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Seasonal Wisdom: Traditional Chinese Medicine

With Liisa Russmann & Anne Vida Ikeda

These workshops will introduce the principles of the ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) system while sharing an understanding on how to best optimize energy levels by wisely using the resources of the body & mind. Honouring the seasonal time of the year is the essence of TCM. We’ll cover the two main theories behind Chinese Medicine; Yin & Yang theory and the five seasons according to TCM, including their associated five elements - water, wood, fire, earth, metal. 

 

The 5-workshop series focuses on the teachings and application of TCM in our diet, in yoga practice and in daily living in order to thrive with an in-balance energy flow harmonised with the seasons. Led by Anne and Liisa, each 2-hour session includes a talk about seasonal insights on food therapy & reflections for emotional wellbeing followed by a yoga practice that nourishes and balances the body. 

 

Dates

(1) Winter – Water: 31 January 
(2) Spring – Wood: 3 April
(3) Summer – Fire: 12 June
(4) Late Summer - Earth:  11 September
(5) Autumn – Metal: 13 November

 

Winter Wisdom – 31 January

 

Winter is nature's time of hibernation and retreat. The purposeful rest phase in winter is necessary to replenish our internal batteries and build up energy reserves. This is a time to go inward and build potency. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) winter is connected with the element of WATER, a valuable substance for vitality & longevity. 

 

During our Winter Wisdom workshop, we’ll learn about the characteristics of this season and explore the element of water as it applies to our body/mind according to TCM. You’ll be taken through insights on food therapy & reflections for emotional wellbeing, helpful in approaching winter-time with more ease. The talk is followed by a nourishing yoga practice that seduces you into a deep stillness and soul connection.

 

Live music will be offered by Keri Stephanie.

 

Spring Wisdom – 4 April

 

During the Spring months, there is a collective feeling of renewal, activity and growth. These months are an ideal time for cleansing and rejuvenation of health. Just like bare, dormant trees begin to grow buds and blossom; we too can harness the power of spring to release the old and usher in a fresh, new experience of health and mental clarity. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) spring is associated with the element of WOOD, signifying the beginning of life and seeking ways to grow and expand. 

 

During our Spring Wisdom workshop, we’ll learn about the characteristics of this season and explore the element of WOOD as it applies to our body/mind according to TCM. You’ll be taken through insights on food therapy & reflections for emotional wellbeing, helpful in approaching spring-time with more ease. The talk is followed by a purifying Yoga practise that helps to shake off stagnation and create a connection to your vision. 

 

Summer Wisdom – 12 June

 

The Summer season is filled with abundant energy, long days and sunshine. This is the most active time of the year - a time of passion, outgoingness, and moving outward in nature and in our lives. There is a strong pull to experience warmth, love, enthusiasm & laughter. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) teaches us that summer belongs to the element of FIRE, symbolic of maximum activity or greatest yang.

 

During our Summer Wisdom workshop, we’ll learn about the characteristics of this season and explore the element of FIRE as it applies to our body/mind according to TCM. You’ll be taken through insights on food therapy & reflections for emotional wellbeing, helpful in approaching summertime with more ease. The talk is followed by an uplifting Yoga practice that encourages healthy blood circulation and awareness of the heart. 

 

Late Summer Wisdom – 11 September

 

The late-Summer season occurs around late August and September time, often referred to in the West as the ‘Indian Summer’. Here we see summer with its extreme Yang energy, intense brightness and heat, yielding and softening to the beginning of autumn when the cooler Yin energy starts to settle in. Cultivating a strong yet flexible inner-stability and establishing a balance between giving & receiving becomes the primary focus. Late-summer in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is associated with the EARTH element, symbolic to the need of feeling grounded. 

 

During our late-Summer Wisdom workshop, we’ll learn about the characteristics of this season and explore the element of EARTH as it applies to our body/mind according to TCM. You’ll be taken through insights on food therapy & reflections for emotional wellbeing, helpful in approaching late summer-time with more ease. The talk is followed by a grounding yoga practise that helps to discover a sense of stability. 

 

Autumn Wisdom – 13 November

 

In Autumn with the decrease in sunlight, days getting shorter and temperatures cooling down – comes a change in our bodies, health, and mood too. We move into a more introspective self-examining space where many may experience a sense of loss or sadness. On the other hand, the autumn months are a perfect time to work through any unresolved emotional matters, or feelings of resentment, anger and grief. Just as the trees let go of their leaves. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the autumn season is governed by the element of METAL, symbolizing clear boundaries between holding on and letting go.

 

During our Autumn Wisdom workshop, we’ll learn about the characteristics of this season and explore the element of METAL as it applies to our body/mind according to TCM. You’ll be taken through insights on food therapy & reflections for emotional wellbeing, helpful in approaching autumn-time with more ease. The talk is followed by an immune and respiratory system supporting and strengthening Yoga practise.


Date / Time

Location

Teacher

Price

31 January 2020, 20:00 - 22:00

Prinseneiland

Liisa Russmann & Anne Vida Ikeda

€ 30

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03 April 2020, 20:00 - 22:00

Prinseneiland

Liisa Russmann & Anne Vida Ikeda

€ 30

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12 June 2020, 20:00 - 22:00

Prinseneiland

Liisa Russmann & Anne Vida Ikeda

€ 30

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11 September 2020, 20:00 - 22:00

Prinseneiland

Liisa Russmann & Anne Vida Ikeda

€ 30

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13 November 2020, 20:00 - 22:00

Prinseneiland

Liisa Russmann & Anne Vida Ikeda

€ 30

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This workshop is also available as a full course, total price:

€ 125

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About Liisa Russmann & Anne Vida Ikeda

About Liisa Russmann Liisa’s yoga journey began in 2005 in London where she discovered the balancing benefits of yoga for body and mind in a traditional Hatha class. Since then, she has practised extensively and trained as a Vinyasa, Hatha & Yin teacher in Power Living studios in Sydney, Australia with Duncan Peak, Tiffany Cruikshank, Maty Ezraty and Kathryn Budig.

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