Yoga and Qigong are both ancient practices that focus on health and well being as well as spiritual development. Yoga comes from the Indian tradition and Qigong has Chinese heritage.
Both are movement practices, but have slightly different functions. Yoga can be slow, moderate to fast paced depending on the style of yoga practiced, but generallt can include positions or asana that are held for a period of time. These asanas can support the body to open , lengthen and strengthen the muscles and joints. Qigong on the other hand is mostly slow and methodical, movements flow from one to another like a dance. Energy is directed with a mindfulness approach and there is a connection to the elements used in Chinese medicine, Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. The movements help support the internal organs by moving and stretching the meridian energy lines on the body. The Qigong practice focusses more on grounding and nurturing, and in China is practiced to old age by most people.
This workshop will be an exploration into connecting these two practices together, to benefit from both. Flowing from sone traditional Hatha asanas into some deep transformational but slow Qigong movements. These sequences will help release tension but also develop strength and balance.
The first part of the workshop we will be waking the body up with self massage called Dao in.
It is a great way to energise and understand your own body through specific tapping techniques.
We will then learn the 8 brocades, exercises taught for thousands of years to create health and well being as well as using them to prevent illness.
A handout of this practice will be given for students to take away.
We will follow this by combinging a one and half hour class sequencing between yoga asana and qigong movements.
The morning workshop will end by relaxing into a 15 minute Yoga Nidra, and a 15minute Gong bath.
Candida has trained as both a Yoga teacher with Yogacampus in 2014 as well as studying and developing her Qigong and Tai Chi in Dan Dochertys Wudang school for 10 years. She has more recently trained in the first ever training with Mimi Kuo Deemer at Triyoga, who has developed combining Yoga asana with Qigong practices.
Investment: £30 per person and must be paid in advance by calling Nutmeg Spa on 01442 234681.
You will need to bring: a yoga mat, blanket, pillow/ cushion and a bottle of water. We do have some spare yoga mats if you need to borrow one but please do let us know at time of booking if you need one.
Please also view our event listings to check out the afternoon “Symphonic Gong” workshop.
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