Instructors

Meet the Instructor: Tarpon Springs, Florida

by Susan Robinson on August 4, 2013

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Theresa Sargent, Certified Kai Chi Do Instructor

Theresa Sargent is one of our newest certified Kai Chi Do Instructors.  She is a licensed massage therapist, Reiki master and polarity therapist. Since studying holistic massage in 2004, Theresa has always had an interest in the mind, body and spirit connection, and alternative styles of healing.  What led her to become a Kai Chi Do Instructor?

I was introduced to Kai Chi Do in 2010, when I started working with Charles at ATI Wellness.  Doing Kai Chi Do at beaches and parks was part of my job description.  I thought I’d won the lottery!  As I started participating in the movement and the breath, watching and feeling beautiful healing take place, it was the beginning of understanding the concept of One movement, One breath, One community.  I knew I wanted to learn more.

I was looking for a new level of healing work, something my heart and spirit desired.  Funny, I didn’t intend on leading classes, I wanted it for my own personal growth.  I laugh at the conversation I remember having with Charles, “I don’t see myself having my own  Kai Chi Do circles, I’m just wanting to grow as a practitioner, and I think this will really help.”  And at some point in the months after my training, Divine Wisdom had different plans for me…it was as if the inner teacher stepped forward, knowing I could help share this work with so many other people.

I love the Freedom I feel when doing Kai Chi Do,  dancing and connecting, without a care in the world. It’s such an amazing feeling when your walls and barriers dissolve, and just pure breath brings you into the here and now.  Kai Chi Do gives a beautiful connection to so many of us.  We come together with many different stories, but we don’t know anything about each other’s stories.  We don’t have to know the stories.  What we do know is our dance, our energy, the warmth in our hands and the love in our hearts.   It builds community, that’s what I love about Kai Chi Do.

Theresa facilitates compassionate, beautiful heart connections with others.  She believes healing comes from within and everyone has the power to heal.  Sometimes we just need to be reminded or shown what balance and relaxation feels like.  Whether it’s holding a Kai Chi Do group, providing an individual session, or just connecting one-on-one, Theresa is dedicated to helping others reclaim their inner healer.

Theresa holds Kai Chi Do groups at Bliss Empowerment Center, in Palm Harbor. She’s also offering Kai Chi Do workshops at Yoga studios and spiritual centers throughout Pinellas and Pasco County.

Contact Theresa @ Nurturingyourways@yahoo.com

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Francine and Teen Chi Do

by Susan Robinson on July 17, 2013

Kai Chi Do Instructor, Francine Brown, has been providing a series of Kai Chi Do classes for teens in Chicago.  I love reading her posts about it on Facebook!

Francine is so authentic, she just speaks to the vulnerability and the power of love in all of us.  She graciously allowed me to re-post her experience here:

“2nd class with the teens, WOWzerrs! Got some time beforehand to battle some of my own demons of the mind. Can we say teenage angst, was self projecting this morning in the house with my roommates feeling like they were looking at me like I had 3 heads (exactly what my ego thinks when I am in front of a room full of teenagers – so self conscious and worried no one is going to like me).

Thank goodness for the tools I have learned along the way to center and ground me into just being. The teens were even more receptive than the first time and it was a blast! They willingly came out into the center this time, they engaged, they laughed, they sang together, they held hands. Some still were too cool for school, others had some anger come up, it was just perfect.

They created community among themselves, it was so beautiful to be part of that experience. What a ripple of passionate love we created today!

Namaste teachers for the beautiful work that is shared when we step into the flow and Kai Chi Do.

Oh Yeah!

And all I can say is, “Thank you, Francy-pants!”

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Meet the Instructor Pennsylvania: Kim Rau

by Susan Robinson on April 30, 2013

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Kim Rau, Certified Kai Chi Do Instructor, Pennsylvania

Just had to introduce you to Kim Rau, Certified Kai Chi Do instructor, who flew in last weekend to join us for a refresher at the Instructor Training, finally giving us a chance to snap a photo of her.

Kim is warm and down to Earth, caring and smart, incredibly busy and FUN!  See that bright twinkle in her eyes?  She’s got an easy laugh that matches that twinkle perfectly!  Some people just know how to play.  Check it out – I got this email from Kim about a month ago.

I just want to share with you a delightful night I had last night, I am still smiling, We had  spontaneous Kai Chi Do.

I went to a tribal dance for Spring, Never been to one, did not know what I was getting into. (My quest right now is to experience as much new music as possible).  I did go with flyer in hand. Anyhow, there were 5 of us there – I explain Kai Chi Do, this happens to be a cowork place during the day and they are looking to do holistic events in the evening.  I did not have my ipod with me so I was trying to show them the Kai Chi Do website on my iphone.  Next thing I knew they had a projector on the wall and I was showing them your videos, and then everyone is up doing Kai Chi Do with you and Charles.  It was so spontaneous and so beautiful. I will be teaching Kai Chi Do there.  I just can’t stop smiling, it is amazing how life flows when you let it.  Thank you both for being a part of my life, I love the ripple effect that I am seeing.

If you’re looking for Kai Chi Do in Pennsylvania, just click to Contact Us and we’ll get your message to Kim.

Thank you, Kim, for all the joy you bring!

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Ram Dass and Marty Lehrer: The teacher meets the teacher

by Susan Robinson on March 25, 2013

Ram Dass and Marty Lehrer

Ram Dass and Marty Lehrer, Kai Chi Do Instructor

 Each of us finds his unique vehicle for sharing with others his bit of wisdom.  —Ram Dass, Be Here Now

We were tickled that Marty Lehrer, Kai Chi Do Instructor from New York, got to spend some time with Ram Dass in Hawaii a few months ago.  I love this picture.  He is such a beautiful soul, and so is Marty. Can’t you just see the glow?  Marty being with Ram Dass feels like a kind of circle to us, complete and perfect.

Ram Dass was my first spiritual teacher.  It began for me when I was 15 years old.  My older brother’s girlfriend wrote a brief note to me, in the back of one of my spiral notebooks.  It said, “When you feel like you’re starting to lose, read Be Here Now.”  Well, I was feeling like I was losing a lot.

When I bought the book, by Ram Dass, and looked at it, I thought, “This can’t be it.”  (Anyone who has ever seen the book will understand this.  It’s sort of a free association illustrated guide to Divine consciousness, wrapped in the story of Ram Dass’s own spiritual journey).  I put it aside, but picked it up again months later.  I thought I should just try reading it.

I was depressed and didn’t feel any clear sense of purpose.  I felt separate from everything and alone.  I’d tried drugs and alcohol a few times, and they hadn’t helped.  I’d get a brief high or just check out.  And sometimes, coming down was even further down than I’d been before the hit or pill or drink.  And beside that, alcohol made me nauseous.  And yes, I was in therapy – family and individual.  And I couldn’t see that it was helping very much.  I still wanted to escape.  Escape my parents, my school, my neighborhood.  Escape my limitations – The ones I blamed outside me, and the ones I couldn’t see and didn’t know how to name, inside.

In Be Here Now I read about Ram Dass’s personal explorations of spirituality and mysticism, yoga and meditation.  I loved his insights about human foibles, his honesty about his own, and his passionate and flamboyant declarations of love for a God that wasn’t Jewish or Christian or Hindu or Muslim or Buddhist, but was all of these. I learned about energy pathways, chakras, and states of consciousness.

And I started to consider that my own thoughts might be a vehicle for change. Drugs and alcohol had been like filters and fog.  I didn’t want to just change the way things looked – I wanted to change reality.

So I started trying to teach myself how to meditate.  Be Here Now was my instructional manual.  Ram Dass shared the mantra, Om Mani Padme Hum.  He said it means, “The All is a jewel that blooms in my heart.” I didn’t understand it, but I just trusted the words and focused my mind on them while I watched the sensation of my breath at the tip of my nose.

I kept returning my thoughts to the mantra, until the mantra was the only thought.

This was different than prayer.  I wasn’t calling on something outside me.  I was evoking something within me.  Letting the words carry me deeper and deeper inside.  And then I disappeared.

There was no “I”.  There was no separation between me and everything else.  There was no mantra. No thought.  There was only One Luminous Unlimited Consciousness, One Big Thing. Not having awareness, but being awareness.  I knew, in that moment, that it wasn’t my skin, or my body, that created a boundary between me and everything else.  It was my mind, my way of seeing life.  And for the first time in my life, I believed in God.  Not a God that judges us like eyes in the sky, but a God that exists in all things, that contains all things.  And every part contains the whole – the All that blooms like a jewel in my heart.

Ram Dass had said that the word Namaste mean, “I honor the place in you where the Universe resides.  I honor the place in you where if you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, there is only One of us.”

In that moment, I knew the One inside me.  And finally, my reality changed.

That’s why I love Marty’s tattoo and I love that it’s part of this photo.  Marty, Ram Dass, and Om.  I can feel it – There’s only One of us.

Namaste.

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Meet the Instructor: New York

by Susan Robinson on February 26, 2013

Meet the Instructor: New York - Heart of Gold Laurie Kelly-Pye, Kai Chi Do Instructor

“Heart of Gold” Laurie Kelly-Pye,
Certified Kai Chi Do Instructor

“As you practice the art of raising the Chi you fill your self with love, you release the yesterdays and tomorrows, and you find yourself in the now.”

I came to Kai Chi Do through a desire to find movement again.  I had a severe injury where I was laid up and needed an exercise that I could do at my own pace that would allow me to regain my range of movement.  Little did I know all of the wonderful things Kai Chi Do would bring to my life.

Kai Chi Do is a wonderful practice that allows you to breathe and let go in ways you would never imagine.  It attracts wonderful creative people from every walk of life and each process brings its own unique goodness.  People feel better having taken part and look to bring that positivity into their everyday lives.

Each instructor has a unique style they bring to the process.  My hope in becoming an instructor was to put my own spin on the journey and to take it to people who had never experienced it before.  It was very synchronistic for me in that when I was ready I found Kai Chi Do in my hometown with two amazing instructors: Eric and Marty Lehrer.  I look forward to sharing the process with you and helping you ignite the joy that comes in the flow.

Contact: kelly_pye@yahoo.com

What an amazing journey this continues to be.

Much Love,

Laurie aka “Kelly-Pye”

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