Stillness Through Movement Level 1
New Stillness Through Movement Course with Mindfulness, Qi Gong & Tai Chi
5 Weekly Evening Sessions 7pm – 9pm starting Tuesday 5th October- Tuesday 30th November 2021
With Jacky Seery
Why practice Mindfulness with Qigong?
Scientific Research evidence suggests that training in Mindfulness comes with an array of benefits for our physical health, psychological wellbeing and overall flourishing. These include coping better with life’s ups and downs, feeling less stressed and anxious, worrying and ruminating less.
Qigong is very gentle ancient movement practice traced back some 5000 years. Research also tells us that a regular practice of Qigong or Tai Chi can help to lower stress and anxiety, increased focus, and build strength, balance and flexibility in the body.
Developing awareness of feelings in the body is a key part of mindfulness practice. It enables us to go deeper and tune into sensations going on all the time in the body as part of the communication channels within the body. This interoception lies behind our sense of intuition – when something just feels ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ without being able to explain why. Therefore we are able to become more aware of what is happening while it is happening and tune into the wisdom of the body.
What you will learn
In this short online course, you will learn some short, easy to do, gentle QiGong movements integrated with Mindfulness practice. By integrating the two, we become more aware of sensations in the body, not only as a place to keep us in the present moment, but also as a way of feeling more deeply.
We will explore the 12 energetic meridians in the body which are key to the wellbeing of our internal organs in Chinese Medicine together with the chakras, which, any of you who do Yoga, will be familiar with. There are gentle stretches we can do to help keep the flow of energy, and therefore fluids in the body, to run smoothly to these organs and sensitise ourselves to feel the sensations deeper in the body.
How you will learn
This 5 week course – Stillness Through Movement – will include gentle, easy to follow mindful movement – finding stillness through movement using Qi Gong and Tai Chi. You will learn short, easy to follow movements and sequences as we go on a journey bringing mindfulness and compassion to every move.
The sessions will include sitting mindfulness practices as we transition from sitting to movement and back to sitting. We will also practice a compassionate body scan and explore how to move our bodies with kindness.
In our Mindfulness Training – awareness of the body helps us to remain present and can reveal a multitude of emotions that we are experiencing or even hiding. This new awareness provides us with the opportunity to give some space and kindness to any pain or tight sensations we are experiencing.
The course will take place on Zoom over 5 evening sessions every other week from 7-9pm.
This course is for everyone – no prior experience required – so if you are a beginner or experienced practitioner, this course will hep you begin your mindfulness journey or bring a new element to your practice.
This course counts as Continued Professional Development (CPD) for Mindfulness teachers wishing to learn more about mindful movement in their practice and teaching.