Keith Abraham

Keith Abraham

Tai Chi instructor

Keith is a military veteran turned peaceful warrior. As a teacher of Tai Chi and self-development, he also offers thought-provoking new ideas about spirituality and greater self-mastery. Keith’s experiences fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan led him to question the basis for conflict and how we perceive masculinity and courage.

Swapping the intensity of war for that of the corporate world, Keith joined J.P. Morgan and, in the midst of this high-pressure environment, discovered meditation and the Internal Martial Art of Tai Chi. These powerful new tools helped him process and redefine his life experiences, while gradually changing his reactions to emotions and stress.

Now, through his blog, podcasts, teaching, and mentoring, Keith aims to help others learn greater self-mastery by discussing topics like compassion, forgiveness, gratitude, and the power of vulnerability

Keith on veganism: “For me, veganism is a conscious, compassionate yet simple act that has far-reaching and profound consequences. It not only serves our own health and well-being but that of all other sentient creatures and Earth itself”

1:00 - 1:45

Tai Chi for All

Tai Chi is a Chinese Internal Martial Art originally developed in 13th-Century China, but is perhaps more commonly practised around the world today as a health-promoting exercise, combining slow and gentle movements with synchronised breathing.

Tai Chi has been shown to reduce anxiety, stress, lower back pain, joint pain, headaches, sleeping disorders and arthritis, among many other benefits. Tai Chi can also increase mobility, flexibility, balance and mental quietude. In addition, Tai Chi has been shown to improve aerobic capacity, increased energy levels and build muscle strength.

This instructor of this class no less than a hero! Keith, a war veteran, who served in Afghanistan, made a drastic shift in his lifestyle as he embraced Taichi and veganism. He says “After years of heartbreak from the loss of comrades in Afghanistan, the anger of several failed relationships, the pain of an abused body and the anxiety of not knowing what to do with my life, I found a tool that offered me a path to greater self-mastery – Tai Chi. Tai Chi’s graceful, fluid movements offer you time and space to do, not think; to move and act without hesitation. Tai Chi focuses the mind, exercises the body and can even help you manage reactions to strong emotions.”

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3:00 - 3:45

Talk: Power of Compassion

Attend this inspiring talk given by Keith, army veteran, vegan and Tai chi teacher, to explore the power of compassion.

Between 2004 and 2012 Keith served in the UK’s elite Parachute Regiment and served in Afghanistan. The “Paras” are a highly trained, highly motivated and highly aggressive combat infantry unit that form the spearhead of the UK’s Armed Forces. They are shock troops and are excellent at what they do – defeating the enemy. In this talk, Keith will share how his experiences fighting in Afghanistan became the catalyst for peace and a vegan lifestyle

You can read more about his journey on his website:

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