Rafael Moreno Scholarship Awards

Rafael Moreno Scholarship Awards

Rafael Moreno Scholarship Winners

This year we received an unprecidented number of applications for the Annual Rafael Moreno Scholarship program.  Our industry has been hit particularly hard by the Covid Crisis with many wellness professionals unable to work.  In response we have been able to offer a little hope to some of the leaders in wellness and we are delighted to announce that six applicants have been awarded this year’s Rafael Moreno Scholarship.

Congratulations to the following inspirational people on being awarded this year’s Rafael Moreno Scholarships

  • Renay Jacobs – Hertfordshire,UK
  • Lyndsay Murray – Northern Ireland
  • Debbie Ansell – NSW, Australia
  • Diane Hollebone – NSW Australia
  • Tina Dale – Adelaide, Australia
  • Michelle Brown -Liverpool, UK

This scholarship was inspired by ChiBall Master Trainer, Rafael Moreno, and his love of sharing the gift of movement, including with people who are challenged in funding their further education in this area. Rafael created the Dance of the Dragon Choreography and features in the Video available for imediate download from our online store.  You can watch a short sample of the video from the Dance of the Dragon.

Sadly, Rafael passed away in 2007. This scholarship programme was created as a symbol of his colleagues’ admiration for him, his generosity of spirit, love of life and embodiment of the values of The ChiBall Method™.

Rafael touched many people’s lives and so with this scholarship we honour his memory in a way that continues to carry his vision forward and share his passion with the world.

The scholarship is open to applicants who can demonstrate a commitment to benefiting their local community with movement and mindfulness.  The Shcolarship offers full access to all Four parts of the standard ChiBall Teacher Training course valued at $499.

Congratulations once again to this year’s recipients, we look forward to hearing about your ChiBall Journey.

Photo Credit Ellis Garvey

Rafael Moreno Scholarship

Rafael Moreno Scholarship

Rafael Marino Scholarship

Applications are now open for the Rafael Moreno Chiball Teacher Training Scholarship.

This scholarship was inspired by ChiBall Master Trainer, Rafael Moreno, and his love of sharing the gift of movement, including with people who are challenged in funding their further education in this area. Rafael created the Dance of the Dragon Choreography and features in the Video available for imediate download from our online store.  You can watch a short sample of the video from the Dance of the Dragon.

Sadly, Rafael passed away in 2007. This scholarship programme was created as a symbol of his colleagues’ admiration for him, his generosity of spirit, love of life and embodiment of the values of The ChiBall Method™.

Rafael touched many people’s lives and so with this scholarship we honour his memory in a way that continues to carry his vision forward and share his passion with the world.

The scholarship is open to applicants who can demonstrate a commitmemt to benefiting their local community with movement and mindfulness.  We only ask in return that you share your ChiBall experiences with the wider community on our facebook page and through a training diary that we can share on our websites or newsletters. This doesn’t need to be too personal or detailed and we ask you to only share what you are comfortable with.

The Scolarship offers full access to all Four parts of the standard ChiBall Teacher Training course valued at $499. If this is something that you feel comfortable in applying for we ask you please tell us more about yourself, and your activities and motivations, and how the scholarship will help you to achieve your personal or career goals. (approx. 500 words).

Please submit applications by 28 August 2020 to info@chiBall.com

We look forward to hearing from you.

Keeping Your ChiBall Clean

Keeping your exercise equipment clean is an important task for anyone who shares equipment.  At ChiBall we take this issue very seriously and have developed a range of sanitising sprays that both clean your ChiBalls and refresh their aroma.  Our ChiAroma sprays are made from ethically sourced essential oils, teatree oil which is added for it’s anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, purified water and a natural plant based emulsifier which binds it all together.  The ChiAroma’s are made by Buckley and Philips who are based in Victoria, Australia.

Use 2 or 3 sprays of the ChiAroma Mist on your ChiBall, yoga mat or gym equipment and wipe clean to sanitize and rejuvenate the fragrance.  ChiAroma Mist can also be used as a room spray and before exercise to give harmony, balance and wellbeing.  They have been tested on humans not animals and come in a handy 100ml spray bottle.

For more information please see our ChiAroma page.

SUMMER SOLSTICE AND WINTER SOLSTICE AND ITS EFFECT TO OUR BODY’S NATURAL RHYTHM

SUMMER SOLSTICE AND WINTER SOLSTICE AND ITS EFFECT TO OUR BODY’S NATURAL RHYTHM

The June solstice is coming – which is the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. It usually happens between June 20 and 22, when we have longer days than nights on this specific season since the sun’s zenith is at its furthest point from the equator. On the June solstice, it reaches its northernmost point and the Earth’s North Pole tilts directly towards the sun, at about 23.4 degrees.

June solstice is also known as the Northern Solstice because it occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer in the Northern Hemisphere. On this solstice, the sun does not rise precisely in the east, but rises to the north of east and sets to the north of west, meaning it’s visible in the sky for a longer period of time.

In many places around the world, the summer solstice represents the beginning of summer, which could have several tangible health benefits including better sleep and a more positive mood.

During this season, people tend to feel better and have a slight elevation in their mood. This may be because the additional sunlight helps to regulate our internal clock, known as circadian rhythm because our eyes’ light receptors have an easier time recognizing when it’s time to wake up and fall asleep.

On the other hand, during Winter solstice (happens between December 21 or 22), there will have the shortest days and longest nights in the Northern hemisphere – which is the official first day of the winter season – at least on this side of the planet. The tilt of the Earth causes the change in seasons, and during the winter solstice, in particular, the Earth’s Northern hemisphere is farthest away from the sun.

This can affect your body’s circadian rhythm, which regulates your normal sleep cycles, as well as your ability to produce melatonin, aka your body’s sleep hormone. To put it simply, the lack of sunlight could definitely take a toll on your snooze time.

Everyone’s heard of the winter blues, but there’s real science behind why this time of year has you feeling bummed out a lot of the time. During this time of the year, your brain’s serotonin levels (“feel-good” neurotransmitter that our body produces) are largely affected by the amount of exposure we get to daylight.

So when the days start getting significantly shorter, and there’s a limited amount of sunshine, your serotonin levels can drop, causing you to feel a little moody and melancholy.

Now that summer solstice is getting nearer, it is a great opportunity to pause and reflect. During this time, your Yang energy reaches its peak – which is very much important because as a summer shifts into fall, Yang energy will decline. This great abundance of yang energy will translate throughout your body because during this season you are active and growing.

Learn more about how seasons can affect your body’s rhythm by checking out our Seasonal courses.

https://chiball.com.au/product-category/education/seasonals/

Benefits of doing ChiBall Remedial Pilates

Benefits of doing ChiBall Remedial Pilates

When you see everyone doing Pilates, see different poses in your Instagram feed, you feel like you want to be “one of them”, and become interested in doing Pilates Exercise program. But what is Pilates exactly?

What makes it different from other exercise programs?

Developed by Joseph Pilates, Pilates is a form of exercise that emphasized the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and awareness to support the efficient, graceful movement. It is also known as the Pilates Method.

Not only that, Pilates exercise can help improve strength and posture. Also, this method has always emphasized quality over quantity since this form of exercise does not need repetition for each move. Instead, it focuses on doing exercise fully, precision is its key and it yields significant results in a shorter time that you could imagine.

By exercising the Pilates technique, one will be able to develop controlled movement and gain strength in his core muscles. Your core is comprised of a group of muscles which stabilize and support your structure and improve your balance.

When our joints misalign, we will experience a vast majority of our aches and pains. But if we can identify this misalignment and know how we can correct it, we can now support our body, and lead a pain-free life with good mobility and ability.

In doing Remedial Pilates, we can learn how to activate our core stabilizers and we will know how to safely move with much precision and control. In doing remedial pilates, its aim is to help achieve a muscular balance which is important for moving in an efficient manner that will help prevent injuries.

ChiBall Remedial Pilates focuses on healing injuries through clinically proven exercises. It has been developed in consultation with clinical Physiotherapists in response to demand for a specialized stream of the ChiBall Method.

The course has been designed as an educational tool for health professionals delivering Pilates-based exercises which are of a remedial nature and are designed for clients recovering from injury.

The purpose of ChiBall Remedial Pilates is to trigger the reactivation of these muscles in order to regain and improve stability, mobility, and strength.

Learn more about the benefits of doing Remedial Pilates when you take our course. You can learn the principles of Remedial Pilates Method at the comfort of your own home or you can learn the techniques to tailor this to your class.

Check out https://chiball.com.au/product/remedial-pilates-pelvic-motor-control-course/ to know more.

ChiBall Gentle Moves and Graceful Ageing

ChiBall Gentle Moves and Graceful Ageing

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has evolved over thousands of years. TCM practitioners use various mind and body practices (such as acupuncture and tai chi) to address health problems.

Some mind and body practices used in Traditional Chinese Medicine practices may help improve quality of life and certain pain conditions.

One of these practices, like Tai Chi, combines certain postures, gentle movements, mental focus, breathing, and relaxation. This could benefit many people with reduced mobility who feel discouraged because of fitness barriers, such as chronic health conditions or concerns about injury or falls. If they have never exercised before, they may not know where to begin. Or maybe an on-going health problem or ability impairment is keeping them from getting active. They may even think they are simply too old or frail.

These are the reasons why ChiBall decided to introduce ChiBall Gentle moves – a distance learning course for people who want to have graceful aging or help their body move better. Gentle Moves can assist in managing the symptoms of illness and pain and ensure that not only do your participants look after their bodies — it’s good for their mind, mood, and memory. It is a unique experience of colour, music and flowing movement. With foundations in Traditional Chinese Medicine principles, it is a synergy of six ancient and modern movement disciplines from the East and the West, including Tai Chi-Qi Gong, ChiBall Dance, Yoga, Pilates, ChiBall release and Deep relaxation.

The ChiBall Gentle Moves Course has been specifically designed for those teachers wanting to introduce a gentle exercise routine for participants who want to improve their overall health including those participants with reduced mobility caused by increasing age, injury or illness.

The exercises of the Gentle Moves version are ideal for older adults, or those with limited mobility. Low impact exercises are taught from both sitting and standing positions. It is a “feel good” and uplifting experience which has been embraced by participants with a range of abilities and conditions including balance and mobility issues, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s Disease.

Let us know how we can help you through this course. Check out our website and search for “ChiBall Gentle Moves” to know more.

Or you can message us directly at info@chiball.com and we will be happy to assist you.

Good Health and Happiness,

ChiBall Team

Tai Chi (TaiJi) and Chi (Qi) Ball

Tai Chi (TaiJi) and Chi (Qi) Ball

Are you looking for a way to reduce stress? Why don’t you consider Tai Chi (TaiJi)?
 
Tai Chi has now evolved into a graceful form of exercise especially used for stress management and other health conditions. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing.
 
Tai Chi can improve balance control, fitness, and flexibility, and might cut the risk of falls in older people. Research says it can also reduce pain and the symptoms of depression in some cases.
 
As a form of exercise, it combines gentle physical exercise and stretching with mindfulness. This generates internal energy, song (loosening) and jing (serenity).
 
The ultimate purpose of tai chi is to cultivate the qi or life energy within us to flow smoothly and powerfully throughout the body.
 
Tai Chi within Chiball is used to ground and gently warm the body, build awareness, and calm the mind. ChiBall uses Tai Chi to bring concentration, flow, and relaxation within the movement. The Tai Chi component stirs and moves the chi and reflects the rising yang energy.
 
Tai Chi is also used to helping a person be familiar with all the different aspects of yourself; When they are unified, you are integrated.
 
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This is the 1st Module in the 4 parts of our Teacher Training Online Course available on our website.
 
This course teaches an understanding of the four main elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and their influences on ChiBall.
We wish to help you on your Journey towards Harmony, Balance, and Well-being. Join us and Discover ChiBall.
 
Good Health and Happiness,
 
Chiball Team

Concept of Yin and Yang and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Concept of Yin and Yang and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Yin Yang is perhaps the most known and documented concept used within Taoism.

The ideas behind yin and yang were developed by observing nature’s rhythms, ways, and laws, and how it was reflected in every aspect of life – our energy, the body, and the mind.

The complementary nature of Yin and Yang are best illustrated by the iconic black-and-white yin-yang symbol which represents two opposite energies working together to create balance. Yang can be seen within yin, and yin can be found in yang.

 

The principal proponent of the theory was the cosmologist Zou Yan (Tsuo Yen) who believed that life went through five phases – fire, water, metal, wood, and earth – which continuously interchanged according to the principle of Yin and Yang.

Yin Yang is the concept of duality forming a whole. Neither Yin nor Yang is absolute. Nothing is completely Yin or completely Yang. Each aspect contains the beginning point for the other aspect. The nature of Yin and Yang flows and changes with time. As one aspect increases, the other decreases to maintain the overall balance of the whole.

Although they represent independent energies, they coexist with each other. Yin reaches its height of influence with the winter solstice. Yang reaches its height of influence with the summer solstice. The yang energy of summer peaks and then declines to surrender to the yin of the autumn. The ice-cold yin of winter succumbs to the warm, expanding yang energy of spring, and continues to rise again into summer.

These energies are constantly moving, transforming, and changing. Just like rationalism forms the basis for Western medicine, the Taoist philosophy of yin-yang forms the basis for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM believed that the body moves like these energies – constantly moving, transforming, and changing.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the concept of Yin and Yang serves as the foundation for understanding health, as well as diagnosing and treating illnesses.

Understanding the ebb and flow of the body and life is the key to balance and harmony. Imbalance occurs when there is resistance to this natural ebb and flow which causes an excess or deficiency of either Yin or Yang.

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Good Health and Happiness,

Chiball Team

CHI – The Vital Energy and Why it is Critical to Health

CHI – The Vital Energy and Why it is Critical to Health

According to ancient Eastern philosophies, there is vital energy or basic force in all life. The Chinese called it “Chi” (Qi), the Japanese “Ki” and the Indians called it “Prana“. Chi expresses itself in many forms of energy which includes tangible things like electromagnetic, bio-energy, aura, light and others, and also intangible things like thoughts. In fact, all phenomena, including the physical, are expressions of pure energy. This subtle essence actually forms our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies and its strength and quality affect our state of health on all levels.
 
They may call it differently, what matters is that we can all agree that when the Chi, Ki or Prana is free-flowing, it can stimulate both mind and body. However, if it is blocked or stifled, our energy becomes scattered and our vitality is depleted. Simply put, any disturbance in the flow of chi creates illness. When chi is flowing freely, body processes normalize and illness naturally disappears.
 
Chi deficiencies can be caused by a lack of sleep, food, shelter, clean water, fresh air, and other physical elements that the human body needs to properly function. Also, an imbalance can be caused by insufficient mental stimulation, love, and social interaction.
 
It is also possible to have an excess chi as a result of environmental toxins like polluted air or water, or from too much physical activity, stress, negative emotion, or overeating.
 
However, good nutrition, moderate exercise, and a happy life can enhance a weak Chi. Balance is key. Too much or too little exercise will adversely affect the Chi and cause problems.
 
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The quieter you become, the more you can hear.

The quieter you become, the more you can hear.

Meditation can help us live happier, eliminate negative thoughts, worries, and anxieties. Several studies have proven that the practice of meditation, carried out on a regular basis, will mitigate the symptoms of stress and anxieties.

In a Chiball class, the fifth energy phase, which is often omitted from western exercise techniques and often leaves participants out of balance is the Condensed Yin Phase represented by a short period of relaxation and meditation.

It is so vitally important to allow the body to heal, the mind to calm and the spirit to soar/awaken. Hence, the need for meditation. It is the final stage of a ChiBall class that brings the complete person into Harmony, Balance, and Well-being.

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Good health and Happiness,

ChiBall Team

Why should kids learn Meditation

Why should kids learn Meditation

Do you know that in several schools, meditation is used to replace detention/suspension to discipline kids and avoid them from acting up? Cool isn’t it?

Imagine you got a call from the principal or a counselor telling you that your kid is in detention again or he/she is showing bad behavior which leads to his/her suspension. It’s heartbreaking for a parent to know that you’re working hard to pay for your child’s education and yet what the kids learn are fighting, staring at the walls in detention rooms and unruly behavior. Annoying isn’t it?

That’s why according to an article posted in https://www.upworthy.com, Robert W. Coleman Elementary School decided to replace detention with meditation and the results are very surprising! Instead of punishing disruptive kids or sending them to the principal’s office, they offer Mindfulness programs instead.

According to several schools that use programs like these, they said suspension rates dropped and attendance increased as well. Kids learn to meditate which becomes much deeper and more meaningful for the students, especially given what the statistics say about the challenges they face on a daily basis. They can also bring what they learn at home, meditate for 5 minutes and not have to worry about what’s going on outside their bedroom door if need be.

ChiBall envisions to help everyone – adults and child alike to benefit from the holistic approach to meditation. That’s why we also offer “Children in Balance” so that parents can have access to it online and teach children how to properly use these for their kids’ health and overall well being.

Check out: https://chiball.com.au/product-cat…/childrens-education/ to learn more.

Keeping Children Calm

Keeping Children Calm

Recently we received an email from one of our ChiBall teachers who works with active 4 year olds. We loved this story of the last day of term…

Hi MAC,

I wanted to relate what I did today with my 4 year olds at the kindy. I have a feeling you will love this –

I always take first group time, I told the kids what I had been doing for 5 days and showed them the balls and said they could do some with me after lunch.

I had about four helping me to open 30 plastic bags, pile up the “straws” and colour code them into bags. I filled them up with air while they had lunch. You have NO IDEA how fabulous the next 45 minutes was. We checked out the smell – for your info all but the silver ball was recognised the red ball smells like “cookies at Christmas” and I swear I did not say anything about cinnamon, Christmas, or any type of leading information. Now I gave the four most energetic over the top boys the purple balls (much to the little girl’s disgust as purple is their favourite colour!).

Now if you had been there to see four boys become quiet, thoughtful and compliant you would possibly believe me, but I still am shaking my head. (So is the staff of the kindy!). I used the Move CD I picked up yesterday, I even opened it in front of them so had not listened to it – we did some initial movements without the music but still holding the balls, then did the rainbow, butterfly arms, sunset/sunrise and horizon moves. Then did some relaxation on the floor from the Feldenkrais section in particular the back rolls over the ball. Then: just relaxed – no music – on the floor.

Now you need to know these kids always love the last day of term as it’s ‘play all day, party lunch and anything goes’. So hyped up is a normal explanation for most of them. One of my staff asked me how the kids had managed to relax so quietly on the floor even though it was nearly 2pm and usually the worst time of the day for children and their energy sources.  Oh yes and we did pat our arms all the way down and up they thought that was hilarious!

The ChiBall Team would like to say a special thank you to Babs for submitting this wonderful reflection. If you have any stories that you would like to share with us, please email education@chiball.com.

Interview with ChiBall Teacher Caren Hudson

Interview with ChiBall Teacher Caren Hudson

CBW – What is your background in terms of practising or teaching fitness or mind-body exercise?

CH -I have always been involved in exercise and sport of some kind and have tried many things. Tae Kwon Do, aqua-aerobics, touch football and yoga are but a few. Team sports were never really my thing. In 2001 I started working out in a gym doing quite a bit of weight training and loved it. So much so that in 2004 at age 43 I competed in a Natural Bodybuilding competition. I came third in my category which for me was a great feat. I was happy just to be able to get on stage.

I have become more interested in mind-body exercise in recent years and have participated in Body Balance classes and yoga. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2009 I became much more interested in the wellness side of exercise not only for the body but the mind as well. Then I discovered ChiBall.

CBW- How did you get involved with ChiBall?

CH – During and following treatment for breast cancer I found it very difficult to exercise. Surgery had left me with quite a few limitations and I had severe fatigue from Chemotherapy. But I missed my exercise and knew I had to get back to it. I had been searching for an exercise program that would be suitable for someone like me.

On a visit to the Point Cook Community Centre I saw a flyer for ChiBall. I had never heard of it but was intrigued. So with flyer in hand I Googled ChiBall to see what it was all about. Harmony, balance and well-being, the philosophy behind the ChiBall Method was exactly what I was looking for. I found Krystal Lutze’s ChiBall website and registered for a class and have not looked back since. It is the best thing I’ve ever done.

CBW – What benefits have you seen or felt in your life since becoming a participant and/or instructor of The ChiBall Method?

CH – Benefits, where do I begin? I started classes with Krystal in February this year (2010). At the time I was still struggling quite a bit with my health and undergoing treatment. I was quite depressed. ChiBall has helped me to regain a sense of well-being. It is mindful, the exercise is of great benefit and most of all it’s fun. I love the coloured balls. The pink one is my favourite.

When I started classes I had limited movement in my upper body but as the months have gone by the movement in my shoulders and chest have improved markedly. So has my sense of well-being. The mediation and relaxation has helped me to focus on the good things and let the bad stuff go. The fatigue has also subsided and I put it all down to ChiBall. Krystal’s class was and still is the best hour of my week.

Breast cancer is a journey. I’ve found another journey, the ChiBall journey and it has helped me to overcome the stress of breast cancer. I am so passionate about the benefits of the ChiBall Method I’ve decided to become an instructor so I can share my experience with others. I began my training in October.

CBW – What is your favourite part of the programme?

CH – I love it all but my favourites are Tai Chi and ChiBall dance. I find the Tai Chi very relaxing and the ChiBall dance is fun. The fact that the program is based on the philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine makes it unique and gives it more meaning.

CBW – What kind of people do you want to work with and teach?

CH – I want to work with and teach other women who have had breast cancer. Exercise and well-being are essential to staying well after breast cancer. The ChiBall Method combines both of these things. The beauty of the progam is that it’s suitable for all ages and levels of fitness and can be modified to suit most needs.

I want to be able to provide support in a caring environment for people trying to get their health back on track. This is what ChiBall has given me. Everyone I have met who is involved in the program is caring, kind and supportive. It seems the philosophy of the program engenders this in those who become involved.

CBW – Do you have a favourite pose or sequence?

CH – The Swallow is one of my favourite moves, it gives me such a sense of freedom. I also love the Storm for the energy (chi) it creates.

CBW – How are you looking to deepen and take your practise forward in the future?

CH – First of all I’m going to complete my Practical Intensive Training. Once that is done I intend to complete the Seasonal Courses and Modality Courses. I have become very interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine since becoming involved in ChiBall and would like to study more in this area. Where all this will take me, I’m not sure. It’s all part of my ChiBall journey.

CBW – What would you say to people who are starting a ChiBall class, or are considering becoming an Instructor?

CH – Do it, Do it, Do it! ChiBall improves your health, mental attitude and well-being. It’s a way of life. You will meet wonderful people and it could change your life for the better. It did mine.

CBW – Thanks for sharing your remarkable story with us.