Hi, welcome to my website. Here's a bit about my Qigong journey - I learned about Qigong after my second spine surgery. Wanting to avoid more surgeries, I made a commitment to take the necessary steps needed to have the flexibility and quality of life I envisioned. I talked to my surgeon about starting up Yoga again and, to my surprise, he advised against it. That led to me to search for alternatives that would encompass, like Yoga, the mind, body and spirit. I happily found Qigong. It has truly changed my life!
The strength-building and stretching movements helped me improve my posture and taught me how to move my body in the ways it was intended. The flowing movements incorporated in the practice enhanced my meditation practice and helped me experience more energy and vitality in my life. I knew I would be able to practice Qigong for the rest of my life and, as a perpetual learner and career educator, I began to search for teachers and a teacher-training program. I found Lee Holden. I have been studying Qigong ever since and am proud to have completed the Advanced, Tier 2, 500 hour Holden Qigong teacher certification program. Lee is a master teacher who has studied with Master Mantak Chia who was a student of the White Cloud Hermit, The Venerable master I Yun which was the lineage of the Chang Bai Shan (Long White Mountain) Taoist hermits. I am thrilled I was also able to take a workshop with Mantak Chia at his health resort, Tao Garden, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Another teacher I am grateful of is Master Mingtong Gu. I was able to attend a 10-day retreat with him at the Chi Center near Santa Fe, NM. What a transformative experience.
Prior to becoming a Qigong Instructor, I thoroughly enjoyed being a Clinical Professor of Education in the School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. I retired in 2014, ready to spend time getting my mind, body, and spirit back into shape so I could enjoy traveling the country with my husband . . . "Streaming some Qi" in our Airstream . . . and spending quality time with our grand babies. During my years as a faculty member at SMU, I worked with students and faculty in the development of their teaching and I have transferred that practice to my teaching of Qigong. As a career educator, I work to incorporate effective teaching practices and communication skills in my lessons, facilitating the process of learning the movements and ways to incorporate into the student’s personal practice the mindfulness and self-care aspects of Qigong. I understand that each student is different and each comes to class with different experiences and backgrounds. My teaching is meant to guide students in their self-care practice so they can use those skills anytime and anywhere. My passion for teaching and Qigong help me connect with students in ways that encourage and support them. I find great joy in sharing what I'm learning with others.
I continue to practice and study and I continue to enjoy increased flexibility and mobility. My balance is better and I can get on the floor and play with my grand babies. I'm very grateful for all that Qigong has brought to my life.
500 Hour, Tier 2 Qigong Training Certificate through Holden Qigong
Certified Reiki Practitioner, Level 2
Ed.D. Peabody College, Vanderbilt University
M.Ed. Peabody College, Vanderbilt University
B.S. in Education, University of South Dakota
Camping in TX
Master Mingtong Gu, Chi Center, Galisteo, NM
Lee Holden Qigong Training, Santa Cruz, CA
Master Mantak Chia, Dao Garden, Chang Mai, Thailand
Flower Hill, Jamaica
"The magical property of QiGong is its ability to help you deal with the type of stress that makes us age. QiGong helps slow aging at the cellular level ." Michael Roizen, Chief Wellness Officer, Cleveland Clinic