Symposium 5

Leisure-time Physical Activity and Health Promotion: Sports, Dance, Meditation and Neospirituality as Healthy Habits to Achieve Well-being and Quality of life 

This symposium will bring together five international speakers from four different countries: Brazil, Turkey, China and Colombia where leisure-time physical activities through sports, dance, meditation and neospirituality are approached as the key element to create healthy habits in order to improve well-being and quality of life in our society. The first presentation is entitled “Leisure-time Physical Activity, Health Promotion and Overweight among Young People: A Case Study in Sao Paulo, Brazil” highlighting that physical inactivity is a global pandemic and requires urgent public health intervention. The main pourpose of this study is verify the interest of young people between 12 and 18 years to engage in physical activity as a leisure option. In the second presentation, “Why Flamenco Dance Workshop: Physical, Social, Psychological and Benefits of Flamenco” brings together the positive effects of this style of dance on the physical, social and psychological aspects. In Flamenco, according to this study, people are able to slowly reconnect with their body allowing them to reclaim their body and to feel attractive, weight loss, improved balance and coordination, learn to focus on the present moment where creating something with others improve their well-being and quality of life. The third presentation, “Pursuit the Beauty of Moving Meditation ~ Taichi & Qigong, One Way is Akin to Living Wisdom in Modern Daily Life” focus on the fact that for Chinese ancient philosophy we are a microcosm of the universe, being human body an energic creation and movement is intrinsically linked to the beauty where we see what ourselves are and how interact harmoniously with the nature. This presentation will explore the potential of the Taichi & Qigong, an expressive ancient body mind spirit art. The last symposium presenters approach the theme “Neospirituality: The Challenge is Not How to Live Longer, but How to Make Sense out of Living” exploring the fact that science and technology evolution have thrown us to an environment of continuous challenges, especially around time management and self-care. Neo spirituality will be treated as the way of reconnection with vital elements as life, self-care and well-being preventing anxiety and other kind of mental affections in new generations.

Symposium Chairperson and Presenter  

Prof. Dr. Ricardo UVINHA
Founding Member and Secretary General of BRICSCESS
Associate Dean, School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities
Graduate Program – Physical Activity Sciences
University of Sao Paulo
Brazil

Prof. Dr. Ricardo Uvinha is Full Professor and Associate Dean at the School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities, University of Sao Paulo (USP) in Brazil. Leader of the Interdisciplinary Group of Leisure Studies (GIEL/USP) and Coordinator of the World Leisure Center of Excellence (WLCE/Brazil). Recipient of the University of Sao Paulo Outstanding Teaching Award, he is an author of several articles and books about leisure and its relation with health promotion and physical activities sciences. Founding member and current Secretary General of The BRICS Council of Exercise and Sports Science (BRICSCESS). ORCid: 0000-0003-2936-9453. Web of Science ResearcherID: K-6797-2016.

Leisure-time Physical Activity, Health Promotion and Overweight among Young People: A Case Study in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Physical inactivity is a global pandemic and requires urgent public health intervention. A large percentage of the Brazilian youth aged between 12-18 is overweight and several initiatives have been taken to overcome this situation. This presentation aims to study the interest of young people between 12 and 18 years to engage in physical activity as a leisure option and to verify the influence of SESC Verao program in stimulating the physical activity practices of young people. SESC stands for Social Service of Commerce, a Brazilian non-profit institution upholded by businessmen in the trade of goods, services and tourism focusing on the welfare of employees and their families through the provision of programs. This study has two objectives, the main one being to study the interest of young people in physical activity as a leisure option, and the specific one to verify the influence of SESC Verao in promoting physical activities for young people. This study made use of a qualitative methodological approach where a field survey was carried out with young people aged between 12 and 18 years that participated in the activities proposed by the SESC Verao program as well as managers of SESC in the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil. This research was developed at the Graduate Program in Physical Sciences Activity, University of Sao Paulo and it was endorsed by the Research Ethics Committee. Findings showed that young people have an interest in physical activity as a leisure option. Also, it was highlighted that SESC Verao program has several attributes that may attract young people, including the programming, infrastructure and the instructors in the activities. These elements give the program a transformative potential of young people’s reality, showing them different physical activities that can be incorporated into their daily lives.

Assist. Prof. Dr. Demet TEKİN, PT, Ph.D.
Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Department
Faculty of Health Sciences
Fenerbahce University
Turkey

Assist Prof. Dr. Demet Tekin is recognized as the first and only Dance Physiotherapist in Turkey. Now, she is working in the Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Department, Faculty of Health Sciences in Fenerbahce University which is established by one of Turkey’s most famous sports team. She has 2 masters and 1 PhD in Sports Science and has worked with many sports (football, volleyball, basketball, tennis, swimming, oarsmen, motorcyclists …). However, as she has been dancing for 15 years, he has worked on injuries especially in dancers and she also treated many neurological, pediatric and geriatric patients by making them dance. Demet Tekin, who has been trained in many dance fields, has made Flamenco professionally for 12 years and has performed many shows. Flamenco is seen as a form of life for her. She gives Flamenco dance course in her academy and other dance academies in İstanbul. She is the director of the ‘Labranza Dance and Music Company’ that includes Turkish and Spanish artists. She has performed in many cities of Turkey, especially in Istanbul. With her special project which is called Fasl-ı Flamenko that brings together the Turkish and Spanish culture, she organized a Europe Union Intercultural Project.

Why Flamenco Dance Workshop: Physical, Social, Psychological and Benefits of Flamenco

This presentation aims to convey the positive effects of dance on the physical, social and psychological aspects. Flamenco, which is known by all the countries of the world, known as the UNESCO cultural heritage, uses a person’s feet as percussion, characterized by the elegant combination of hands and body, has been chosen. Both aerobic and anaerobic systems are widely used in this dance. Flamenco dance also stimulates receptors which afferent the hippocampus, which is responsible for short-term memory which will relay to long -term storage areas of the cortex. It may also have an stimulating effect and an increase of neurons in the amygdala which is the area of anger and aggression, where a decrease in neurons are usually present in brains of post traumatic individuals and the area of the brain (along with the hippocampus) most affected by trauma and neglect. The timing and rhythm of flamenco footwork and learning of “Palmas” helps to regulate the timing and rhythm of hemispheric integration of left and right hemispheres by incorporating the left hemispheres math numeric qualities and the right hemispheres body awareness and art/tone and substance quality. Additionally, a positive social environment and the impact of community may lower stress hormones (glucocorticoid) levels of an individual thereby improving the immune system and health. People are able to slowly reconnect with their body. It allows them to reclaim their body and to feel attractive, weight loss, improved balance and improved coordination, learn to focus on the present moment and to create something with others improve their well-being and quality of life.

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Zhaoxia DING
Expert of Culture Health Preservation & Cultivation
Founder of “Marianne.Yi” Sino French Cultural Association
Pioneer for Qigong in International Olympic Commite & Aesthetic of Internal Energtic Ats
China

Zhaoxia Ding is the Founder and Technical Director of the Association “Marianne Yi” and she  devotes her life to help promote Taichi, Qi Gong and Chinese traditional healing knowledge to the world. Her various activities cover the fields of Martiaux Arts & Chinese Culture & Artistic performance, Health & Stress management and Sport Management. She learned Chinese Gongfu from her very young age and when competing, she won 7 gold national medals for Sword, Spear and Taekwondo. She was a member of the First Chinese National Taekwondo team. She has been honoured as one of 100 hundred most famous Taichi masters of the world in 2016. Educated and nurtured with both cultures of the East (Beijing Sports University) and the West (French National Institute of Sport, University of Lyon and University of Catholic of Louvain, Belgium), she has been involved in the organisation of the most important international events of the past years: demonstration of ten thousand people practising Taichi (Tian An Men,1998); World Championship 2007; 2008 Beijing Olympics as a Technical Official, 2010 Asian Games as a Deputy Manager, Youth Olympics 2014. As an international ambassador for Chinese culture, also the pioneer in the Aesthetic of Internal Energetic Arts, she was on the cover of several martial arts magazine, and also wrote articles for magazines (Chinese, French), and has been interviewed on several occasions by TV channels and Journals. She is also a respected artist who performs and demonstrates her art on the international stages: such as a unique representation for the 2016 International French Cultural Festival in Singapore.

Pursuit the Beauty of Moving Meditation ~ Taichi & Qigong, One Way is Akin to Living Wisdom in Modern Daily Life 

According to Chinese ancient philosophy, we are a microcosm of the universe. Human body is an energic creation. Movement is beautiful, and it is intrinsically linked to the beauty where we see what ourselves are and how interact harmoniously with the nature.  This demands wisdom. Through analyze of the human development history, Human is facing a very serious difficult situation, these issues should awaken us strongly that we do have a great role to involve and huge responsibilities to tackle these problems. Meanwhile most of human being was segmented for long time. In our modern world, it seems the technologies and science are well developed, but physiologically and emotionally, human isn’t immerged into the happiness and satisfaction. We all struggle for our ambitions; the desires and pressures are on us.  We try to maintain equilibrium but it takes very little to destabilize us and to expose the fragility of our health and life. This presentation will aim to demonstrate Taichi & Qigong, an ancient body mind spirit art, with its profound beauty of various aspects, by combining Daoism Confucianism Buddhism and the philosophy of Chinese martiaux arts, the theory of traditional Chinese medicine and the scientific movements’ methods. During this presentation Zhaoxia will explore with us what are the beauty of Taichi & Qigong, what benefits could be diffused to the modern life, and through her 37 years realization how the values and effects of Taichi& Qigong practice influenced her daily life and inspired her to spread out those charms and fragrances of oriental body cultural language to the world. Movements beget life, and beauty of Taichi& Qigong is akin to living wisdom.

Dr. Juan Eduardo CESPEDES-LONDONO, MD
CEO at RP Pharma
Researcher and consultant
Scientific advisore at international sympusiums on epidemiology
Colombia

Dr. Céspedes-Londno, MD is the CEO at RP Pharma. Scientific advisor of academic symposiums on epidemiology and antibiotic. His professional experience extends over a period of almost 50 years. It includes: (1) clinical practice; (2) research and teaching at Javeriana University in Colombia and various other universities; (3) consulting with various organizations including UNFPA, World Bank, UNDP, Pfizer and other pharmaceutical industry organizations; (4) various other institutions comprising Colombia’s Health and Social Security System (HSSS), (5) entrepreneurship as business partner, member of boards of directors and CEO; and (6) freelance writer. His academic credentials include an MD degree form Universidad Javeriana (1982); two master’s degrees, in clinical tropical medicine (1986) and in epidemiology (1987), from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; a Diploma in Tropical Hygiene from the Royal College of Surgeons of England (1986); a Postdoctoral fellow from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health (1989-1991); and other fellowships from the public health schools of Antioquia (1989), Mexico (1994) and Harvard (1994), and the World Bank (1992). He has visited and studied the health systems of several countries including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Cuba, England, the Netherlands and Spain; has published three books and more than 50 articles in national and international magazines. Currently, he is the CEO & Senior Medical and Research Senior of GPCPHARMA a leading pharmaceutical company in Colombia, focused on marketing and distribution niche hospital medicines.

Prof. María Paula CESPEDES
Hospital Pedagogy Program Coordinator
Fundación Cardioinfantil-Cardiology Institute (FCI-IC)
Member of the Hospital Pedagogy International Observatory – University of Barcelona
Associate, Taos Institute – Social Constructionist Collaborative Community
Founder of DIVERPSIA – Diverse Psychology Community
Colombia

Prof. María Paula Cespedes is Virtual professor at the University of Barcelona and the University of Santa Paula (Costa Rica). Researcher of the pediatrics research group at the Cardioinfantil Foundation, Colombia. Member of the International Observatory in Hospital Pedagogy. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Postgraduate in Hospital Pedagogy from the University of Barcelona. SAT training in transpersonal psychology of Claudio Naranjo’s School.  Coordinator of social and educational programs (Hospital Pedagogy at Cardioinfantil Foundation and QUIRA – Latin American Center for the Development of Collaborative Culture). Focused in practice from a systemic and socio constructionist perspective concerning the integration and connections between expressive therapies, coaching, research, ecology, urban agriculture, spirituality, meditation, performance, dance, art, health and playfulness work with life transformation. Interest in connections with neurosciences, neuroeducation and coping strategies.

Neospirituality: The Challenge is Not How to Live Longer, but How to Make Sense out of Living

Science and technology evolution have thrown us to an environment of continuous challenges, especially around time management and self-care. The XXI century frenzy is generating among new generations anxiety and other kind of mental affections, basically because the lack of sense out of living. Somehow, it seems that we are losing presence in time. Learning how to acquire meditation habits through any type of practice is an ability to develop and it can be done through intergenerational mentoring. Neo spirituality can be the way of reconnect with the purpose of life, self-care and well-being. This perspective includes neospirituality and meditation technics, as well as excercise and healthy habits to achieve well-being.  Sharing neospirituality’s specific resources such as family bike riding and analytical meditation. This is a concept that can be understood as an emergent state of the mind based on reasons. This, is in opposition to believes or ideas without reasons  Mindfulness and analytical meditation in convergence with bike riding as a collective or a family, can help develop healthy habits and encourage the sustainability of the practice around self care and life quality to achieve well-being. The intergenerational conversation among an uncle and his niece, two health scientists in different, but complementary perspectives and will led a dialogue based on evolutionary biology and the personal experience, on tips to develop neo-spirituality: 1). Interact and cooperate with others in a meaningful way (empaty, moral intelligence, communication skills, networking). 2. Analytcal meditation and rational mindset (critical thinking, ontogenetic learning, intuition, life long learning). 3. Exercise and family positive preasure (mountain bike riding experiences, enjoyable practices and intergenerational mentoring). 4. Healty working habits (time management). 5. Stress management (emotional intelligence). 6. Adaptation to change (disruption, flexibility and creativity). 7. Don’t take the gift of life for granted (mindfulness).