Devoe is considered America's youngest female yoga instructor.

Meet the Youngest Yoga Teacher in the US

Twelve-year-old Jaysea DeVoe knows a thing or two about focus. She teaches yoga professionally to teenagers and preschoolers, both known for their tendencies to tend to fidget and rebel. However, DeVoe wields the unique ability to calm them and instill a sense of concentration. 

After completing 200 hours of teacher training, DeVoe recently became certified as a yoga instructor. She is believed to be the youngest certified female yoga instructor in the U.S.

Devoe teaches in her California beach town of Encinitas, where her entrepreneurial gumption is not alone. Skateboarder-turned-businessman Tony Hawk and Olympic gold snow boarder Shaun White are both based in Encinitas. On top of teaching yoga poses to 4-year-olds and teens, DeVoe is about to start a family yoga class.

"I feel like I want to do this for a long time because I love teaching so much," DeVoe, who looks like a classic California beach girl with long blond hair, told Reuters.

DeVoe's parents, Rick and Julie, have encouraged her passion for a long time. In fact, they granted an usual amount of freedom rarely taken advantage of by kids her age. They found an institution to accommodate DeVoe's plans, allowing her to go school three days a week and have the other four to practice yoga, teach yoga poses and explore the types of yoga for beginners. 

"She was just adamant about doing all the homework and never wanting to miss a class," Rick said of the yoga training class. "We were just really thrilled and very honored that they allowed her to do it and that she pulled it off."

Next Steps
DeVoe now works at a donation-based yoga studio, and after her first class, she found $136 in the donation box. She has been trained to teach adults, saying she's ready for moms and dads in her new family class. She's also ready to tackle the challenge of working with people who have injuries. Dahn Yoga, a form of yoga with a Korean twist, is another helpful method to help overcome injuries. The style incorporates gentle movements that develops better range of motion and flexibility. 

"We have learned so many variations of all the poses to do if people do have injuries or to prevent injuries," she said with a confident tone to Reuters.

There's little doubt that DeVoe has the sort of drive that's inspirational to people four and five times her age. Working initially with pint-sized students, DeVoe is an ideal teacher for yoga for beginners. But her aspirations don't stop there. She just told her dad she wanted to look into making eco-friendly mats. Those in California will have the chance for America's youngest yoga instructor to show them the ropes. 

Senior women honing her balance skills.

Shibashi Practice Among Elderly

In the Philippines, seniors are gravitating toward a form of qi gong that helps reduce stress and improve mental and physical relaxation. The popular technique is called tai chi qi gong shibashi, and is based on the philosophy of tai chi. It's a mixture of these differing disciplines that integrates mindful breathing into controlled, gentle movements. There are more than a dozen different styles of qi gong, and shibashi is considered one of the easiest to learn and perfect for all ages.

On the outskirts of the Parañaque City, older women take the afternoon off during the weekends for a half-hour of contemplative exercise. Shibashi, which means 18 in Mandarin, incorporates a series of 18 energy-enhancing exercises designed to cultivate chi energy in different parts of the body. Since it only takes about 15 to 20 minutes, it's an excellent way to break up the day and press the refresh button.

The first part of Tai chi qi gong was developed by Chinese qi gong master Lin Hou Sheng in 1979. Sheng emphasizes synchronizing the 18 movements with proper breathing techniques, which can boost circulation, digestion and overall well-being. Some of the tai chi benefits for seniors include lowered stress and physical tension carried in the muscles of the body. The discipline is similar to Dahn yoga, a Korean exercise system founded by Ilchi Lee. Both use gentle movements that stimulate the chi in our bodies, cutting down stress and tension from our daily lives. 

Some Parañaque City regulars who practice in front of Manila's Binondo Catholic church describe shibashi as a gentle, flowing qi gong exercise routine that's a delight to do and intimately relaxing.

Because shibashi introduces the fundamental elements of weight shifting and coordination of hand and leg movements, many practitioners say that it's a great entry point for people who want to move on to yang style tai chi forms.

No matter your age, both shibashi and Dahn yoga are useful outlets to work on focusing on the here and now, achieving a mind-body connection that's invaluable as we age.

A qi gong class

Using Qi Gong, One Woman’s Fight Against Cancer

Debra Weisenburger Lipetz was diagnosed with cancer in the 1980s. Many people ask her what year, but she said she doesn't remember the specific date because she had more important things to face, like the search for a solution.  

Lipetz turned to qi gong. Qi gong has its roots in an ancient Chinese medicine that integrates breathing techniques, physical poses and focused attention. The Berwick, Ohio, resident said that she had heard the technique uses chi, or energy, to heal, which is exactly what she was trying to channel.

One of her instructors told her she could master the form, involving its healing aspects, in roughly three decades. Lipetz recalled that she didn't think she had 30 years.

In central Ohio, not far from where she grew up in Alliance, she met a practitioner of qi gong during her fight against cancer.

"I no longer break blocks, I break disease," he told her, according to This Week News. 

"That sounds like what I need," Lipetz replied.

At the time of her diagnosis, Lipetz was practicing tai chi, a close cousin to qi gong. Unlike tai chi, however, qi gong incorporates a variety of simple, gentle movements rather than long sequences that have to be memorized. Thanks to these simple and repetitive motions, qi gong is more accessible to many people. The harmonizing practice is said to strengthen the body, focus the mind and increase overall well-being. Both practices aren't far from Dahn yoga either, a mind-body program that also boosts health and wellness through honing in on one's chi.

Nowadays, she leads a weekly qi gong class at the Cancer Support Community in Central Ohio. On Thursday mornings, the class is filled with people who have had cancer, survivors like herself and others whose lives have been impacted by the disease.

She firmly believes in the power of qi gong to help with healing, as it did with her. Lipetz finds that if it worked with her, it can work with others. In 1993, she started studying qi gong for her personal development, even spending time in China to learn the Zhineng form of the discipline.

"It completely changed my life," Lipetz told the source. "I made a pact with the universe that if I can heal and continue to live and thrive as a healthy human being, I would be of service to other people with cancer and people in need."

She beat the disease with the help of qi gong, and currently does exactly what she promised. During class periods of the ancient technique, she points out that a camaraderie develops, something that lasts long after qi gong practitioners become cancer-free. 

In addition to the inner calm and personal strength that qi gong nurtured, Lipetz recalls a quote that helped her brave through the hard times, that if you cannot stand, you must imagine yourself standing. Touring throughout the U.S. teaching classes, she's certainly on both feet now. 

A little boy and his teacher practicing qigong.

Qi Gong for Kids

Qi gong isn't just for adults who need a stress reliever in their busy lives. Ilchi Lee, an expert on meditation, points out that the ancient Chinese practice, sometimes referred to as "Chinese yoga," also serves as an excellent outlet for children.

The simple movements and breathing exercises have calming benefits for youngsters. Just like for adults, qi​ gong's mindfulness allows kids to take a step back from the situation, refocus and express themselves in an effective manner. The soothing qi​ gong tai chi exercises have immediate benefits and can be honed the longer a child practices them. Through qi​ gong education, children learn to balance their emotions and face daily challenges more confidently. 

Qi gong teaches children important goals
The first goal of qi​ gong is stress reduction. Now more than ever, young students are pressured to excell in the classroom, partake in a number of extracurricular​ activites and maintain a soical life. With a full plate of responsibility, youngsters get stressed out too. In order To combat this, simple mindful exercises can be put to use. One helpful practice is rubbing one's hands together until you feel heat, then placing those activated hands on the lower belly, which helps to settle an agitated child. 

The ancient practice also works on redirecting aggressive energy and "acting out." We've all seen it: a child becomes frustrated but doesn't know how to handle it so he or she unleashes into a tantrum. Qi gong is resource that kids can turn to whenever they feel out of control. At first, this will require adult instruction and guidance through intervention. Encourage a frustrated child to pause, come back to sensation inside his or her own body and try to express the emotion. The result will be clearer, more effective communication that aids in the child's personal development. 

The practice has traditionally been used to achieve a state of balance in the body through focused breathing, mindfulness and gentle movements. Practices vary from the soft, internal styles of tai chi to the vigorous external styles such as Kung Fu. The slow, gentle movements can be practiced by all age groups. It creates an awareness not typically part of traditional physical exercise.

Through qi​ gong, children can learn how to handle moments of agitation, and how to respond appropriately. To get children acclimated to the exercises, it's helpful to shorten the practice and turn the movements into interactive games. In this way, teachers may get groups of kids to be relaxed, calm and receptive. 

Qi gong may help you feel refreshed and awake in the morning.

Using Qi Gong for Insomnia Could Give You a Better Night’s Sleep

Millions of people worldwide who suffer from insomnia. If you're worried about the long-term effects of sleeping pills, one option is to sign up for qi gong classes to ease her sleeping problem. The exercise features breathing techniques, stretching and maintaining stationary postures for extended periods.

Qi gong, which is an ancient Chinese art dating back thousands of years, combines mindful concentration and exercise – two of the best things that help lull you to sleep at night. More specifically, the technique includes coordinating breath with a series of repetitive fluid movements, enabling your chi to move through the body, which promotes mental and physical well-being.

"Although I still suffer from insomnia sometimes, I fell asleep more easily after doing qi​ gong for a couple of months," Lo Siu-ching told the South China Morning Post.

Together with herbal medicine, qi gong has long been used by Chinese medicine practitioners to treat insomnia. According to traditional Chinese medicine, insomnia is the result of a disturbed spirit or what the Chinese call "shen." To ease the shen, qi​ gong offers  simple method for overcoming this problem and returing your mind and chi to a more balanced state.

This year in October, the effects of practicing qi gong on insomnia will be tested clinically for the first time by the Hong Kong University's Centreof Behavioural Health. Roughly 300 people who suffer from insomnia will be assigned into qi gong and control groups to evaluate the effect of the Taoist mental and physical exercise.

"In the concept of Chinese medicine, insomnia can be caused by blocked meridians (the pathway system through which qi flows)," Cecilia Chan Lai-wan, a professor in health and social work at HKU, told the source. "Qi gong can help remove the blockages so that qi and blood can flow to the internal organs."

If you have trouble falling asleep or you wake up feeling unrefreshed, you may want to give qi gong a try. This technique has been compared to tai chi exercises, and as a type of" moving meditation," it could prove the perfect option to get a much-needed night's sleep.

Ilchi Lee, an expert on brain potential, endorses the practice of qi gong, as it benefits mindful medicine techniques. Lee knows that without a good night sleep, it's hard to operate at our best.

Katy Perry reportedly practices Transcendental Meditation several times a week.

6 Surprising Meditators

Slowly but surely, meditation is making its way into the mainstream. Besides lowering stress and bolstering immunity, meditation provides a much-needed emotional glade in the crowded forest of your day. Everyone from the average Joe to football athletes to international celebrities practice this ancient technique, and in honor of its benefits, here are the six people and organizations you wouldn't suspect partake:

1. The Seattle Seahawks
Even the Super Bowl champions get Zen-bound off the the field. During the 2013 season, head coach Pete Carroll brought in a sports psychologist to teach meditation techniques for beginners on his team. Though it wasn't mandatory, about 20 players participated, meditating several times a week. 

2. Lena Dunham
As the creator and star of HBO's hit show "Girls," Dunham reported that she's been meditating since age 9. The actress quipped that she comes from a long line of women who need transcendental meditation more than most. 

3. Jack Dorsey
Dorsey, who's one of the three founders of Twitter, gets up every morning at 5:30 to meditate. Meditation boosts creativity and heightens productivity, which may or may not be why Dorsey has 2.54 million followers and an estimated net worth of 1.3 billion. 

4. Katy Perry
Katy Perry says she practices transcendental meditation several times a day. In Elle Canada magazine, 28-year-old Perry discussed the Saturn return, which is a phenomenon where the planet Saturn returns to the same point in the sky that it occupied at the moment of a person's birth, taking about 29.5 years. In other words, it's a sort of wake-up call for near-30-year-olds.

5. The U.S. Marines
Although combat may seem like the opposite of finding your inner chi, the Marine Corps has recently invested in a series of multi-million dollar studies to analyze whether or not the practice can prevent post traumatic stress disorder and if it is beneficial in creating more focused marines. 

6. Tina Turner
The Queen of Rock 'n' Roll is a longtime Buddhist who began meditating in the 1970s to overcome a tough obstacle in her life. Turner credits meditation for building the inner confidence and courage to leave her abusive ex-husband Ike Turner. She adheres to the tradition of Soka Gakkai, part of Nichiren Buddhism.

Join the big shots in practicing mindful meditation!

Balance is key in qi gong.

Qi Gong for Seniors: Improving Balance

For seniors, falls are one of the leading causes of injuries. Each year, 1 in 3 adults aged 65 and older experiences a fall, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And more seniors are looking for alternatives to steer clear of these kinds of accidents.

One way to boost balance and help prevent falls is through qi gong. Pronounced "chee gung," qi gong is a mind-body technique that originated in ancient China. Practiced extensively in China for thousands of years, qi gong has recently risen in popularity in the Western world in the last few decades.

This practice involves a series of postures and exercises featuring slow, circular movements, focused meditation, regular breathing and self-massage. At the heart of qi gong is cultivating balance, on both mental and physical levels, which is why this exercise has been proven to be so beneficial among seniors who are likely to experience a fall.

"Qi gong helps you balance emotionally, physically and spiritually at the same time, so you have the energy you need to cope with every part of your life," Chunyi Lin, a practitioner based in Eden Prairie, Minn., and creator of Spring Forest Qigong, told Experience Life.

Similar to tai chi, qi gong helps relax the mind, muscles, tendons and joints – which improves circulation, relieves stress and pain and increases flexibility. The more lithe and lean one is, the easier it is for that person to cope and regain balance during potentially harmful slips. 

Another great aspect of qi gong is that it exists in dozens of variations. Older participants can opt for slower, simpler movements that may better cater to their age and ability. 

Although extensive studies on qi gong are limited, this ancient treatment is practiced widely in clinics and hospitals of China. In Western studies, this practice has also been shown to enhance quality of movement, ranging from balance to core strength to joint mobility. Many seniors have experienced improved sense of equilibrium, thereby reducing their risk of falling.  

In many ways, qi gong resembles tai chi exercises. Both are a type of low-impact practice with an emphasis on deep breathing, hence they are sometimes referred to as "moving meditation." While there's no doubt that falls can impact a person's mobility and quality of life, taking measures to help prevent them is crucial.

The LifeParticle Workshop features a screening of the Ilchi Lee film, "Change: The LifeParticle Effect," as well as other holistic healing activities.

Dahn Yoga Presents Holistic Living Workshop in Tempe, Ariz.

Dahn Yoga founder Ilchi Lee is dedicated to educating the public about health and wellness, which is why he's written an array of enlightening books and developed programs to help people improve their physical, mental and emotional well-being. Informative events such as the LifeParticle Workshop are another facet of Ilchi Lee education. The one-day event is focused on holistic healing, featuring lectures, demonstrations and discussions. It takes place Saturday, Jan. 25, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Southwest School of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Ariz.

The LifeParticle Workshop kicks off with a showing of the Ilchi Lee video, "Change: The LifeParticle Effect." This award-winning documentary discusses the potential for human consciousness to spur change within yourself and among humanity, giving you a look into real-life accounts of healing and introducing viewers to LifeParticle - the energy and consciousness that connects everything in the universe.

After the screening, participants will sit for a presentation on Ilchi Lee Brain Education, which involves postures, breathing exercises and other experiential techniques to control your brain and reach a level of higher consciousness. Following that will be a presentation on the martial art of Dahn Mu Do, and the event concludes with an interactive lecture and workshop focused on energy principles.

A woman practices qi gong.

Ancient Technique to Lower Modern Stress

Nowadays, we don't need to look far to find something in our lives that causes stress. Between work, school and family responsibilities, many Americans have turned to an ancient practice to relieve modern stress: qi gong.

Qi gong is a Chinese practice that traces back nearly 4,000 years. Similar to Dahn Yoga exercises, it focuses on balancing life energy – qi is also spelled "chi," which many may recognize as the natural life force. More specifically, the technique harnesses intentional movement with rhythmic breathing, visualization and awareness. In August 2013, The New York Times published an article highlighting how the old technique is going mainstream.

And with good reason. Qi gong relaxes the mind and muscles in the body, creating a soothing world removed from the hurry-up-and-go attitudes that surround us. A study in the Journal of Hypertension suggests that qi gong can lower blood pressure, reduce stress and ease pain. 

According to more recent research conducted by BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, qi gong has been shown to notably diminish the amount of anxiety and stress in healthy adults. For the countless adults who feel like they're due for a respite, qi gong might be the stress-relieving solution.

People practice Qigong in the park.

Qi Gong to Slow Life Down: One Man’ s Path in Becoming a Master

Often, the hustle and bustle of daily life makes it seem like life is passing you by. But with qi gong, a type of meditation technique, you get a chance to hit pause and embrace what's around you. As an ancient Chinese practice dating back 4,000, qi gong aligns breath, movement and awareness in a combination of exercise, healing and meditation.  

A man named Ross Lake, who is a licensed acupuncturist in northern California, shared his story to Ukiah Daily Journal of how he found the healing techniques of qi gong, and what it can do for you. After receiving his diploma in acupuncture from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, Lake went to China in 1988 to study. During this time, he saw how acupuncture was being used to effectively treat stroke patients. But it wasn't until his first semester in graduate school that Lake was introduced to qi gong by Fong Ha, his teacher who was rumored to be Steven Spielberg's inspiration for Yoda in "Star Wars."

Learning under a true master, Lake began to excel, eventually opening up classes in Ukiah. Qi, also spelled "chi," means the life energy and is defined as breath. Lake explains that this life force comes in both an internal and external practice. Internally, people can focus the mind and attention on special areas of the body to move the energy. In this way, many patients use it as a method to treat pain. If someone has back pain – one of the most common medical problems – he or she can try to concentrate on the specific pressure point to sent the body's resources to it. 

"There is an energy center located three fingers below the navel and three fingers internally called the elixir field [or Dahn-jon, as referred to in Dahn Yoga]," Lake told the Ukiah Daily Journal. "That is our energetic center. All of our movement comes from that place, the core or center of gravity. By breathing into that area with purpose it helps posture and intention and by using the breath it builds the energetic center."

He adds that once the energy stabilizes itself there, then it can move up the spine to facilitate healing and reduce pain. Outwardly, qi gong resembles tai chai moves and incudes movements of the 12 major joints of the body in rhythmic and repetitive motions to increase flexibility, range of motion and strength. Many people are beginning to take to this meditation technique, as it's excellent for people who are looking to enhance their breathing, create a sense of flow and relieve aches and pains. 

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