I have been studying Tai Chi and Qigong since 1997 with Master Sifu Jerry Gardner, who was the co-owner of Red Lotus School of Movement in Salt Lake City, Utah. In January 2009, I became a Sifu, as well, and I am now recognized as Sifu Toni. Sifu is pronounced “see-fu” and means teacher. With this title, I vowed to share, teach and practice Tai Chi and Qigong for the rest of my life. (Yes, I love it that much!)
Qigong pronounced “chi-kung”. Qigong is the development of energy (qi) through work (gong).
Beyond Mountain Sandy Yoga, I was a staff member at the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) for eight years, where I taught both modalities to patients, caregivers and staff.
In January 2017 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I continued to teach throughout this C-Adventure at HCI and MYS. It was during this time, that I really learned to slow down and feel—not force things in my life. Both modalities remind me that slowness is a superpower in this world of speed.
I find that both Tai Chi and Qigong are meant for each of us to have our own direct experience of slowing down, breathing and being present. You can read all about the benefits of these meditative art forms online, but there is no comparison to actually coming to class and feeling the benefit for yourself. So give yourself the gift of joining us for a class!
If you would like to learn more about these practices, I share all things qi on my website, www.ChiMoments.com.