I took my first tai chi classes at university when I was 19. The slow, focused movements left an impression, but my preferred discipline was karate, which I practised for several years. I helped to teach self-defence classes, during this time. 

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 had a real impact. Improvements to posture and breathing led me to explore qigong techniques alongside tai chi and I began to take separate qigong classes. Retirement gave me the opportunity to pursue what had become a passion. I undertook instructor training with Tai Chi for Better Health and then went on to qualify as a Qigong teacher with the Shiatsu College, completing their two year training course; this gave 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 take lessons in China, Vietnam and Thailand. Tai Chi and Qigong are vast and fascinating subjects – we are only just beginning to recognise the benefits in the West and there is much to discover.

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