Workshops allow for deeper dives into the ancient practices and philosophy of qigong and yoga. In the company of other curious souls, we journey on a shared enquiry to sense into the relevance of these practices to our daily lives. I typically include time for sharing as part of each workshop, giving participants an opportunity to be heard and to listen to and acknowledge others.
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FLOWING WITH EASE THROUGH TRANSITIONS
September 2022 and 2023
Steadiness within the groundlessness of life.
For many, August and September are months of transitions. Summer – with its holidays and long days spent outside – gives way to a shift in focus towards work or school. Family members may leave home to pursue careers or studies in faraway places. How do we navigate this transitional time? Can we make room for all our emotions and flow gracefully around challenges? Where do we find support to steady and reorient ourselves towards center?
Daoist Flow looks to nature as our greatest teacher and offers that the experience of the outer and inner are inseparable. To find steadiness amidst groundlessness, we first connected with the Earth beneath our feet and the feeling of Earth’s gravitational pull on our bodies. From here, we enquired into the felt experience of our own inner center. Somatic movement, slow flow yoga, and Qigong were the tools for our shared enquiry. I created space for reflection and optional voicing of experience. Together, we invited the ancient teachings of yogis and Daoist sages to awaken the wisdom already present in our bodies as we seek to bring ease to life’s transitions.
Cacao, sharing circle, and restorative yoga.
Amidst the busyness of life and holiday preparations, we offered ourselves a moment of stillness. We allowed our bodies to naturally move towards relaxation through the practice of restorative yoga. With a calm, relaxed body and nervous system, we connected with each other in a sharing circle. Sharing cacao, then taking turns to share verbally and hold silent space for the sharing of others. We noticed what it felt like to share our present-moment experience knowing that we will not be interrupted, questioned, or offered advice. We felt the freedom, space, and warmth around our hearts that can arise from mindful communication and allowed the relaxation and warmth cultivated in this midwinter sanctuary to flow into our families and holidays.
I offered this workshop both in-person and online in the form of Facebook Live. The recording from the Facebook Live event is accessible here: Restorative Savasana Facebook Live.
TRANSFORMING SUMMER’S ENERGY INTO NOURISHMENT
Summer is the time of maximum outwardly expression of yang energy. The scent of flowers fills the air. Having unfurled from tight buds during spring, bright green leaves cover the canopies of trees, maximizing the surface area available to harvest life-giving energy from the sun. Transformed into sugars, trees transport sun’s energy into their roots, to nourish the roots and to re-build energetic stores that will sustain the trees through the winter and fuel next spring’s growth.
Being part of nature, we too can come into harmonious relationship with the cycles of the seasons. Sensing the energies of the cycles from within our bodies, we too can transform the energy of summer into deep nourishment that will sustain us.
This workshop was a shared enquiry into nature’s energies and transformations through breath awareness, qigong, and restorative yoga. I created space for reflection and sharing of experience. I invited the participants to offer themselves this time for self-care: to relax and receive the warmth of summer, allowing it to nourish their deep energies.