Jacqueline Chan, M.A.

Life Strategizing Qigong (chi gong) Teacher

Helping you channel your full potential

Hi, I’m Jacqueline!

I am a Qi Gong instructor at The Hospital for Sick Children and a Compassion Champion. and I led the chi gong pilot project through The Mindfulness project and The Sickness Wellness Center since February of 2019. I’m also a researcher at SickKids. I have a B.A. in psychology from York University and a M.A. in early childhood studies from Ryerson University. I also present introductions to qi gong at large conferences (The Mindful Society; Kindful Canada Symposium) and co-lead introductions with my mother.

My Story

As a baby, I was born with congenital hypothyroidism.  I moved from a big house in Markham to government social housing due to family divorce – I was constantly feeling like I did not have enough. 

As my mother worked with Grandmaster Wu to build a local qi gong/chi gong learning institute in Toronto, I also went to chi gong (qigong) classes with them and helped them out with demonstrations in health trade shows. I practiced chi gong for 3-4 hours each week with them and my hypothyroidism remained very stable throughout my childhood and young adulthood.

I worked hard from an ESL (English as Second Language) student with C+ English grades to become a straight-A student. I graduated elementary school with averages in the mid-80s to 90s. I was an angel child at home.

Life was content. I had high self-esteem.

My perfect life came crashing down when I discovered I belong to the LGBTQ+ community as a bisexual woman, when I segued into an underground same-sex relationship at church in high school. Leading up to the needed break up, was perpetual devastation. I was baptized at birth as a Catholic and regularly attended religious sermons into high school.

The shame I felt,  guilt, and anxiety at this secret relationship I had eroded my self-worth.

  • I  failed in my education – I skipped classes and got 60s in my classes
  • I constantly fought – I started expressing my pent-up emotions
  • I felt completely abandoned by my friends and I felt so much pressure so I avoided people 

These changes brutally shook up my world.

I started to scrutinize what I was mentally ingesting (sometimes from religion:  disempowering on repeat)

Life became a daily challenge and lonely.

I realized I needed change: I started my true inner and spiritual journey.

I read books like, “Happiness is a choice” written by a man who helped his son who was autistic become extremely high-functioning. And “The Power of Now” Eckart Tolle, along with “The Seven Laws of Success” Deepak Chopra.

My history teacher saw me reading Eckhart’s book during class, and told me he felt it’d be hard for me to understand the book. True -I reread it a couple times and gained new wisdom from it each time!

I started meditation in 2007. I tried kundalini yoga to heal myself from my sexual desires. I tried different types of frequency entrainment sounds at the time (binaural beats, etc.) to calm my frantic mind.

I kept this mostly away from my mother, who I was distant from at that time – I felt her mourning was an abandonment of my needs. We did not have understanding of psychology, emotions, spirituality at the time. We were very ordinary people then.

I ended up committing myself to getting into university – stayed 6 months to get my marks in for university. Thankfully, I made that decision because post-secondary education also changed my life and expanded my world.

At York University, while I struggled in my 1st year as I still felt alone and isolated – I found myself a nice friend group. They really uplifted me and made my time in university phenomenally fun, with laughter.

The Breakthrough

I must have been ready for a shift.  I joined university student leadership clubs. By the time I graduated, I was an honour student for 3 years straight. I went to graduate school at Ryerson University for a M.A. and studied hard to complete a major research project (thesis equivalent) on a paediatric health-care and school initiative for inner-city families. I even got the chance to present similar research in Ottawa, at the Canadian Autism Leadership Summit a year later through my work with St. Michael’s Hospital.

In 2018, I decided to practice my qi gong (chi gong) everyday and as I became a Chi Gong Teacher and lead the Qi Gong Pilot Project at SickKids in 2019, I realized I am meant to be a teacher and a healer. In 2020, a few clients came knocking on my (virtual) door for 1-on-1 sessions and I realized I am an intuitive, insightful, compassionate healer. The joy in my heart and the ease of connection, along with teaching opportunities, helped me finally embrace who I fully am – a teacher, healer, and researcher.

My Values & Beliefs

Personal Growth & Insight

Personal growth and moving forward in our life requires a degree of insight in understanding our unconscious beliefs, thoughts, and early year experiences may be shadowing our present experiences. Certain things that happen in our life that may appear negative may actually be amazing catalysts for growth.

Part of the processes with me, is transforming negative experiences can be positive experiences through using some (somatic) psychology methods in 1-on-1 psych sessions with me.

Science & Qi Gong

Healthcare, science, medicine are important parts of cure and management of dis-ease. I, myself, take a naturopathic form of thyroid medicine. I truly believe there are complimentary intersections between Western science and Eastern healing arts, such as qi gong.

Qi Gong (chi gong) is non-invasive and uses our bodys’ natural healing mechanisms, such as using the breath to calm our nervous system, gentle flowing movements, and using the power of our mind. In my presentations, I often like to refer to a bio-psycho-social systems approach. It can be used in a complementary way.

Raising Consciousness & Positive

At the core of our change, lies our intention and our willingness to change and move forward.

So whenever I do this work, it is my intention to raise the consciousness or the awarenss of the community around me and come from an instrinsically positive intention and with integrity.


Presentations
Introduction with short practice: integrating research, sharing experiences

Chan, J. (August 2020). An Introduction to Chi Gong. Mindfulness & Compassion Rounds, The Hospital for Sick
Children. Toronto, ON.

Chan, J. (May 2020). Leading a Guided Chi Gong Practice. Practice Leader in A Mindful Society Conference,
Toronto, ON. Presenter profile: https://amindfulsociety.org/speaker/jacqueline-chan-m-a/

Chan, J. (Nov. 2019). Chi Gong (virtual). Kids Canada UKC Centre of Art and Technology. Uganda, East Africa.

Chan, J. (Sept. 2019). Leading a Guided Chi Gong Practice. The 3rd Annual Kindful Canada Symposium, Oakville, ON. Presenter profile: https://canadaamindfulnation.ca/speakers

Chan, J. (May 2019). Leading a Guided Chi Gong Practice. Practice Leader. A Mindful Society Conference, Toronto, ON.

Chan, J., Mantini, A., Jegathesan, T., & Freeman, S. (April 2017). The Role of School-Based Health Centres i
Improving Access to an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis in Inner-city, School-aged Children.
  Canadian
Leadership Autism Conference. Ottawa, ON.  

Jacqueline, M.A.

 

Background of Chi Gong Instructor

The practice of chi gong (qigong) is very much tied to the instructor, so I want to tell you a little about my background. The background of the instructor influences the styles she teaches and a good instructor maintains her own practice everyday.

Grandmaster Wu: Learning from 1995-2006

Starting in 1995, I followed my mother to learn chi gong, tai chi, and kung fu from Grandmaster Weizhao Wu. Amongst some of his achievements: He recieved one of the highest titles of Qi Gong Master in China,  was considered a National Treasure, Western Fencing champion, and he contributed to the development of the provincial physical education curriculum in the province of Guangzhao. He also was an academic, and lead a 40-person research team into the benefits of his Wu’s eye qi gong program for high school students.

Chi gong (qigong) was his life-long hobby he learned from the mountain schools in China. He came to retire in Canada, he created the chi gong forms I teach today with the essential chi gong (qi gong) movements.

 

Master Teresa: Learning from 2006-Present

Following the passing of grandmaster Wu, I learned from his successor, my mother, Master Teresa, learning how to transform negative emotions such as grief, in the body using chi & chi gong (qigong):

  • Mind-body (psycho-somatic) expressions of stress
  • Embodied spiritual philosophies
  • Importance of honoring our feelings

Education Background

B.A. Honours Psychology
M.A. Early Childhood Studies
& Researcher

Because of my interest in psychology and emotions in my adolescence due to my growing pains, I pursued post-secondary education.

When I experienced stress in my career, I began practicing daily and I realized over time that I wanted to incorporate Chi Gong (qigong) into my career. It is a calling to teach.

From Grandmaster Wu, I learned about qi gong for physical healing and through my mother, about chi gong for emotional healing.

 

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