- opening the microcosmic orbit -
The microcosmic orbit—xiao zhou tian—is a key component of our energy system. If we practise neigong, it is all the more important to understand the nature and function of this ‘small circulation’ or, quite literally, ‘small heavenly circuit’. The microcosmic orbit refers to a specific movement of energy across the torso—up the back and down the front. This energetic movement, shown in the diagram below, relies on the action of two key meridians—du mai and ren mai.
Du mai (or ‘governing meridian’) runs up the back and ren mai (or ‘conception meridian’) runs down the front of the torso. These two meridians are part of a wider category of meridians, known as qi jing ba mai or the ‘eight congenital meridians’. One of the key aims of neigong is to access the congenital meridians. Those meridians have a strong relationship with the mind: they store information that determines our psychological make-up on a very deep level. By accessing them, we can start dealing with deep-seated imbalances on the level of the mind before they manifest externally—in the form of illnesses, for instance.
The congenital meridians are nested at the very core of our body, which makes them difficult to access. However, du mai and ren mai run closer to the surface; this means they are easier to work with. This is one of the reasons why neigong focuses on this specific circulation in the early stages of practice.
Another reason for this focus is that the microcosmic orbit acts as a safety circuit that guarantees a smooth flow of energy inside the body. By its very nature, neigong training promotes a strong [...] ***To read the full article, copy and paste the following link into your web browser***
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Join me on the mat @sixharmoniesmartialarts tomorrow, Sat 3 Feb at 1.15pm for a FREE yoga session designed specifically for martial artists.
Open your hips, lengthen your hamstrings and increase kicking ability. Move your spine, improve your posture and release tension by stretching deep into muscle fibres and connective tissue.
Enhance your forms and martial art movement through increasing body and breath awareness. Working with Chinese meridian lines and a hybrid blend of flowing and static Yoga poses, classes begin with a grounding movement practice and end in deep relaxation.
This class is suitable for people both new and experienced with Yoga. Please bring your own mat and props if you have them.
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Look forward to seeing you on the mat. Xiè Xiè 🙏✨🥋
Dan Tian Hu Xi (丹田呼吸) – Dan Tian Breathing: The name for the absorption and emission of Qi from the lower Dan Tian. This should evolve naturally out of your practice and is a mechanism involved in the storage of Qi within the Dan Tian.
Dan Tian Xi Qi (丹田吸氣) – Dan Tian Inhales the Qi: A reference to the ‘drawing in’ process of Qi into the lower Dan Tian that takes place when Yin and Yang have been cultivated to a certain degree.
Gathering Heaven Qi. Direct connect to Earth Qi.
If you mimic, be certain to exhale as arms move outward & upward- palms up and out. Inhale as hands pull earth qi downward, into the body, into Lower Dantian (lower belly below navel above pubic bone / 2nd chakra) - palms face down. 3 rounds. Females end with right hand on lower belly (Lower Dantian, below navel) and Left hand rests over Right. Males rest with opposite hand positioning. Continue with meditation, mind following breath, eyes downward to Lower Dantian if closed or at ground about 3' in front of you if eyes open. Choose one and observe the breath.
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Workshop 27/1 kl 9-12
Tre timers blid bevægelse m fokus på åndedrættet. Dag Hammerskjölds Allé 42 A København Calligraphy Yoga er bevæglese, hvor vi indtager yogaens former, Chi Gongs bevægelser, samt Tai Chi flowet. Formålet med denne træning er at skabe ilt, optimere dine celler og massere dine organer. Sidst men ikke mindst at skabe glæde indefra og ud.
Bevægelses systemet skaber varme ved at bevæge sig langsomt og emotionelt, kroppen bruges ikke i den fysiske forstand. Bevægelserne og vejrtrækningen har lært mange at slippe smerter i skuldre, ryg, arme, ben og mange flere steder på kroppen. #calligraphyyoga#movement#dantian#taichi#quigong#breathing#breathingwithlottebonne#seeyousoon#stressfree#release#pain#be#soft#comeandjoinus
The Lower Dan Tian - "ELIXER FIELD".
3 finger-widths below navel, 2 finger-widths behind your navel. .
2 other Dan Tians, located at your third eye, and heart. .
Focusing on the Dan Tian quiets the mind.
For some reason, I've kept this almost 2yo chicken scratch around. I couldn't recreate it when I tried leading to the conclusion that I drew this but I also did not draw this, maybe that's why it's noteable to me. #dantian#energycenter#doesthisspeaktoyou ?
The beauty of Taijiquan training is that it is based upon two of the simplest and yet, at the same time, elusive qualities: Sung and Ting. Sung is the progressive release of tension from the body and mind whilst Ting is the absorption of the awareness into the processes inherent within all aspects of being. Only when a person has managed to apply Sung and Ting to the structure of Taijiquan will they attain the ability to mobilise Qi in the form of Jin. Once a student can do this the they have ‘entered the door’ of Taijiquan study. Here lay the root of the arts martial, meditative and medicinal properties.
The choices we make and what happens in our individual journeys when we say yes or no can change the course of our lives in the most profound ways.
Three years ago I said yes and signed up for Dr. P’s also known as @stopchasingpain primal movement workshop which coincidentally was also the weekend of my birthday.
Today, he has not only been an incredible mentor to me and many but also one of my dearest friends. I am so grateful for his check-ins and all the advice he offers not just in health but in life. I feel incredibly blessed to catch him during down time mode and that he lives a short drive away from the town that I grew up in, in NJ.
2017 was an especially heart and third eye opening year as I battled through the deepest depression I have ever felt. The beauty and what I didn’t know while I was ruminating was my purpose waiting to happen. I will talk about that in a later post but to make an already long story short here, my focus and purpose has been turned to energy. The power it holds when you start to understand how to generate it and transmute it.
Dr. P turned to martial arts in his teens to learn how to defend himself not knowing then how much it would impact his purpose. I asked him to show me something new and it was the baguazhang.
In this video, we’re pushing energy from our center also known as the dantian and energy center up through our fingers and down through the ground with our feet!
Thanks for the new energy moves, Dr. P and for having the courage just to be. We are one. ❤️🌎
Daoism is a tradition that has developed and evolved in countless ways over the course of its history. In the west we would generally think of Daoism as a strand of philosophy whereas in many parts of Asia Daoism is seen as a fully-fledged religion complete with temples, gods and ritualised forms of prayer. In truth, there are many different ways to approach and understand Daoism; some would argue that only one form of Daoism is correct whereas others acknowledge the flexible nature of the tradition and its practices. We can summarise the main forms of Daoism into three key categories:
Dao Jia (道家) or ‘philosophical Daoism’. This is the form of Daoism most commonly encountered in the West. Based primarily on the writings of Laozi (老子) and his seminal texts the Dao De Jing (道德經), philosophical Daoism looks as the nature of life and practice with its ultimate goal being unification with a higher state of being known simply as Dao (道) or ‘that which cannot be defined’.
Dao Jiao (道敎) or ‘religious Daoism’. Common in the Far East and increasingly becoming more widespread in the West are the practices of religious Daoism. This form of devotion to Dao (道) takes a similar format to other religious traditions. Religious Daoism includes monks, priests and the same kind of religious hierarchy present within any of the major religions of the world.
Jin Dan Dao (金丹道) or ‘alchemical Daoism’. Is said to have been develop during the Tang (唐) dynasty through an amalgamation of Daoist methods and shamanic practices of the Wu (巫) people. Alchemical Daoism has both internal and external forms with the basis of the practice being meditative study. The original aim of Daoist alchemy was pursuit of spiritual immortality though at a later stage in its development Buddhist concepts begun to influence Daoism and so the direction of the practice was altered somewhat.
The kidneys are said to house #Jing or our primal essence. They are essentially our bodies battery pack haveing both positive(yang) and negative(yin) polarities. In addition we can store excess energy in the #dantian for later use. When grounded this forms and energetic circuit that sustains our lives for the duration of physicality. Looking to live a longer more vital life then it’s important to have a fully charged battery pack. Watch my herbal series playlist for tips and tools for cultivating this most foundational of essences...JING
The Yi Jing (I Ching) is one of, if not the, most important classical text to come out of China. Passed down through oral traditions for thousands of years, it was eventually recorded in writing preserving a mathematical and philosophical system of divination created by an enlightened ancient culture. Through study of the Yi Jing it is possible to glimpse through a window in time in order to understand the levels of profound comprehension that China’s ancient ancestors had reached. Far from primitive people with little understanding of the world they lived within, the ancient Chinese clearly understood more about the wider cosmos than we do now. Through the creation of the Yi Jing they had recorded a way to fathom the various vibrational frequencies which make up the fabric of existence and then divine exactly how these different frequencies interplay with one another to create our experience of the passage of time.
If you go to China or Taiwan and ask many people what Feng Shui is about they will often answer either ‘luck’ or ‘wealth’. Indeed, I have known people in Asia who had their whole house adjusted by a Feng Shui consultant just to maximise these two aspects of their life. In actual fact, ‘luck’ should really be ‘Ming’ and ‘wealth’ is just a very small part of Feng Shui which has been focused on to the detriment to its other, more important, aspects.
Feng Shui can be applied to any space to change the way in which Qi moves within it. This is generally to accomplish one of the following functions:
To improve the ‘health’ of a space which in turn improves the health of a person living within it. Medical Feng Shui is sadly often overlooked in modern times which is a shame as this is one of its most beneficial aspects.
To help with the way in which Shen establishes itself for the people living within a space. This essentially governs the way in which these people will interact with one another on a daily basis.
To increase the effectiveness of a space for personal meditation of Qi cultivation. This is probably the most commonly used method of Feng Shui for members of the Lotus Nei Gong school. The more efficient our practice space, the more effective our practice! Whether this be a simple room in a house through a large temple, the principles are almost the same.
I personally practice and teach ‘peace-time martial arts’. I am under no illusion that I am teaching anything different. What this is, is a study of efficient of movement, internal principles and combative techniques with a focus upon integration of body and mind into one unified whole. Through a study of the nature of martial technique a person learns how to unify Ming (health and life) and Xing (inner nature) whilst working through the various layers of distortion which lead to inner feelings of low self-esteem, insecurity and frustration. In short they tackle many of the things which prevent a person from reaching a state of inner peace.
Alongside this, students learn how to defend themselves from an aggressor, as ultimately one of the worst things for your spiritual development is to be violently dominated by another. What we do not study, however, is the conscious-less taking of human life through violent technique. We live in times of relative peace and therefor the focus should be upon the most likely and common opponents within our life, inner turmoil and physical illness. Few of us will be killed by a violent assailant but many of us will die early from heart disease or a similar ailment. Train to defend against the most likely threat; this is logical.
The process of release within Daoism begins with the surface layers of emotional mind and then works deeper towards the core of being. Such layers dissolve in order to generate more space within our Heart. This generally unfolds in a very clear sequence.
The surface expression of emotional experience must first be shed. This takes away the key distortions of imbalanced mind. These are the layers stopping us from stabilising the mind into our practice.
The primary lens of mental distortion must be worked with and released into a space of elemental neutrality.
Programmed biases and mental conditioning should be let go of in order to purify the sense faculties experience of life.
Erroneous factors in the developed sense of self should be worked with in order to shed the intellectual concept of ‘I’.
The deepest layers of releasing involve letting go of a sense of division and ultimately the borders between soul, spirit and Dao.
Simplicity within Daoism is more accurately entitled ‘Pu’ (樸). Within Confucianism, to encapsulate Pu was to start your life as a block that someone can chisel into to create perfection. Within Daoism however, perfection of Pu was to be a block that had not been carved. Nothing has been chipped away from the block at all. A state of Pu, or Simplicity, was equated with a state of wisdom, as it is through Simplicity that you can encounter universal information perceived in purity – or in other words, Wisdom. The way of Laozi to Pu was Wisdom; for Zhuangzi, it was humour. Zhuangzi used the pulsing/dissolving nature of humour to remove all those things that may attach to the body and cause increased acquired layers that move you away from purity. .
Winter – The Forgotten Season of Modern Society
"During wintertime it is a very good opportunity to nourish the Yin of the body and the mind. The Yin is the aspect that keeps your mind cool, settled and allows you to have restful sleep without a racing of thoughts rushing through your head. This means that it is good to avoid things in the winter that would cause an excessive amount of mental activity. This can be tricky, but if you can make small changes, for example; it would be more balanced to do breathing practice before bed instead of using your Ipad which will cause lots of mental activity. A lot of things in modern society cause a lot of mental activity and consequently people’s brains are very busy, stressed, have low concentration span and less ability to focus. There is too much activity and Yang basically, creating restlessness of the mind, the heart and the emotions. Now when we are entering the winter Yin period it will be easier to start changing this for the better if wanted, by for example taking some physical and breathing space from media and all these things that are occupying the modern brain all the time". Visit the site at www.scholarsage.com