Embryology Qigong: Nervous System Origins and Qi Practice

We will learn the embryological processes and apply them to qigong forms of stillness and movement practices.

Nervous System Origins and Qi Practice

6 week live online series
April 8 - May 13, 2024, 10:30 - Noon (EST)

Plus additional one-hour discussion class
May 20th, 10:30-11:30 AM (EST)

The nervous system develops from the ectoderm germ layer of the embryo. We create the nervous system as a means of communication for the body. This includes the brain and spinal cord, cranial nerves, peripheral nerves, the enteric nervous system, glial cells, and the epidermis. The development of this system is inherent in us. We will learn the embryological processes and apply them to qigong forms of stillness and movement practices. All forms in class are simple to learn and adaptable to individual circumstances.

Applying principles of embryology to qigong may sound complex, however, the application to qi movement practice is simple. We use the in-formation of the embryo to re-member the formative processes in the present.

Session 1: Overview. The ectoderm forms the neural tube, the neural crest, and the epidermis. All are expansive in nature. We will re-member the formation of the neural tube, spinal cord, and early brain. The relationship of these structures allows us to root and rise through our back midline.

Session 2: Brain Formation and Cranial Nerves. Folding of the early midbrain allows an ease in our central nervous system, providing an effortless alignment of our neck and head. Qigong, in our modern day, is useful for reducing the effects of stress on our nervous system. We can use simple nerve releasing movements to let go of some of the unnecessary holding in our nerve tissue.

Session 3: Enteric Nervous System. An independent system in itself, the enteric nervous system is in the gut, the small intestine, large intestine, and mesentery. In the small intestine, it is central to practices for the lower dantien including breathing and initiating movement in the lower energy field.

Session 4: Autonomic and Somatic Nervous Systems. The parasympathetic and sympathetic systems form our “ground of being” and “pathways of awareness,” respectively. We can experience them as wuji (emptiness) and flow of awareness. They underlie our outer body expression through the somatic system. We will explore this in practice as stated in the adage “mind moves qi, qi moves blood (body fluids), and blood moves body.” The converse is also possible, “body moves blood (body fluids), blood moves qi, qi moves mind.”

Session 5: Glial Cells. Glial cells form the non-conductive part of our nervous system communication network. They are essential in the flow of communication. As a group of cells, they calibrate and organize spatial information both within the body and beyond the body. We will consider two specific types of glial cell, myelin cells and astrocytes.

Session 6: Class Review

Session 7: Class Discussion

Your Instructor

Bob Lehnberg
Bob Lehnberg

In 1990, Bob Lehnberg received his certification as Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering® (BMCsm) and in 2002 Teacher of Body-Mind Centering. Since then Bob has received teacher certifications for BMC Yoga, Integral Yoga and Supreme Science of Qigong. He has been teaching in schools of massage therapy and programs of somatic training since 1990 and has had the good fortune to teach BMC and somatic practices throughout the US and internationally in Europe, Canada, China, and Taiwan.

Bob is a co-founder of Kinesthetic Learning Center in Durham, NC and has been on faculty teaching and coordinating the BMC Somatic Movement Educator (SME) and Practitioner certification programs since 2007. He is coordinator of SME courses for Esprit en Mouvement in Montreal, Canada and is Co-director of the SME program in Taitung, Taiwan.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts Monday, April 8 2024 and runs until May 13, with an additional hour-long discussion class on May 20. Classes start at 10:30 AM and run until noon (EST) with the final class running until 11:30 AM.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What is your refund policy?
What is your refund policy? We offer full refunds before the course begins, and than no refunds are available after the course starts.
How do I participate in the course? Does the course require any special equipment?
To participate, you will need: • A well-lit area so that you appear clearly on the screen • A quiet area large enough where you can stand and freely swing your arms • Simple comfortable clothing allowing unrestricted movement • A chair or stool for sitting with your thighs parallel to the floor • Internet and computer with webcam for Zoom meeting

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