From the ground of earth, we will move and open the body with the breath to help fuller breathing and release tensions. Freeing the breath from any holding patterns will in turn give us more awareness and energy to experience the subtle and intimate connections between body & breath, earth and air that we take for granted most of the time.
With a background of Chinese 5 elements and Buddhist 6 elements models, there will be a mix of exercises drawn from Tibetan yogic practices, Chinese energy traditions, Feldenkrais and Dhammagita’s own ideas. All this will inspire, inform & enliven our sitting practices, and bring an an extra dimension to the Mindfulness of Breathing.
This is a weekend to give us a real felt sense of these elements: the grounding solidity, support and nourishment of earth in our bodies, and the unobstructed freedom, openness and spaciousness of air in our breath. Focussing our awareness in our physical experience and connecting with these different, interdependent aspects of our being, we can experience them working together in harmony and discover new depth & delight in both of them.