I am social dance instructor (partner-dancing) for the last 15 years and use a lot of my basic Tai Chi techniques for dancing. I am, unfortunately, very inflexible (even with the most simple Lotus position). I have decided to do a career change, mainly teaching QiGong, Tai Chi and, hopefully, Taoist Yoga. I have access to good local Tai Chi and QiGong instruction in Canada, but what I really want to learn is Taoist Yoga.
There is Yin Yoga, Yin & Yang Yoga, Taoist Yoga classes in Toronto (Taoist Yoga being more rare). There is only one school that seems to offer it and I am not sure if it is similar to the style and practice of what Kumar teaches: http://www.spiritwindinternalarts.org/classical-taoist-arts/dao-in-lung-shen-taoist-yoga.
Although I want to learn as quickly as possible because I am not a young person (over 40), I am under no illusion that things will come quickly; I just want to train more efficiently and in a practical manner. My goals are as follows:
1) Become proficient at Chen Tai Chi
2) Become proficient at one style of QiGong which involves passive and active movements (gentle exercises, which hopefully involves imagery, sound, breath work, etc)
3) Become good at Taoist Yoga
Both 1 and 2 are accessible in my area, but Taoist Yoga is hard to find, because I find that Tai Chi and basic QiGong is not as focused on flexibility as much as regular Indian Yoga. I want to keep everything more based on Chinese system theory, and hence, in the future, I could use Taoist Yoga methods for stretching more efficiently and gently before a Tai Chi class, and also teach it as a class on its own when I am qualified.
What would be the best way to approach this? Should I first take any Yoga classes as a start? I presume I will have to travel to the US, which is expensive, but I am willing to put in the time and effort? I am beginner at everything, but I am willing to work hard. I only want to learn Taoist Yoga outside Canada because of financial restrictions. Will this be possible since I do not see any training program for this particular program or should I just enroll on the local school link I pasted? I really liked Bruce's description of the this Tao Yoga practice and enjoyed the short clip of the video of people doing a bit of it in a Lotus position. Hence, I would like to be one of the pioneers eventually of teaching Taoist Yoga in Ontario while at the same time improve my own health while on a path to a career change. It is actually a career suicide for me to change careers as I am already established at what I do so starting from zero is very daunting again (at my age), but I am thinking of long-term and I would rather be doing something that benefits my own health while i am teaching it, plus I am in position to spread Taoist Yoga in Ontario because of access to huge number of students.
Any feedback will help, or should I just contact the company Director directly?
I first met Bruce in 1992, as a 17 year old, I had all sorts of fantasies about becoming strong and learning to defend myself. Bruce taught me that through hard work and daily practice a world of incredible depth and peace can be found within the art of Ba Gua Zhang that goes far beyond the ability to knock out King Kong.