Tag: Self Care

Meet Katie Brindle, the guru behind Qigong

Are you looking for a new act of self care in 2021? If you have an interest in Chinese medicine and or alternative therapies then Qigong may be just the tonic. As an advocate of the practice, SILKS co-Director, Amanda Cooper, couldn’t wait to interview Katie Brindle and showcase this phenomenon to our clients.

Can you start by telling us a little about your background and Qigong?

When lockdown started, I decided to share my daily Qigong practice on Instagram. I’m a practitioner of Chinese medicine by profession, and my expertise is in Yang Sheng, the self-care part of Chinese medicine. Qigong, which translates as ‘life force practice’, is quite simply the most incredible exercise.

By strengthening your life force on the inside, you will see the results on the outside. Life force is the very thing that makes you feel alive and energised and healthy – and the minute you start to practice you’ll feel the difference.

If you think you’ve tried every type of workout to get the results you want, I promise you haven’t. Because if you are tired, lacking in energy, out of shape or simply not feeling great, trust me Qigong is for you. Since lockdown, we’ve had hundreds join our revolution and the results have been staggering. Qigong exercise leaves you feeling relaxed yet energised, rather than exhausted yet restless. It worked for me, it has worked for them – and it will work for you.

I had been dreaming of launching online Qigong classes for a long time. And as a result of the interest, Hayo’uFit was born. People have described it to me as ‘energising’, ‘transforming’ and as ‘the only thing that’s ever worked’  – all of which is amazing, and totally unsurprising to me! Qigong is not about calories in versus calories out. This is a practice designed to replenish rather than deplete your energy levels. Discover an entirely new approach – from one of the oldest healthcare systems in the world.

Tell us more – how does Qigong work?

Qigong is a fundamental pillar of Chinese medicine. It is classed as a form of internal exercise. Internal exercise is any combination of slow, considered movements with breath and mental engagement, another example would be yoga. Qigong is, quite simply, the ultimate self-healing technique. By learning to manipulate qi around the body, you rejuvenate and energise, lower the heart rate and blood pressure and support the immune system.

Qigong tapper

Many people exercise to improve the way they look or perhaps improving the health of your heart and lungs, but Chinese medicine says that while aerobic exercise does work those organs, it simultaneously taxes them. Qigong, on the other hand, works the muscles and nourishes all of the organs – but, crucially, doesn’t strain them. It boosts your oxygen uptake and circulation, but while your body is relaxed. This builds your capacity to store and generate your reserves of Qi (energy).

What are the main benefits of Qigong?

Qigong has been shown in research studies to offer the following benefits:

  • Reduces anxiety
  • Reduces cortisol and stress hormones
  • Reduces systemic inflammation
  • Improves immune function
  • Improves sleep quality
  • Reduction in blood pressure
  • Supports cardiovascular health
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Improves mood
  • Positive effects on bone health
  • Pain reduction for Arthritis, neck pain and Fibromyalgia
  • Improves cognitive function

Who is Qigong best suited to?

In a word, everyone! According to Chinese medicine, your organs control the entire health of your body. This includes, amongst other things, your muscles, fascia, bones, body fat and any tendency towards weight imbalance. Look after your organs and you’ll see a knock-on positive effect on all of your health. Qigong will give you stamina without stress, tone without pain. As you do the exercises, you’re balancing the whole body and, because they’re so gentle, they also suit older people, those recovering from illness and anyone else with physical or energetic limitations. Just because it’s gentle, don’t underestimate its power and efficacy.

What is Laughter Qigong?

As part of the class, we always do some Laughter qigong. This is one of my favourite mind/body exercises. Lots of our morning qigong class have reported that they start crying when they do laughter qigong. This is totally natural and actually quite common, as they are both emotional releases. This is the body clearing suppressed emotions. In Chinese medicine, everything needs to flow and if there is anything stuck, it inhibits your Qi flow around the body, which eventually will cause health issues. It all needs to come out…

Katie Brindle

How often should you do Qigong?

The beauty of this is that it can take as much or as little time as you like! So, all of our Hayo’u rituals, such as body tapping with our amazing Body Tapper Bamboo, can be effective in as little as one-minute a day. It was important to me to make these techniques as simple as brushing your teeth, in order to give people half a chance of actually making them a habit. But when we have more time, as many of us do during lockdown, they are there to enjoy for longer at a deeper level. Which also goes for qigong! If you are looking for the perfect exercise to do from home, we have now launched subscriptions, which means that you can practice every single day for £8 a week!

See www.hayoumethod.com for products, www.hayoufit.com for Qigong and www.katiebrindle.com to learn more about how Yang Sheng can help you.

If you would like any support in any aspect of your lifestyle, please contact SILKS for more info.




A simple act of self care in 2021

Every December, we traditionally have a habit of relaxing our attitudes and routines when it comes to our diet and exercise patterns. Then, come January, the whole nation is transfixed on getting back into shape and creating a long list of resolutions that can often feel unachievable and lead us feeling overwhelmed.

In 2021, it is even more important that we take care of our health given the latest government guidelines and restrictions. Whether it is gifting ourselves 30 minutes to meditate, prepare a nutritious meal, exercise or simply speak to a friend or loved one, it is vital that we are kind to ourselves.

An easy and simple act of self care is to include a spoonful or two of raw honey into our diet every day. The health benefits of consuming honey is endless and it can help to improve a compromised immune system and increase gut health. There are so many easy ways to include this into our meals and drinks –

  • Stir it into your favourite herbal tea
  • Add it to a smoothie
  • Mix it with oil and vinegar to pour over salad dressings
  • Add a spoonful into warm milk before bedtime

Manuka Honey

During periods of lockdown, we have seen an increase in levels of anxiety and stress. A contributing factor to this could be our compromised sleeping patterns due to the changes in our routine. If you consume honey every day, it can aid you in getting you the sleep you need, leading to reduced stress and potentially reduced anxiety.

We have recently discovered The True Honey Co. which is harvested in New Zealand and we can’t recommend it more highly. The medical grade manuka honey is free of contaminants as the hives are planted in the middle of some of the purest stands of Manuka in New Zealand’s most remote, pristine locations.

The True Honey Co. go to such lengths to produce this world class product, the 5500 hives are so remote, they are unreachable by trucks and cars and instead they use helicopters to locate and place the hives.

To talk to SILKS and discuss how we can assist you in improving and maintaining your lifestyle in 2021, please contact us here.