Qigong for anxiety workshop: Taming the monkey mind – With Justine McGill

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Qigong for anxiety workshop: taming the monkey mind 



In the practice of cultivating energy known as qigong, there is a well-known move called “Repulse the monkey.” Many movements in qigong have names that relate to animals or elements of the natural world, reflecting its origins in rural China, where practitioners lived in harmony with nature, closely observing its seasonal changes and flows. However, the monkey of this move is not a playful primate.

Instead it refers to the “monkey mind,” a mind that is constantly busy, jumping into the future or scrabbling around in the past. This monkey is over-active, easily distracted, never satisfied, uncomfortable in its skin. It is a creature that is driven by anxiety.

The conditions of modern life are ideal for stimulating the monkey mind, and it is not always easy to “repulse.” This is where qigong comes in, as an effective and accessible tool for alleviating symptoms of anxiety. Central to this practice is the mind-body connection – bringing the mind into the body in a way that supports the energetic flows that (according to Chinese medicine) restore and sustain good health.

In this workshop, participants will gain an opportunity to experience how bringing attention to the moving, breathing body can both calm the anxious mind and energise the body. The movements involved are gentle and simple, and can be adapted to suit any level of fitness. No prior experience of qigong is required and the workshop is suitable for both beginners and more advanced practitioners.

The teacher, Justine McGill, is a practicing psychologist as well as a qigong teacher who has trained with Nicole Lee and Simon Blow.




Teacher: Justine McGill

Date: Friday 17th

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Price: Full $40 / Concession $35 / Members $30

Location: Kundalini House



Please be advised that Kundalini House has a cancellation policy which applies to courses held by or at Kundalini House. Please read the following carefully to ensure you understand the policy.
• A cancellation of the full course, at any point, incurs a definite 30% administration fee of the entire course cost that is non-refundable.
• Cancellations that occur more than 48 hours before the beginning of the upcoming session, will only incur the administration fee of 30% per remaining scheduled class(es). Past sessions of the course will not be refunded.
• If you cancel your course with only 24 hours’ notice, you will be refunded 50% of the cost of the course (outstanding classes only), minus past sessions.
• No-shows and same day cancellations of sessions are not refunded.
You will be refunded with credit on your Kundalini House account which you can use on products or services, if you wish to receive a refund to your bank account; a further 5% charge will apply for administration. Kundalini House strictly does not refund in cash.


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