I have a scoliosis (twisted spine), it’s not immediately obvious if you look at me but it used to cause discomfort at times with shoulder and lower back pain. When I first found Laura two years ago I was also quite unfit. But during these last two years I have trained with Laura first with some separate qigong exercise forms (which I can thoroughly recommend) but regularly in her taiji class which also includes qigong warm ups. The training I have received has not only strengthened and improved my posture and provided me with a new skill and interest, but almost without noticing it I can sit upright by preference without support and with my spine erect. My shoulders, arms, legs and back have also become more muscular, not like a body builder, but nevertheless with noticeable muscular definition and I am much fitter and healthier. Laura has taught me how to use my energy more effectively, how to focus and concentrate to perform the movements better, and how to sense my body’s centre, root and balance. This naturally leads to the additional advantages of having a sense of well being, and of being both more relaxed and yet more alert. I continue to attend Laura's classes and to benefit from her excellent teaching.
24 July 2015
24 July 2015
I like the fact that nothing in Qigong is set in stone; everything flows, moves, changes, so we have to make our minds flexible and following the minds our bodies also become flexible and strong.
Cecelia, basic skills tutor
One of the wonderful things about practising Chi Kung is that it has a guarantee – you don’t have to give it up when you get older! You can continue practising and even practised in your imagination only it has an impact on well being.
I have been doing QiGong classes with Laura at Morley College for the past 2 years and have been enjoying the sessions hugely. Initially I thought a 2-hour session was a long time, but actually it was just the right length for the class, with the warm-up exercises beforehand, the Zhan Zhuang, and going through whichever set of exercises we're learning each term, plus some meditation, if we hadn't run out of time. Although the sessions can be quite taxing - one needs to focus on the movements - I have always left the class feeling quite relaxed both physically and emotionally. And when the Qi hits you, it is quite exhilarating. Laura is a patient teacher and has returned from her year in China more invigorated and brimming with new ideas and exercises, and all of us in her class are certainly benefiting from her experience. I am certainly looking forward to the next term.
Also I feel that the practice is a major contributor to my efforts to maintain inner peace at all times, inter alia, reduce stress, stay clam, relaxed, but remain 'restful-alert', focused as necessary. Overall, for me, it has been a game changer for a small investment of my time.