Categorie(s): Health and Wellness,
When: Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Time: 6:45 to 7:45 am PST
In this session, Sandy Bothmer, M.Ed. will engage you in a number of exercises from the second edition of her book “Creating the Peaceable Classroom” to help you formulate an inner climate of calm and vitality that will improve your focus and concentration. Although her book is targeted toward teachers and students, the techniques explored are beneficial for all children and adults, no matter what their age or line of work.
How does one create a climate of calm and vitality? It begins with the breath. Breath is the foundation upon which many relaxation and revitalization techniques are built, and it is where Sandy will begin the process with you. You will explore your breath, practicing the complete breath and other breathing patterns that will relax or revitalize you. Child-friendly versions will be taught as well so that you can help those in your care.
The Elevator Technique, which uses the complete breath, is a great way to become more grounded when you feel turmoil within. It can be taught to children as well and is a wonderful way to harness their scattered energies. An additional elevator practice will be taught to help revitalize the heart center and restore it to its natural state of peace.
Qigong (qi – chee, gong – kung), an ancient Chinese practice, brings balance and harmony into the body. It is an effective way to revitalize the mind and body by exercising your vital energy. Sandy will take you through a couple of simple Qigong exercises that can be done by young and old alike.
Finally, you will spend some time learning a spiral or labyrinth technique. Both work to quiet the body, mind, and emotions, thereby bringing you back to your center. However, some individuals connect more with one than the other, so each of you will have a choice as to which one you prefer to use.
Having sampled these techniques, you will gain a sense of which ones you connect with. Select two or three to work with on your own and notice how effective they are in bringing you to a place of peace and calm. And if you are so inclined, share them with others, including your children or students. By creating a peaceful presence, you will be improving your world and theirs.