This event is part of the online conference ‘Healing the Body, Healing the Mind’
Healing the Body, Healing the Mind is a free event – a weekend of online talks, workshops and classes on the art and science of healing.
In these 2-day digital events (12 – 13th June) the speakers will explore the relationship between mind and body from the perspectives of contemporary science, spirituality, and traditional medicine.
Find practical methods to improve and maintain your own mental and physical wellbeing.
Restoring Freedom Through the Body and Kum Nye with Jason Upton
About this workshop
During this time of the COVID pandemic, our bodies have really come into view. Much attention is given to the empirical or objective view of the body. This includes the biological effect of the virus upon one’s physical health and all the behavioural precautions required to reduce its transmission. However, alongside this is also the subjective experience that comes with having to abide by social distancing and other lockdown measures. These ‘rules’ have directly affected our bodies by limiting our daily routines, behaviour patterns and contact with others. This has curtailed our freedom and agency through impositions on what we can or cannot do with our bodies. Thus, we experience an imbalance between our capacity to freely act as an agent versus the oppressive experience of the behavioural confinement of lockdown. And, the body is where this is all experienced.
In this workshop, Jason will offer a brief reflection on how the bodily impositions of lockdown may affect one’s subjective well-being. He will introduce Kum Nye, a Tibetan yoga practice, and discuss how it can help restore the imbalance between embodied freedom and embodied imposition. He will demonstrate how Kum Nye can help restore a sense of freedom and agency through the body. There will be the chance to experience some of the movements and its associated breathing. Participants are encouraged to find an appropriate space where they can stand and move their arms freely. It would also be helpful to have a meditation cushion, or something similar, to sit on. The movements will be simple and combined with slow and fast breathing. Most people should be able to perform them at a level comfortable for their ability.
About Jason Upton
Jason Upton is a UKCP registered existential psychotherapist and dance movement therapist with many years’ experience in the fields of trauma, sexual abuse and sexual offending. He is a senior lecturer at Regent’s University and sees clients in private practice. Jason has practised Kum Nye and other Tibetan movement practices for over 17 years. He is also doing a PhD at SOAS which takes a phenomenological perspective on early Tibetan Buddhist practices which involve the body and sense perception.
How to join the event?
This is a free event, you can register for this session here or for the entire weekend on Eventbrite.
PLEASE NOTE: All times are in British Summer Time.