About Yasmin Shah DipQT, MSc, MHSc, MEd
Over thirty years ago when I lived in Toronto, I started to meditate. Over the following years I continued to practise meditation in Toronto and on retreats in different places in Canada, the United States, Britain, and India. A few years after I moved to England I went on a retreat in 2001 at Gaia House led by a dear friend from Canada, Norman Feldman. The retreat was co-led by Brad Richecoeur and it was on this retreat that I discovered Qigong. It made a huge impact on me. It was as if a new world opened up. Qigong has been a part of my life ever since. For me practising the slow, gentle movements of Qigong, in addition to Insight Meditation, promotes my sense of wellbeing and health, and my connection to Qi. I feel happier, stronger, calmer and more balanced in myself. I feel that it has helped me to be more resilient in the face of challenges.
For the next few years I continued to practise Qigong in classes, retreats and summer camps, mainly with Daverick Leggett, Brad Richecoeur and Zhixing Wang. Gradually I wanted to learn more about Qigong and to get a broader overview. Following a move to Bexhill, I found that a two year Qigong teacher training program was about to start at the Shiatsu College in Hastings. Synchronicity?! Up until this point my experience of Qigong seemed more “intensive” in that it was a part of retreats, ten day summer camps, and courses. Over the course of the program I was inspired by by my teachers, Annie Cryar and Catherine Burnett, and how they brought the benefits of Qigong to a whole range of people in different walks of life through drop-in community classes and was touched to hear how many valued these classes. This was an eye-opener for me! During this time I also studied the Shibashi form of Tai Chi Qigong. So now as a qualified Qigong teacher from the Shiatsu College, and a qualified Instructor with Sifu Wing Cheung from the Tai Chi, Qigong and Feng Shui Institute, I really enjoy teaching both Qigong and Insight Meditation to people from all walks of life and abilities. It is a privilege and a joy to do this work.
Other Areas of My Life
Over the years I have had several careers. Initially as a brain research scientist at the University of Toronto, Canada, then as a speech and language therapist (in Canada and England) and as a counsellor (in Canada), all the while practicing and studying meditation. I worked as a speech and language therapist for over 25 years and have practiced meditation for more than 35 years. I continue to attend meditation retreats regularly, and also Qigong retreats and courses.
I have chosen to live a simpler and calmer life with my husband in sunny Bexhill-on-Sea, where I can ‘be’ more and ‘do’ less! We enjoy gardening, growing vegetables, and love camping when on holiday. These days we keep returning to the salt marshes of north Norfolk. Fixtures in my calendar are a retreat at Gaia House in Devon, and Qigong Camp on Dartmoor in the summer.
I enjoy working with people of all ages and abilities, and have a particular interest in working with older people with a range of abilities as well as working with children and young people. I bring my warmth, skill, and love for the practice to my classes, teaching with lightness, a sense of fun and a deep respect for tradition.
I lead and have led community qigong and meditation classes, courses and workshops, sessions for a Local Authority, supported housing groups and care homes, and teach Mindfulness Practice in a local secondary school. I have also led days/sessions for the National Health Service for people with acute mental health issues, for schools, charities, and community sponsored events. I also provide individual tuition.
Contact me if you would like classes, courses or workshops for you or for your organisation in Sussex, Surrey or Kent.