“Several months before starting qigong with Brendan I was trying to learn various meditation methods to dissolve and let go of stress and tension. The profession I’m about to go into can be very stressful and I felt that finding a healthy way to let go of stress would be necessary so I wouldn’t have to carry it with me and let it build up. Eventually I started reading about qigong or chi gung and learned that it was a great starting place before trying deeper meditative practices, so I sought a class that talked about working with the body’s energy specifically.
I learned a lot from the first six session I took. From day one I learned to feel this connection between my hands and from this foundation slowly built up my awareness of this feeling throughout various points in my body. Towards the end of the first six sessions I could circulate this connection or energy around my body and even down into my feet, which was something I never thought I would personally experience for myself.
I started practicing at least 40 minutes on most days of the week. This helped a lot to slowly build up this connection I was feeling with my body, and every week my practice got a little deeper. I noticed I felt more rested when I woke up in the morning, which was a problem I had in the past. A year ago no matter how much sleep I got I would never wake up feeling refreshed. I also became more conscious of how stress affected my body, and practicing was a great way to not only dissolve stress from the day but it made me more resistant to stress as well, which was my major motivation for seeking this practice.
Brendan is a very patient and compassionate coach and teacher and this qigong method is great in that it focuses on feeling and working with “chi.” I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to learn Brendan’s Qigong as it is something I will be able to carry with me for the rest of my life.