"I'm not the person I was."
Qigong Champion Mandy Johnson shares her thoughts and feelings about the Chi-Fit journey and the benefits of Chi-Fit Classes.
Discover below how Mandy's life experience has changed for the better with regular Qigong practise and the journey of self healing methods.
"my whole outlook seems more positive and peaceful"
Since coming to Chi-Fit in 2014 Mandy has not only taken the journey of qigong into her heart she has also added many new healing skills to her life experience outside of classes.
Along with Qigong, Chakradance and Meditation have now become part of Mandy's future skill set. A great Champion of Chi-Fit........Here's what Mandy has to say about Chi-Fit.........
"Over three years ago I was having acupuncture with Chris, who told me about his Qigong classes. As a practitioner of Reiki, meditation and all things esoteric, I was intrigued and decided to enrol with my partner. I went with the expectation that I would get fitter and may be lose a bit of weight and be less stressed, as I am a full time Head of Drama.
It was one of the best decisions of my life and has changed me in profound ways and now I have achieved more balance in my life. Initially I wanted to read all the books on the subject but Chris wisely told me to practise, practise, practise and it would all come. You “need to experience it” and I totally understand this now, having gone through the practise in the last 3 years. The books I eagerly read now, make more sense to me, as I have experienced the many benefits of Qigong for myself.
At the start my legs shook uncontrollably, I was uncomfortable and I found it challenging at times but with persistence I am now seeing the amazing results.
Qigong has made me feel more tranquil, energised and healthy, with a deep sense of well-being. I feel less stressed, I am rarely ill, I am more able to cope with the tribulations that life has to offer and I am sleeping better. My mind is calmer and my whole outlook seems more positive and peaceful. I also feel this is projected onto the people around you too, through your positive presence. My happy attitude is even more optimistic and joyous.
I feel fitter from the inside out and my body shape is changing for the better. I have a more defined shape.
As a Drama teacher, I am aware that I speak a lot and I feel that I am starting to listen more and speak less. I have increased energy, vitality and youthfulness. I am suppler and feel strong within my own skin. I am able to face life full on and I am far more effective at work.
People have commented that I look really well and ask me what I am doing. I seem to have a twinkle in my eyes and I feel a glow in my skin. Far cheaper and healthier than Botox! My childlike sense of fun and mischief has grown. I feel myself wanting to eat more healthily, avoiding chocolate (I was once a chocoholic and ate a bar a day!) and alcohol. My digestion is better and as a result I have lost weight.
This is the first year in my long teaching career that I have not missed a day due to illness because of everything I have previously mentioned, so this practise has totally worked for me. My partner and I attend classes together and share our experience all the time. This has made us even closer as a couple and I have seen the profound changes in him too. I feel blessed that I found the practice. Qigong is a life changer!
Mandy Johnson - Chi-Fit Champion - Head of Drama - Chakradance & Meditation Coach