Daoyin and Qigong Online Series - Chinese Daoist Whole Body Breathing - with Dr Alex Boyd

07 January, 2022 by Alexander Boyd | 0 comments

Daoyin and Qigong Online Series - Chinese Daoist Whole Body Breathing - with Dr Alex Boyd

As well as its theatre & dance application in cultivating ‘presencing’, Daoyin benefits physical-mental health helping prevent anxiety & depression.

Daoyin and Qigong Online Course - Chinese Taoist Whole Body Breathing - with Dr Alex Boyd


'Daoyin’ - 導引 - is actually a really old Chinese word that pre-dates 'Qigong’ - 氣功 - which only came into circulation circa 1950’s and the Chinese Cultural Revolution.  It provides an opportunity to become immersed in and to embody, through felt-sensed experience, ancient Daoist (Taoist) practices for harmonising and connecting with the earth, nature (including other people!) and the universe. 

Daoyin - 導引 - Literal means to "guide and pull"

Dr Alex Boyd (Research Associate, University of California at Davis - Theatre & Dance) has been learning Daoyin, Qigong and related Chinese Daoist arts with his teachers in the UK, USA and China since 1985 and has been professionally teaching and researching since the early 1990's. He has trained many people now teaching and performing in the UK, Europe and USA. Alex has developed a unique and progressively accessible approach to sharing such a profound body-mind-spirit practice in an inclusively fun and accessible yet deeply beneficial way.  His PhD in the fields of Performance Studies and Critical Education proposed models for the transmission of traditional embodied knowledge. The movement and breath classes can be done from a standing or sitting posture at your own pace, time and intensity. 

All welcome to join this new series of 6 online workshops starting Weds 12th January.

As well as its theatre & dance application in relaxation and ‘presencing’, Daoyin is good for physical and mental health and can help to prevent anxiousness and depression.

Please share with faculty and students.
Wednesday, January 12 - Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Local times:

London (GMT) 7.30pm-8.30pm
San Francisco (PST) 11.30am-12.30pm
Ottawa (EST) 2.30pm-3.30pm
New York (EST) 2.30pm-3.30pm
Amsterdam (CET) 20:30-21:30
Info & Registration:
Presented by Intercultural Roots ‘Arts for Health & Social Change’ Programme.
Intercultural Roots (IR) is an independent not-for-profit charity born by member of the Institutional Frameworks work strand of the Embodied Research Working Group at the IFTR - International Federation for Theatre Research.  Its cofounders (2015-2018) include Dr Alex Boyd (Executive Director), Prof. Lynette Hunter, Dr Ian Kenvyn, Dr Peter Lichtenfels, Dr Ben Spatz and Clare Kenvyn with additional Trustee/Directors Dr Andréa Maciel (Brazil/UK, Artistic Director),  Dr Alvaro Hernandez (Colombia), Prof. Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal (New Zealand), Regina Gutierrez (Colombia).  Since March 2020 over 100 artist-practitioners have been supported to deliver over 1,000 high quality classes to benefit over 10,000 participants. https://interculturalroots.org

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