Flexibility & Growth: A Yoga, Qigong & Mindfulness Meditation Spring Immersion with Mimi Kuo-Deemer
15 Apr 18
Flexibility and Growth: A Yoga, Qigong and Mindfulness Meditation Spring Immersion with Mimi Kuo-Deemer on Sunday 15th April, 2018, 10am-5.00pm.
In the words of Leo Tolstoy, "Spring is the time of projects and plans." In the spring, we climb out of the cold, winter months and often feel ready to take on life with renewed vigor. If, however, we're unprepared for it, the outburst of energy can sometimes knock us off balance and be a shock - like we just want to crawl back under a warm duvet! This workshop will explore ways to align with the energy of spring using qigong practices focussing on the element of wood, associated in Chinese medicine with spring, growth, resourcefulness, flexibility and vision. It will also encorporate fluid yogic practices that focus on the flexibility and health of our joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons.
In this immersion you'll learn:
- What is flexibility? We will take a look at the function and role of the body's tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints.
- Qigong practices for the liver and gall bladder - organs that associate in Chinese medicine with the rhythm, dreams, visions and plans.
- Mindfulness meditation practices that focus on developing skilful means and resources for working with irritation, frustration and anger and converting them into creativity and positive growth.
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 independent methodology as well as understand how the intellectual and physical threads of these traditions can weave together in compelling 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 5.00pm 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.
About Yoga, Qigong and Mindfulness Meditation
Qigong is an ancient Chinese energy practice with roots in Daoist traditions. It works with the principle of "xing ming shuang xiu" - meaning "the spirit and body are equally refined and cultivated." It is designed to encourage healthy qi, or life force, to move within the body through fluid or static movements, breathing practices, and visualization techniques. Yoga is a Sanskrit word whose root meaning is " to yoke". Through disciplines including asana (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation, yoga works to purify the body and expand the consciousness. Mindfulness meditation offers skills in meeting the challenges of everyday thoughts, actions and feelings. Based on Buddhist methodologies and doctrines, it invites us to meet life's experiences with less reactivity and judgment and greater insight, compassion and awareness. Working with these three systems can offer practical and inspiring resources to help us navigate the messy, complex job of being human.