Author: Lynne Nicole, Qigong Infused Yoga

The Corona Virus: Taking care of our SELF during this time of collective suffering. Qigong, Yoga and Qigong Infused Yoga™


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Right now, I am feeling the need to reach out to my collective community and let everyone know that you’re not alone. I know we all know this on some level but sometimes in time of crisis, things can feel so intense collectively that the impact it has on us personally feels like more weight than we can usually handle.

Let’s be real. This crisis and the coronavirus outbreak and all of the feelings it invokes is downright scary, surreal and for some may feel apocalyptic. It is causing suffering that we are beginning to realize could hit us hard if we don’t make wise decisions as a society and individually. As a sensitive soul, I feel it deeply like many of us are. How do we hold this reality in our hearts and still feel a sense of peace inside ourselves amidst it all?

This is a question that is meant to be reflective and reveal different answers for each of us. Let me ask it to you directly. Perhaps you want to grab a piece of paper or notebook and write down your reflections. Take a few moments to reflect. How are you holding on to a sense of peace inside of your self during this crisis? What specific actions can you take to take care of your self during this challenging time?

For me, I know trauma and have worked on managing trauma related symptoms for several years so I am using the skills I’ve gained in the course of my inner work to feel strong, resilient and resourceful during this time. The simple act of getting up and going for a walk outdoors in nature every day is a big part of what I need to do to feel ready to manage this crisis without feeling weighed down or ill from cabin fever. Doing Qigong and Yoga is also essential for me to feel energy, hope and equilibrium right now.

We’ve had a long winter of hibernating and we have some more time to hibernate together due to us being at home perhaps when we would be choosing to do something else with our time. I want to encourage everyone who is reading this to make self-care a priority and to do active, creative and novel things right now inside your home and outdoors in nature to keep your energy and chi flowing and to help expel the worry and collective tension that we may be absorbing.

Today, I did a yoga class with my friend online and it was enormously beneficial. I, like many yoga teachers and teachers of all kinds am not teaching any in person classes right now due to the coronavirus threat. We can still come together though with the wonders of modern technology.

Qigong Infused Yoga and Qigong are incredibly beneficial and powerful tools to release anxiety, fear and worry that often cause physical symptoms in our bodies like headaches, neck tension and back pain. In Qigong Infused Yoga, we do active breath-work, tapping, shaking like a tree, light stretching and Qigong along with pranayama to lower cortisol levels in the body and increase our energy while improving our immune system.

There are other multiple benefits of both practices such as alleviating chronic pain, healing emotional distress, improving insomnia, and increasing vitality along with flexibility in the body. If you’ve never tried Qigong, I hope you’ll consider it something novel that you can try and maybe just maybe, it will be life changing for you. If you’re someone who has done Qigong and would love to do more of it and have some new tools to use in your life, please say hello and reach out any time. Most of you might be new to the fusion of Qigong and Yoga and it is indeed a powerful alliance of two practices that will offer you the benefits of both ancient mind/body practices.

I have started an online Qigong and Qigong Infused Yoga program where anyone can do unlimited classes for a month for just $30. I am planning this to keep both myself, friends and students connected online in the spirit of improving our physical and emotional health while we are spending far too much time at home when spring is ready to spring. This is available to anyone in the country and will be online via Zoom which is a free and simple to use online video platform.

I would love to meet new people from around the country and come together in a positive way to stay healthy and keep our energy and spirits up during this crisis.

I hope to see you soon and I welcome any reflections on what you do for self care during times of crisis. I’d love to share ideas in my next blog for people to benefit from. Let’s brainstorm together and support each other through this challenging time.

This too shall pass.

Peace,

Lynne Nicole, Qigong Infused Yoga™ Instructor and Producer

To learn more about Qigong Infused Yoga™ and the Qigong Infused Yoga DVD and Streaming Access to the video, visit http://www.qigonginfusedyoga.com.

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Qigong Infused Yoga Teacher Training Program


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We are offering a Qigong Infused Yoga™ 10 Week Online Program beginning January 5th, 2020.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION SPECIAL (Regular price is $650)
$500 with full payment received by December 1st, 2019

REGISTER ONLINE: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfALqKL31XsEG0AcuMj9I06Wjv1JHqrhGe6jkHuRnOzx9tT3w/viewform

Zoom Online Training will run every Sunday evening from 6-8pm

January 5th, 2020 to March 8th, 2020.

Included in training:
– Qigong Infused Yoga DVD(mailed to you)
– Course Packet including outline of Qigong Infused Yoga Practice(pdf)
– Qigong Infused Yoga Music Playlist
– Qigong Infused Yoga Certificate upon completion of training. 2-makeup classes offered at end of program on a mutually agreed date to accommodate potential classes that are missed. Please do not miss more than 2 evenings.

Cost: $650 Total, After December 1st.

QUESTIONS? Email me at Lynnenicole8@yahoo.com

Qigong Infused Yoga Teacher Training Programs: Healing my PTSD with Qigong


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My name is Lynne Nicole Smith and I am offering Qigong Infused Yoga Teacher Training Programs both in person and online. There are so many yoga styles, classes, teacher training programs and people pursuing yoga as as a powerful means to find balance and health in a world that is chaotic, stressful and filled with sometimes confusing technology that is reshaping our lives. I want to give you a backdrop of why I have pursued this as my life’s work and the ways I see this practice changing my and other people’s lives in such powerful, real ways.

When I am practicing Qigong or Qigong Infused Yoga, I am in awe of how effective the practice is for bringing me to a place of anxiety to peace, from fear to acceptance, from tension to relaxation so quickly. I have stayed committed to the practice for seventeen years and Qigong Infused Yoga has become my life’s work. This practice works.

As a trauma survivor who has struggled with PTSD symptoms from childhood abuse, I have genuinely transformed my nervous system and have improved in all areas of my life due to Qigong and Yoga. I am 44 and I see my relationships getting better, my career is growing and I am cultivating resiliency and deep strength of mind and heart through my practice and my teaching. I created Qigong Infused Yoga to offer the benefits of both ancient mind/body practices within one modality.

I discovered Qigong in 2002 while studying with Dr. Roger Jahnke at The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. After living at Omega for a month and practicing Qigong for 8 hours a day, my life completely transformed. After several years of being in talk therapy trying to resolve the wounds of my past, I found that Qigong was the most effective way for me to shift my emotional state and PTSD symptoms.

I was also practicing Yoga on a daily basis and ultimately decided to do my 200 hour training in 2005. It has always felt natural and beneficial to integrate Qigong into all of my Gentle Yoga classes. I’ve learned and applied a unique set of exercises, breathing techniques and movements that fit together in a fluid way to offer a deeply calming mind/body practice, Qigong Infused Yoga™.

I used to struggle with shame, anxiety and depression. I grew up in a household with an incredible amount of discord. My mother and father were constantly arguing and fighting. My older siblings disliked my mother having lost their biological mother to a sudden illness. No one could figure out how to negotiate peacefully or manage the grief, transitions, and emotions that came up in this new blended family. I was the little one in the family, the youngest and most vulnerable. I was not fighting with them because I was too young to know what exactly was going on but I remember listening to these constant arguments while alone in my bedroom. Part of me felt entertained by them, it was like watching a live soap opera from behind closed doors. Yet, now I know that I was being neglected and my need for love was being denied.

I needed nurturing, attention and support as a young child but my family was too busy fighting. My father did my best to teach me sports and to do fun activities with me. He was both very gentle and very angry. It was a confusing thing to witness. He eventually sought treatment himself and I commend him for this choice.

My brother who was 4 years older than me sexually abused me and as an adolescent, I was ill equipped to know how to set healthy boundaries with boys. He was a terrible role model to say the least. I experienced more sexual trauma as an adolescent which ripped my innocence and sense of dignity apart. I suddenly was swimming in a reservoir of shame feeling like I was nothing and that I didn’t matter as much as other people. To top it all off, my brother blamed me and physically punished me when I was 14 for experiencing something awful as a young adolescent. My brother needs treatment and he should probably be in jail for the crimes he has committed.

When I was 18, my mother recommended I go to therapy and with resistance, I finally agreed. The therapist asked me “Have you been sexually abused?” I immediately answered Yes. She said, “By who?” and I responded “My brother.”

That’s when my eyes opened up wide and my healing journey began. I was one hundred percent dedicated to healing the wounds that were inflicted upon me as a child and early adolescent when I didn’t know exactly how to protect myself from harm. I went to individual and group therapy for 20 years and found my way back to my own energy and body through Qigong and Yoga.

I can honestly say with conviction that it is the mind/body practices of Qigong and Yoga that have helped to empower me and to heal my body and heart the most. My nervous system was out of whack for many years and it took a whole lot of inner work to reshape my nervous system to one that is balanced, healthy and now, I declare… highly intelligent.

Through working with my nervous system and rewiring it with deep breathing techniques, EMDR, expressive arts therapy, active breathwork, tapping, affirmations, inner child work(inner bonding) Qigong and Yoga, I have literally changed myself from the inside, out. One of the reasons I can be so honest about all of this is because I haven’t an ounce of shame about any of it any more. As I have witnessed my own deep personal transformation, it is my wish to offer transparency to others, especially women so that they feel comfortable being themselves while working with me. It is not your fault. It was not my fault. We are equal allies on the path to heal in a genuine way.

What I have come to realize is that even if someone hasn’t survived major trauma, that this life will eventually present challenges, stress, obstacles, transitions, losses and even unexpected hardships to us. Yes, life is also filled with blessings, happiness, loving relationships, milestones and joys…and those are to be honored and celebrated. The practices of Qigong and Yoga are gateways for deepening our sense of acceptance and gratitude for the wide array of experiences life presents us, trauma or no trauma. Through this powerful self-care practice, we access a way of pursuing physical, emotional and spiritual health while shifting our nervous system away from “fight or flight” to “rest and digest”. The more we are stimulating our parasympathetic nervous system in this way through Qigong Infused Yoga™, we are maximizing the body and minds capacity to heal itself.

For those of you that are reading this who know of someone, a young girl or woman who needs support in healing from sexual trauma or domestic violence, I am here as a resource. I have acquired some effective tools to relieve anxiety and to heal emotional pain…and I’ve done it myself. I am honest in the hopes that you will see that I I do my best to be a sincere person. We live in a world filled with vultures and people who are sloppy with their words and behaviors towards others, including professionals. I have found a way where the trauma I experienced has turned into personal triumph and I want to support others in their journey towards triumph as well. It is real and it happens with the right conditions, people, support, tools and compassion.

No one is intended to suffer alone and I have found my greatest allies have been those that went through it and got out to the other side. If you want to learn tools to support you in healing trauma, anxiety and your nervous system, please reach out any time.

I am a coach who specializes in recovery from trauma and have created a Qigong Infused Yoga DVD and Teacher Training Program so these practices can continue to spread to as many people as possible. We all play our part in helping this world to be better.

I am here to support you.

–Lynne Nicole

http://www.qigonginfusedyoga.com

Qigong and Yoga’s role in healing my trauma


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How Qigong Infused Yoga has changed my life?

I have committed my life’s work to sharing the practices of Qigong and Gentle Yoga. There are many reasons why people are drawn to both practices whether it be to relieve chronic pain, feel more flexible, gain more energy, calm the mind, release stress, connect with spirit along with so many more intentions.

I personally have stayed dedicated to both practices because they have transformed my life from the inside and out. I grew up in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. There weren’t any healing arts in this mill town and there were destructive forces around me as a child and adolescent. I was physically and sexually abused as a child. Although I was a good student and athlete, shame was something I struggled with for many years due to the abuse.

At 18 years old, I started therapy and it was then I brought awareness to my experiences and how they impacted me psychologically and emotionally. From there, it has been a long, deep and meaningful healing journey to uncover the roots of my fear, shame and emotional pain. I have had experience with many therapeutic modalities including Expressive Arts Therapy, EMDR, EFT, Psychosynthesis Counseling, and 26 years of individual therapy on and off.

In 2002, I discovered Qigong and T’ai Chi through a local dance studio and immediately knew I wanted to get further training and teach. I decided to do a month long Qigong/Tai Chi training with the Institute for Integral Qigong and T’ai Chi with Dr Roger Jahnke. In this training, I had the opportunity to practice Qigong for eight hours a day. By the end of the month, I felt the deepest healing I have ever known. I knew that I had to go deeper into my body to heal the trauma I survived in my early years. So, I did.

I immediately began teaching Qigong after the training at The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY and decided to also become certified as a Yoga Instructor. I was simultaneously taking daily yoga classes with a wonderful, genuine teacher Baukje McCray, owner of Say Yes To Yoga Studio in Webster, Massachusetts.

After becoming trained in Yoga, I began teaching several Yoga classes where I would always integrate Qigong. The gentle, tranquil nature of Qigong is an incredibly powerful compliment to a Gentle Yoga class. I have come to embrace both mind/body practices as a very deep form of meditation in motion. Connecting to our breath moment by moment while moving the body in a gentle way gives us access to the healing energy, the powerful life force within and around us.(Prana;Yoga and Chi;Qigong which are synonymous)

I use the tools from Qigong and Yoga every day to heal my nervous system that was affected by the trauma I endured. I can sincerely say that Qigong has been THE MOST beneficial modality for me in healing my life. I have found the deepest stillness I have known. For a survivor of trauma who is exposed to violence….this stillness is a powerful vehicle to heal the wounds of the past that violence inflicts. I am now 44 years old and am celebrating the fruits of over two decades of deep inner work. It is my passion and commitment to share Qigong and Yoga…Qigong Infused Yoga with as many people as possible as I move forward.

The healing I have found is authentic and real. I have felt it in a profound and heart felt way and continue to feel it each time I teach. I have found confidence, strength, comfort in my body and a way to release old pain and wounds I never thought was possible.

If you have not tried Qigong or the combination of Qigong and Yoga together, I hope that you will consider giving it a try. Of course, you don’t need to have survived trauma to gain the incredible benefits of the practices. I, of course, feel physically stronger, more energized and more flexible as well but I suppose I am most grateful for the ways Qigong Infused Yoga has received my suffering which was very deep for many years. I am more free, grateful and content now….and haven’t gotten sick for years.

This is a simple and sincere way of expressing my story in the hopes it will inspire you to breathe, move and discover something new that may just transform your life in ways you didn’t think possible.