APPLYING QIGONG PRINCIPLES IN YOGA: WORKING WITH THE SEASONS AND THE FIVE ELEMENTS with James Rafael
Tutor: James Rafael
Date: 5th December 2021
Time: 13:30 - 16:00
APPLYING QIGONG PRINCIPLES IN YOGA: WORKING WITH THE SEASONS AND THE FIVE ELEMENTS:
For yoga practitioners and teachers, with James Rafael
Organiser: Jacqueline Stevenson
Tutor: James Rafael
Date: 5th December
Time: 13:30 – 16:00
Overview of this workshop
This workshop explores the ancient Chinese practice of qigong, and how it can enrich and inform your yoga practice or teaching. The workshop is suitable if you:
1. Are totally new to the practice - we will cover the foundations and basics
2. Have previously attended the Introduction to qigong course with James - we will refresh previous topics, but also explore new material, movements, and philosophies.
In this workshop, we will begin with a brief overview of the ancient Chinese practice of qigong. We’ll 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.
If you have previously attended the ‘Introduction to qigong’ course with James, we will revisit and refresh some of the key principles such as yi (intention) and wu wei (effortless action). We will then expand these ideas exploring new topics and aspects including:
• The relationship of the seasons to our practice
• Moving in harmony with nature’s rhythms
• Introduce Five Element theory and how to identify and balance elemental energies
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.
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.
• An overview and introductory understanding of what qigong is
• Direct experience of the fundamental principles of qi (energy) flow through movement
• Simple, easy to follow movements that demonstrate philosophical and energetic principles in action
• Leave with a more confident understanding of the system of qigong in a broad sense
• Learn simple, easy to follow forms (qigong movements)
• Explore which Daoist philosophical principles underpin the practice
• Learn how the five elements relate to different seasons and movements
• Explore how to incorporate these forms into your yoga practice and / or teaching
Teaching Material Used On The Day
Zoom, online event
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?
13:45 Energetic principles in action: joint releasing, standing meditation posture
14:10 Philosophical principles in action: intention, effortless action
14:30 Five element theory and the seasons: movements for each element
15:00 Short break
15:05 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.
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.
If you are a BWY member please ensure you are logged in. To make a booking for this event please select a ticket type and then click send booking. Certain events are only available to specific member types, for example first aid days for teachers and student teachers so please logon first to see specific tickets.
If you have questions please contact the event organiser or webadmin using the regional contacts page.
Booking has closed for this event.