Qigong and Mindful Movement for Well-Being, Self-Expression and Creativity
"Every spiral marks a cycle in the development of the whole and just as every single part is part of the whole, the end will be but the beginning." - Master Franco Mescola, founder of the Metodo Biospirali®
Forever pulsing, flowing, spiralling
condensing and expanding, winding and unwinding
Breathing, evolving, transforming.
An internal dance
There is a constant dialogue between the microcosm, my body, and the macrocosm, the world around.
All experiences form the inner self, which is constantly changing and adapting to the
new impulses from the outside, also in constant flux.
This constitutes my dance,
a dance that is healing, that instigates creativity, self-expression,
connection and collaboration with others.
We need, now more than ever, to recuperate our long-lost connection with Mother Earth,
with Nature and with each other.
The practice of Biospirals Qigong allows for this connection to become deeper and more meaningful.
About the instructor
Celia Mendizabal has more than thirty years of experience working with the body as a physical theatre and circus performer. She has trained in different performing and embodiment disciplines, including ballet, circus and acrobatic skills, puppetry, mime, and butoh dance, as well as yoga, pilates, capoeira and aikido.
For the last ten years, Celia has been a regular practitioner of taiji and qigong. She was one of the first students in the UK to become an accredited instructor of the Biospirals® Method of Qigong and is one of the founding members of Biospirals® Qigong UK. Celia is registered and insured through the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain. She recently qualified as a Five Element Qigong instructor.
Celia is currently working on the development of a methodology in which the practice of qigong can be used as an expressive and creative tool. She is researching spiral movement in relation to the Five Elements/Phases and their movement and energetic qualities, paying particular attention to each individual phase and its multiple inter-connections, which may be used for performance both in the creation of choreographic work and character devising.
Celia is a member of SpiralArts, an inter-generational and cross-disciplinary dance theatre company, currently working on the development of a community project for arts and well-being.
Together with Labyrinth Live Arts, Celia is developing a multimedia performance project called Fates exploring the narratives of Greek mythology characters from a female perspective, and offering workshops for female empowerment through qigong, expressive movement, and the embodiment of female archetypes.
"I was over the moon to discover Celia's classes because they are super friendly, welcoming and affordable and I can do it from home! I feel like the Biospirals style really suits a woman's body too. It feels great to be able to finally get my teeth into something physical which supports my spiritual and energetic development as well.
I am recovering from long-term chronic fatigue and sorely miss my fitness. I started Qigong with Celia a month or two after starting an online Pilates class - I really believed that I would need Pilates to get fit and the Qigong would be a more meditative practice. I was so wrong! I love how hard the sessions work my muscles while developing my awareness of the body's subtle energies at the same time. And I never get out of breath."
Emily Humphreys, UK