- Sibling Discount - 25% off for each subsequent child
- If you cannot afford the classes, we offer support - you won’t be turned away for lack of means. You can pay what you can, when you can.
- Fees can be paid in advance for each term duration if you prefer.
- Payment can be made online here in advance of class or at venue (card only).
Do I need special clothing or equipment?
- In the dojo your child will need to wear martial arts shoes or yoga/non-slip socks. No outside shoes are allowed on the mats.
- Wearing loose comfortable clothing is ideal
For the full list of term dates click here.
The program is not a replacement for NHS Care or registered mental health care, it is a place where your child can develop by providing a path of exploration and self-discovery used by millions of people over 5000 years.
Our program is open to all, and we are not affiliated with any religious group.
By joining these classes, you are helping to support your child’s physical, mental, emotional, and energetic health.
About Tim Franklin
Tim Franklin is an international teacher of the Shaolin Arts with over 35 years martial arts experience, and a speaker, author, and therapist.
Drawing from his various studies and practices in Qigong, Tai Chi, Yoga, Martial Arts, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), breath work and mind/body therapies, he brings a unique understanding and practical application of the various modalities, that anyone can use to enhance their physical, mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual well-being.
Tim also teaches regular online classes for adults and is an Associate Lecturer at Chichester University teaching Tai Chi for Mind, Body Connection and Resilience.