New Book and Mini-Workshop Explores the Sacred Art of Bowing

New Book and Mini-Workshop Explores the Sacred Art of Bowing
July 29, 2010 Michela Mangiaracina

Bowing: A Moving Meditation for Personal TransformationSedona, AZ (July 29, 2010) – Bowing is the most beautiful of human activities, representing all of life in its most poetic form. It is also a great form of exercise. The simple, repetitive motion uses every major joint and muscle in your body, pumps your heart, and makes you sweat.

Now, you can explore the sacred art of bowing with a new book by Dahn Yoga Education entitled, Bowing: A Moving Meditation for Personal Transformation, released by Sedona-based publisher BEST Life Media. To celebrate the new book’s release, a free mini-workshop on the sacred art of bowing will be held on Thursday, August 12th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Sedona Creative Life Center.

Used by Asian cultures for centuries, bowing strengthens your body, mind and spirit. Like other forms of meditation, bowing helps you develop discipline and a focused, centered mind. However, it is more grounding than traditional sitting meditation, because it also requires flowing movement and physical strength. This movement gets the body’s energy flowing and naturally brings up joy and gratitude for your physical being.

Bowing: A Moving Meditation for Personal Transformation brings this ancient meditative practice into modern times with step-by-step instructions and illustrations. This inspiring guide will help you understand the art of bowing and how practicing it can have profound impacts on your life. You’ll learn how to build strength, cultivate humility, and embrace oneness through the simple act of bowing. After only a few weeks of practice, you’ll enjoy greater vitality, more peace, and an uplifted spirit.

While many people may associate bowing with worship or some sort of superstition, in reality, it is a very natural act arising in almost every culture around the world. All of the world’s major religions use some form of bowing during prayer or other devotional activities. As a part of everyday life, it is especially associated with Eastern cultures, where people commonly bow to one another as a sign of mutual respect. Even in the West, people bow when receiving applause at the end of a performance.

The August 12th mini-workshop will highlight a highlight a brief presentation on bowing, practical principles and an experiential full-body bowing meditation session. This type of bowing is not affiliated with any religion or belief system. Bowing as a mind-body practice is centered on the development of internal and external grace for personal self-reflection and self-reverence. It offers a low-impact, symmetrical exercise that produces a light cardiovascular workout. Modifications will be presented for those with physical limitations or other discomforts.

The bowing workshop will be led by Genia Sullivan, a Dahn Yoga instructor since 2001 who has been using this moving meditation practice for the past ten years. Ms. Sullivan also holds a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College in Massachusetts. For more information or to RSVP (not required, but appreciated) contact Genia by email at, or call 617-913-5761. The workshop is free, although donations to help offset the cost of the venue are welcomed. Books will also be available for sale at the workshop.

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