Mind-Body Studies

Mind-Body Studies

Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin - Austin, TX

  • Non-Degree

AOMA offers taiji and qigong instruction throughout the year. The program provides students the opportunity to study with faculty who are internationally recognized and provides a variety of teaching styles from which to choose. AOMA believes that the internal development of qi facilitates focus and concentration and therefore enhances the studentsÕ educational experience. Additionally, students learn corrective and therapeutic exercises not only for self-care, but also as an additive to the treatment plans of their patients. Students are encouraged to study in depth the art of their choice and to continue to practice through their academic and professional careers as a means of balancing mind, body, and spirit while teaching their patients these skills. Three progressive levels of each art (taiji and qigong) are required for graduation.

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MB0101 Taiji 1
0/12/0/1 Prereq: None
This is the first of three courses providing a basic understanding of and practical experience in a taiji form and the philosophical principles of circular movements.This first course covers the first section of a taiji form and assists students with achieving greater flexibility and concentration, along with an ability to sense the flow of energy. Students will explore the benefits of taiji and its application to healthcare and disease prevention, as well as its indications for the respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, metabolic, motor, tendinomuscular, nervous, and immune systems. Attention is paid to integrating taiji with acupuncture and Oriental medicine for healthcare, balance of the body, and disease prevention.

MB0102 Taiji 2
0/12/0/1 Prereq: MB0101
This course covers the second section of a taiji form with a deeper study of the philosophical principles and a review of the first section.

MB0103 Taiji 3
0/12/0/1 Prereq: MB0102
This is the third course of the taiji series covering the third section of a taiji form. Special consideration will be given to the relationship between taiji exercise, healthcare, and disease prevention.Through the advanced study of a taiji form, students will strengthen their understanding of the harmonized relationship between the external and internal environments, between the functions of internal organs and body substances, and between the physical body and the spirit. Attention is paid to integrating taiji with acupuncture and Oriental medicine for balance and disease prevention.

MB0301 Qigong 1
0/12/0/1 Prereq: None
This three-course series focuses on basic qigong exercises that generate and increase the cultivation of qi to develop strength, grace, concentration, flexibility, balance, and an abundance of genuine energy. Study includes qigong practice guidelines and safety precautions. Students will explore the therapeutic application of qigong for the management and prevention of diseases of the internal organs and musculoskeletal systems. Students will explore channel distribution, point energetics, and internal organ functions to integrate qigong exercise with the theory and practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

MB0302 Qigong 2
0/12/0/1 Prereq: MB0301
This is the second course of the qigong series, focusing on sensing the flow of energy and balancing the body with the mind.These qigong exercises strengthen awareness of acupuncture meridians and point locations along with their organ connections, regulate various systems of the human body, and enrich mind/body therapy. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the philosophy of qi through integrating Oriental medicine and daily practice of qigong, recognizing that qi theory is the kernel of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

MB0303 Qigong 3
0/12/0/1 Prereq: MB0302
The third course of the series focuses on additional qigong exercises to cultivate inner energy, balance the body with the mind, and improve flexibility and psychosomatic relaxation. Qigong exercises guide students toward understanding the mechanisms of lifestyle-related and psychosomatic diseases as students explore the prevention and management of modern diseases through the practice of qigong, acupuncture, and Oriental medicine.Through the qigong series, students should be developing their experiential practice Ð to begin to sense qi, its movement, and its cultivation.