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Qigong:
Nourishing Practices
for Spring

Live Online Course

April 10th, 2022 - May 1st, 2022

Learn to flow with the changing nature of your life.

Every year, after the quiet dormancy of winter, nature bursts forth, unleashing an exquisite creation of colour, vibrancy and growth. We’ve been yearning for warmer days, yet spring weather is temperamental; birdsong and bright days can suddenly give way to arctic-like winds or heavy rains. Nature uses this time to test our patience and fortitude.

How can we meet this seasonal shift with resourcefulness, patience, and strength? From the perspective of qigong and mindfulness, we can practice embodied presence, and skillfully attune and attend to nature’s energies around and within us. We are nature, manifest in human form.

Qigong is an ancient Chinese art of energy cultivation with roots in Buddhist and Daoist traditions. During this 4-week online course, we’ll explore nourishing qigong practices that align us with our elemental constitution of Wood and its corresponding season of spring.

Through weekly Q&A and movement lessons with Mimi, as well as independent practice, you’ll learn to use qigong to navigate life’s shifting seasons with greater ease.

Practices are suitable and adapted for a variety of physical abilities and levels of experience. Options to do qigong standing as well as seated will be shared.

Course Format

Each Sunday, we will meet for a LIVE, interactive qigong practice with Mimi with time allocated for questions (see: schedule below)

Within our interactive course portal, you’ll be able to connect with your coursemates across the globe, and to discuss your independent qigong practice experiences throughout the week.

Our live sessions will be recorded for those who cannot attend, and video replays will be available indefinitely to course participants!

From this dynamic course, you will take away:

  • Knowledge of key qigong movement principles and breathing techniques
  • Understanding of how qigong can nourish and support us, by regulating and supporting a healthy flow of life in our bodies
  • A physical home qigong practice for you to maintain or continue to develop

Module 1 — Rising Yang and the Energy of Spring

In this first week, we will look at the energy of spring, and how to feel rooted and grounded through standing meditation and gentle movement forms related to the Wood element. 

A short talk introducing our themes will be followed by a guided qigong practice.

Module 2 — Root to Rise

We’ve now planted deep roots. In our second week we’ll progress by exploring how we can use qigong to support and nourish our personal growth, creation and expansion – mentally, physically, and energetically.

We’ll learn how to cultivate a healthy range of movement and mobility, particularly in our joints, ligaments and tendons.

Module 3 — Wood’s Organs of the Liver and Gall Bladder

As our practice builds in our third week, we’ll explore the organs associated with spring and Wood.

The liver is considered the architect and the gall bladder the engineer that implements the liver’s visions, plans and dreams.

We can call on our Wood organs to support our qigong practice and lived experience.

Module 4 — Wood’s Virtue and Emotion

Finally, we’ll explore the emotion of Wood, which is anger, and its virtue, which is humaneness, or ren 仁, in Chinese.

Misdirected anger can be like a howling wind, whereas healthy anger expresses itself as ren, a fair and just vision for ourselves and others, and a desire to treat all with kind action and love.

We’ll integrate these concepts into our newfound qigong practice.

Praise for Mimi's Teachings

“I can’t express enough gratitude to Mimi. In her classes, I’ve rediscovered a spiritual centre, a springboard out of hopelessness.” – Naomi Kenan

“Mimi’s classes are keeping me together when everything goes apart. I feel much more calm and more energetic from them, and they’ve given me strength to go further, even if it’s a bad day ahead. It’s hard to describe exactly what they’re doing, it’s just beyond words. But it leaves a visible print in my actions and my life.” – Ozana Celan

“I have never felt better physically or better equipped to calmly and steadily handle life since starting classes with Mimi. Her manner is clear, calming and fun. It is also deeply knowledgeable. I scribble lots of notes each week when listening to the recordings so that I can go back and slowly absorb things later. I feel that I have a lifetime of nuance and deepening.” – Chris Jones

Live Online Course Details

Qigong Practice

Through live sessions with Mimi, learn about this ancient Chinese art, and develop a nourishing, inspired home movement practice – a wonderful complement to sitting meditation.

Nature Attunement

Learn to align yourself with nature’s energies and elements around and within you through qigong philosophy, which can help you to stay balanced amidst life changes.

4 LIVE & Interactive Video Q&A Sessions

Each Sunday, we’ll meet live as a group to build our qigong practice, ask Mimi questions, and receive her direct and insightful feedback. Our first session will include interactive breakout rooms!

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Community Connections

Connect and discuss your qigong practice experiences with your coursemates.

Schedule

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Dates & Times

LIVE Interactive #1: Sunday, April 10 @ 9am PT / 12pm ET / 5pm BST / 6pm CEST (90 minutes)
LIVE Interactive #2: Sunday, April 17 @ 9am PT / 12pm ET / 5pm BST / 6pm CEST (90 minutes)
LIVE Interactive #3: Sunday, April 24 @ 9am PT / 12pm ET / 5pm BST / 6pm CEST (90 minutes)
LIVE Interactive #4: Sunday, May 1 @ 9am PT / 12pm ET / 5pm BST / 6pm CEST (90 minutes)

Replays will be posted in the days afterwards, for those who cannot attend live.

About Mimi Kuo-Deemer

Mimi is an author and teacher of qigong, mindfulness, and internal martial arts (6th generation Baguazhang).  She champions a balance of playfulness and precision, and never underestimates how mindful movement and meditation can help people meet the messy, complicated job of being human with greater compassion and ease.  A long-time dharma student of Sangha Live’s founding teacher, Martin Aylward, she also co-leads retreats with him at the Moulin de Chaves.  

Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Mimi lived in Beijing, China for 14 years before moving to the UK. She now lives outside Oxford with her husband and their dog, three cats, 6 chickens and 60,000 bees. A library of her online qigong videos are accessible through Yogaandfitness.tv, YouTube and Vimeo, and her two books, Qigong and the Tai Chi Axis and Xiu Yang, are available via Orion Spring.