Qigong is a sacred practice of slow, gentle movements performed in repetition as a spiritual journey of self-reunion, balance and harmony. In addition to other factors, over-indulgence in technology and the emphasis on production in our society has dulled our sensitivity to nature and to our bodies. It is difficult for many people to slow down and allow the body to return to its natural state of good health and wellbeing. These qigong forms help to create a bridge between our authentic selves and what we are manifesting, allowing a closer relationship to our unique original essence as described in ancient Chinese terms as Jing. Class schedules will be forthcoming. Here is a description of the forms.
Three Pillars Qigong for Trauma, Anxiety and Grief
Three Pillars Qigong for Trauma, Anxiety and Grief was created to mitigate the effects of personal biographical trauma, specific and generalized anxiety, and grief yet to be expressed and integrated.
Divided into three sections (or Pillars), the gentle movements of the First Pillar are intended to create a sense of grounded safety and guide us from the sympathetic state of fight, flight or freeze to the calmer state of the parasympathetic nervous system. With an awareness of our innocent and unknowing future, the Second Pillar invites a willingness to embark on a journey of getting to know ourselves and to create the potential for new neurological pathways. The Third Pillar encourages reintegration along with the desire for life and experiences.
These Three Pillars slowly allow us to transform by moving from the safety of small, gentle movements to larger, but controlled, movements summoning with grace and self-kindness the will to risk in a safe environment. This form is a way of moving energy and opening to the possibility of knowing who we truly are. Students are encouraged to take the practice at their own pace.
Original trauma and specific stories of anxiety will not be brought up in these sessions.
Through repetition of the ten movements of the Mythos Cycle we will nourish and enliven the yin organs of Traditional Chinese Medicine – heart, lungs, spleen, kidneys and liver. Qigong is an ever-changing reciprocity between yin and yang essences. Daoist theories teach us that the yin aspects of inner wisdom, receptivity, understanding and potential fund the yang qualities of risk, vulnerability, action and transformation. These movements are practiced in a gentle way with acceptance and non-judgment, slowly allowing our minds to quiet down and allow the space to feel.
The Hieratic Stance Series
Hieratic in this sense refers to a heightened sacred and devotional attitude. The ten poses of The Hieratic Stance Series and their fluid transitions intimate archetypes that we might come across in our daily lives. When performed for a few minutes each day, this series stimulates the energy of what we might need throughout the day, such as creative inspiration, setting boundaries, cultivation of patience, building a strong foundation for decision making, humility and discernment. Practicing the Hieratic Stances fills a reservoir preparing us to meet these situations from a rooted central core of abundance. A committed practice makes a mature, powerful response more accessible as opposed to a knee-jerk reaction that does not serve our desires.
These Qigong forms have been created with the utmost care and sensitivity to our longing for connection to our unique essences. However, each individual reacts to the physical and psychological teachings of the practices differently. With respect and consideration for your particular experience I have devised an Informed Consent Form to be transparent with my intention and deep caring for your wellbeing. Please take a moment and click on Informed Consent to read and sign it before participating in instruction.