Starts Sunday, 22 Nov, 2020 at 10:00
Teacher: Alex Delogu
Course Category: Workshop, Qi Gong
While most Qi Gong practice is done in a standing position a lot of the principles can be applied very well to a sitting position. Since many of us spend a lot of time sitting it can be useful to have some things to practice while. This workshop will look at sitting posture, how to feel and modify this in more useful directions. There will also be a selection of Qi Gong exercises that can be done in a sitting position. This workshop will be useful not only to those who cannot stand for prolonged periods, due to injury for example, but to anyone looking to develop their sitting capacity.
Alex goes through the moves slowly, explaining in great clarity the reasoning behind the moves in Qi Gong, starting with the assumption that most people are only dimly aware of their bodies until it begins to break down or hurt from long-term damage. He outlines what he calls Movement Principles, the archetypal moves that you need to move your body efficiently. Tai chi is not just for recreation; like all so-called play, it has a deadly serious function-to rewire your nervous system so that future moves are not putting strain through the system. We will try to make you feel and recognise the Zero Point; the position where you are balanced in all planes. From this position you begin to learn movements, via the Movement Principles, like “How To Move Your Arms From Your Body” and so on, building up a repertoire of motion. In order to learn these effectively and correct yourself from “falling into dysfunction”, you will learn how to feel your body and recognise when you are starting to clench and contract your body unnecessarily; clenching tension can lead to hard fascial tension, which is what distorts bodies into pathological postures.
In addition, you become aware of the endless distraction in your head, as well as your nervous system; the chattering monologue of left-hemisphere interference ( in both senses of that meaning) which can lead to wholly spurious, in-your-head-only scenarios of worry and anxiety that can shorten your life through stress. Mindfulness is an over-used word these days. Too often, mind practices are undertaken with little understanding that a relaxed mind must be housed in a relaxed body, but real physical relaxation is something that many people in our modern world have little conception of. Alex will explain how this can be achieved with some body/mind scanning practices.
You can then export this function to your habitual postures in daily life, preventing the relentless pull of gravity upon your spine, and working with it, to balance both sides of your body in a poised, balanced totality of easeful motion.
Alex has been learning from Jan Golden for 8 years and brings a wealth of experience from psychotherapy and philosophy to his teaching style.
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