"I live - teach - practice and share Qigong and Mindful Living."
Laoshi Deniz’s organic style of Qigong is immediately accessible to people of all ages and experience levels. His approach allows students to quickly experience the joys of Qigong energy flow along with the far-reaching benefits of Qigong as ‘Movement Medicine’.
Laoshi Deniz uses his 25 years of experience working with people from all walks of life. His Award-winning Qigong and Mindfulness programmes are successfully used in the NHS, Parkinson’s UK and The Royal Voluntary Service to name but a few organisations. They won the coveted Active Norfolk ‘Activity in the Community Award’ 2019 and nominated by the Chief Nurse of the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for the ‘RCNi Nursing Awards’ 2020.
Laoshi Deniz also shares Qigong and Mindfulness with the general public through his popular teachings and draws upon his own significant life experiences and life-long studies of Taoism, Tibetan and Zen Buddhism and MIndfulness to inspire his students; whilst weaving in stories, simple but profound ideas, and their interpretation to enrich their practice.
He is a highly regarded award-winning authority of Qigong and Mindfulness and as the author of ‘Move Life Better’, his approach and method of teaching have been hailed as,
“the spark that will surely ignite a revolution in the way in which Qigong is practised and taught in the modern world”.
If you spend any time at all with Laoshi Deniz you immediately understand why so many people around the world choose to study with him. His passion, charm, intelligence, tireless energy, and child-like enthusiasm are infectious.
A little history...
Undiagnosed depression and chronic pain
His journey began as a young boy in 1987 when he was involved in a terrible car accident which saw the death of his mother. For 8 years he suffered undiagnosed depression and chronic pain throughout his body and in 1995 it came to a head, when overnight Deniz went from an able-bodied person to being confined to a wheelchair as his spine had partially collapsed as a result of the car accident. Deniz underwent major spinal surgery and embarked on a difficult and long recovery. As a result of the accident, years in chronic pain and the surgery he also contracted Fibromyalgia. Due too many circumstances Deniz felt that western rehabilitative medicine wasn't helping him as he wished, he intuitively knew that he had to deal with the physical pain as well as the emotional and mental pain he had suffered, and so he started practising the Mindfulness trainings of Thich Nhat Hanh and learned one-to-one Qigong from the late Mr Wei Liu. These 'life art' practices exceeded all expectations and now, immersed in the present moment through Qigong and Mindfulness, Deniz feels wonderfully alive and well.
25 years (and continuing) of study and training
As a teacher, sharer and mentor, Deniz draws on a range of training from both the East and West. His teachers are Mr Wei Liu (passed away), Akong Rinpoche (passed away), Chinese Wisdom Traditions Master Zhongxian Wu, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and Anatomy Trains cartographer Tom Myers.
Deniz has created Move Life Better as part of his deep aspirations to renew Qigong. His methods of teaching contain the essence and spirit of traditional Qigong, but made to be more practical, relevant and responsive to people’s everyday lives. As a member of the Community of Interbeing, he is training to join as an Aspirant of the Order of Interbeing, as he publicly commits to studying, practising, and observing the trainings and, also, to participate actively in a community which practises Mindfulness in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.
For some people like Deniz, imparting words of wisdom to others comes naturally. Deniz always seems to have a combination of knowledge, experience, & intellect to be able to take his life experiences & communicate those experiences to his students in a way that makes them see the wisdom & beauty in what is being communicated to them, and it provides a level of inspiration. Deniz, believes that health and wellness stem from empowerment and his motto is:
A leader is best when people barely know he exists, of a good teacher, who talks little, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say, “We did this ourselves.”
Deniz's desire to give back is apparent as he shares the embodied and 'embrained' practices of Qigong and Mindfulness with his students. In addition to his daily online classes, Deniz develops and delivers IQ for Health programmes, immersive year-long self-cultivation programmes and hosts annual retreats at the inspiring Kagyu Samye Ling Tibetan Monastery and travels the UK and Europe teaching. He is currently working on a Qigong and Mindfulness Saturday School for Children. He is also regularly found offering educational and motivational speeches.
Move Life Better
Move Life Better was conceived on the 16 March 2020, the day that Laoshi Deniz reinvented his way of delivering his teaching to being online as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown. During this unprecedented time, the Rainbow is being used as the symbol of hope–that somewhere, over the rainbow, the dreams that you dream of can come true and there are happier days ahead. The MLB logo was designed by Deniz in all the rainbow colours in recognition and in remembrance of this time and the grey outline is a representation that we are all together and interconnected.
The purpose of MLB is:
- to share authentic and real Qigong,
- to make Qigong the People’s Practice and accessible to everyone,
- to actively encourage Qigong as Movement Medicine,
- to empower individuals to help themselves towards physical health, mental balance and a spiritual connection to nature,
- to bring people together, albeit from home.
It is Laoshi Deniz’s mission to interconnect people through the synchronised regular practice of live Qigong. By nurturing and increasing personal health and wellbeing, we are spreading positive healing energies to all of humanity and all over the planet which is also confirmed by today’s science. In this new W.I.S.E. (Worldwide Interconnected Societal Engagement) form; every human, every animal and living being will be connected. Together we can find sustainable ways to heal ourselves as well as the Oceans, Forests, Animals and Mother Earth to manifest World Peace through Self Peace.
The world has never faced a crisis like COVID-19. The pandemic is impacting communities everywhere. It’s never been more urgent to support the global response. The humanity, solidarity and generosity of people and organisations everywhere is also unprecedented. But we can’t stop now. To show our support MLB will donate 5% for every student that enrols to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO (World Health Organisation).