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What people are saying about QiBelly

Taking my Reiki 1 & 2 with Paul has without a doubt changed my life. His teachings helped me to strip away layers of my being to get a better view of who I really am from the inside out. I left his course feeling prepared to deal with and adapt to whatever life throws my way. I am forever grateful!!

Gillian Brown

Paul has an uncanny ability to strip away all the stigmas associated with the Eastern practices he teaches. There’s a lot less ceremony and costume involved than many might think. It comes down to discipline, hard work and intention. Paul accomplishes this despite our climate of mass distraction, and he does it with an unmatched authenticity. Without question, my personal ability to deal with life and all its challenges has been strengthened through his teachings. This is someone you want preparing you personally for life in a world facing massive and rapid change.

Bouke Salverda
Photographer

After I left the meditation class (Happy Hour) on Tuesday, I felt like I had smoked 15 joints. I was so relaxed I basically melted into a puddle and on my couch when I got home and didn’t move for 40 minutes.

Victoria Rumi

Paul has developed a method of self study that is brilliantly malleable. Sourced around energy healing he creates a space, a practice, and a relationship that fosters self reflecting consciousness. For me it’s been raw and full of inconvenient truths as I unearth the roots of myself. I thank Paul for his encouragement as I discover the beautiful impermanence of life.

Shannon Stasyk
Assistant Manager – IAM Yoga

Paul has a deep understanding of life no matter where you’re standing. He has honed his knowledge and wisdom of eastern philosophies and practices to perfectly suit our western lifestyles. His unique and undogmatic teaching style allows the practice to efficiently and effectively benefit ones life in every and all facets. As a teacher, Paul lives his practice and provides the perfect framework for you to live yours. I am powerfully grateful for Paul’s passion and purpose. His guidance is deeply appreciated.

Roger Baker

Paul is a humble teacher with a big heart. I have a deep respect for his free flowing nature but subtle discipline and straightforwardness of his teachings. I found myself looking forward to every class and I look forward to continuing my studies with him in the future!!

Paul Di Biase

Reiki Level 1 & 2 with Paul has been a grounding experience for me.  I learned that to be grounded is to be in touch with every feeling in my body, to breathe into and bring energy where there is tension and pain. I didn’t just learn, but most importantly unlearn what was no longer serving me and to release what is untrue. With Paul’s guidance, I was able to release fears, to open up and to trust.
Also, continuing to take the Tuesday night meditation classes help keep me on track. Paul’s meditation class does not involve incense, serenity music or chanting, he teaches us to find peace in the middle of chaos, and it’s not about exterminating the noise or the bad feelings, but accepting it as it is.  I am now able to take these practices everywhere I go and integrate meditation and openness in my daily life. Thanks QiBelly!!

Edane Tobias

If you are, like, serious, I mean, committed to finding the core of your physical (and psychological) being, to allow your body to be a compass for how you move, and if you relish the thought of being tall and gently firm like a smiling Buddha, try out Paul Lara. He talks a lot because he knows a lot. But, he will walk the walk with you. That’s for sure.

Jeffrey Wilson

When I came to QiBelly in the summer of 2013, I had been a Reiki Master in private practice for many years.  I sought out Paul because I was interested in continuing my education and gaining a deeper understanding of Reiki from an eastern perspective.  He did not disappoint.

From the moment we met, I knew I was going to enjoy his classes.  Not only was he able to provide me the eastern perspective I was searching for, he infused our discussions with his wealth of knowledge from all of his various disciplines. 

I find Paul’s direct, down to earth approach very refreshing.  He has this way of weeding out non-essential information and keeping me focused me on what’s important.  I have learned a lot and found re-training with him to be highly beneficial to my Reiki practice.

One of Paul’s most valuable teachings to date was that of a particular kind of meditation.  I have had a daily meditation practice for a long time and, although I greatly benefited from it, I always felt that I was missing something.  After a month of working with Paul and incorporating his techniques, I noticed deep shifts in my ability to remain grounded as well as a widening of perspective and awareness throughout the day. 

As a result of all this and more, I highly recommend Paul Lara and look forward to continuing our work together.

Kimberley Book

I am a personal trainer who thought she had it all- great fitness level, success, lots of clients and media exposure. But, I was also, type A, ‘pressure-cooker’ type personality, stuck in a cycle of fear, constant planning, aggressive workouts 6 days a week and a rigorous 14 hour a day work schedule. The mental and physical stress left me no energy for anything and no one else. Until, I woke up one day almost 10 years later to find myself burnt out, ill, alone and angry. While walking on a treadmill one day, wondering what was missing in my life, I found the answer- Meditation. From the moment I found QiBelly and began my one on one sessions in meditation, my life changed dramatically.

Now, only 6 months later, I have a greater sense of peace and direction. I experience deeper connections with people and have successfully changed my entire approach to life. I feel a greater sense of fulfillment and joy, everyday and rejuvenation physically and mentally. The best part is I am happier than I have ever been in my entire life. This weekend I leave for a 3 month trip, to do all the things I never thought were possible. But now I know that anything is possible. Meditation changed my life and it will forever be, the only way for me.

My suggestion – Give it a chance. Commit to doing at least one or two one on one sessions with QiBelly followed by your own practice. The concepts taught are practical and specific to your individual needs. All sessions encourage you to learn at your own pace. I was slow to start because I had doubts in the beginning but, almost instantly the changes were inspiring. Get ready for a wonderful journey.

Marisa Rudder

 

I started training Kung Fu with Paul this past summer. Up until that point I had been taking his Qi Gong and Tai Chi classes for over a year and while he had spoken of his Kung Fu classes, I figured that Kung Fu was out of my league. Then one day he incorporated some Kung Fu into our Tai Chi class and I was so inspired by the power, presence and focus in his movements that I decided to start one-on-one Kung Fu classes with him. Training Kung Fu has been very challenging for me both physically and mentally but with his patience, encouragement and support, Paul has made the training process both rewarding and fun and all while helping me to develop capacities and strengths I didn’t know I had. Paul is a great teacher: he is down-to-earth and accessible; he has a straight forward teaching style and gives clear, focused demonstrations and exercises. And most importantly Paul is passionate about what he teaches and he walks the talk with real human guts. That is what I learn the most from Paul. How to be a real human being.

Shelly Sawada
D. TCM

Taking Reiki Level 1 & 2 certification classes with Paul at QiBelly has given me the tools to get through each day with so much more ease and grace. Bringing Meditation and Reiki into my daily practice has been one of the best gifts I could have given myself at this time in my life. Paul created a comfortable and safe environment to explore techniques on how to practice Meditation and Reiki. Paul also offered plenty of opportunities for me to ask questions and then guide me in the right direction. I feel like what I have learned from Paul is helping to open up a whole new world of possibilities for myself. I am so excited to be moving forward into the next chapter of my life. Paul has given me so many useful tools which are now assisting me to create and live out my life’s purpose!!

Kevin Richardson

Paul has had a profound influence on my health and well-being, and I owe that to the Reiki and meditation study I’ve done with him over the past two years. Thanks to his tools and training, I am more effective at managing stress, my chronic back pain has virtually disappeared, and my world has become a bigger place. I appreciate his meat-and-potatoes style and value his authenticity in a world otherwise filled with esoteric mumbo-jumbo.

Ryan McKnight
PMP

Paul has a unique and innovative way of making reiki and meditation a simple, and applicable accompaniment to my active and dynamic lifestyle. His method is something that I utilize on a regular basis and will remember for years to come. Paul’s continued support and insight makes regular practice as involuntary as the act of breathing. His enthusiasm and playful attitude is welcome and contagious.

Juliana Petrovic

After 15 years of other martial arts training, I decided to switch to Tai Chi, which was, I thought, less physically demanding. I wanted to train in Chen-style. I researched on the Web and found Paul’s class which I started to attend about 6 months ago. And I am very happy that I did.

Paul’s teaching style is very relaxed. He is very enthusiastic but very patient; he teaches not just the forms but their applications as martial arts, not just the “outer” forms but also the “inner” energy flow and movement.

After each class, I always feel GOOD, relaxed and energized. Thank you Paul for giving me this experience!

Harumi Inokuchi

I am really enjoying the QiBelly classes. I do yoga every day at least one class, most days two. And with all the classes I have taken over the years, all the different teachers and styles, I have never experienced what I have with this QiBelly class. The first class I thought it was a fluke, but it happened the second class and the third class last night. This feeling of complete calm, complete peace and serenity. The other woman in last week’s class said they felt the same thing. And the feeling lasts all night long, it is amazing. I find yoga relaxes me, but this QiBelly class actually literally calms the mind completely.

Alexis Harrison
Astrologist

This is true: Taiji is so profound, it will lead you into the mysteries. You need a good teacher to go there. The best teacher understands that everyone in the end has to learn it for themselves, has to learn it by experience. So a good teacher knows they can really only point the way. And that is an act of great generosity. Paul gives you everything; he doesn’t hold back. He’ll give you precise instruction in the form, but also explain the internal energy flow and show you how that gentle movement can switch into a extremely nasty martial application if you need it. Light as a floating leaf and as emphatic as a steel rod—that’s the fantastic paradox of Taiji. His sessions are calm and at the same time exhilarating. Paul’s teacher in China is also a calligrapher, who showed him that when you lift the brush to paper, the basic form of the characters is always present but the brushstrokes will come alive and take the shape of the moment. Paul’s Taiji classes are like that. He always seems a little surprised at just how cool it is. That is a great spirit to practice with. He’s got boundless positive energy, he’s foul-mouthed and he’s very serious about his art. Everything you want in a great teacher.

John Hanna

I was looking for a unique and memorable way to entertain but more importantly relax my clients during an annual appreciation event. Paul has a meditative style of teaching and touched on the concepts of maintaining correct posture, how to observe the breath and the path to attaining daily mindfulness. The event was a success and our guests returned to their office energized and refreshed. Thanks Paul, I sincerely look forward to working with you and QiBelly in the future.

Claudia Lama
Account Executive, Executive Suite Services
Maple Leaf Sports + Entertainment

After each Reiki session with Paul I would always come away with a great sense of peace, wholeness and a depth of well-being that touched me deeply. I was impressed with his openness and amiability.

J.P. – Beijing
Marketing Professional

Paul’s Reiki sessions were amazing, often blissful. The sessions increased my energy levels, cleared energy blocks/emotional issues and left me feeling peaceful and happy.

Sherri Lassila
Professional Coach, Trainer and Educational Entrepreneur

Paul has a systematic and practical approach to teaching by combining both the essence of Qi Gong and the fluid movement of Tai Chi. This methodology enhances the internal flow of energy and contributes to the balance of life’s wellbeing.

Dr. G Szeto
Dentist

For Fabricland’s Annual 2011 Seminar, we contacted Paul Lara of QiBelly to prepare a relaxation session for our Assistant Mangers. The session was a perfect fit for the events that were ahead teaching everyone to just relax and be in tune with what is going on inside. I would recommend this to any organization for events that they are having as it would be a benefit to all employees.

Betty Pedias
Event Coordinator Fabricland Distributors Inc.

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