Community Learning – wellbeing classes

21 January 2021

The City of Edinburgh Council

The City of Edinburgh Council’s adult education courses are starting back next week. Here you can find opportunities to boost your wellbeing.

Costs can be found by clicking on the links below the descriptions. The standard fee is £31.40 and £15.75 for students, senior citizens or people receiving benefits, for an 8-week term.

Pilates Post Beginner

Day: Tuesdays
Time: 12.30 – 1.30 pm

This course is suitable for people working from home in need of some toning exercise as well. Designed for those working from home, but anyone in need of some mid-day exercise can join. Pilates is a movement/exercise system designed to build dynamic strength and increase your flexibility, stability and mobility. It is a way of re-educating and re-patterning your mind-body by becoming aware of your movements and connecting with your deeper muscles. The Pilates Method improves your overall functioning and health – not just physically, but mentally and emotionally too. It is both gentle and challenging, focusing on moving easily, efficiently and pain-free. This course will focus on these elements, providing you with a gentle but strengthening workout. 

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Beginner Mindfulness

Day: Wednesdays
Time: 10.30 am – 12.00 pm

Mindfulness (awareness of the present moment) is taught through cultivating Meditation skills which include bringing kind attention to the breath and body during stillness and movement in a curious non-judgemental way, noticing what is going on in your body, your mind and in the world around you. Experience of guided practices (Tutor Led) including sitting Meditation, body scan and mindful movement. You are encouraged to engage in daily home practice of short (15-20 minutes) meditations to gain the most benefit. There will be a discussion element to the class where you can reflect of experience of home practices. You will be provided with support and guidance in applying mindfulness to everyday activities.

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Health Meditation and Breathing

Day: Thursdays
Time: 4.30 – 5.00 pm

Is lockdown taking a toll on you? Are you feeling overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, depressed or exhausted? Do you find difficult to focus, relax or even sleep? Are your emotions like a roller coaster lately? This course will help you navigate the current uncertain times and discover there are actually easy, effective and pleasant ways of managing these emotional states. 

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YouTube video Tai Chi Beginners 

Day: Fridays
Time: 10.45 – 11.15 am  

Beginners Course: Is to introduce you to Yang Style Tai-Chi Chuan. This will cover the fundamental aims and principles of Tai-Chi Chuan, including an introduction to the philosophy underpinning this. Additionally, we will learn some warm up exercise routines, that will enable, through practice, to establish a foundation and develop agile movements to relax and soften muscles and tissue. This brings movement into areas of the body, where tension and stiffness may already exist.

Sign up by emailing Fiona Henderson on

Mindbody Stretching 

Day: Fridays
Time: 12.20 – 1.30 pm

Stiff, tense or stressed? Increase your flexibility/mobility in a pleasant and painless way, prevent muscle/joint soreness and release tension from your body and mind. Deep and relaxing stretching system, focused on improving flexibility/mobility for the long term, that will help you reduce stress and calm the mind.

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Costs can be found by clicking on the link but roughly the cost for the standard fee is £31.40 and £15.75 for students, senior citizens or people receiving benefits, for an 8 week term.

Thank you for anything you can do to spread the word – there are also many other courses on the website but hopefully these courses might be a good fit for local groups or individuals you know. 

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