This post was written by Lee Aven, a student of mine.

It was 2003. We were a group of 9 women sharing our stories and the work we did in the world. One of the women, a student of Dr. Aihan Kuhn, was certified to teach something called Therapeutic Qigong.

Though I knew nothing about Qigong, I was enthralled with how I felt as I followed along with this Qigong routine. I felt it right away. I do energy healing so I’m pretty tuned in to energy movement. Immediately smitten, I asked my friend if she would be willing to lead a weekly group for a few of us who wanted more. And so it began…we met weekly for ten months.

I had a miserable emotionally starved upbringing. The sadness lay in my heart like a ton of bricks. It was during these ten months of weekly training that I began to sense a lightness in my heart that I had never felt.

It was after a three week hiatus when my teacher friend went on vacation that I purchased Dr. Kuhn’s Therapeutic Qigong DVD so I could have my own personal teacher at home. I started doing the form almost daily.

On the days that I did Qigong I felt more happy, free and centered. I started to feel like I was more settled in my body and had a better sense of personal boundaries.

The stretching and strengthening gave me a deep sense of relief. I felt so much better when I practiced Qigong that I managed to find the discipline to get up extra early to fit it in no matter what my morning schedule looked like.

I took time off when forced to – when I broke a bone in my foot, when I broke a toe, to recover from bronchitis, etc. but I could always find my way back to my Qigong practice. Gradually I began to feel like my nervous system was being rewired.

Here we are in 2019. I still practice almost every day. I feel like there’s still so much to learn about my body, my breath, my focus. Every day is different. I recently visited Dr. Kuhn in Sarasota to get certified to teach Therapeutic Qigong. I want to share this practice with others so they too can have this tool for their own self-healing and growth.