Alternative Care for the Mind and Body Session 3 Mind and Movement Jennifer Kitchen July 3, 2013
“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” Hippocrates
Overview Ancient beliefs Qigong Tai Chi Yoga
Ancient Beliefs Subtle Vital Energy Qi, Chi, Ki, Prana Breathe, Vital Substance, Radiant Energy, Life Force Aura ~ Meridians ~ Chakras
Ancient Beliefs The Three Bodies • Physical, Astral, and Causal • Body, Mind, and Breathe • (Kaminoff, 2007)
Qigong Tao • The Way / Universal Order • “That which lets now the dark, now the light appear is Tao” • (Wilhelm and Baynes, 1967) • “Use stillness to deal with all things changing” • (Tse, 2004) The 3 Principles of Tao Change Contradiction Holism (Micozzi, 2011)
Qigong The cultivation of a relationship with the energy that circulates and flows through your being
Qigong Eight Pieces of Brocade (ba duan jin) • Simple set of exercises that cultivate • energy, flexibility, health, and awareness • (Draffan, 2009)
T’ai Chi Ch’uan Meditation with Movement Sequence of slow, graceful movements Excellent therapeutic exercise Relaxes the muscles Slows the mind Holistic (Gibbon, 2008)
T’ai Chi Ch’uan Golden Principles Keep body erect and everything relaxed Maintain rigidly the heel and toes principles for all foot movements Coordinate movements of upper and lower body Ensure continuity of movements Movements should follow curved or circular form Study the Chinese breathing systems (Gibbon, 2008)
Yoga Personal Journey Who am I? Why am I Here? What is the Nature of Suffering? What is the Method of Escaping Suffering?
Yoga For Health Yoga can… Beneficial in pulmonary and cardiovascular conditions Lower blood pressure Balance metabolic functions Boost immunity Relieve stress (Micozzi, 2011)
Time to Relax “Spiritual relationship is far more precious than physical. Physical relationship divorced from spiritual is body without soul.” Mahatma Gandhi
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