Tutor: James Rafael
Date: 11th April 2021
Time: 13:30 - 16:00
Introduction to qigong for yoga practitioners and teachers
About James Rafael
James Rafael is passionate about movement and meditation and their power to bring about positive social and environmental change. Drawing deeply from natural imagery and poetry, his intention is to encourage curiosity and a sense of being on an adventure in practice. His classes and courses endeavour to leave you feeling revitalised and uplifted.
James is certified through the British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance, and holds The Triyoga Teacher Training Diploma with a distinction. He is certified to teach Qigong through his teacher Mathew Cohen and life long friend Mimi Kuo-Deemer. He mentors both established yoga teachers and new graduates on how to incorporate the practices and philosophies of mindfulness and qigong into the teaching of yoga.
What is qigong?
Qigong is a vast set of movement, meditation and visualisation practices that seek to give an individual ways of managing their own physical, mental, and energetic wellbeing. It is an ancient Chinese energy cultivation practice with roots in Daoist and Buddhist beliefs and traditions. The practice combines fluid, slow, circular movements with static postures and visualisations. Qigong practices work to create harmony in body and mind and promote health, vitality and wellbeing for the long run.
Overview of this workshop
In this workshop, we will explore an introductory overview of the ancient Chinese practice of Qigong, and how it can help enrich your yoga practice and teaching. We will cover what qigong is, its aims, how it is similar to (and differs from) Tai Chi, and how it draws from both Daoism and Traditional Chinese medicine as a complete system to manage our own health and wellbeing.
We will explore foundational philosophical principles of the practice such as yi (intention) and wu wei (effortless action); along with physical and energetic principles such as chen (sinking your qi), and balancing the energies of yang and yin by using the meridian system. We will learn simple ways to incorporate these ideas into our yoga self practice and into our teaching.
What to expect
James will open discussion as to what qigong is and the concept of qi or energy. He will guide you through qigong warm ups to release and awaken the major joint structures of the body as well as get qi, blood and lymph flowing throughout the body. He will then introduce energetic and philosophical principles in action through a series of simple, specifically chosen forms (movements) that we will repeat and learn. He will then share how these principles and forms could be woven in an easy, seamless way into a yoga practice using a simple standing sequence.
Teaching Material Used On The Day
Methods of presenting the subject
Experiential sessions (warm ups, forms and movements), discussion and Q&A
Outline plan for the day
13:30 Introduction: what is qigong & qi?
13:50 Energetic principles in action: joint releasing, standing meditation posture
14:20 Philosophical principles in action: intention, effortless action
14:50 Directing energy and intention: harmonising yang and yin through flowing movements
15:20 How to incorporate into yoga: simple standing yoga & qigong sequence
The workshop is suitable for practitioners and teachers with a new or beginning curiosity in qigong who would like to learn the basic principles of the practice and how to incorporate them into their practice and teaching.
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