Ernie Walters enjoys spending more time with his grandchildren and practicing qigong since he retired in April 2012. His wife Peggy is looking forward to retiring sometime in the near future too, so she can spend more time being grandma, gardening, and immersing herself with interior decorating. See how qigong has become a part of their everyday lives.
Student Experiences - Essays from the Student's Corner!
What drew you to the doorstep of Dayan Qigong? How does the practice of Wild Goose Qigong affect you? How long have you been practicing? How do you fit qigong into your everyday life? Email your story to: StudentExperiences@QigongClasses.info.
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As a teacher and administrator for 30 years, Gail Whang worked tirelessly to create safe and supportive learning environments. She pioneered a district-wide conflict resolution program within the Oakland Unified School District Program, co-authored two books about cross-age tutoring and literature study circles in a multicultural classroom, and several publications that explored issues of diversity within the schools.
Gail lives in Oakland with her husband, a retired math teacher. She is the mother of 3 sons and has 2 grandchildren. When she is not gallivanting around the world with her husband, you might find Gail hiking in the Oakland hills, milking goats at an urban Oakland farm, or doing her daily qigong practice at her local park. She is committed to growing vegetables, cooking organic meals, and promoting lifelong wellness.
Read about her 1,000 days of qigong practice by clicking the word Essay below. Then click on the word video to see photos of her practicing qigong around the world!
Hear about Greg's experiences and how Dayan Qigong became an important part of his life and healing processes while recovering from a terrible car accident.
Jan Targhetta started practicing Wild Goose Qigong in 2007. Read about how her Dayan Qigong practice makes it easier for her to manage the combined effects of arthritis, fibromyalgia, and asthma.
Spirited Elders: Jerry Pimental has been practicing Dayan Qigong since 2005 in the Castro Valley and Hayward area. Click on the word Essay below to learn about his zest for living and what he's learned along the way.
Spirited Edlers: Distinguished oral history documentarian and long-time community activist, Malca Chall, 92, leads a full life with many interesting activities, including Dayan Qigong, which she has been practicing since April 2010. Her vigor, enthusiasm, and dedication are unmistakable hallmarks of everything that she does. Click the word essay below to learn more about her life and qigong experiences.
Spirited Elders: Meghan Collins regards her Dayan Qigong practice as a key element for health and well-being in aging. She has been a student at the Wen Wu School of Martial Arts since 2009. Read more by clicking the word Essay below.
I was born in Boston and raised in Turkey. I always found comfort in trying to understand the world from a math and physics perspective, reducing everything into numbers and energy, with a little creativity thrown in.
I obtained a B.S. and M.S. in Izmir, Turkey, and moved back to the U. S. in 1985 to work on a doctorate. In 1990, while close to finishing, I landed a corporate job in the field of software engineering. I enjoyed working in Research and Development, collaborating with so many creative minds developing statistical data analysis software products.
I completed my PhD in 1996 and felt that I needed a change. So I moved to CA and took a management position that quickly usurped my personal values and transforming me into a workaholic. It was then that the universe sent me a clear message through the means of a terrible car accident that abruptly knocked me off of my perch . . . eventually bringing me to the doorstep of Dayan Qigong.
Occasionally I practice a little standing mediation sometime during my daily walk on the beach. One time I observed a seagull standing still for a long time, on a two-level rock. I was behind him on the lower level of the rock. It was a very inspirational moment.
After another walk, when I had been feeling very sad, I found myself asking the Universe for help. When I returned home I felt an urge to write about the experience. My fingers would not stop typing until I felt I said what needed to be said.
Sid Sattler has been practicing qigong since April 2007. Three guiding principles that are important to him are: Fairness, Honesty and a Spirit of Friendship supported by Good Food, Clean Air and Clear Vision. In solidarity with a current theme that mirrors a tenet of QiGong, Sid says: Occupy Ourselves/Occupy Our World and agrees with Master Hui Liu "more practice".
Sid describes himself as a son, husband, father, student, teacher, artist, electrician and friend. Read about his 1,000 days of qigong practice by clicking on the word Essay below.
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