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My childhood.

I was born in a small island in the middle of the pacific ocean and spent my early childhood in an idyllic natural setting. My grandmother, `Oya´ Bitud, was a farmer, traditional herbalist, and craftsman and lived up to the ripe age of 103 years, despite Osteoporosis. She had an exemplary attitude shown in her daily life activities. To my recollection, she was a one of a kind storyteller, who synchronized songs and poems in her stories. I usually lost track of time listening to tales of mystical legends, powerful beings, kind people and angels, who, at the right moment and time, always comes to the aid of the needy and the helpless. What was imparted to me is an ancient art, like Qi Gong.  It is alive and will be transmitted further to others who needs it.

As a child, I have always enjoyed movement expression in games, dances, musical instruments renditions, and even in military drills. As an adolescent, I experimented in changing my own behavioral patterns.

 

PAR, an experiential learning project up to the present.

When my children and their friends have grown out of the daily games that we used to play in the backyard,  I started a collaborative work based in Political Science, known in the Community Health and Epidemiology as Participatory Action Research (PAR).  My goal is a community base sharing of experiences with the use of movement exercises and dance forms.  To this end, I went through several qualifications and participated in a variety of dances and diverse movement arts to actively learn the physical, mental, and emotional restoration of the body and mind.  And last, but not the least, is the certification in Qi Gong and the study of Chinese Medicine.

 

Staying connected in my own body.

I first encountered the term "Qi", when I started to train Qi Gong for the first time in 2012.  It reminded me very much of the games and exercises that I once enjoyed at school and the one´s I experienced with my children and their friends.    They are also a reminder, not only of dance, but all other movements that I am carrying out up to this date. 

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