“In my youth, I enjoyed excellent health and multiple sports activities. Following my parents in Tai Chi practice was merely play. After child-bearing in my thirties, I experienced some disorders and began to see life’s mortality. During that period of time, I rediscovered Tai Chi.
Since then, Tai Chi not only has helped me to return and maintain a balance in my health, it has given me a whole new way of living. Life is no longer an endless competition with winning or surviving as the objectives. It is also no longer an anxious transition between where we are and where we are trying to be. Being here and now is what I enjoy in my daily Tai Chi practice. I am grateful to my parents and my teachers for their leading me to the entrance of Tai Chi. Teaching is a way I can repay their favor. Teaching is also incredibly rewarding. I have met so many good friends over the years by teaching and practicing Tai Chi. I have learned so much from my students.”
Laura learned Tai Chi first from her parents while growing up in Beijing. Her formal training in Tai Chi and Qigong started later with Professor Wenzhi Xue. Since 1998, she has studied traditional Chen style and Yang style with several teachers, in particular, Master Chen Xiaowang and Master Tian Qiuxin.
Laura is a research scientist and a mother of two children. She has a Ph.D. in Physics from the Johns Hopkins University and works at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).