Mythosomatic Qigong Classes
(in person or Zoom)
Tuesday mornings, ongoing: 10:00am - 11:00am MST
$15 per class drop-in or 10 class pass $120.
New students always welcome.
Pomegranate Studios, above Sage Bakehouse
535 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico
We practice a huge width of the Mythosomatic Qigong forms (see below) during this ongoing series,
depending on the season, the needs of the participants and the fascination of the instructor.
Mythosomatic Qigong Forms
Mythosomatic Qigong forms are tools of sensitivity and a means of contacting our vital essence (Jing) through the imaginative power of the mind combined with specific archetypal movements. In this context, archetypal means the fundamental emotional patterns of our psyche’s functioning reflected in universal, symbolic images. The movements are also totemic, meaning they are a representation of cosmic forces within the human body. The practice of mythosomatic forms inspires the formation of a new mythic story in one's life that is more closely aligned with one's destiny and one's Jing, the original procreative energy. A fundamental concept of these practices is that mythos (personal, cultural, and ancestral mythologies or stories) and soma (the felt experience of the body's materiality) combine in highly attuned forms to draw the body and the soul toward one another.
The Hieratic Stances are the sacred human “architectures” of a vast field of human psychospiritual qualities and archetypes. The series follows a careful, systematic pattern with respect to the powers and energies that are enhanced, harvested, and expressed in each of the stances. As such, the stance series is, in reality, an original qigong form of static poses that are fluidly connected. The word “hieratic” in this usage means a heightened sacred and devotional attitude suited to the invocation of numinous power.
The Mythos Cycle is comprised of ten qigong forms that are combined fluidly and gracefully, covering all of the zangfu organs of Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as the archetypal, mythopoetic, and spiritual attributes of qigong as expressed in Post-Daoist philosophy. It is the combination of spirituality and physiology that makes this form particularly potent and profound.
Three Pillars Qigong (for Trauma, Anxiety and Grief): This form, in its various iterations, was created in response to the modern epidemic of anxiety and trauma, with an understanding of the way that “biographical” trauma intersects with how the “infosphere” has colonized modes of self-sovereignty and human freedom. This series focuses on three essential stages of healing the “shatterment” of the Jing-Qi bridge, which is the passage between one’s destiny and one’s capacity to express it. The three pillars are “Parasympathis,” a coinage describing the active process of calming the nervous system; Neurogenesis, creating new neural pathways of Qi; and Reintegration, or the preparation of the field of qi for experience. This form embodies the understanding that the imagination is at the foundation of healing.
The Essential Goodness form is a stand-alone version of the third pillar of the Three Pillars form for Anxiety and Trauma. The energetic focus is the integration of the self with the world as well as the cosmic energies that backdrop everything in the world. It is to make the bridge from our original, authentic desire with its proper objects in the realm of experience. All of these forms embody sensuality, but not ecstasy. They are energetic totems of embrace of self, spirit and the world.
The Immunity Form touches on the internal essence of the organs related to each of the Five Realms in order to abet and nourish the immune system during this time of the pandemic. Immunity is not only about creating a kind of armor or shield of protection around the body, but it is also about creating an attitude of flourishing, which is health.
Essential Yin and Yang Forms: These forms reflect a Post-Daoist understanding of the essences, an emergent philosophy created by Zhenevere Sophia Dao representing radical revaluations of “inherited” or classical Daoism. Post-Daoism includes new understandings of Yin-Yang Theory and 5-Realms Theory (as distinct from inherited 5-Element Theory). The forms tonify the organs according to the energies of these essences, both from a medicinal and psychospiritual point of view.
The Four Yijing Seasonal Transition Forms (The Cosmic Soma): These four qigong forms are especially designed to apprehend and express the energies of change and transition—the living Dao—of personal and cosmic flux. They focus on the ways that the human being can embody the numinous or spiritual dimension of being through forms of sacred somatics. Done all together, this series is called “The Cosmic Soma,” which represents the energetic bridge between the human and the beyond-human worlds. As such, these forms of qigong are deeply spiritual rites of prayer.
The Creation Cycle is a 10-form series that, like the Cosmic Soma, moves through the 5 Realms from Wood to Water, but in a more condensed way. Touching the elemental, emotional, archetypal, and atmospheric energies of the transitions in the Creation Cycle, it stabilizes and orients energy within the inevitability of change.
The Eros Bridge Form is a 7-form series designed for individuals who seek a slow, gentle approach to their sensual selves and their sexual potential, or who are negotiating some form of non-acute sexual trauma. It is designed specifically to slowly and accountably grow faith in one’s sexual body—or to grow back faith after one has been traumatized by the discrepancy between their native desire and their actual sexual experiences.
The Power Series understands that real power is the embodiment of a sensitivity that is capable of perceiving disharmony and having the personal agency to make harmony in a situation. This form is about discovering somatically what power feels like when there is no recourse to leverage, coercion or manipulation. An important form for activists.
Your online 3 Pillars class this morning was truly excellent!
The sound, rhythm, and quality of your voice and sunny presence was right there inviting me to be in the room with you...just like your in-person classes!
It was a powerful experience!
Deep gratitude for this service which you are providing for the community
and building a strong house/new abode for us to dwell within.
Student, Santa Fe, New Mexico