Tai Chi and Mind-Body Coaching
Andrea is a Leadership Coach, Meditation Teacher & Martial Artist
Andrea Bugari has been a leadership coach and team facilitator for over 30 years. She also had in-house roles and knows the pressures of performance and presence from the inside-out.
Over the last 15 years, she has combined her business coaching methods with new and innovative approaches inspired by physical intelligence, meditation/ mindfulness and the martial arts. She is a licensed meditation teacher and martial arts instructor.
You can read more about her background on the About page. If you like to know more about our corporate coaching business, visit our corporate website.
Orchestras, Choirs, Performers
Years of practicing and performing can take a toll on the bodies of musicians and other performing artists. Muscles can become stiff or achy, and the daily routine can sap motivation or the ability to connect with the music or art.
Tai Chi basic training can help musicians and performers create a new partnership with their bodies. Stance work, breathing, and moving with flow and purpose are satisfying and good for the health. They also foster stage presence and create a stronger audience connection.
Work can be done with individuals or in a team setting. Choirs, orchestras, and theatre groups that are a bit out of synch, because of conflicts within the group, or just because they are not fully accustomed yet to performing together, will also benefit from doing this work as a group.
Training of their mind can significantly improve athletic performance. Based on research findings presented in books such as The Inner Game of Tennis and The Inner Game of Golf, we created a set of physical and mental exercises that can help athletes and sports teams reach their full potential. This training is inspired by the martial arts and our executive coaching experience.
You will learn how to take a strong stance and build up your physical power while relaxing your muscles. The integration of yin and yang energy (the hard/fast and the soft/flowing) is also important. Athletes often fail because they try too 'hard'. You cannot win the game when you are tense, and sometimes you need to slow down to get faster. You will learn to develop the 'mindset of a champion', by overcoming inner barriers and negative chatter in your mind.
When martial artists train, they practice kicks and punches, but more importantly, they train their inner energy - called 'Chi'.
Having strong and balanced 'Chi' is a core ingredient of Vitality:
feeling fully alive, inspired and happy.
Many of the body, mind, and spirit lessons we learn when studying martial arts are also applicable outside of the training hall. Creating energy, balancing it, unblocking it, focusing it and putting it to work - all these are important skills that we can learn from the ancient masters.