Fire & the Heart: A Yoga, Qigong & Mindfulness Meditation Summer Immersion with Mimi Kuo-Deemer
31 May 2020
Fire and the Heart: A Yoga, Qigong and Mindfulness Meditation Summer Immersion
Seasonal Practices for Energy, Balance and Wellbeing
Sunday, May 31st 2020
10:00am – 5.00pm
For yoga practitioners since antiquity, fire and the sun have represented generative and creative sources as well as a means of purification. In yoga and Chinese medicine, fire and the sun represent maximum yang and the energies of the heart. Considered the supreme sovereign and seat of our divine spirit and consciousness, the heart effortlessly sustains the wellbeing of the whole body when calm and steady. However, the heart can frequently feel burdened by pressures from work, family, relationships and life’s unexpected turns. This summer-themed daylong immersion will look at how we can nurture and care for the heart and let it have a peaceful and enduring reign.
In this immersion you’ll learn:
- Integrative anatomy and physiology of back-bending in yoga postures.
- Heart/fire element qigong practices to bring nourishment to the heart and its supporting organs and meridians for a more balanced and healthy energetic flow.
- Mindfulness-based practices focusing on giving and receiving compassion and care.
Whether you are brand new to yoga or a seasoned teacher, this highly experiential daylong immersions 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.
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, wisdom and compassion. Working with these three systems can offer practical and inspiring resources to help us navigate the messy, complex job of being human.
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 unpredictable job of being human.
Mimi is a teacher of both students and of other teachers. She is a senior teacher at London’s triyoga. She has authored two books: Qigong and the Tai Chi Axis: Nourishing Practices for Body, Mind and Spirit, and Xiu Yang: Self-Cultivation for a Happier, Healthier and Balanced Life. She is also a contributor to movementformodernlife.com, and has a produced a series of yoga and qigong DVDs/digital downloads with New Shoot Pictures. In 2002, Mimi co-founded Yoga Yard, Beijing’s first and leading Yoga studio, which she co-directed for seven years before moving to the UK. For more information please see www.mkdeemer.com.
What to bring and what's included
Please bring a yoga mat and any yoga equipment that you feel will assist your practice.
There will be some mats, blocks and blankets to borrow but please let us know if you need a mat in the questions section.
A notebook and pen to record the day.
The workshop will take place from 10.00am to 5.00pm at Clarkston Hall in Clarkston on 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/water will be available during the day.
There are several cafes locally.
Clarkston train station is a short walk away and only a 15/20 minute journey from Central Station.
|01 Mar 2020||£75.00|
|30 May 2020||£85.00|
For each sign-up, the organiser pays the Service Fee of 4% (min 50p). You pay no surcharge
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