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In our society we put a premium on our waking hours and have the tendency to underestimate the importance of a full-night’s sleep. Millions of people who suffer from insomnia look for quick fixes instead of exploring the root causes of the problem.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) sleep occurs when the yang energy of the day folds into the yin energy of nighttime. Yin energy of the body is cooling and restorative. It is the time of day when our bodies turn inward and regenerate. This is the time we dream and explore the caverns of our unconscious mind. Conversely, daytime is yang, which is expansive. We expend the energy we have built up from the process of sleeping. Together, this is the cycle of yin and yang.
An invaluable tool to help improve your sleep and allow your brain to unwind is Qigong. When practiced daily, it has been scientifically proven to improve one’s sleep. Studies show how Qigong helps the body create a sense of calm, reduces stress, increases feelings of well-being, and improves overall health. It can also help one increase alertness, relaxation and reflection even in "waking" states. Qigong is best practiced during the day to help improve your sleep patterns at night.
In this workshop, you will learn specific Qigong forms to deeply relax the body including self-massage routines, flowing movements, and standing and lying down meditations. The class will include tools you can practice at home before bed and even in bed if you tend to wake up in the night.
qigong for better sleep
with Julie Moffat
Greenwich: Thursday, December 4th from 3:00-4:30
Cost of attendance: $20 pre-registration/ $30 walk-ins
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