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Sun, 21 July

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PERTH: Cottesloe Civic Centre

Qigong Double Workshop - 'Breathe Your Way to Wellness' AND 'Qigong for Healthy Fascia: Pathway to Pain-Free Movement

This unique offering gives you the opportunity to attend Workshop 1 (10:00AM to 1:00pm) or Workshops 1 & 2 (10:00am to 1:00pm and 2:30pm to 5:30pm).

Qigong Double Workshop - 'Breathe Your Way to Wellness' AND 'Qigong for Healthy Fascia: Pathway to Pain-Free Movement
Qigong Double Workshop - 'Breathe Your Way to Wellness' AND 'Qigong for Healthy Fascia: Pathway to Pain-Free Movement

Time & Location

21 July 2024, 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

PERTH: Cottesloe Civic Centre, Napier St, Cottesloe WA 6011, Australia

About the event

This unique offering gives you the opportunity to attend Workshop 1 (10:00AM to 1:00pm) or Workshops 1 & 2 (10:00am to 1:00pm and 2:30pm to 5:30pm).

GENERAL OVERVIEW

What is Qigong?

Qi means Energy, and Gong is Cultivation, so Qigong is a way of cultivating your energy. Taoist Medical Qigong is an ancient meditative exercise system for enhancing health and well-being. The foundations of this system are rooted in Classical Chinese Medicine, Lao Tzu Taoism, the wisdom of the I-Ching, and contemplation of the natural world.

What is White Tiger Qigong?

The White Tiger Qigong Academy adds a modern perspective of applying sport & exercise science to the practices.

This school of Qigong practices Taoist Medical Qigong, incorporating physical movements, postures, breathing techniques, and meditative practices to cultivate and balance Qi, or vital energy, within the body. It combines elements from traditional Chinese medicine, martial arts, and Taoist philosophy. The practice of White Tiger Qigong aims to promote physical health, mental clarity, emotional well-being, and spiritual growth. It emphasises the integration of mind, body, and breath, and seeks to harmonise the flow of Qi through specific movements and postures. White Tiger Qigong typically involves dynamic exercises that may include stretching, flowing movements, and coordinated breathwork. These movements help to open up the energy channels, increase flexibility and strength, enhance coordination, and promote relaxation and mindfulness.

WORKSHOP 1: BREATHE YOUR WAY TO WELLNESS WITH WHITE TIGER QIGONG

What is Qigong Breathwork?

Qigong breathwork is a practice rooted in traditional Chinese medicine and involves specific breathing techniques and movements to cultivate and balance the body's vital energy, known as "Qi." It is believed that when the Qi flows smoothly and harmoniously throughout the body, it promotes good health and well-being.

When it comes to breathwork in Qigong, there are several ways it can contribute to better health:

  1. Oxygenation: Deep and controlled breathing in Qigong helps to increase oxygen intake. This oxygenates the blood and organs, improving their functionality and overall energy levels. Sufficient oxygen supply is vital for the proper functioning of our cells, tissues, and organs.
  2. Stress reduction: The slow and mindful breathing techniques in Qigong activate the relaxation response in the body, reducing stress and promoting a state of calmness. By activating the parasympathetic nervous system, it counteracts the effects of chronic stress, such as elevated heart rate and blood pressure, and helps to restore balance.
  3. Improved circulation: The rhythmic breathing patterns in Qigong help improve circulation by facilitating the movement of blood and lymphatic fluids throughout the body. Enhanced circulation ensures that nutrients and oxygen are delivered efficiently to cells, while waste products and toxins are removed effectively.
  4. Balancing the autonomic nervous system: Qigong breathwork can influence the autonomic nervous system, which regulates involuntary bodily functions. It helps to balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches of the nervous system, leading to improved digestion, better sleep patterns, and enhanced overall physiological equilibrium.
  5. Mind-body connection: Qigong breathwork encourages a deep connection between the mind and body. Focusing on the breath and the present moment cultivates mindfulness and self-awareness. This mind-body connection can positively impact mental health, emotional well-being, and the body's ability to heal itself.
  6. Energy cultivation: Qigong breathwork aims to enhance the flow of Qi throughout the body's energy channels or meridians. By consciously directing and circulating Qi, it is believed that blockages and imbalances can be resolved, leading to improved vitality, immune function, and overall health.

What Will We Do in This Workshop?

You will:

  • learn what distinguishes Qigong Breathwork from other forms of Breathwork.
  • learn some fundamentals about the science and neuroscience of breathing and how this maps onto Taoist Qigong
  • learn how to manipulate your breath to support energising or relaxing.
  • see how breath is the over-arching driver of movement and what it feels like to experiment with breath rhythm during movement.
  • discover an ancient breathing practice that stimulates and nourishes your brain, activates and connects the energy storage centres in the body and brings deep peace and emotional & mental balance.
  • finish with a deeply restorative meditation and breathwork technique designed to release even the deepest held tension in the body, mind and spirit.

WORKSHOP 2: QIGONG FOR HEALTHY FASCIA: PATHWAY TO PAIN-FREE MOVEMENT

Embark on a transformative journey with our unique workshop,

This comprehensive  session blends the ancient wisdom of White Tiger Qigong with the latest insights from sports science, offering a multifaceted approach to wellness. In this workshop, we'll explore the world of fascial health, exploring its crucial role in your body's mobility, strength, and overall well-being. Healthy fascia, the connective tissue that envelops muscles and organs, is key to pain-free movement, as well as successful functional movement, exercise and athletic performance. You'll learn about its physiological properties, and how it intertwines with the traditional Chinese Medicine theory of Meridians.

Led by an expert with a rich background in both Qigong and sports science, you'll gain valuable insights from both research and practice, making the connection between theory and practice clearer and more meaningful.

The workshop will cover:

  • understanding fascial health from both eastern and western perspectives.
  • the intersection of fascia, Chinese Medicine, and sports science, including insights from renowned researchers.
  • a practical Qigong session focusing on movements that specifically target the fascial lines, enhancing your flexibility and mobility.

Whether you're simply interested in improving your physical health and mental well-being, or you're a regular fitness enthusiast, this workshop is for you.

It's a perfect blend of education and practice, leaving you with a deeper understanding of your body, plus techniques to maintain its harmony and balance.

Join us for this enlightening experience and take steps towards a more resilient, agile, and pain-free body.

Book your spot now and be part of a community embracing the art of Qigong for a healthier life!

About Your Instructor: You will be expertly guided by Sarah Divine, Senior White Tiger Qigong Instructor, who also holds a master's degree in sport and exercise science. Sarah has been practising Qigong for over 15 years and teaching since 2015. She trained initially with Master Mantak Chia in the Universal Healing Tao Qigong system, and has been studying and training with Master Tevia Feng in White Tiger Qigong since 2016. She is now the most qualified White Tiger Qigong instructor in Australia.

Sarah is a member of the International Institute of Complementary Therapists and AUSactive, as well as an Associate Member of Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

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