I took my first tai chi classes at university when I was 19. The slow, focused movements did not resonate with me at the time and I switched to karate, which I practised for several years, helping to teach self-defence classes.
In my professional life I trained as a teacher and briefly taught modern languages, before joining the Metropolitan Police. I served as an officer for over 30 years.
Towards the end of my service I re-discovered Tai Chi. This time age and experience gave me a different perspective. I loved the focus required – the connection between body and mind. The calming effects of tai chi left a real impression. Improvements to posture and breathing led me to explore qigong techniques alongside tai chi and I began to take separate qigong classes, which became my centre of interest. Eventually, this led me to complete instructor training, as retirement gave me the opportunity to pursue what had become a passion. I discovered that I really enjoyed teaching.
More recently, I have embarked on a 2 year Qigong teaching qualification with the Shiatsu College, which is giving me the opportunity to develop my teaching skills, to study anatomy and physiology, as well as aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine
I love to travel and I try to attend tai chi or qigong classes wherever I go in the world. I have been fortunate to have lessons in both China and Vietnam. Qigong is a vast and fascinating subject – we are only just beginning to recognise the benefits in the West and there is much to discover.