It was a cold, rainy autumn afternoon on the 2nd of April 2022 when a group of enthusiastic students gathered at the Ashburton Primary School Hall for a Qigong workshop with Senior Master Chin Min Lian. There was definite excitement in the hall amongst the students to once again be able to have a Masterclass after the last two years of enforced home solitude.
After a quick warm up, Master Chin Min commenced the workshop with the Chan Yuan Gong Shaolin Strengthening Exercises. As a kung fu routine, it was of a faster pace than what we were used to, but Master Chin Min patiently explained each move to the captive students and we all tried our hardest to commit the short routine to memory.
Following a short break, we then proceeded to the main part of the workshop — the 16-step Daoyin Health Qigong. This routine is divided into 2 parts, the first 8 moves are based on animal movements, followed by 8 moves based on our interaction with nature and the body.
Midway through the routine, most of our minds were overloaded with information but Master Chin Min expertly kept us engaged with entertaining stories relevant to each move. We ended the session with Master Chin Min effortlessly and gracefully demonstrating the 16-step Daoyin Qigong in its entirety.
It was an absolute privilege to learn from Master Chin Min today, his teaching style is inspiring and effective.
A big thank you, too, to Beng Yan for all her administrative work today and to Margaret who made sure the workshop was photographed and captured on camera.
We're very much looking forward to the next workshop, and, to anyone who is free, I warmly recommend to consider attending, as you will undoubtedly gain a wealth of knowledge and new skills from the Masters.
Student, Doncaster East Morning Centre
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Updated: 12 April 2022