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Holiday schedule

For the holiday period, Ils will join family and friends in Belgium. The last class for 2018 in Sitia, Crete will take place on the 15th of December. Classes will resume on the 7th of January.

During her time in Belgium, Ils is available for a limited number of private classes. Contact her to schedule yours!

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a healthy, joyful, centered 2019 with lots of energy flow and no stagnation.

See you in the New Year!
Love
Ils

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About Rooting and Teaching

After a three month period of traveling through Europe and Turkey, I decided that my weary bones needed a rest and that my mind and body needed some stability. Although I really enjoyed traveling and also teaching in different countries, I’m glad I found a place where I can put some roots out.

I’m even more happy that those roots will grow in a soil that has since long a special place in my heart. I must have come to Sitia, a small town in the Northeastern part of Crete near the beach and the mountains (yes the best of both worlds!) about 10 years ago and immediately felt a strong connection with this place. The seed of wanting to live there one day was planted. And has now sprouted.

I found a studio where I can both live and teach. It’s small and that’s why, next to be able to give personal guidance, groups will be kept small. Maximum 5 people for the Open Classes taking place twice a week and 7 for the Free Meditation Classes, also twice a week. The other times are open for private Classes.

More info about the Open Classes can be found here. To reserve your spot in the Meditation Class, call, email or message Ils. You can also find and follow us on Facebook now!

Excited about this next step!

Love
Ils

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Pain is the best teacher

It really is. It’s not the nicest nor the funniest but I learned the most about my body and my Qi through pain. Let me share what happened very recently. When people ask me about Qi Gong and what it does, I always tell them my own story of how I cured severe ankle pain. I injured my right ankle with qymnastics when I was a young teenager and ever since I couldn’t go dancing, shopping or do a long walk without being in severe pain with limping for 1 or 2 days afterwards. Until I discovered Qigong. I noticed small progress at first. After about six months there was no pain anymore after a day of strolling around town. Nor after a 3 day visit of the Angkor Temples. What a relief!

Until three weeks ago. That 3rd morning in Athens. After two days of admiring beautiful archeological sites spread all over town, I felt a familiar nagging in my ankle. I didn’t think much about it until the next morning. I almost cried out when getting out of bed. I hadn’t felt this shooting pain for almost 4 years. And there it was again. At first I felt angry and frustrated. “What? Why is this happening after 4 years of training? I should be able to prevent it!” But then my Qi Gong training kicked in. I became curious and investigated. And I discovered:

  1. When I’m in pain, I’m not centered. I am afraid of putting weight/pressure on the right foot/ankle.

  2. When I conquer my fear and center myself, there is no more pain. How contradictory this may sound.

  3. When moving (very slowly and mindfully), putting one foot in front of the other, I do it differently left and right. I keep the pressure/Qi of the right too much in the back which leads to pain.

  4. When I move left and right in the same way, placing my Qi in the front, the pain dissolves in a couple of steps.

  5. Sometimes the top of my right foot is tense, meaning no energy can pass, causing pain.

  6. I thought that relaxing and changing these habits would take time, focus and patience but after one day of really paying attention of how to walk, it was as if the whole thing never happened.

All this I learned from the best teacher. From pain. Only this time the sensitivity for my own energy was high enough to be able to sense the subtle difference in placement of energy. It took dedicated practice to develop this kind of sensitivity. But maybe even more important, I needed a still mind, one that could let go of the frustration and the urge to get rid of the pain as fast as possible. A still mind that could go through the fear of pain into a state of calmness and wonderment. To see pain as a gift, not something to run away from.

I am grateful for this wonderful lesson that pain thought me. A different body, a different life is here now. How about you? I love to hear your experience with pain in the comments.

Ils

PS: Want to learn to center yourself and find out what pain has to tell you. Work with it instead of against it? Contact me for one-on-one sessions!