Qigong › Stress/Anxiety

These practices have been specifically created and sequenced for watching online on Movement for Modern Life to reduce stress and anxiety you may feel in your life.
Within our anti-stress and anxiety series, we have a range of practices which include:

Yin-yoga

which cultivates a deep sense of awareness.The perfect antidote to urban life, Yin focuses on releasing and letting go via the deep musculature of the body and connective tissues, aiding physical, energetic, mental and emotional flexibility.

Restorative Yoga

is passive, designed to adjust the nervous system and rest the adrenal glands, enabling the body to move towards balance.

All of the practices on this site are designed to increase your awareness on the breath and movement, which will intrinsicly help you deal with any stress/anxiety you may feel in everyday life.

 

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  • Release Tension29:17
    Release Tension

    Joo Teoh

    A qi gong and yoga fusion sequence to release feelings of being stuck, feeling tense, or just when you’re not in your flow. With some chair variations to make all the practices more accessible, this sequence uses qi gong and yoga to clear out stagnation and shift your tension. A chair can be used in this practice to make the class accessible to all.



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  • Qigong and Restorative Yoga: Finding Balance26:56
    Qigong and Restorative Yoga: Finding Balance

    Mimi Kuo-Deemer

    This is the second class in the three-part series, Qigong and Restorative Yoga. The first part of this class is a qigong elemental practice that will help balance the Chinese Five Elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water in your constitution. We will then do some quieting restorative practices to finish. You’ll want to have a yoga bolster or sofa cushion and a blanket.



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  • Qigong and Restorative Yoga: Finding Harmony26:26
    Qigong and Restorative Yoga: Finding Harmony

    Mimi Kuo-Deemer

    Finding Harmony is the first of three classes in the series of Qigong and Restorative Yoga. It focuses on harmonising breath, body movement and the balance of yin and yang. It can be hard to find harmony in our lives of conflicting needs and priorities. Class starts with active qigong and then go on to a relaxing restorative yoga class. Ideally, have a yoga bolster and two blankets. Alternatively, you can also use a sofa cushion and two bed pillows.



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  • Get Grounded Prep Class21:55
    Get Grounded Prep Class

    Jonelle Lewis

    Find some lovely tools to put in your toolkit to get grounded, rooted and present to your life. A perfect warm up class to earth mandala flow, or any class. Starting with foot mobility and stability exercises - open up the feet, ground to earth, use myofascial release to massage your feet using a tennis ball. A really useful exercise to keep the feet mobile and pain free, but also to keep a sense of connection with the earth. Qigong poses help you to keep the energy grounded followed by some Yin Supine hamstring stretches and then grounding breath-work.You will need a tennis ball, bricks and a strap.



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  • Gentle Yoga to Nourish and Support Series: (5) Effortless Ease28:37
    Gentle Yoga to Nourish and Support Series: (5) Effortless Ease

    Mimi Kuo-Deemer

    In this final class of this series of yoga/qi-gong moves to nourish, support and revitalise the body and mind, we orientate our practice toward effortless ease. In Chinese this is a concept known as wuwei, or effortless effort. It is something we cannot strive toward but rather a quality that arises spontaneously through steady cultivation and practice. As such, we will take the ideas of rooting, rising, aligning and balancing and see what is possible in working with the fluid flow of effortless ease.



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  • Standing Tall24:20
    Standing Tall

    Joo Teoh

    This gentle yoga class, with some qi-gong movements is a perfect antidote for those of us who spend too much time sitting at desks each day. Also great if you're feeling like you could do with an emotional recharge, perhaps at the end of a long day, or when life is challenging. With standing poses and gentle strengthening poses, this class uses the power of intention to clear out a tough day and bring in the new. You will need two blocks and a strap.



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  • Take a Break: Yoga & Qigong Part3: Renew and Revive 15:38
    Take a Break: Yoga & Qigong Part3: Renew and Revive

    Mimi Kuo-Deemer

    The third in our work break series includes deep twists and standing poses to energise and get the blood moving again In qigong, it’s believed that energy flows where intention goes (yi dao, qi dao). This active practice combining yoga and qigong will revive and renew your body’s circulation and prana/qi flow. It’s a great one to do if you’ve been at at the desk and want a more active break, or as a morning practice to do before work. Clothing by Rumi X. "



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  • Take a Break: Yoga & Qigong Part2: Focus + Clarity18:10
    Take a Break: Yoga & Qigong Part2: Focus + Clarity

    Mimi Kuo-Deemer

    The second in our series to provide a constructive break during work or study. These Yoga and Qigong practices all provide you with renewed clarity, and will help clear the cobwebs, also focus on clear alignment through the spine and limbs. It’s great to bring a mental focus and concentration back into the body when we're too in our heads. With some precision in our alignment as well as intentional practices from qigong such as ‘clearing the cobwebs’ (one of my favourites!), we can move forward with our day more embodied awareness and presence.



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  • Take a Break: Yoga & Qigong Part1:  Exhale + Sooth 21:59
    Take a Break: Yoga & Qigong Part1: Exhale + Sooth

    Mimi Kuo-Deemer

    Take a short break from studies or your work. Much of our body’s tension is muscular, but actually, what the muscles and our body crave when we feel tight is deep, satisfying breaths.This short practice releases tension by focusing on exhaling fully and uses Burmese qigong, chest and shoulder openings and forward folds to calm and sooth the mind. Perfect for taking a break to release tension during the day, but also great after a hard day's work. Clothing by Rumi X.



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  • Qigong for Meridian & Joint Health36:08
    Qigong for Meridian & Joint Health

    Mimi Kuo-Deemer

    Energise your meridians and stimulate your joints with these gentle QiGong movements. Perfect to set you up for the day or settle you down for sleep, this all levels class will kindle optimal health and wellbeing, leaving you feeling your best.



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  • Moving Meditation: Qi-Gong Basics 322:45
    Moving Meditation: Qi-Gong Basics 3

    Mimi Kuo-Deemer

    This third part of the QiGong basics series begins to move the qi through the body. Inspired by the crane and the bear, which represent aspects of yin and yang respectively, the movements begin circulating qi through the body. Movements in qigong are generally slow, circular, repetitive, graceful and flowing. Its power is in its simplicity.



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  • Moving Meditation: Qigong Basics 223:23
    Moving Meditation: Qigong Basics 2

    Mimi Kuo-Deemer

    This second part of the Qigong basics series is aimed at purifying and cleansing the qi in the body. The qi, like any transportation system, can often be stuck, stagnant, overactive or diseased. These practices work to cleanse the body of toxic qi and fill it with healthy, vibrant qi. You finish feeling as though you have had a good internal wash that leaves you feeling more purified and nourished.



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  • Moving Meditation:Qigong Basics120:44
    Moving Meditation:Qigong Basics1

    Mimi Kuo-Deemer

    This first part of the QiGong basics series focuses on standing meditation and breathing practices, both central to the qigong tradition. QiGong is a Chinese energy practice that works with the principle of “xing ming shuang xiu” ”“ meaning “the spirit and body are equally refined and cultivated.” It is designed to bring the qi, or life energy, into the body and encourage it to flow without blockage. Founded on the virtues of trust, integrity, wisdom, and compassion, QiGong practices help create a feeling of inner and outer peace, energy, and wellbeing.



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  • Mimi Winter Immune (3)39:45
    Mimi Winter Immune (3)

    Mimi Kuo-Deemer

    The third part of the immune series focuses upon internal cleansing. This class uses gentle movements, breath practices (pranayama), some QiGong as well as twists in order to give the body a deep cleanse. This class truly takes yoga as a purification practice to it's full meaning.



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  • Mimi's Winter Immune Part 232:49
    Mimi's Winter Immune Part 2

    Mimi Kuo-Deemer

    The second part of the immune boost from Mimi. This class picks up the pace from the first class. This yoga class uses a more invigorating vinyasa sequence to focus on improving circulation which in turn boosts white cells in the body, to help fight off colds.



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  • Winter Immune Boost33:02
    Winter Immune Boost

    Mimi Kuo-Deemer

    Give your immune system a boost at this time of year with this lovely gentle yoga class. Ideal if you feel you're coming down with a cold or to stave off colds when you're feeling a little run down. Mimi explains how yoga can be really therapeutic. Try this class and let the yoga do its magic.



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  • Winter Immune Booster (A Taster)07:27
    Winter Immune Booster (A Taster)

    Mimi Kuo-Deemer

    A taster of the full class - this is a short, slow grounded class, in which Mimi shows some great yoga poses for staving off the dreaded winter colds by giving your immune system a moving boost.



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  • Energising Flow01:09:19
    Energising Flow

    Mimi Kuo-Deemer

    Mimi weaves QiGong practices with a slow and steady flow. Join her in this smooth and meditative practice building to some gentle backbends. Guaranteed to leave you feeling balanced and refreshed.



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