Currently a level 5 red belt, Dj was introduced to Sun Do about 25 years ago, when she practiced regularly for about a year. Life then took a turn towards building her own physical therapy business, delaying her return to the practice until four and a half years ago. As a result of her Sun Do practice, she is stronger, more flexible, calmer, less reactive, more patient, healthier, less stressed, and has increased awareness of body, emotion and mental states.
The practice and the journey is personal. Each person will get what they need from the practice. For Dj, it has been life changing, especially noting the difference when she started practicing a few times per week. She feels so much more resilient, able to manage stress, and finds it easier to stay connected to “here and now” in a way that allows her to create her life and not just react.
Dj is also a mixed-arts therapist. blending physical therapy, craniosacral therapy and psychotherapy in her work with clients. Sun Do is a perfect complement to her profession as she is all about integration.
Carol Gale began practicing Sun Do about 30 years ago when she read a notice stating, “One practice is worth a thousand readings.” Finding this to bear truth, she found herself drawn to the gentle pattern of exercise and the meditative quiet provided by the Sun Do practice. Sun Do especially helped her manage her back pain, by both keeping her flexible and strengthening her core. For many years she practiced a minimum of once a week, though she has discovered the increased benefits of practicing three times a week. She is currently at the tenth level in red belt, and has been practicing regularly for the past seven years.
Outside of Sun Do, Carol is an educator with the Hartford Public School System. She spent 30 years in the classroom and is currently the president of the Hartford Federation of Teachers. She finds both the Taoist philosophy in which Sun Do is embedded, and breathing and meditative practice of Sun Do have helped her maintain a calm balance in the demands of her work as well as a healthy work-life balance.
She invites you to give it a try and see for yourself if “One practice is with a thousand readings.”