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Dave West

British instructor Dave West has been teaching Yang style Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong for over 15 years, and Sivananda Yoga for over 20 years. He specializes in sitting, standing and moving meditation, focusing the mind and breath to lead the qi, relaxing and balancing the body, mind and spirit. After consulting with modern and traditional masters, Dave believes his programs are easy to learn, bring rapid results, and are well-suited for people at different levels of health and fitness. Regular practice can energize your body, relax your mind, awaken your inner guru through conscious movement and energy interpretation, and lead to a more mindful and balanced lifestyle in harmony with the Tao.

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YOGA

“Meditation is the return to truth and love.”
Swami Shyam Yogi

Dave’s spiritual journey began in the early 90’s when he quit the London music scene, and spent 3 years exploring India, Nepal and Tibet, studying Hatha Yoga and Kundalini Yoga in Rajasthan with Swami Shyam Yogi, Sivananda Yoga teacher training diploma in Vrindavan, Himalayan Yoga and Tibetan Buddhism in Ladakh, Kathmandu and Darjeeling.

After an unforgetable meeting in Dharamsala with the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyasto in 1998, Dave began to explore the teachings of Tibetan Yoga, which led him to Buddhist Qigong. Here he experienced spiritual insights at the confluence of two ancient rivers of divine wisdom; Buddha and Tao, and the self-realization that his true path lay in the great Tai Chi.

TAI CHI

“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.”
Lao Tzu

Although Dave’s first Tai Chi Chuan classes were Wutan style with Sifu Dan Docherty in London in the late 80’s, it was not until 2000 that his interest in Chinese healing arts became more focused. A chance meeting in Lumpini Park with a Thai-Chinese Wushu master led to several years of Yang Tai Chi Chuan private lessons in Bangkok. This was followed by many more years training in Tai Chi Jian and Wu Qin Xi at Chiang Mai’s Tibetan Kung Fu Center with Sifu Kai Kherliang, and later, Shisan Shi with Sifu Keith Good, Medical Qigong with Sifu Daniel Li Ox, and Chen’s Tai Chi for Health and Wellness with Sifu Julie Hastings.

QIGONG

“Qigong is a strategy for freedom from our cage of isolation.
Garri Garripoli

Spending so much time visiting Northern Thailand, Dave was fortunate to meet many students of Mantak Chia who introduced him to the Universal Healing Tao. Meeting in the cold wintery mornings of Chiang Mai’s Buak Hat Park to practise what they called Tai Chi Chi Kung (Taijiqigong), Dave was able to broaden his experience with different styles of Medical, Martial and Spiritual Qi Gong.

More recently, Dave has been studying Martial Qigong and Tui Shou (Pushing Hands) with Master Ong Wen Ming, and exploring similar internal martial arts such as I Liq Quan with Master Victor Yen and Master Joey Nishad Herath, and Zi Wu Men and Yi Jin Jing with Master Jennifer Lee.

REIKI

“We are all spiritual energy already, practicing the system of Reiki will help us to rediscover this.”
Frans Stiene

Dave first encountered Reiki when he visited Kyoto for a month in 2007 to study Rinzai Zazen at Daitoku-ji Temple. However, it was not until early 2016 that he completed his training with Shambala Healer and Usui Reiki Master Agung Wijaya in Bali. Usui Reiki Shiki Ryoho (Usui System of Natural Healing) is an esoteric healing treatment that has its roots in Zen Buddhism and Spiritual Qigong. By opening the crown chakra it increases the flow of universal life energy into the body and mind, and reawakens your natural self-healing ability which stimulates your physical, mental and emotional healing process. Reiki is an intelligent living energy of divine origin that unites the heart and mind with loving kindness, wisdom and compassion.

Dave continues to study, share, and learn from other’s insights and experiences, admitting he often feels he has barely scraped the surface of this supreme philosophy and joyful practice. Dave says it has taken him many years of studying, training and contemplation to put ‘the art of living’ into daily practice.

TAI CHI BALI Healing Arts Centre

“Open your mind and everyday do your practice,
Open your heart and everyday live your practice.”
Dave West

Before Dave opened his healing arts school in 2015, he consulted with several experienced Tai Chi and Qigong instructors to explore the balance between traditional and modern teaching methods. This helped him to develop programs for teaching simplified Tai Chi and Qigong for beginners, the sick and elderly, and traditional Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan for more serious and advanced students including Barehand, Sword and Nei Gong.

Originally, Dave came to Bali to surf the perfect Indian Ocean waves, and worked as a sports teacher at international schools for 15 years. In the last 6 years Dave has established the Tai Chi Bali Healing Arts Centre with classes, workshops and retreats all over Bali. He is currently involved in fundraising for the new Tai Chi Bali Centre DONATE HERE near Tanah Lot on the south coast of Bali. The center successfully opened for classes in March 2017 but still requires about USD20,000 to complete the guest rooms, gardens and parking area. Please help us with your donation.

Our school mission is to carry forward the great tradition of Taijiquan and Qigongfu with modesty and respect, to develop health programs for tourists, expats and locals, leading groups and individuals into the great outdoors, teaching them how to experience their connection with the natural world, heal their mind and body with ancient wisdom, and develop their relationship with universal energy and the Tao.

Dave lives, teaches, and surfs in Bali.


Dave West – Instructor
Tel/sms: +62 81236467324
Email: info@taichibali.com