A vision of the future residential Shaolin Centre in Ireland
What students/clients have to say:
I did your weekend course earlier in the year and boy have i seen a major difference since then ......... for the better of course. I havenít a pain or an ache and am smiling from the heart . God Bless you. Joanne, Killarney
Pain in neck and shoulders
Hi Sifu Joan just a quick word to thank you for a wonderful weekend of chi and laughter. Exercises are going well and feeling a lot more energetic. Pain in neck & shoulders reduced by 90% Many thanks and no doubt you will see me again still buzzing. Tony Dublin
So many young men in the 18-30 age group are lost, the light is gone out inside them and they don't know where to turn or what is wrong. Luckily I know how to turn on that light and help them to connect to who they are. This is one young man's story.
I could have never dreamt of something as beautiful as practicing the wonderful arts of Tai Chi Chuan and Shaolin Cosmos Chi Kung and how it was going to completely change my life for the better.
Before I had the good fortune of meeting my Sifu my life was not very good. I suffered from extreme anxiety and panic attacks to the point that even driving to and entering my local shop was full of fear and worry for me. My heart would race, I blushed uncontrollably and sweat would pour from my body when I encountered any person or tried to engage in conservation.
I also had a very bad body image of myself from when I very young. I absolutely hated everything about myself and the way I looked. Throughout my life I never really had any direction or knew how to fit in or engage with people. I found it very hard to have a keep friends because of my anxiety and fear of going anywhere in public. Actually now that I think of it I had never been very close to anyone. I have always created a barrier between myself and anyone who has ever tried to be close to me.
My life wasnít all that bad as I have the good fortune to live in beautiful Ireland and I was very well looked after by my family having everything I needed and ever wanted and I am very grateful for this. I was very lucky since the time I left school to always have plenty of work and I have never been short of money. I was also very fortunate to have started my own business in 2006 was very successful for the time it lasted.
Unfortunately things took a turn for the worst in mid-2008 when my health started to deteriorate. I so much pressure and stress build up inside of me that I just wanted to explode. I was full of anger for everyone around me and seemed to blame everyone for what was happening. I suppose it reached its peak when I visited my G.P. and talked to him and asked for help. Now this was the hardest thing I have ever done, walking in to my G.Pís clinic sweating with anxiety, heart beating out of my chest with nerves and worrying uncontrollably about the outcome but I knew it had to be done.
My G.P discovered I had high blood pressure and a possible hearth murmur coupled with several nervous twitches all over my body and the worst body image you could have. I was sent to the hospital to undergo tests to see what was going on with my body. Luckily the tests were not as bad as I had built up it my head but was told I had to do something to control my anxiety and blood pressure or in ten years I would be in serious trouble. So there the search began to take back control of my health and my life.
I spent weeks searching the internet looking for Yoga classes and different Martial Art classes to see where I would fit in. Then one day I found one particular site called smilefromtheheart.ie where I read about Shaolin Cosmos Chi Kung and Wahnam Tai Chi Chuan. As soon as I read about the benefits I knew I had found what I was searching for. A few days later I contacted my now Sifu, Sifu Joan Browne director of the Shaolin Wahnam Institute of Ireland and signed up for a beginnerís class. From that day on every part of my life improved for the better.
Now almost five year years later I canít believe how much my life has changed. I feel amazingly happy and grateful to be alive. I feel so healthy and relaxed all the time and see life as a great gift that I have been lucky enough to be receive. My anxiety is completely gone, my blood pressure is normal and no more nervous twitches. My constant blushing is gone and I do not suffer from panic attacks anymore. I feel confident and now enjoy meeting and talking to people on a daily basis. I feel very safe in life and know I am on the right path.
My stress levels are non-existent and I have the guidance of my Sifu and the philosophy of Wahnam Tai Chi Chuan and Shaolin Cosmos Chi Kung to create path and enjoy the flow of life.
I have a wonderful girlfriend whom has helped me to grow as a person and a lovely little dog to enjoy our time with. My new business is very successful and I look forward with excitement the possibilities it will bring. My practice of Wahnam Tai Chi Chuan Chi Kung is a daily joy and dream come true. It is amazing to feel how I develop as a person and to see and feel how every aspect of my life improves with the practice of these wonderful arts.
My deepest gratitude to my Sifu for giving me the gift of Wahnam Tai Chuan and Chi Kung and constantly guided me through my training and life.
My deepest gratitude to My Sigung for passing on these incredible arts for prosperity, health and happiness.
My deepest gratitude to all the past Masters for passing on this wonderful legacy.
My deepest gratitude to my girlfriend Siobhan for bringing so much happiness and love to my life, and of course for our little dog Phoebe.
My deepest gratitude to my family for looking after me so well.
Each year in October for around a month, I would experience a reoccurring bout of Bronchitis, which I had from being a boy.
I would need to take a mild steroid inhaler on a temporary basis for the month, which kept the condition in check.
As well as the physical symptoms this caused a degree of emotional upset, frustration, as I researched and tried differing methods, some would control but none would remove the problem and also fear, as a few years ago I contracted pneumonia whilst Surfing in the winter months and felt my lungs were my weak spot, my Achilles heel !
I first took the Chi Kung Foundation course in 2007 with you Sifu and after a practicing for a year, the Bronchitis had reduced and the temporary medication I needed was around half, the frustration and fear I felt had also dissipated, the following year the medication needed was small, the next year the Bronchitis was gone and has never been back!
Interestingly this condition was not one of the reasons why I sought to learn Chi Kung but its cure, one of many wonderful benefits I have experienced by practicing !
I remain both grateful and thankful to yourself Sifu and Sigung.
Best wishes Mark Dublin
I was diagnosed in the Bons Secours Hospital in Cork with Crohns Disease in 2004. In 2005, I began classes with Sifu Joan in Tralee, once I learned them I was able to practice them myself at home. This is the beauty of Chi Kung. I kept practising and I became stronger. My weight started to go on and my energy increased, the pain became less severe. Flare ups lasted less and were not so severe. Slowly my health returned and I started work again. Under the guidance of my doctor, I stopped taking Asacolon and to date do not take any medication at all.
The results have been amazing, today I live a full life. I have recently returned to college, my energy levels are great, my outlook on life has returned also. Because of the nature of Crohns I know that it can return as flare ups but these are so few today that I forget that I have the disease. I cannot recommend Chi Kung with Sifu Joan highly enough, it not only eased the pain of the Crohns but it benefitted me emotionally and mentally also. This young lady would prefer not to be identified but may be contacted.
Chi Kung has helped clear away a lot of emotions that were making me feel depressed, stressed out and also very tired. It has helped me to listen to myself and take action quicker. It has also helped me to see the bigger picture in life, like happiness with what I have god and not to be searching for more possessions. Damien, Cork
Overcoming Tinnitus and Hyperacusis- Kevin Barry published in The Irish Times 8th May 2012
Whiplash and Rheumatoid Arthritis
On April 20th I had an accident and injured my neck and back. I started Chi Kung on April 24th and by July 3rd my injuries are more than 80% cured.
About 2/3 weeks ago at Chi Kung class, I was telling Sifu Joan that when I stand for a few minutes after Chi Flow, I feel an incredible flow of what I describe as chi flowing down my arms into my hands and also down my legs into my feet. During the last week, I got a result of a book text taken in early April (before Chi Kung) from a consultant and he told me that the tests were mildly positive for RA. The Chi Kung had already found it. Noreen, Cork
I would like to thank you for your bit of 'therapy' you did on my damaged knee last month. As you know I fell and damaged the cartledge resulting in waiting for surgery to put it right again. Following an intense fornight of performing Chi Kung night and morning as recommended my I no longer wear my strap to keep the cartledge in place and in recent days I can bend and straighten my knee as normal. I don't fully understand how Chi Kung works but I would recommend anyone being in as much pain as I was to seek you out and get the remedy to full health as quickly as possible. Thank you Sifu Joan sincerely. Jean Galway
Dear Sifu, -I am seeing situations, issues or opportunities clearly at their heart and being able to respond appropriately ,My practice let's me stay in the centre of situations without anxiety or stress over whelming me. I have found I am able to be still and even find humour in the most challenging business circumstance. Mark, Dublin
More Energy and a Feeling of Calm
Hi Joan Sam here - hope you are well.
Just wanted to say thank you so much for introducing Chi flow to us! When thinking about it, it has been so powerful without me knowing I have more energy, I'm calmer and my life is honestly flowing superbly! We both enjoy doing it so so much!. Sam, UK
Meniere's Disease and Osteoarthritis
I have been suffering from Meniere's disease for 17 years. Since practising Chi Kung for 9 months, I have found a remarkable improvement. I have had an attack in months and don't feel any pressure in my head. I have much more energy and osteoarthritis in my hip and knee has disappeared. I continue to practice everyday. Long Live Chi Kung. Theresa, Cork.
Since attending Sifu Joan's classes on Chi Kung, I am happy to say that my back pain and shoulder trouble no longer are painful. I do not need to go to my osteopath for the past 10 months, whom I usually had to go to six or seven times a year for the past 9 years. Chi Kung is relaxing and revitalizing and is now part of my daily life. Mary Cork
The results said I had a small hiatus hernia.
Two months after my last class with Sifu and the symptoms seem to have vanished. I can eat whatever I choose without ill-effect. Peter, Galway
Lower Back Pain, Forgivness and Opening the Heart (Spirit)
For 11 years for reasons I cannot fully recall I have not spoken to my husbandís brother and partner. I have been resolute and stubborn that I would never make a move to have anything to do with them and those who know me fully appreciated that I could easily go to my grave without resolving anything. There were a lot of hurtful things said on both sides and it just didnít seem possible to forgive and forget.
I first went to Sifu Joan on the recommendation of a friend for back problems and other issues, never mentioning anything about the situation with family members. I always assumed that my physical aches and pains were just that, physical, but I now know that a lot of symptoms were to do with the hurt and anger I carried around with me for 11 years.
After practising with Sifu Joan for almost a year and using Chi State of mind as much as I could it just came to me one morning after practice that it was time to make my peace with husbandsí brother. This was completely out of the blue and I was shocked at the very thought but the idea just grew and grew. The decision was made for me by me and when I told my husband there was no turning back. I mentioned it to Sifu Joan and she did recommend sending them blessings before speaking to them.
Last weekend at a family gathering the situation arose where they were both in my company and I did it, I apologised for my behaviour and asked them to join me in letting go of the hurt, anger and hate. I didnít assume that they would just agree and was fully prepared to take whatever they wanted to throw at me but that was not the case. They were both so responsive and delighted and there were even tears, happy ones, to be finally rid of it all. For me it just fell like tightness around my heart has broken, my lower back is strangely comfortable and I have slept more deeply than I have in years for more than 2 nights in a row. I just know that things will only improve from here. I truly know that if I was not practising Chi Kung I would still be carrying that garbage around with me and I am deeply grateful to my friend who recommend Chi Kung to me, Sifu Joan for teaching it and Master Wong for teaching her. Smile from the heart. Emma, Killarney,
Calmer and Happier
Dear Sifu, I would like to thank you very much for introducing me to chi kung. I had a wonderful weekend of peace and joy. I already feel calmer and much happier. I started my day with a morning practice and it made such a difference already! I am now looking forward to enjoying my practice regularly and smiling from the heart every day :)
Warm wishes, Sylwia.Killarney
Calmer, more focused, more effective, efficient, less fear,
Chi Kung empowered me to take control of my life. It empowered me as a woman. The role of a woman in modern society is challenging. It so easy to lose ones sense of personal power i.e to lose ones confidence. When one is a wife, mother, housekeeper, taxi driver......etc! The one key thing most women say they have a major issue with is focus Ė our minds are constantly buzzing with the lists of things we have to do and it can get very stressful this is why a lot of women find it impossible to relax at all let alone return to work or study particularly in the case of higher level jobs or university education. We put so much pressure on yourselves when we are at home we think we should be contributing financially and when we are working we feel guilty for not spending more time with our children. Constant racing minds. Chi Kung has allowed me to be calmer and more focused, to do what I am doing and to realise I cannot do everything perfectly. I am calmer and have a lot less fear for the future I know with a calm mind I will be able to deal with the challenges modern life presents. With Chi Kung I can juggle successfully I look good for my age physically fit, doing postgraduate study minding 3 kids one with speech delay and running a house and of course being a wife. I would have collapsed on the spot if you told me I would have to juggle all this 3 years ago. Chi kung has taught me acceptance to go with the flow and to stop trying to be in control which is one of the reasons I ended up with panic and anxiety. I am a much better mother now as I am a lot calmer and more understanding of the needs of my children and help them to process their own little emotions and helping them to be prepared for the challenges of life. Genieive Dublin
Stronger, more healthy, able to deal with stress, assertive:
At a physical level, I lately surprise myself with the ease I lift and move heavy furniture around while doing house chores! Plus, I havenít got sick in a good, good while and although I have to juggle full time work and very busy evenings at my own studio working on my own jewellery, I manage stress much better than before.
At a personal level, my interactions with people are getting smother, and although I still have to deal with difficult personalities, I seem to ďreadĒ them better, which allows me to avoid potential conflict. Dublin student
There is of course the added bonus of discovering aspects of myself and my true potential which I find quite amazing and encouraging. Dublin student
Staying centred:The practice of going to the Dan Tian is really good to stay centred and feel strong in situations of conflict .I have done it at meetings and on the street and it helps me to stay calm. Dublin student
Balance :I know how to regain balance and knowing it comes from inside not externally means we have all the power inside us! Killarney student
More Effective and Efficient
Practising Chi Kung, as thought by Joan Browne, has given me many things and if I had to put it into a few words I can honestly say in my working life it has helped me greatly to focus on the task in hand and not get distracted, to block out the negative and to be tolerant of others opinions / ideas. This has led to increased productivity, so much more less stress and a happier working environment. I no longer bring the job home. The knock on effect has been a new lease of life in my relationship with my husband and the energy to enjoy new hobbies together. Killarney student
Dear Sije Joan
I always had the wonderful blessings of never being really ill in my life. Recently I have thought of how Shaolin Cosmos Chi Kung has helped me. Immediately two things came to mind. My eyes improved so much that there was no longer a need too wear glasses and after suffering from hay fever since a very young age, I can now happily say it is well gone. The only thing that I have changed was to practice Chi Kung daily. I recommend everyone I know and meet to do your Shaolin Chi Kung course.
Mark Hartnett Ireland May 2009
The pain is gone and the pills are gone. Francis, Kerry
Dear Joan Thanks a million for a fab fab day. It was brilliant, really really enjoyed it!
Dear Joan, Thank you for everything. Back home safe and sound I thought I might thank you again. It has been a great experience. Now it is my turn to make it continue and present in everyday life.
What some of my school going students have to say.
For me the main benefit is mental clarity and overcoming fibromyalgia. It releases all stress of the week. Sifu Joan's house is like a drop in centre and the spirit of us practising together gives me strength, freedom and hope. 16 year old.
Chi Kung gives me a sense of freedom, time for myself to just let go and forget about everybody and anything. I feel a sense of peace and tranquillity when I am in chi flow. I love myself more when I do Chi Kung. I have peace of mind, happiness and am healthy. 16 year old
Chi Kung makes me feel very strong and safe and I enjoy it very much. It lifts my spirit and I feel very privileged to have it. 12 year old