Yoga Poses and Workouts
There were original nine Taoist Esoteric Yoga Centers in the U.S. offering personal instruction in various practices ranging from the Microcosmic Orbit to Tai Chi Chuan, Pakua, Hsing I. This practice is of particular use to practioners of polarity therapy, shiatsu, Kundalini yoga, Swedish massage and other healing arts in which the exchange and cirulation of life force energy ki, prana or Chi must be maintained while working with clients or students. The first two formulas are described below. The remaining 5 formulas will be described when offered. Completion of the Microcosmic Orbit is a prerequisite for any student who intends to study the higher levels of Taoist yoga which includes various forms of Chi Kung, Seminal and Ovarian Kung Fu, and the long and short forms of Tai Chi Chuan.
Although Hatha Yoga became known in America in the 1930's, it was not until the late 1960's and 70's that attention began to focus on the higher stages of yogic development in which a phenomenon occurs known as awakening of the kundalini . The kundalini is the sudden release of vast untapped reservoirs of creative energy that transports an ordinary human being into states of higher consciousness and bestows upon him or her unique creative pow gain experience of it in a safe, systematic, verifiable, and useful fashion. Chinese pragmatism worked its way into Chinese metaphysics. One did not raise up one's consciousness toward Heaven without rooting it equally deep in the Earth. This need for grounding defined the development of Taoist yoga. Tai Chi Chuan is nothing more than a walking yoga with self-defense and healing applications. Unlike Indian yoga, one's feet never leave the ground, increasing one's rootedness in the earth energy and safeguarding against excessive kundalini energy...
From Taoism we have received the great internal arts such as T'ai chi ch'uan, pa-kua chang, Taoist yoga and Qigong. These were all based upon 'doing by not doing'. This concept can be explained by comparing Indian and Chinese yoga. If both arts were practised side by side we would see that the India yogi (in most cases) would be performing more movement than the Chinese yogi. In actual fact the Chinese yogi would be doing more work than the Indian would by 'not doing'. The Chinese yogi would hold very difficult stances for long periods of time with little or no movement. These isometric postures were said to be able to send the energy around the body and open up all of the channels of ch'i or life-force when performed in conjunction with certain breathing techniques. As with Indian yoga, Taoist yoga deals first with the body and then with the mind and spirit, believing that we must have a healthy body in which to house the spirit. It is the physical postures that...
Paradoxically, many people associate stretching with greater flexibility. There are various popular methods and programs promising improvement of flexibility through stretching. First of all, when exploring your flexibility, bear in mind that Qi Dao does not teach you to stretch your muscles or other tissues. When temporarily stretched, the muscles will act almost like rubber bands, tightening up as soon as they are allowed to. This is called stretch reflex. It challenges many athletes, martial artists and Yoga enthusiasts puzzled by the inadequate results of their stretching exercises despite their formidable efforts to improve flexibility. Instead of stretching, Qi Dao suggests lengthening your muscles. Literally opposite to the way stretching works, lengthening involves shortening the muscle and making it tired of being short before allowing it to lengthen thereby expanding the range of motion and flexibility.
We are emphasizing the traditional Chinese medical therapeutic properties of the points given herein. Many of these points also have very different purposes in Taoist Yoga. For a description of the Taoist Yoga energetics, refer to Awaken Healing Light of the Tao by Mantak Chia.
Breathing Practices Qigong, Taijiquan and Yoga (Pranayama) Brocades - Artwork, banners, scrolls, mats. develops concentration and teaches you to see the world as it really is. Yoga Journal, February 2002, pp. 73- 76. ISBN 0892814500. Although this book draws from Tantra and Kundalini yoga traditions, The Secret Art of Seamm-Jasani 58 Movements for Eternal Youth from Ancient Tibet. By Asanaro. Jeremy P. Tarcher, 2003. 210 pages. ISBN 158542241X. Some speculate that general Chong Li-quan might have learned some yoga qigong from Tibetans and Taoists living near Tibet.
The sixth, most advanced, formula is difficult to describe in words. It involves the incarnation of a male and a female entity within the body of the adept (this might correspond to the Crown Chakra, Sahasrara). These two entities have sexual intercourse within the body. It involves the mixing of the Yin and Yang powers on and about the crown of the head and being totally open to receive energy from above and regrowth of the pineal gland to its fullest use. When the pineal gland is at its fullest, it will serve as a compass to tell us in which direction our aspirations can be found. Taoist Esotericism is a method of mastering the spirit, as described in Taoist Yoga. Without the body, The Tao cannot be attained, But with the body, truth can never be realized. The practitioner of Taoism should preserve his physical body with the same care as he would a precious diamond because it can be used as a medium to achieve immortality. If, however, you do not abandon it when you reach your...
The Dah Uh Gong Nei Kung stytem integrates both static and dynamic exercise forms in order to cultivate and nourish Chi which accumulates in the organs, penetrates the fascia, tendons and muscles, finally reaches the hands and fingers. Practitioners of body-centered therapies and various Healing Arts such as chiropractic medicine, polarity therapy, shiatsu and Swedish massage will benefit from this technique. Practiced sequentially, it functions to expand and relax the breath, calm the mind and adjust posture. The approach is simpler to learn than Tai Chi Chuan and easier to execute than yoga. Through the practice of Dah Uh Gong the student will learn
This ancient Taoist yoga practice sublimates and transforms sexual energy through its circulation in the Microcosmic Orbit. The conservation of this precious, biochemical force has been recognized by sages of various esoteric traditions as a major revitalizing factor in the physical health and spiritual development of both men and women. The turning back and circulation of this generative force from the sexual energy centers to the higher centers invigorates and rejuvenates all the body's vital functions. Real sexual fulfillment lies in preventing the indisscriminate loss of this vital current and in experiencing a deeper level of orgasm. These techniques can be used for personal transformation both physical and spiritual. Prerequisite Course No. 1 Opening the Microcos-mic Orbit (Course No. 7)
People practice asceticism in various disciplines, including Yoga, the martial arts, and many religions. Endorphins produced in the brain as a result of ascetic practices help to alter practitioners' consciousness. But the clear consciousness achieved in Standing Zen is not caused solely by endorphins, but also by dopamine, which is the single most important neurotransmitter for awakening pleasant sensations and creative impulses in the brain. Before I explain in the next chapter how dopamine functions, I would like to introduce the correct way to practice Standing Zen (see also Figure 14-1).
The final seminars of 2003 were held in London and Manchester on Dec 6 and 7th. These were on stretching and meditation. Yoga has become quite popular in recent years and this course explained how Qigong approaches stretching and its benefits to health. Stretching helps to promote the circulation of Qi and blood. However as with all things, everything must be balanced and so along with training flexibility we must also train the body to be strong as well.
There are many reports in popular and professional literature of using Chi Kung to help or even cure many illnesses, including cancer. Many cases have been discussed in the Chinese Chi Kung journals. One book which describes the use of Chi Kung to cure cancer is New Chi Kung for Preventing and Curing Cancer (IfiiiJftPJjjfjJSiSi ), by Yeh Ming, Chinese Yoga Publications, Taiwan, 1986.
The feeling that the head is suspended from its crown and gently pushed back from the upper lip without strain should be applied at all times. It is the foundation for an erect upper body and free breathing. Appropriate alignment of the head and neck insures a healthy communication between the body and head. Thus, awareness spreads more fully to the whole body. In a higher meditation formula of the Universal Tao System called Lesser Enlightenment of the Kan and Li, one learns to observe oneself with the Inner Eye. In the body structure, conscious alignment of the head and neck without strain is the foundation for a greater awareness that results from self-observation and self-awareness. In the practice of Hatha Yoga, elongation of the back of the neck that results from head neck alignment is called the root of watchfulness, or the root of mindfulness .
Each of them developed their teachings and methods of training following the steps of their respective founders. The history of some traditions can be traced back to particular individuals who originated their schools of thought, oftentimes even unbeknownst to themselves. As Jesus Christ was not a Christian and Buddha Shakyamuni was not a Buddhist, so most original masters of Yoga and Qigong had no idea that their disciples would institutionalize their personal practices of self-realization. The masters simply followed their own inner guidance as to how to be in the flow of things in this magical world. With time, a lot of people perceived those masters as great examples of living in the flow. The consequent generations of students, however, grew further and further apart from the roots of their respective traditions by institutionalizing them. Historically, Tibetan culture did not exist in as much isolation as many Westerners seem to think. Both Indian and Chinese influences have...
For instance, I was approached by a woman with a seriously injured right leg. The leg was quite painful from the hip down to the foot. It was almost impossible for the patient to move the right hip or knee without causing intense pain. Pranic healing was applied for about thirty minutes. The pain was greatly reduced. She was able to partially bend her knee and move her hip without any pain. On the day she was scheduled to have her second treatment, she was involved in three freak accidents involving her right leg. These caused intense suffering, making it very difficult for her to visit me. The patient has not returned for further treatment ever since. For these three accidents to occur in a matter of few hours is probably a case of negative karma. (For more information on karma, please refer to reading materials from Edgar Cayce, Astara, theosophy, agni yoga, Rosicrucian, and other esoteric groups.)
The Regulator Channels in Taoist Yoga and Chi Kung are slightly different from those presented in acupuncture texts. The Chi Kung Regulator Channels include the yin and yang arm routes as well some Taoist Yoga texts also refer to the arm routes as the Yin Yu and the Yang Yu. Acupuncture texts, by contrast, include only the leg, trunk and head routes. Many recent Chi Kung texts, unaware of these differences, depict illustrations from acupuncture texts alone, further adding to the confusion.
The movements more energetic and forceful. It corresponds to a Qigong-Yoga Exercise Cycle The American Yoga Association Beginner's Manual. By Alice Christensen. New York, A Fireside Book, Simon and Schuster, 1987. Glossary, index, bibliography, 203 pages. Spiral bound. ISBN 0671619357. Chapter 2, Getting Ready to Exercise The Yoga Warm-Up, pp. 19-34, has many similarities with the Eight Section Brocade. Anatomy of Hatha Yoga A Manual for Students, Teachers and Practitioners. By H. David Coulter. Foreword by Timothy McCall. Honesdale, Pennsylvania, Body and Breath, 2001. Index, bibliography, appendices, 623 pages. ISBN 0970700601. 2002 winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award for Health, Wellness and Nutrition.
These energy centers are known in the Daoist system as 'Cauldrons'. In the yoga system they are familiarly known as 'Chakras'. It is considered that the lowest cauldron relates to the first layer, closest to the body, while the highest cauldron relates to the outermost layer, the one furthest from the body. Along the Thrusting Channel Chong Mo are seven major centers of energy which are known in Qigong as the 'cauldrons' (more familiarly refered to as the 'chakras' of the yoga system). Around and outside the body is a bio-electro-magnetic field, similar to the energetic field surrounding a bar magnet, which the Chinese refer to as Wei Qi Field, but it is more commonly known in the West as the 'Aura'. These are equivalent to the Ida, Shushumna and Pingala in Yoga. ***************
It is not incidental that this yoga position (in the original meaning of this Sanskrit word which means unity, connection, relation) is, of all postures, the one that comes closest to that of the child in its embryonic high energy state. Its capacity for energy storage and consumption is optimal while the metabolic rate is low and energy consumption most economical.
The Yoga Sutra speaks of eight limbs. These are restraint, observation, postures, regulation of the breath, drawing the senses inward for calming the mind, concentration, meditation, and superconsciousness. The last three are the sammaya ( inner limbs ). The sammaya is a series of spiritual exercises, the last stage of which is superconsciousness, or samadhi. As Swami Vishnu explains in The Sivananda Companion to Yoga, During concentration, one keeps a tight rein on the mind
This test serves as evidence that we can change our sensory perceptions by controlling the brain. You have probably heard of Yoga ascetics piercing their flesh with needles, or walking over burning coals. I believe that they do this by learning to deliberately release endorphins neurotransmitters that act as a natural morphine, regulating pain and producing pleasure into the brain. During experiments of this sort, I began to realize that the conscious body is not identical with the brain, but uses the brain to communicate with the physical world.
If you are involved in Buddhism or Yoga, you may have heard of the Hannya sbingyo, or Heart Sutra, an exoteric Buddhist scripture written in Sanskrit on the topic of Emptiness it remains today one of the most popular Buddhist scriptures in Japan. Kukai interpreted this work from an esoteric point of view in his commentary Hannya sbingyo hiken ( The Secret Key to the Heart Sutra (included in Major Works). Kukai divides the sutra into five parts, and it is the way he divided them that proves his genius. The following are a few quotes.
Navigation by providing information on the direction of the sunlight and the magnetism of the earth. In the case of h uman beings, the Yin-Tang (an acupuncture point on the forehead) is thought to interact with the pineal gland. This acupuncture point is known as Ajina-Chakra in Yoga, and generally is known as a third eye . Modern biological research has shown that these autonomic functions can be controlled by the power of the mind. It is also known that some Yoga masters are able to easily control their autonomic functions. In Yoga this is done by developing Chakras. In qigong, one can use QI instead, and reach that same level by practicing the Microcosmic Orbit method. W hen t he a utonomic n ervous s ystem is d eveloped by m eans of t he Microcosmic Orbit, it becomes possible for all kinds of illnesses to be healed. When QI is able to circulate well through the REN and DU channels that control the twelve meridians, problems of QI blockage are solved.
The following is a discussion by Mantak Chia on the higher levels of Taoist Esoteric Yoga, tape recorded at the annual retreat in North Andover, Mass. August 1982. There are teachers who have had ill effects using their own particular methods, but still continue to teach because they adamantly maintain faith in those methods that they espouse in spite of how they have suffered by them. The methods should serve the practitioners. In this light, there is no Taoist method, but rather practioners who make of Taoist Yoga their own individual methods. Tao is a
Later volumes of Master Mantak Chia's Taoist Esoteric Yoga Encyclopedia will elucidate some of the more advanced forms of Taoist practice in healing, meditation, and self-defense, and their application in balancing the forces which daily buffet us about. Seminal Kung Fu (a sexual practice for man) and Ovarian Kung Fu (a sexual practice for woman) reveal the Taoist secrets of transforming raw sexual energy into creative energy. Iron Shirt Chi Kung strengthens the whole body fascia, organs, tendons and bones and shows how to root the human energy in the earth. Fusion of the Five Elements teaches how to transmute emotions, heal damaged organs and gain greater balance and insight into oneself. Tai Chi Chi Kung, Pa Kua Chi Kung and Palm, Hsing I Chi Kung, Death Touch Dan Mu, and Five Finger Kung Fu, build internal power, improve body alignment, and enable one to more quickly master the longer forms of Tai Chi Chuan, Pa Kua Palm, and Hsing I Chuan. By Michael Winn who is general editor of...
This is where having an understanding of how the chi field works in the body is very practical. This is what I personally got from Tao that I did not get practically from yoga, Buddhism, Hinduism, Kaballah, or Christianity. This is not to say the information is not there, but it is not clearly mapped out or accessible as embodied practice.
At the end of the seminar a number of physicians were of the opinion that the concept of the Microcosmic Orbit as being a continuous circuit of energy is more reasonable than one in which the energy is allowed to flow only up to the head or be given no direction at all as in certain yoga practices, Master Chia This sort of thing is not unique to this system. Practitioners of yoga and zen and T.M. have all had similar experiences. The specific gyrations are unique unto the individual and to a particular time and place. However they are indentically produced been studying martial arts for ten years. I did Japanese style karate for three years and Shun Ryo and now I do Tai Chi. I also do some Kundalini Yoga. The first thing I was really fascinated by was the diagnostic power of this during the relaxation part when we were going down vertebra by vertebra. I could actually detect what went on there, whether it was compressed or irritated or collapsed or bent. I was really surprised. Then...
Those who have not been trained in Chi Kung, Yoga or any other breathing exercise will be tense and will use very shallow, short breaths, uilizing only one-third of the lungs. This causes lose of Chi pressure in the abdominal cavity. With practice, proper breathing is accomplished. nerve connects the muscles of the urogenital diaphragm, the penis or vagina and the anus. There is a membranous superficial fascia that attaches to the back of this lowermost diaphragm that comes forward to engulf the scrotum or vagina (which also contains muscle) and joins with the abdominal wall. The importance of these anatomical structures will become apparent as you progress in your work in Taoist Yoga, especially in Iron Shirt I, II and III and in Taoist Secrets of Love (Seminal and Ovarian Kung Fu). These two diaphragms serve to assist the flow of pressure to the vital organs and glands, and help tremendously to increase Chi pressure in the organs and the abdomen. Knowing how to utilize and control...
Deep meditation allows the heart's inner soul to radiate an inner smile as an expression of self-realization. My kriya yoga teacher was allegedly in nirvakalpa samadhi for 45 years at time this photo was taken. Swami Hariharananda's powerful inner smile gave him the aura of a spiritual Santa Claus . He recently shifted dimensions at age 96.
If you are like most people, you are probably unaware of the extent to which the way you inhale and exhale affects your energy level. But breathing has long been considered essential to the exercises of the East. For instance, Yoga teachings include many different ways of breathing. One is Bhastrika, known in English as breathing of fire, whose aim is to stimulate the fundamental Kundalini energy. Likewise, Zen has its technique of Su Soku Kan (Japanese meditating while counting the number of breaths taken ).
I am often surprised, when receiving enquiries about Taiji classes, that a lot of people's reply to the question, Have you done any Taiji before is No, but I've done Yoga and Pilates. Well, good for them but that's relevant how I've done a lot of gardening in my time but that doesn't qualify me to advise you about the electrical wiring in your house aijiquan was taught primarily as a health exercise like yoga. There was a mild flirtation with Eastern mysticism but little was taught or known about its martial aspect. Having practised Hatha Yoga for 5 years, I was aware of how ancient theories on exercise and health could be of benefit but I wasn't prepared for such a big and constant improvement. Even in the early days, (when I felt guilty having practiced only once at home and forgotten part of what I'd learnt the previous week), I still found my back getting stronger, asthma attacks getting fewer and many other benefits too numerous to mention.
Move the power and the qi from the upper to the middle warmer* while walking the Circle (lower hands, palms down, as you continue to walk the circle). Energy awareness represents the point where traditional Chinese medicine (acupuncture, herbology) meets Taoist yoga and the internal martial arts. According to traditional medicine, it is essential that the energy of the three warmers (sanjiao) be balanced. Out of balance warmer activity is viewed as the root of many diseases.
The exact amount of training and practice required to develop the Microcosmic Circulation varies from individual to individual. For best results one should practice at least twice a day at home, for ten to thirty minutes at a time, even if one has attained a higher level of accomplishment. Students with previous discipline in yoga or other meditation techniques are frequently able to open the mi-crocosmic orbit immediately by redirecting their power of concentration away from the third eye (brow point) and into the warm current flow.
Discover the magic of Tibetan Dream Yoga as taught by Lama Somananda Tantrapa. In addition to this book, the companion DVD, Qi Dao Initiation CD, as well as the audiobook and workbook, are included into the Qi Dao Home Study Course. You may enjoy the practices presented in this Course on your own, although it is easier to learn and master with a practice partner or a Certified Qi Dao coach. Being able to test and experiment with all the Qi Dao practices is essential for developing greater sensitivity to subtle flows of Q , which will enable you to be in the flow. In addition to the foundational practices of Dream Yoga and non-dual awareness presented in the book and DVD, this unique Course also includes Qi Dao Initiation CD serving as a preparation for receiving your Initiation into the practice of Empowerment. This special meditation CD will take you on a mystical journey of discovering your inner world, the world of lucid dreaming and spiritual adventure. A number of unadvertised...
The micro-macrocosm philosophy of the ancient Taoist philosophers states that we are children of the earth. Internal alchemists believed that this was more than just philosophy, but that the practice of Taoist yoga linked them with and reflected their connection to nature. They believed that the phenomenological world, if understood, could be manipulated. As many alchemist-yogi practitioners saw it, the best avenue for understanding the phenomenon of creation was with
Chinese yoga and internal martial arts are holistic. Lacking the concept of mind-body dichotomy that has become the cornerstone of Western scientific development, the Taoist philosophers of ancient times intuited that mind influences thought which influences the body and, likewise, that the body influences the mind. Although the language and underlying philosophy differs, Western medical science is now beginning to agree with this philosophy. The ancient Taoists
Mingjing as a science of movement is based on Taoist yogic practices originating almost two thousand years ago. Designed to stimulate energy centers and open energetic pathways, the effect of this type of training is especially strong in opening the eight extra meridians associated with Taoist yoga.11 Traditional medicine Metallurgy Sexual yogas Healing massage Physio-therapeutics understanding the human condition has a lineage to it and did not just appear one day from the writings of Lao Tzu alone. The most important influence is a great body of work collectively called Taoist yoga. These exercises, originating from Taoist philosophy, promoted a return to natural laws, gave birth to mind-body unification exercises, and were a way of understanding life. Most often approaches that involve mastery of internal energy and mind-body unification in ancient China have their roots in Taoist philosophy and ancient psycho-physiological exercises. It is useful to examine the source of these...
The earliest records of Qigong come from the jin wen (writings on bronzes) from the Zhou dynasty (ca. 1100 -221 BC). During the Warring States period (770 - 221 BC) Qigong developed as never before and many great thinkers emerged. In the Book of Changes or I jing, semen, internal energy and the mind were considered to be the treasures of the body. An exercise akin to Qigong called daoyin was popular at this time. An inscription on a relic found in the Warring States period read, 'Take a deep breath and sink it to tantien (a point about 3' below the navel). Hold it there for a while and then exhale it as sprouting grass until it reaches the top of your head. This causes the Yang energy to rise and the Yin energy to drop. Those whose Yang and Yin energy goes its own way will live, otherwise you will die'. This saying was part of the daoyin exercise and holds true for all Qigong nowadays including T'ai chi, pa-kua, Taoist yoga and all of the internal arts.
Unlike Indian Yoga, which is based on individual and static postures, Tai Chi Ch'uan consists of unbroken rhythmic movements that flow with complete relaxation. This flowing relaxation benefits the entire body simultaneously. Through proper breath control and concentration, this flowing relaxation will result in complete mental control, physical and emotional well-being and inner peace. To achieve these benefits, however, Tai Chi Ch'uan must be studied under a qualified teacher and practiced consistently for an extended period of time.
T'ai Chi cultivates health benefits beyond those studied by Western medicine. T'ai Chi conditions the sleeves between muscles and nerves (the films that separate and support the organs) known as the fascia. The acupuncture meridians (energy pathways) of Chinese medicine run through the fascia. By conditioning these boundary layers between tissues, T'ai Chi reduces chemical cross-linking, or cellular rust. Move it or lose it, the Taoists say. The turning of the trunk flexes the spine, producing some of the same benefits as twists in yoga (improved spinal flexibility, release of tension on the perispinal muscles, alleviating imbalances that can lead to back pain while improving blood flow to the discs). And similar to yoga, T'ai Chi conditions the psoas, that deep muscle of balance that underlies the lower abdominal organs and mediates the relationship of the spine to the pelvis and legs. Proper T'ai Chi practice places certain demands on the body The sinking of the weight, over time,...
It is important to make an association between hand position and sensation of the movement of internal energy in the body. This exercise develops the ability to concentrate and move the power from the upper to the lower portions of the body as necessary. It is a direct transmission of archaic Taoist yoga into martial arts.
Reflected in this martial system one extreme is calm, the other is movement, and the cycle between activity and stillness governs all life. Before movement there is calm, however, this calm carries with it the intent to move The paradox of Taoist internal yoga as applied to mastery in the martial arts, is that even when you are moving you are still and when still you are in motion. The paradoxical merging of activity and stillness is the expression of the interplaying opposites of yin and yang that lie at the heart of Taoist yogic practice. The person who can understand this secret and incorporate it into practice is on the road to becoming a highly skilled internal martial artist.
I work as a bartender. I study acting but I don't work at it. I have some Yoga training and have fasted for two months on pure water. I came to see Master Chia with my sister, because somebody told me there was a Tai Chi school here. I was impressed by what he had to say. There was nothing wrong with me. I just wanted to use it as part of my Tai Chi. So far, though, I have just stayed with Master Chia's Tao method. I was perfectly healthy before coming here but I have benefitted from this training anyway. I feel that my practice has made me extra calm. Along with that it helps me in my everyday life of being in contact with people. I can be more relaxed. Bill Yes, along with that I also work out in my exercise class and do weightlifting. I feel more grounded when I do this practice. I can feel the energy in my body and it is a very positive form of meditation. I meditated before but never to such a great extent with any other teacher. I learned it on my own,...
Through the practice of Dream Yoga, a major component of Qi Dao, you will also be able to learn that manipulating the flow of dreaming is similar to trying to manipulate the whole universe therefore, the best thing you can do about it is to surrender to the power of the Dream Being that is much greater than your personal power. This surrender is metaphorically synonymous to the process of boiling water and evaporating it into steam. Like any kind of gas, it symbolizes a distinct element - the element of Air. This element has such unique qualities as being able to compress and expand, being invisible while capable of influencing hard matter and fluids, and being as incredibly free as wind. In the case of the human body, the most vivid example of the work of air is breathing. Visualize the flow of air circulating in and out of your lungs during breathing - throughout your entire life. There is really no distinction between the air inside of you and the air outside this elemental force...
Some people hold that Qigong came from Buddhism, pointing out that Yoga, which is similar to Qigong in many respects, dates back thousands of years in India, the birthplace of Buddhism. It should be borne in mind that Gautama Buddha was older than Confucius, but younger than Lao Zi, and it was 500 years before his birth that Emperor Wen, father of the founder of the Western Zhou Dynasty (11th century to 771 BC), was said to have formed the hexagrams in the Book of Changes.
In Taoist Yoga, when properly and proportionally activated the energy center at the thymus alchemically harmonizing with the energy from the pituitary gland energy center and the generative force residing in the sperm and testicles, can reverse the aging process. This occurs in the practice of the Greatest Enlightenment of the Kan and Li, in which white hair becomes black, teeth grow back again, and a youthful appearance develops.
Yoga, Dao-yin, medicinal herbs, medical techniques, and martial arts training techniques between the three regions. Indeed, one could say that yoga is an Indian style of qigong, or that qigong is a Chinese style of yoga - both statements, in my opinion, are true. Both emphasize the underlying unity of the individual
Welcome to my world of Qi Dao, the ancient energy art of Tibetan Shamanic Qigong. My spiritual tradition, named Qi Dao (or Ch'i Tao if you like this spelling), which literally means the path of energy, or the flow of life force, is a style of Qigong (also spelled Ch'i Kung) rooted in the Tibetan Shamanic tradition of self-realization called B6n. Following many generations of Tibetan lamas and Shamans since time immemorial, I explore this magical world where the stuff of myths and legends is quite real. Along my spiritual journey, the miracles of natural healing and amazing feats of power have been common place. I came to believe that everyone practicing this Adventure Yoga can receive revelations directly from spirit and learn to follow the inner guidance to enjoy being in the flow of the dream called life.
Michael I first studied Iron Shirt a little over two years ago. Before that, I was doing Kundalini Yoga which involves a lot of breathing and intense energy. I found Iron Shirt to be even more intense because the air was packed inside, held and circulated internally whereas with the other practices, I breathed in and out and slowly moved the energy around using various sounds. In the beginning I found that I had too much energy in my head for doing Iron Shirt, partly as a result of my other practices. When I started to do Iron Shirt, my face would get very red. As I got better at it, doing it every day, I started to get the energy more rooted, or grounded. I discovered that when a practice is done properly, you are mixing energy from the air with what is in the body, holding it inside where it is somewhat warm, and mixing this with the energy from the ground which is cool. It took me a while to really get the energy down out of my head, and relax before I could begin to practice and...
In 1975, when I was a student and practicing Karate every day, qigong was still completely unknown in Japan. I was eager to improve in my martial arts ability and I spent a good deal of time each day reading books and trying all kinds of new techniques. I realized that mental training was necessary as well, so I was also studying Yoga and the mysteries of esoteric Buddhism. Then I read a book by Ken'ichi Sawai about a Chinese martial art that supposedly allowed people to maintain their physical strength even into old age. Called Taikiken, it was brought to Japan by Sawai after he had studied the martial arts in China. Sawai's philosophy on training was completely new to me. Until that time I had collected information mainly from quite practical books on Karate or kinesiology. Conventional training in Karate involved repeating the same movement as many times as possible, so that the body learns to perform it easily the muscles are then strengthened by gradually increasing the load...
Mantak Chia was born in Thailand to Chinese parents in 1944. When he was six years old, Buddhist monks taught him how to sit and still the mind. While still a grammar school student, he learned traditional Thai boxing. He was then taught Tai Chi Chuan by Master Lu, who soon introduced him to Aikido, Yoga and broader levels of Tai Chi. When Mantak Chia was in his early twenties he studied with Master Meugi in Singapore, who taught him Kundalini, Taoist Yoga and the Buddha Palm. He was soon able to clear blockages to the flow of energy within his own body. He learned to pass the life force energy through his hands also, so that he could heal Master Meugi's patients. He then learned Chi Nei Tsang from Dr. Mui Yimwattana in Thailand.
Physical exercise plays a vital role in self-healing and in maintaining health. Physical exercises in the form of warmup exercises, dancing, sports, hatha yoga, martial arts or tai chi promote circulation of prana in the body and facilitate the drawing in of fresh prana and the expelling of used-up prana or diseased bioplasmic matter. This is seen clairvoyantly as white fresh prana being drawn in and grayish diseased matter being thrown out when one is exercising. It is better if pranic breathing is done when exercising. There are specific physical exercises in hatha yoga and Taoist yoga to treat specific ailments. The type of exercise can easily be determined by observing and analyzing which part of the body is being moved, bent, compressed or stretched by a specific pose or exercise and the particular chakra located on that part affected by the exercise.
After mastering the Rooting Practice you will feel, as you walk around, stand, or sit in your daily life, that you are more in touch with the earth. (Fig. 3.68) You will feel more stable and practical minded, not spacey . Many Universal Tao students, after practicing Iron Shirt Rooting for a while, find that they have good balance and greatly improve the quality of their physical activities, such as running, skiing, tennis and Yoga.
I will mention a case here that I am familiar with personally. There was a man who was known as a master of external qi. He had been sick for a long time, but during his recuperation, he became aware of cosmic energy and eventually healed himself. No one taught him how to use external qi, yet he also learned to heal others. As time went on he healed a great many people. Through intensive training, he also learned to use his intuition very effectively, and was good at sensing other people's qi ability. Then the problems began. He started to criticize and belittle other qigong and Yoga masters. Some of the things he said sounded reasonable enough, and people around him agreed with him. After a while, he became convinced of his own greatness, even claiming that he was a reincarnation of an earlier great master. I regret to say that he completely wasted his ability.
Numerous books, from yoga and martial arts to healing and meditation, have been written on the subject of breathing. It is rare, however, to find one that speaks about how the breath can really become natural and effective. Mostly, these books speak about slowing the breath down, making it deep, long, continuous, and even. Anyone who tries this soon discovers that their breath rises into the solar plexus and lung area and becomes pensive. This happens because the breath is being forced to do something that it is not doing. The breath cannot be made to do anything other than what it is doing.
So many of the problems people come to me for could be so much more quickly remedied if they were engaging their bodies energetically and working on their spiritual lives. The clients that have sought physical and spiritual balance as well as working on their mental health are the clients that usually progress the fastest and have the most profound healing. So I've encouraged people for years to do Tai Chi, Yoga, body work, meditation, anything, just do something besides talk about it.
In order to heal others with ch'i we must know the meaning of yin and yang and how to cause different parts of the body to become yin or yang by using the mind. Once this is known, usually after many years of practising an internal art such as T'ai chi ch'uan or Taoist yoga, we then have to build up our supply of ch'i and learn how to get it into another person. A Chinese doctor confronted with a mild disease will stand in a Qigong posture for around 10 minutes to build up his immediate supply of ch'i. When he knows that he has enough to give he will either place one palm onto the affected area, use point massage, acupuncture or tui na (Chinese massage). All of these healing arts make use of 'putting the ch'i in'. The first method uses a point called pericardium 8, near the centre of the palm.
Have you ever noticed that when you practise Qigong you end up meeting similar people Maybe they practise yoga or Tai Chi, but they have similar interests. People with a good heart who are healthy and have compassion will naturally join together. On the other hand, if you like to take advantage of people, gamble, gossip and put down others, then these will be the kind of people who will come to you. What you are is what you attract.
He eventually switched from outer travel adventure to inner spiritual adventure. During his wanderings, Winn began exploring different esoteric systems, mostly to demystify for himself the ancient Mystery Schools. He hoped to find the most effective methods of improving health and refining spiritual awareness. Besides various Daoist Taoist schools, he studied tantric kundalini yoga, kriya yoga, dzogchen (Bon), Tibetan Buddhist vajrayana practices, and Atlantean He took many teachings and initiations with the Dalai Lama, and worked closely for years with Paramhamsa Hariharananda (successor in India to Yogananda), and edited his Bhagavad Gita in the Light of Kriya Yoga. All this shaped his spiritual practice, but he always returned to his roots in the Tao because of its natural simplicity and practicality in honoring the body.
Qigong arose from the martial arts, the field of medicine, esoteric Buddhism, Taoism, and Yoga. To establish my own qigong method, I discarded all the more doctrinaire parts of these traditions and retained only the practical techniques for development of mind and body. on the forehead) is thought to interact with the pineal gland. This acupuncture point is known as Ajina-Chakra in Yoga, and Hui-Yan, meaning discerning eyes, in the philosophy known as Xian Dao (a form of Taoism). This so-called third eye is a very important element in qigong training. Practicing these qigong exercises will make it possible to let qi in or out with a qi ball through the Ajina-Chakra by stimulating this point.
As discussed in Chapter Two and Three, starting during the period of the Boxer Rebellion at the turn of the century, the study of qi gong and Taoist alchemy was increasingly linked to martial arts practice. For a common boxer, the main purpose of training was to become impervious to attack and to enhance one's offensive ability. This genre of boxer combined qi gong practices with magic amulates, believing that these additions would help protect him. The boxer period hailed a grassroots movement to throw out the foreigners and it was during the same period select intellectuals became involved with martial art study. For many of these intellectuals their interest was deeper than that of the common boxer. To perfect their arts, they included spiritual and health interests. Taoist yoga and Taoist alchemy were the roots of this knowledge. This discipline of
Complete respiration (same then in yoga) incorporates all three methods, integrated into one single, full and rhythmic movement. Breathing frequency is related with one's age, sex, body's posture but also external factor such as outside temperature and altitude. Adults have a respiration rate about 1 4 of heart rate, generally between 12 to 18 bps.
Alas, the tendency of the human mind to be focused on appearances instead of the inner essence eventually reduced many styles of Qigong, as well as Yoga, Kung Fu, Tai Chi, etc., to merely doing forms. You would be hard pressed to find anyone who managed to achieve anything profound by emulating their teachers' external appearances. In order to experience the authentic mastery of being in the flow, you will need to start by shifting attention from forms to the true essence of everything, starting with your own inner nature, which is pure energy.
There are three levels of meditation we can practice using movement. There is another, which requires no movement and is common to most forms of Indian yoga. This is where we sit cross-legged and meditate on a mantra or an object. Most westerners find this quite difficult, and can sometimes fool themselves into thinking that they are meditating. Moving meditation, although involving learning certain patterns of movement, can be easier because it does not use mind games. All we have to do is to learn and practice the movements in the correct way and the meditation will happen by itself the mind will relax, the body will relax and as the body relaxes so too does the mind, and so on.
I wish to offer my appreciation to Sam Langberg, for his understanding and untiring work in editing the first edition. Sam Langberg is a freelance writer and a Taoist Esoteric Yoga instructor living in the New York area. He has been practicing Yoga for over 10 years, and currently works with the Taoist Esoteric Yoga Center writing classbooks and other materials. Many thanks go to Michael Winn and Robin Winn for long months spent revising and expanding the second edition. I thank Susan MacKay who revised our Taoist Esoteric Yoga sitting figure, and my secretary Joann for her patience in typing and retyping the manuscript.
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Yoga is an important part of many lives today. Although it is considered a type of exercise, it has the potential to affect the emotional and psychological health of the individual, not just the physical state.