Toward Greater Equanimity: A Late Summer Yoga, Qigong & Mindfulness Immersion with Mimi Kuo-Deemer
08 Sep 19
Toward Greater Equanimity: A Yoga, Qigong and Mindfulness Meditation Late Summer Immersion
Seasonal Practices for Energy, Balance and Wellbeing
Sunday, September 8th, 2019
10:00am – 5.00pm
The effort to maintain balance in a pose like tree or eagle usually involves managing a number of opposing forces. Similarly, in daily life we need to make constant adjustments in an effort to maintain equilibrium and equanimity in our emotions, feelings and thoughts. This late summer workshop will focus on the element of earth, which in Chinese medicine and qigong represents ease, balance, and the ability to hold centre. We will explore our core stability as well as how to balance opposing forces in our bodies. Like the earth, which is always moving and transforming yet constantly stays centred and steady, we will explore our resources for finding equanimity amidst the changing demands of our daily lives.
In this immersion you’ll learn:
- Accessing and understanding an important core muscle called the psoas, and why this muscle can be highly beneficial in creating more integrated and efficient movement in our bodies.
- Spleen and stomach focused qigong practices to aid digestion of our food, nutrients, thoughts and emotions.
- Mindfulness-based practices that cultivate equanimity (upekkhā). Equanimity is one of the four Brahmavihara, or divine abodes – a central teaching within the Buddhist and yogic doctrines.
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 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.
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.
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For each sign-up, the organiser pays the Service Fee of 4% (min 50p). You pay no surcharge
Dates and Status
Status: Waiting List
Total Places: 40
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