Cultivating essential energy, relaxed strength and awareness in action
Shirsha Marie is the Founder of Heart Mind Centre in Byron Bay, which she established in 1986 as Byron Bay Martial Arts. She has taught a large number of dedicated students a range of Eastern traditions that develop and integrate body, mind and spirit. Her teaching style is a significant outcome of over 35 years experience in a wide range of personal development systems, psychotherapy and internal martial arts.
Shirsha’s training programme includes classes, workshops and individual sessions in the soft-style martial art of Taiji and the self-healing exercise art of Qigong. She has comprehensive knowledge of the body-mind system and the cultivation and transformation of essential energy. She is renowned for her clear instruction and ability to convey the subtleties of Taiji and Qigong with depth and insight.
Shirsha has also had training in Somatic Psychotherapy. Her work is enriched by the correlation between Eastern systems of body-mind health and somatic therapeutic methods of Core Energetics. With an integrated approach to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual development, she offers holistic training for contemporary living.
Soft-Style Martial Art
Internal Strength & Harmony
The ancient Chinese art of Taiji (Tai Chi) is a coordinated art of flowing movement that is essentially an active form of meditation. It is a well-developed system of mindfulness in the moving body, and often referred to as a ‘meditation in motion’ which harmonises body, mind and energy to foster a calm and focused mind, inner peace and the experience of stillness in action.
Taiji is based on principles of alignment, relaxation, awareness and intention. Its graceful spiralling forms express the underlying forms of energy and motion inherent in life. The gentle circular moves of Taiji are fluid like water and represent the inter-relationship of yin and yang energies, always seeking balance.
Taiji forms cultivate internal strength and the genesis of movement and energy from the body’s vital centre. They are employed to respond to, and harmonise with, the ever-changing forces of life through stability, flexibility, relaxed power and deep mind awareness.
Shirsha Marie teaches the Yang Syle, the 37-Step Short Form and the 108-Step Long Form, in the traditional lineage of Yang Chen-Fu, Cheng Man-Ch'ing and Huang Sheng-Shuan, as systemized by Patrick Kelly.
Healing Exercise System
Cultivating Vital Life Energy
The nurturing, self-healing art of Qigong (Chi Kung) is now receiving global recognition as the next step in body-mind-energy development. This holistic practice integrates gentle exercises, breath-work and energy cultivation with mindfulness in movement. It incorporates ancient wisdom of Eastern health practices and nature-based philosophies which promote vitality, balance, inner peace and spiritual growth.
Practising Qigong is both soothing and energizing. Its circular rhythmic moves enhance the smooth flow of energy throughout the whole body, to nourish every organ and tissue and improve all functions of the body. Qigong calms the mind, slows down the ageing process and protects the body from stress and disease.
The flowing, harmonious techniques of Qigong are both relaxing and pleasurable, and promote a deeper, more fulfilling connection with life. Qigong offers safe and enjoyable exercises you can do anywhere at any time, to manage your own health, and experience harmony and joy in nature and in life.
Qigong Practice includes: light flowing stretches, gentle joint rotations; postural alignment techniques; strength building exercises; deep breathing methods; guided relaxation and meditation.
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Traditions That Have Healed and Inspired
for Thousands of Years