Like many people, encountering the discipline of yoga was a life changing experience. Since I started practicing yoga in 2010, the practice put me on a holistic path towards my physical and mental health that I’m still walking today. That intention guides my teaching as well: with an appreciation for the physical fitness aspect of yoga, but above all with a motivation for health and longevity.
For me, learning when to back off has been as important as mastering any particular posture.
I have completed two 200 hour yoga teaching trainings: the first in 2015 with Shades of Yoga in Bali and the second in 2016 in Goa, India with Yoga Synergy (additionally, I have completed a comprehensive online course in Anatomy & Physiology with Yoga Synergy). It was my teacher on this last training, Simon Borg Olivier, who opened me up to the practice of Qi Gong, and helped me to realize that the two disciplines of Yoga and Qi Gong from two of the great civilizations of Asia (India and China) are complementary paths towards the same end.
That said, while I enjoy practicing and teaching both Qi Gong and Yoga, my practice has shifted more towards Qi Gong. After that training with Simon in India I found my Qi Gong teacher, Tevia Feng, and his system of White Tiger Qi Gong to be the practice that resonates with me most.
Here is an article from my Qi Gong teacher, Tevia Feng, on the similarities and differences between Qi Gong and Yoga. Personally, I find that Qi Gong is a great supplement to my own yoga practice, as well as a wonderful practice in its own right. Having a greater variety of practices allows me to select a practice that is appropriate for me at that particular time.
In addition to Qi Gong, I do offer lessons in yoga and I particularly enjoy teaching classes that are a blend of Yoga and Qi Gong, which I call “YoGong.”