We are a registered school here in Thailand and our holistic center is focusing on personal growth, relaxation, health and healing for our students, using Asian healing arts from India, China and Japan. We teach in a practical and down to earth manner, Yoga & Meditation, Tai Chi & Chi Kung, Reiki Healing, Taoist Inner Alchemy and also give pre prepared Astrology readings for guidance. Our aim is helping our students to reconnect with their own personal energy, allowing them to achieve their own fullest potential in their lives.
Hi all and welcome to Chiang Mai. Please let me introduce myself, my name is Rod from the UK. I have been interested in the holistic fields since the 1980's, and this is where my journey began, to improve my life and health, which in in turn, led me to learn to help others in their search for improving their lives and healing themselves.
As you can see I have been busy learning many different ways of balancing and healing, body and mind. It has been a lot of fun, hard work and sacrifice, though the rewards for my efforts have paid off tremendously, especially for improving my overall quality of life and allowing me to tune into my natural teaching and healing abilities. My loving wife and I opened Body and Mind Healing in Chiang Mai Thailand some 15 years ago, so that we can offer alternative ways of healing, through the holistic approach, our success has much to do due to our wonderful students and friends who came in search of something new, to help them in their journey in their lives.
I have been studying Chinese holistic arts since 1993 and Qigong (Chi Kung) since 1995 and Wudang Tai Chi since 2000. My first experience with Qigong was in 1995, where I studied an Indian Yoga Qigong method, I still continue to parcice this form of Qigong today and we have some elements of system of Qigong in our Qigong Healing course. I also studied Tai Chi and Qigong with Tai Chi UK run by Sufi Michael Jacques, 3 times world champion of Tai Chi pushing hands (Tai Chi training technique). In 2002 I received level 7 Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong (Chi Kung) holistic certification and during this period I taught my first Chi Kung (Qigong) and Tai Chi class in London in 2002. Sifu Michael Jacques trained under, master Sifu Dan Docherty with 40+ years experience in Tai Chi and Qigong, also another one time world champion and fore runner in the UK and Internationally in the system of Wudang Tai Chi Chuan (Wu Style Tai Chi). Having completed my training with Tai Chi UK, I then continued to study with Sifu Dan Docherty to perfect my skills in the art of Tai Chi Chuan. Before leaving the UK for good in 2004, I had manage to learn the Wudang Tai Chi Chuan, short and long forms, plus the sword, sabre and spear weapons forms, also a 12 year period of learning the full internal arts of Tai Chi Nei Kung practice, which are part of the Wudang Tai Chi Chuan system. In 2009 I was certified by Dan Docherty, as a level 4 Intermediate Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung q(igong) Instructor, Sifu Dan would only give Teacher certifications with students of 5 years experiance.
I still continue with my studies in Tai Chi and Qigong, developing my understaning and improving my teaching and return back to my teacher once in awhile, I also studied with Godfrey Dornelly, another senior teacher of our Tai Chi system. Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong like Yoga, is a life long practice in perfecting your technique and of course yourself.
My experience in Yoga, began in 1995, when I started to study and practice the spiritual teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, the great spiritual teacher and master from India,I studied his teachings for 6 years and I still continue to incorporate this practice of Kriya Yoga in my life everyday. In the year 2000, I wanted to deepen my Meditation practice, so I started to learn and practice Yoga asana. I studied and practiced Yoga asana in India, USA, England, Spain, Scotland, Thailand and Italy and was privileged to study with many experienced Yoga teachers, such as John Scott (UK), Sheshadri (India) and Richard Freeman (USA) (Ashtanga Yoga), Godfrey Devereux (UK) (Dynamic Yoga), Karen O'Bannon (US) and Bijoo Metha (India) (Iyenger Yoga), Tara Fraser (UK) (Vini Yoga), Mataji (India) (Nada Yoga & Yoga Nidra). I embarked on a career in Yoga in 2002 and have completed nearly 1000 hours of teacher training, initially I enrolled in the British wheel of Yoga, 6 months teachers foundation course, with Tara Frazer (Vini Yoga). In 2003, I continued my studies with Godfrey Devereux (Dynamic Yoga) and completed, my Yoga teacher training with him in 2004. I continued to further study Yoga asana in India in 2004 and I studied with Iyenger Yoga teacher Karen O'Bannon intensively in the Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh India for 3 months, were I completed another 489 hours Yoga certified teacher training course. Along the way I studied with many excellent Yoga teachers. Petra Mitidieri (Ashtanga Yoga) who was my first Yoga asana teacher and her teaching in the Ashtanga full primary series, was great fun, a challenge and very inspirational..
Reiki and Healing; While I was in India, I trained and Studied Usui Shiki Reiki healing system with Rohini khatri in the Parmath Niketan ashram, I also studied Usui Reiki at the Reiki training institute India, with David Swann & Uma Sharma (photo above). I am 5th generation Reiki Shinpiden and instructor, with my first teaching experience teaching Reiki being 2007, teaching and helping over 900 students from all over the world with their Reiki healing understanding and development.
Paramahansa Yogananda was a great inspiration for me, in the realms of meditation, spirituality and working with healing energy since 1995 and I have received all 4 initiations into Kriya Yoga after practicing for more then 25 years, I also had the opportunity to learn a remote healing technique, taught by the Great Yogi.
Mantra; I had the privilege to study Mantra (Nada Yoga) and Yoga Nidra (Yogic sleep) while living in the ashram with Mataji (Sadhvi Abha Saraswati) a well known teacher in Rishikesh-India.
Mantak Chia. Inner Alchemy & Taoist practices; I had the opportunity to study with Mantak Chia in 2002, while he was in London and studied Inner Alchemy at Tao center in London through various teachers (Kris Deva North) and other resources, I have been teaching Taoist Inner Alchemy practices since 2007.