As the rhythm of the moon waxes and wanes and the garden offers its bounty in response to the glorious summer sunshine, I am noticing the shift in the summer air and that the sound of the wind rustling the leaves is slightly drier – a hint of fall is on its way. Brian & I are excited to offer a HappyBelly! weekend intensive this autumn: Friday evening, October 25th, Saturday & Sunday October 26th & 27th.
In the season of the harvest, we will explore the cycle of the 5-elements in relation to our internal organs through Qigong, movement explorations, meditation, and reflection. Come reap the benefits of these enjoyable, relaxing movements during this weekend intensive or join us for the Friday ‘taster‘ evening only.
On my cycles to work I am enjoying the emergent cherry blossoms and the bird song that calls forth the budding, leafing, blossoming of the trees. The longer days and the recent sunshine called me forth for outside qigong practice. Last week I took advantage of the sunshine to practice some qigong in a neighbourhood park, the cedar trees offered a resilient strength & deep grounding support. This week’s HappyBelly! workshop, Emerging Shoots, offers opportunity to sense into the wood element. How can the wisdom of wood as expressed through your body assist you in gentle action in the world? As David Whyte says, “What waits in the seed of you to grow and spread its branches again a future sky?” I am looking forward to continued explorations with the element of wood.
This week I had a lymphatic drainage massage. As I was appreciating the subtle, gentle attention to the quiet presence & flow of lymph, I was reminded of how the movement explorations and qigong practices of HappyBelly! also give opportunity to attend to the fluid dynamics occurring within. When I cultivate deep listening with and to my fluid self, I feel more easeful and more present. And so, I am looking forward to continued attunement to the element of water with the next HappyBelly! class; Deep Reservoirs, on Thursday evening, February 28th.
Last night kicked off this year’s HappyBelly! classes. Flowing Waters reminded us of the power of waves, tidal surges and allowing for constant flow. With that in mind Amy and I are offering even more ways for you to be with your happy belly through more regular practice and exploration. There is something for you each week of the month beginning in February.
- Medical Qigong Practice on the first and third Thursday (and the occasional fifth!). Brian will lead you through a balanced practice of clearing, recharging and balancing using a consistent routine. Repetition with the group will allow you to make these practice your own, leaving you free to use them whenever you choose. Schedule is posted here.
- Movement Elemental on the second Thursday. Amy will guide you through movement explorations immersing you into your body’s knowing of the elements. There is a different focus each month. See details here.
- HappyBelly! movement explorations and medical qigong on the fourth Thursday of the month. HappyBelly! continues rolling through the elements and associated organs each month. Class schedule and description can be seen here.
Attending HappyBelly! is not a requirement for these classes. we invite you to follow your own curiosity and what feel good to your body.
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I was doing a set of healing sounds the other day, and the harmonization of the movement, my breath and my energy allowed my mind to become quiet. I felt a body an expansion of my energy that I can only describe as a body-wide smile. Half an hour and I felt calm, refocused and (truly) happy in my body. I wonder why I don’t give myself that gift more often?
We are HappyBelly! movement exploration and medical qigong, co-facilitated by Brian Mount and Amy Kiara Ruth.
We provide classes & workshops that bring forth your inherent wisdom and encourage full awareness of your vital organs and your whole body.
Traditional Chinese medicine and our own direct experience tell us that the vital organs each have a unique character and expression. Working in harmony, they support and guide us in having the life we are here to live. Brian says, “Your body knows what’s going on and it wants, for you, the best that you can be. HappyBelly! can help you to get in touch with your body and begin to trust your gut. ”
Movement and sensory/somatic awareness introduce us to the wealth of brilliant wisdom and depth of evolutionary experience held within our bodies, our tissues, and our cells.
“The body presents a very different way of knowing the world and of being in it. To be embodied, to be in the body, is to be in connection with everything. When we begin to inhabit the body as our primary way of sensing, feeling, and knowing the world, when our thought operates as no more than a handmaiden of the somatic way of being, then we find that we as human beings are in a state of intimate relationship and connection with all that is. To be in the body is to know our sense perceptions as opening out into a sacred world. To be in the body is to feel our connectedness with other people as subjects. It is to know the natural world, the earth, the ocean, the rivers and mountains, as our relatives, others with whom we are in deep relation.” – Reginald A Ray, PhD Touching Enlightenment: Finding Realization in the Body