Diss, Norfolk, UK.
In 1993 a friend of mine talked me into going to my first Qigong class in Norwich. I was quite sceptical about all the new age movements and fashions that were doing the rounds, but friendship is very important to me so I trailed behind her to meet Sifu Julian Wilde and began studying Wild Goose Qigong.
It was a revelation to me. Not only did my body begin to feel better and healthier, but my confidence grew as did my ability to deal with life's ups and downs. Whatever my natural scepticism said, I knew it was because of my Qigong. My friends began to notice the difference and wanted to join a local class. So when Sifu suggested I could start working in my local area under his supervision it moved my own journey in a new and exciting direction. I love teaching, both because I want other people to benefit from what Qigong has to offer and it has helped me focus on my own practice and understanding.
My class is small and focused on the needs of women, many aiming at maintaining health and vitality as they progress through middle age. We meet in the gym of the local primary school surrounded by the drawings and models made by the children which creates a really cheerful atmosphere.
Attending the Instructor's Course at Wye with Tse Sigong has been very important for me and helped me understand the underlying principles of Qigong, the culture from which it comes and the spirit in which it should be taught. I know I have a lot to learn, but Qigong has become an integral part of my life.
It seems amazing to me that I am writing this as a qualified instructor of the Tse Qigong Centre and really want to thank my Sifu, Julian Wilde and my Sigong and all the senior instructors for their input. But, I also want to thank my fellow students and now my own class students, whose humour, support and good energy has really helped carry me through.
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