Qigong, Meditation and Yoga Teacher
I bring almost 40 years of teaching experience in the Iyengar and Hatha Yoga styles and Meditation.
I have been practising yoga and meditation since
the late 1970s.
I qualified as a Yoga Teacher in the mid 1980s, teaching in my spare time and in 2000 I became a full time yoga teacher. I then opened my own studio in Leichhardt.
I had a break from teaching yoga in 2012 to follow my other loves - art and photography.
I have always had a daily meditation practice and now Qigong has become part of that daily practice.
Qigong is so easy to learn and so much fun! The forms take names from animals and nature. Even a few minutes of practise can have an invigorating and rejuvenating effect.
It is akin to a moving meditation with similar forms to yoga - they compliment each other perfectly.
So lets growl like a tiger, fly like a bird and move like a river! You will laugh and love it.
What is Qi?
Qi is energy. It is life force. It’s the animating factor in your body.
Out there in nature it’s the movement of the ocean, it’s the energy behind your heartbeat that pulses your blood through your veins.
Qi is the life force energy that moves through the body.
What is Gong?
Gong means to work with.
Your put those two together to work with our life force energy.
This is for our health and wellness, but energy can also be for our emotional balance.
So, we are developing a skill or an expertise at working with ALL our life force energy.
We begin to develop a skill and expertise on how to live a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life.
The better that life force energy flows the healthier we feel, the happier we feel and the more connected to life in general.
Qigong will also release aches and pains that creep up as in the neck and shoulders, hands and arms or the lower back.
Qigong is the art of effortless power and mirrors the movements of nature.
When you do Qigong practice it helps to activate that natural flow of energy within you.
What does a class entail?
We 'work' with that energy in the body; this is done by opening energy channels by stretching and twisting movements incorporating deep breathing. A typical Qigong class entails warming the body up, stretching the body out and then relaxing you even more with gentle flowing movements!
Some Qigong movements are very gentle, others more vigorous. All are different and have a very specific effect on body and mind. But all movements are easy, fun, and uplifting! And designed for any ‘body’!
Qigong provides a quick and easy system of self-care that is safe and simple to learn and can be practised anytime or anywhere without special equipment or facilities.
So come and join me on Tuesdays and Fridays 9.30am to 10.30am at Hawks Nest Bridge Club and learn some easy and fun exercises to clear stress
and energise your body.
Yoga cultivates health and wellbeing (physical, emotional, mental and social) through the regular practice of a range of many different techniques, including postures and movement, breath awareness and breathing exercises, relaxation and concentration, self-inquiry and meditation.
Yoga and Qigong are extremely complimentary to each other and often overlap in the physical exercises. They also have the same aims and use the same principles, namely moving energy through the body, using movement and breath to calm and heal, and to develop a sense of self awareness and appreciation of ourselves, others and the world around us.
They also are aligned in that yoga talks about energy moving through the nadis and storing energy, this is also true of Qigong just the names are different - qigong talks of meridians as in Chinese Medicine.
Tuesdays and Fridays
9.30am to 10.30am
The Bridge Club
26 Yamba Street
$10 per class
Please bring a mat.
(Not essential if you do not have one)
Nothing else needed!
Meditation and Mindfulness
Mindfulness is paying attention with intention. When you sit for a formal meditation it helps train the mind and one’s attention to concentrate more fully, whether it is on our breath, thoughts, body, or surroundings – this then reflects back into our everyday life – we become more aware of how we interact with the world around us, ourselves, enjoying all of it right now.
Meditation is the practice of this conscious attention. When the mind is consciously, fully focussed, aware and attentive; that can be called meditation. The ‘practice’ of meditation is when one uses on of these techniques to help keep the mind in that conscious, aware state.
These practices, combined with accepting and calmly and kindly letting go when thoughts arise - which they do constantly - but with regular practice we just learn to watch them and being kind to ourselves we let them go. The practice of meditation then transfers into our everyday life; we learn to understand our thoughts and the emotions that arise from them have less of a hold on us.