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Qigong with Shifu Yan Lei at Shaolin Temple UK

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Colleen with Shifu Yan Lei at Shaolin Temple UK

Earlier this year I suffered a knee and calf injury that put me out of action for several months. No exercise but plenty of pre-booked travel resulting in weight gain.

Now you’re probably wondering why I’ve mentioned Qigong on my blog. Whilst travelling I like to ensure that I take care of my health. Not only do I tend to eat healthier when I’m away from home, I also like to practice exercises that are location independent. It’s not always possible to get accommodation with a gym and jogging outdoors isn’t so much fun if the weather is poor.

I’ve spent recent weeks trying to get back into an exercise routine, starting with low intensity and gradually developing this as my strength improves. The lack of exercise has also impacted my travels, I couldn’t jump on a push-bike and pedal my way around a city anymore and walking was incredibly painful after more than a couple of miles. It’s best described as a nuisance that I am glad to be recovering from.

As part of my ongoing development, I joined a workshop at the Shaolin Temple UK, run by Shifu Yan Lei, a 34th generation fighting disciple. It was one of the first few classes that I have attended in London for several months but I was prepared to have a go, knowing that it was the first step to get back in-tune with my body. Continue reading Qigong with Shifu Yan Lei at Shaolin Temple UK