My spiritual path started with my emigration to the USA. There I was introduced to yoga and meditation for the first time. I took up Hatha Yoga, attended various classes and practiced almost every day. After discovering Paramahansa Yogananda I stayed for retreats in Encenitas California where I was taught some new exercises. Upon returning to Austria I started training in Kinesiology in Graz, Austria. The new knowledge helped me keep my children and myself healthy for years to come.
Since I had gone back to my former job as a teacher I decided to do some of the exercises with my students in elementary school. Every morning we spend the first ten to fifteen minutes to go through a program that I had designed especially for them and which enabled them to not only feel good about themselves but also jump started their mind. Test results and love of learning soared to new heights. Parents requested to get to know the exercises as well and practiced them together with their children at home.
After being transferred from elementary to secondary school I ended up in a situation that was tough. In order to survive this new teaching situation I practiced various exercises and meditated every morning. Years later during my studies in the United States I discovered Falun Dafa exercises (Falun Gong) which I taught myself with pictures from the web. After a year I met a group in Mainz, Germany and was able to learn some more details and the philosophy behind it.
About two years ago after some turmoil in my relationship left me feeling powerless and far from content which prompted my health to deteriorate. I turned to the web for help and got some online training in QiGong. It took me a while to learn the exercises. Gradually I started to put together a program that combined the new exercises with many of the things that I had learned throughout my life. Faithfully practicing it every day I had to change things again and again until I was satisfied with my new creation.
My youngest son after seeing my newly developed program told me that I had done what Bruce Lee many years ago did. He took the view that traditional martial art techniques were too rigid and formalistic to be practical. Lee decided to develop a system with an emphasis on practicability, flexibility, speed and efficiency. Lee emphasized what he called “The Style of no Style”. I remembered that once when researching Tai Chi on the web I discovered a branch of Tai Chi that called itself the no style.
My new and unique program ultimately is not a matter of petty rigid techniques but of highly developed spirituality and physique. Learn the exercises, listen to your body and feel your way into maybe doing things differently or incorporating other movements that feel good to your body. Remember that there are no good or bad exercises; your performance of them is either good, better or best. The only authority in regard to your vitality and health is your own body. It will tell you what is good for you. Do not forget that thoughts create your reality; learn to trust your own feelings and listen to your body.