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Instructor Spotlight – Henderson Smith


What brought you to yoga/ Tai Chi Qigong? Can you remember your first class as a student?

After 20 years in the insurance and employee benefits business, I watched my clients get sicker, need more medication and find it harder to get insurance coverage with failing health.  I was compelled to empower a substantive change in the way people take care of themselves.  We live in a society that has conditioned us to be doctor dependent, treatment oriented, reactive victims of our own bad habits.

I was plagued with a family history of knee challenges, elevated blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. My baby sister has a condition that mirrors Multiple Sclerosis, my other sister struggled with the stress of being a single mom and my mom is aging and overweight.  I needed a way to make a difference in my health, for my family and make a positive contribution to society with my life.

Through an amazing teacher Dr. Roger Jahnke, I developed a skill, found that the “Healer is Within” and that the “Most Amazing Medicine” is free and produced right inside our own body and that it could be accessed with a very simple mindful breathing and moving meditation available to the very old, the very young and everyone in between known as Qigong and Tai Chi.

Today, after fully recovering from a stroke in 2011 and managing the stress of 9 years in a startup business founded on a practice that most people can’t pronounce; I am more convinced than ever.  I drank the right cool aid after the first class. All it takes is an exposure and you too can drink from the fountain of youth that is Qigong and Tai Chi.

What kinds of things can your students expect from one of your classes?

Students will learn to maximize the “life-force energy,” or Qi (Chi), in a beautiful form of “moving meditation.” Delivered with a focus on movement, mindfulness, and the power of breath, students will develop the foundation for a set of skills that will empower them to cultivate well-being at home, at work, and at play for the rest of their live.  Students are encouraged to develop organically at their own pace, embrace their own unique considerations, and evolve in the capacity to better manage the thinking, feeling and doing that influences every aspect of our lives.

Hobbies/ Interests/ Fun Facts/ Etc.

Martial arts, Qigong, Tai Chi, Meditation, swimming, camping, hiking, off road biking, archery, knife throwing and movies are my favorite past times.  With the exception of a knee injury that I am working to heal without surgery, At 55 I am experiencing my best body, stamina and flexibility since I was 35.  I am experiencing my highest self-esteem despite the loss of almost every materialistic identifier that I once falsely used to describe who I am. With the dogged tenacity of a young man never having experienced defeat, I am finally manifesting tangible success in my mission to help people on the path to practicing the art of self-mastery in the face of life’s ever changing complexities. Tai Chi and Qigong are like the user’s guide for our human thinking, feeling and doing.

Why did you become an instructor?

I wanted to make a difference with the way I make my living.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Don’t wait.  Every day of practice improves your skill with and ability to manage the mind, body and breathe you will use to experience every aspect of life until the moment of your last breath.

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Our amazing instructors draw from many traditions including Ashtanga Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Thai Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, and the yogic and meditation traditions of Tibet. With this vast knowledge of the yoga tradition and the intrinsic understanding of the human body, our instructors will guide you through a practice that is not only physically challenging, but also mentally stimulating and emotionally uplifting.

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