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Alternative Care for the Mind and Body. Session 3 Mind and Movement. Jennifer Kitchen July 3, 2013. “If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” Hippocrates. Overview.
Alternative Care for the Mind and BodySession 3Mind and MovementJennifer KitchenJuly 3, 2013“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” HippocratesOverviewAncient beliefsQigongTai ChiYogaAncient BeliefsSubtle Vital EnergyQi, Chi, Ki, PranaBreathe, Vital Substance, Radiant Energy, Life ForceAura ~ Meridians ~ ChakrasAncient BeliefsThe Three Bodies
  • Physical, Astral, and Causal
  • Body, Mind, and Breathe
  • (Kaminoff, 2007)
  • Ancient BeliefsQigongTao
  • The Way / Universal Order
  • “That which lets now the dark, now the light appear is Tao”
  • (Wilhelm and Baynes, 1967)
  • “Use stillness to deal with all things changing”
  • (Tse, 2004)
  • The 3 Principles of TaoChange Contradiction Holism(Micozzi, 2011)QigongThe cultivation of a relationship with the energy that circulates and flows through your beingQigongEight Pieces of Brocade (ba duan jin)
  • Simple set of exercises that cultivate
  • energy, flexibility, health, and awareness
  • (Draffan, 2009)
  • T’ai Chi Ch’uanMeditation with MovementSequence of slow, graceful movementsExcellent therapeutic exercise Relaxes the muscles Slows the mind Holistic (Gibbon, 2008)T’ai Chi Ch’uanGolden Principles Keep body erect and everything relaxedMaintain rigidly the heel and toes principles for all foot movements Coordinate movements of upper and lower bodyEnsure continuity of movementsMovements should follow curved or circular form Study the Chinese breathing systems (Gibbon, 2008)YogaPersonal Journey Who am I? Why am I Here? What is the Nature of Suffering?What is the Method of Escaping Suffering? YogaFor HealthYoga can…Beneficial in pulmonary and cardiovascular conditions Lower blood pressureBalance metabolic functionsBoost immunity Relieve stress(Micozzi, 2011)Questions…Time to Relax“Spiritual relationship is far more precious than physical. Physical relationship divorced from spiritual is body without soul.” Mahatma Gandhi ReferencesDraffan, G., (2009). Moving in Awareness: Eight Pieces of Brocade. Retrieved from, D. and Eden, D., (2008). Six Pillars of Energy Medicine: clinical strengths of a complementary paradigm. Alternative Therapies, 14:1, 44-54. Retrieved from, H., (2008). The Chinese Art of T’ai Chi Ch’uan: the first five steps. Retrieved from, L., (2007). Yoga Anatomy (Adobe PDF). Human Kinetics: IL. Micozzi, M.S., (2011). Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (fourth edition). Missouri; Saunders Elsevier.President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, (n.d.). Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Retrieved from's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, (n.d.). Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Retrieved from, M., (2004). Qigong for healing and relaxation. St. Martin’s Griffin: NY.Wilhelm, R. and Baynes, C., (1967). The I Ching or Book of Changes. Bollingen: NY.
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