Meet Gill Carmody, Tai Chi/Qi Gong Teacher & External Chi Healing Practitioner.
Gillian Carmody is a well trained and certified qigong teacher with more than 18 years experience in the art. She is also a skilled t’ai chi practitioner and likes to combine the tools and techniques from both disciplines to tailor programmes for specific needs. She is especially well-versed in Qigong for Health, Qigong for Sports (especially golf) and Qigong for Business (stress-management in the workplace). Her lifetime learning continues with T’ai Chi Ch’uan Atlanta, and with world-renowned Qigong Master, Ken Cohen.
We asked each of our teachers a few questions to get to know them better...
What/who inspires you? I believe we are inspired by different things at different times because of our
ever-changing nature and needs. Right now, I am by one of
my neighbours - an elderly widow whose family was murdered during the holocaust and
whose late-husband survived some of the cruelest and harshest atrocities known to man.
I can’t imagine the emotional horrors or even what it is like when she sits with her memories.
What I do know is that she gets up every day believing that this day will be better than yesterday - a true inspiration.
What book has influenced your life the most?
Impossible to say because I love lots of books. Today I am being influenced by a
First Nation author and storyteller, Richard Wagamese. He writes, “I came here to
inhabit a body that would allow my soul to experience. So I am not my body.
I came here to experience the grandest thought. So I am not my mind.
I came here to experience the deepest feeling. So I am not my feelings.
I am all of it: thought, feeling and experience.
That translates to awe, joy and reverence. For all life, for all beings, for all Creation.
Knowing this, understanding this, makes living the
hardest thing of all - but the joy is in the challenge, the gradual day-by-day becoming.”
Favorite and least favorite posture, and why?
Favorite - Standing Meditation (the paradox of standing up and letting go). Feels truly amazing
when you feel gravity and sinking in your body.
If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
What superpower do you wish you possessed?
What times/days do you teach at Grey Owl? / What are your offerings at Grey Owl?
Monday 6pm, Wed 12 noon - Qigong for Health
Also, by appointment - Qi Healing for re-setting and balancing your body’s energy system.