Licensed Massage Practitioner
About the Founder
Kert Peterson has been a student of qigong since his first Yi Ren Qigong class with Dr. Guan Cheng Sun in Seattle, Washington in 1997. In 2003, Peterson began studying Sheng Zhen Qigong under its founder Master Li Junfeng, gaining instructor certification in 2008. In spring 2011, he returned to the United States following a 6-month program of living and studying Taoist qigong and tai chi in the Wudang mountains of central China.
Peterson's passion for holistic health and mind-body medicine was inspired by his father, a family physician, and his mother, a registered nurse. The early heart-attack deaths of these two vital role models (he at age 56, she at 60) caused him to re-evaluate his life and his relationship to his own heart. "Seeing the emotional and physical closure that gradually enveloped both of my parents", says Peterson, "fed my own desire to find health and openness through physical movement."
A former project manager and corporate trainer, Peterson's classes and workshops are fun, inspiring, and engaging to learners of all ages and skill levels. "Real learning takes place", Peterson asserts, "when students are relaxed, playful, and curious." He is dedicated to leading students on inward journeys to discover their own creative talents while building confidence and increasing joy in their lives.
Peterson has trained professionally in the movement arts of Aikido, yoga, Alexander method, and Continuum Movement. An actor and singer, Peterson has appeared in three productions of Austin's Gilbert & Sullivan society and sings lead in his own vocal trio. He is an avid road biker and runner and loves to cook, learn new languages, and play mandolin.