Yoga is a philosophy, a science and a way of life. The recognized founder of yoga philosophy is Maharishi Patanjali who lived two centuries before Christ. He is known for his classical work “The Yoga Sutras” which sets the goal of yoga as the path to freedom from suffering. He delineates the eight branches or aspects of yoga defining the concepts and practices for living a spiritually based approach to health and wisdom.
Qigong is one of the four pillars of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qigong and its cousin Tai Chi are time-tested methods for activating the body’s incredible capacity to produce the most profound medicine
within naturally. They are internal meditative practices, which use slow graceful movements and controlled breathing techniques that strengthen your body-mind connection, reduce stress, promote serenity and improve circulation. The beauty of these practices is their seeming simplicity and application for diverse situations and needs.
Expressive Movement is based upon the idea that the body and mind are inseparable. Through improvised movement there is a conscious letting go of control that allows for the release of mental and emotional stagnation and the experimentation of new ways of being. Movement and gesture become living metaphors for cultivating the vital energies within us and with the elements of nature.