Annie Cryar BSc Cert.Ed(1974) Dip.Shiatsu MRSS(T) IYN.Dip.
Annie's interest in energy work started in 1972 when she took up Yoga. She first cut her teaching teeth with inner city four to eleven year olds and continued teaching in schools on and off for the next three decades. Nicola was her first Qigong teacher in 1988, since then her practice of Yoga and Qigong as well as the study of Shiatsu and traditional Chinese Medicine has continued and blossomed. Annie has mentored teacher-trainees in both mainstream education, for the Shiatsu Society UK and for the Qigong and Meridian Yoga teacher training courses. She is Principal of the Shiatsu College, Hastings and a member of the Shiatsu Society’s teacher trainer panel and Education Sub Committee. Over the past eleven years Annie has been studying with Sifu Wing Cheung, a Qigong teacher who is committed to spreading the news about the benefits of Qigong throughout the world. She became a Senior Instructor for the Shibashi Sets endorsed by Sifu Cheung in 2016
She is committed to helping students find the best in themselves to teach the form, the essence and the spirit of Qigong.
Catherine Burnett BEd Dip.Shiatsu MRSS(T)
Teaching Qigong is a privilege that has brought great joy to Catherine’s life. She encourages you to develop the creativity and freedom to teach with compassion, from the strength of your own practice. If you are new to teaching and inspired to spread the benefits of Qigong into your community, she will help you find your confidence and voice.
A teacher and coach all her adult life, Catherine graduated with a BEd in Physical Education with Dance in 1993. As well as experience teaching in schools, clubs and colleges, she worked for several years as a management training and development consultant.
She has been teaching Qigong since 2006 and is a Senior Instructor for the Tai Chi Qigong and Feng Shui Institute, a Shiatsu College Teacher and registered teacher with the Shiatsu Society. She has been training with Sifu Cheung for the past 12 years, who inspired her to integrate Qigong more widely into society and she has worked in partnership with the N.H.S. Local and County Councils on various community and well-being projects.
Nicola Ley (Pooley) MA BSc BA PGCE Dip.Shiatsu MRSS(T)
Nicola started teaching in Tokyo in 1978, while she was discovering Shiatsu. She returned to England and studied to be a secondary school teacher at the London College of Education in 1980 – the ethos was student-centred learning and a great emphasis was placed on the philosophy and politics of learning. She subsequently taught in a large London school.
In 1984 she was involved in setting up the Shiatsu College with a particular emphasis on curriculum development. Nicola has delivered Shiatsu teacher training since 1996 and has been a teacher trainer for many of the Shiatsu Society’s teachers.
She started practicing Qigong in 1986 and has practiced almost every day since. She studied Tai Chi (Yang style) and a wide variety of Energy work forms. In 2001 she studied Hua Gong with Dominic Hill, who has transformed her practice. He helped her take some of the Qi of her practice for herself rather than putting it all in a deposit account.
Recently Nicola was awarded teaching status from Age UK to teach Qigong within the NHS.
She is also an artist and loves to teach workshops where people paint the energy around them. Nicola is the author of Shiatsu in a Nutshell and has produced a Qigong CD – Energy work, and a DVD with Carola Beresford-Cooke – Helping Ourselves Heal.