Qigong instructors certified in Aylmer
Thirteen new qigong instructors were certified in Aylmer on March 26, after completing a 6-month, 200-hour teacher training, given by Aylmer resident and local qigong and tai chi teacher, Blaise T. Ryan, who teaches regular classes to the community twice a week at the Aylmer Qigong and Tai Chi Club. This 200-hour qigong teacher training was the first of its kind in the area, and included instruction from three other qigong master teachers, who all travelled from out of town (Florida, British Columbia and Montreal) to instruct this group about how to be effective qigong instructors.
Qigong is an ancient exercise, originating over 5,000 years ago in China, sometimes called "Chinese yoga", or "moving meditation". It's good for the elderly and the young and fit alike. Much research has been carried out about the health benefits of doing qigong and, in China, it's even sponsored by the state to help improve the health of its people.
"Here in the Canada, it's growing in popularity every year as more and more people learn of the stress-reduction and many health benefits people get from practicing it. It's also easy and simple to do, so even a child or an elderly person can both do it and feel better from it," said Mr Ryan, the founder and main teacher at the Aylmer Qigong and Tai Chi Club. "Many students tell me that they sleep better, have less physical pain and feel generally more calm and have more stamina through the days when they come to my classes."
Due to its growing popularity, Mr. Ryan offered this first Qigong Teacher Training Program to the area, and he hopes to offer more in the future. "Qigong has so much potential to help reduce people's pain and improve their health and mobility," noted Mr. Ryan. Now the community has 13 new qualified teachers who can start to share and teach the many benefits of this ancient Asian health practice.
Information: www.aylmerqigong.com or call 613-702-5377