Exhale: A Yoga, Qigong and Mindfulness Meditation Autumn Immersion with Mimi Kuo-Deemer
29 Oct 17
Exhale: A Yoga, Qigong and Mindfulness Meditation Autumn Immersion with Mimi Kuo-Deemer on Sunday 29th Oct, 10am-5.30pm.
An expanding inhale can be like the lengthening of summer days; likewise, a soft, releasing exhale can be a metaphor for the stunning process of surrender that occurs in the autumn. Nature easily transitions through the seasons, but often for us complex human beings we can unnecessarily hold on to the way things are and consciously or unconsciously resist change. Letting go, like exhaling, is central to our abilty to release what we no longer need and open to new possibilities. In fact, when we exhale we eliminate up to 70% of the body's toxicity and waste. In this autumn-themed workshop we will explore the transformational quality of breathing. We'll also pay attention to the ways in which we can surrender and invite the weight of the world to slip from our shoulders.
In this immersion you'll learn:
- Useful neck, shoulder and breathing anatomy followed by ways to deeply and delightfully release tension in these areas in a mindful, vinyasa/qigong fusion flow.
- Qigong practices for the lungs and large intestine - organs that associate in Chinese medicine with inspiration and letting go.
- Mindfulness meditation practices that explore ways to meet stressful thoughts and feelings with greater ease, compassion and insight.
About this workshop
Whether you're brand new to yoga or a seasoned teacher, this workshop of highly experiential daylong immersion will broaden your understanding of how seasonal energies based on the Chinese Five Elements can be explored and embodied through yoga, qigong and mindfulness meditation practices. Working with these distinct yet complementary systems of practice will enable practitioners to accrue benefits from each independant methodology as well as understand how the intellectual and physical threads of these traditions can weave together in complelling ways.
Included in the day workshop:
- Experiential anatomy relevant to the themes and focus for each season.
- Creative, mindful vinyasa practices that integrate yoga and qigong.
- Active, static and meditative qigong practices.
- Restorative yoga.
- Mindfulness-based meditation practices.
- Talks and contemplations.
- A vegetarian lunch.
Mimi has been a student of yoga since 1995 and an avid lover of dance since 1978, when her mother put her in ballet school for walking with turned-in toes. Mimi teaches vinyasa Yoga, qigong and meditation. She champions the balance of playfulness and precision as the best way forward in practice and in life, and never underestimates how sitting, breathing and conscious movement can provide the clearest perspective on the messy, complex and often predicatble job of being human.
Originally from the United State, Mimi spent 12 years living in Beijing, China, where she co-funded and co-directed Yoga Yard. She now lives in London, and teaches classes, workshops and retreats in the UK and internationally and offers classes online at movementformodernlife.com and is on the faculty of Triyoga's Yoga Teacher Training Course. She holds a Masters in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation from SOAS.
When not teaching Mimi runs the Glow Fund Charitable Trust, an organisation she and her husband co-founded that helps Tibetan children and Chinese orphans recieve life-changing orthopedic surgeries.
Please bring a yoga mat, notebook and pen.
The workshop will take place from 10am to 5.30pm at the Kinning Park Complex in the South Side of Glasgow, there will be an hour for lunch.
Included in the cost of the event is a vegetarian lunch provided by The Yoga Kitchen and herbal teas will be available during the day.