I began my adventures in Taijiquan and Qigong in January of 2000 and quickly knew that I was in deep. I’d been looking for a way to get back into movement following a long hiatus. After various medical issues and injuries I wondered “Where did that person go who took so much joy in moving–whether on a dance floor, on the tennis court or just walking around the lake?” Taiji and Qigong were the vessels to launch me back into the content satisfaction I find while in motion.
They’ve provided me with a deep well of guidance and have been a life raft to carry me forward. At first it was just for me–I went to class, practiced on my own, read, and researched. Intuitively I sensed the potential for change, growth, and the possibility of creating a better life as a result of these practices. As a teacher, it is a great reward to inspire others to find the same feelings of satisfaction, joy, and sense of purpose through this training. I am grateful to my teachers and to those who have come before, for continuing to cultivate and teach these arts.
The nourishing and sustaining benefits of Taiji and Qigong for body, mind, and spirit are numerous. My focus as a continuing student and teacher is to allow enough space and time for the alchemy to unfold naturally. They are a refined and complex set of skills for fluid movement; an internal study of self, patterns, and potential; and a unique way to connect to our environment and those around us.
I hope that in addition to realizing the personal benefits, the ripples of benefit extend to our circles of family and friends, community and into the world.
I live in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle with my geriatric cat “Krackle”, my sweet dog “Frankie”, and a garden that is constantly threatening to consume my house. I love cooking without recipes, the game of tennis, swimming as much as I can, and stomping around in the woods with the pooch.