I initially started teaching qigong to a few friends and neighbors simply in the spirit of experiment, and found that many responded to the exercises in surprising ways. As I began to teach small groups and workshops, most felt that it brought a relaxation and tranquility into their lives even though their practice consisted mainly of a once a week class session. Those who practiced more regularly told me of positive physical transformations —reports that friends and family witnessed that they had become taller, thinner or even looked younger. Yet another said that the daily pain they experienced had suddenly disappeared. My own experience with this ancient Chinese practice opened inherent healing capacities within the body—many symptoms that I thought would be with me for the rest of my life simply dissolved. Unexpectedly, more "inner" aspects of the practices also began to unfold in me. Some of the Taoist texts that I had studied for many years began to take on greater meaning as qigong helped to inform my understanding of them and open many more questions!
It was clear that something was taking place in myself and the people who made qigong a daily practice. It reminded me of a gentle medicine; one does not see the effects immediately, but as its influence begins to act, the body's natural healing capacities are unleashed. However, there is no overnight success without consistence and a willingness to let go of the belief that strain and pain will make us healthy. I hope you are intrigued, but please remain skeptical as belief will not get us very far in the study of qigong! Therefore, the only way one can discover the truth is by making one's own experiment and begin a study of one's own. I invite you to come work with me.
Light Flower is yet another small step in the development of my practice of qigong, as well as a way to bring its healing potential to the community of Brooklyn. I hope to be able to share this exploration in this blog. It seems that one's practice of qigong is made in consistent small steps, nothing forced, with an open mind and an inquiry into the mystery of movement and qi.
has studied qigong and taiji with Sat Chuen Hon, a Taoist and native of China for several years. Mr. Hon has asked her to carry on this Taoist healing tradition to help benefit others. Ms. Fox received her MFA in painting from Yale University in 1997. Her studio practice, writing as well as her study of dance and movement have been woven together over many years into a rich exploration and inner search. She is a published poet and has recently helped prepare and edit Sat Hon's writings on Qigong and Taoist stories for publication.