Sole To Soul With Andrea
I would say my Chi also known as my natural energy has always been geared towards being a better human, and being the best version of myself. At 50 + years I have still so much more to discover about myself which means I am not yet complete until God calls me home.
I have always lived my life with sincerity, wearing my heart on my sleeve, I am passionate about anything new I take on, and as I age, I feel I want to know more, which broadens my love of learning.
I am a mother of three amazing young adults, Jasmine, Ashton, and Sebastian being married to my soulmate Terry since 1992 in Mumbai, India then shortly after, made Okotoks Canada my home since 1993. Today I feel very blessed to be in a place where I can say I feel a sense of balance in my life with all that I strive to do, to try and make this world a better place with my strengths in music and fitness.
My journey with Kindermusik began in 2009 when I was certified to teach the highly recognized international music and movement program for children 0 to 7 years. My love for children and my love for music found a home in Kindermusik and for this, I am thankful every day! Please visit my website at www.kindermusik.com/andrea711 I can also be found on Facebook under Kindermusik With Andrea.
Journey into ChiRunning and ChiWalking
I have always valued living a healthy, balanced lifestyle, and as I approached my 40’s I felt I needed to look after my physical fitness. I started my journey into fitness at Curves, a women’s gym here in Okotoks, shortly after I felt the urge to run again as I did years ago when in grade school. I took up running in 2010 and found a great sense of satisfaction in this sport as it not only helped me shed a few pounds but also helped me with my self-confidence. I felt so much in control of my life after a run. It almost felt complete but felt I could use more in terms of improving my posture and so went online to look for ways to do the same. I discovered Danny Dreyer’s Chi Running and Walking in 2015 on YouTube.
ChiRunning and ChiWalking are all about posture and alignment of the body and how fundamental it is for running and walking using the basic principles of Tai Chi. I was certainly intrigued by this concept and found it very refreshing and a new outlook into running with efficiency while avoiding injuries. After taking some training online through Danny Dreyer’s Chi Running school and being coached by a couple of Chi running coaches here in Calgary and in Vancouver and noticing huge changes in my running for the better, I decided to take up the instructor training course myself to not only be more efficient as a runner but also to educate and help other runners to improve their running form. August 2017 is when I was certified to teach ChiRunning and ChiWalking. chiliving.com
Journey into Tai-Chi and Qigong
ChiRunning and ChiWalking got me curious to learn Tai Chi and I was very inspired by my Chi running coach Angela James from Vancouver that introduced me to the sequences of the Tai Chi practice. October 2017 is when I started my Tai Chi practice on a weekly basis and I was progressing through the sequences at a relatively good pace. I felt very present in the practice, it truly is meditation in motion and I could see how beneficial this practice can be for my mental health. Here I was connecting the dots, my Kindermusik program, ChiRunning and ChiWalking practice and now the Tai Chi practice.
March 2018 is when I was certified by Jane Sponair to teach Simplified and Summer of 2019 to teach the Wong Style Sequence.
I feel so blessed to have learned so much in the last decade of my life. Truly it has been a time of evolving and changing, a process of self-discovery of sorts, physically, mentally, and spiritually. I hope to continue the process of discovering the chi within me as I nurture and help others to discover the chi within them.
♥ Much peace, happiness, and lots of LOVE! ♥
It was exciting to meet Andrea Siqueira for the first time on August 5, 2019. We arranged to meet at her house at 9:00 a.m. and would take her vehicle to a running track near where she lived. I arrived at 9:15 a.m. and met Andrea’s husband, Terry before we started out to cover the points Andrea had planned for a private workshop.
The morning started out pleasant and cool but soon became warmer as the day wore on, resulting in some minor sunburn on the nose and forehead. I was nervous, as I wondered about how I would appear in the eyes of an experienced running coach, but Andrea never made me feel awkward or foolish. I appreciated how she would point out what I was doing right and then add where I could improve. Sometimes the truth about one’s self can be hard to accept, but I found her approach to be encouraging and not the least bit discouraging. I had already read the Chi Running book by Danny Dreyer, so I was familiar with the terms Andrea used and most of the material she covered. One of the first things Andrea did was to take a video of me running on the school track. Later she sent the video to me with a narrative on what was good about my running form and what needed improvement. I’m amazed at how effective this method is, as Andrea was able to zoom in and go frame by frame to emphasize her point.
Time went quickly as I tried to absorb as much of the helpful information as I could because this was for me and I wanted to get it! We ordered a take-out lunch and went to a park near the Sheep River to review what I had learned. When we were done eating Andrea and I ran along the gorgeous Sheep River, while she watched my running form and called out encouragement and helpful advice. I have to say this was a dream come true and I enjoyed every second of it. I could feel the change and was conscious of my speed increasing without any extra effort on my part. Truly amazing! Arriving back at the park we covered the warm-up drills and body looseners described in the book. From the river, we drove to where there was a hill and practiced the proper running approach to the different inclines one may encounter on a trail run. It was getting on into the afternoon when we again found ourselves back at the track where we started so Andrea could make a final video. This video was used to compare with the first one so that improvements could be noted and shared with me.
We returned to the Siqueira’s home, tired, hot, and happy. I felt very satisfied with all the material that had been covered and felt a more confident runner because of Andrea’s skillful approach in pointing out the wrong while enforcing the right. My plan is to take what I have learned and practice it through body sense until it becomes engrained in my mind. I don’t anticipate another intense day like this one, but I would like to see Andrea again next year to confirm that I’m still running in true Chi Running fashion, maybe more in the light of a tune-up session. Running never felt this good!
Andrea is a great instructor. She is patient and kind. Most important to me is that Andrea delivers a consistent message about the mechanics of running and walking. If your goal is to ambulate in a manner that reduces the injuries common to running, then I recommend you learn about Chi Running from Andrea Siqueira.
I had Andrea as a 1:1 instructor never having had Chi running/walking training. At times it was difficult to ignore past running techniques and form but Andrea was patient and I eventually got the hang of it. I liked the fact that she videotaped me running on the track. Little did I know that I was a heel striker. Not that it’s necessarily a bad form but it helped me to switch to a mid striker and I feel I’m a better runner for it. I’ve done 3 half marathons already and have 2 more to go including one in Vegas in November.
I highly recommend Andrea as an instructor. You won’t be disappointed.
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