Coiling Dragon Form - Taoist Yoga

May 05, 2019
 

The Dragon is an image we find in many forms of Taoist Yoga, Qigong, Nei Gong, Tao Yin and the Martial Arts. The Dragon in Taoist Culture is a Mystical Pure Yang Animal - one that is Heavenly, Spiritual and Auspicious. The Coiling Dragon form seen here is one section taken from our Golden Lotus form training in the TaoYoga Arts System.

The Dragons motion is typically expressed in Taoist Yoga as having the qualities of : Coiling / Spiraling -- Open / Close -- Up / Down -- In / Out... these patterns of movement are both internal and external - expressions of the Yin Yang theory.

Our Coiling Dragon form shown here can be seen to effect the Yin Energy Meridians in the legs, arms and also works to open the ascending Governing Vessel in the spine, and also the descending Conception Vessel in the front of the torso. The Opening of the Energy Meridian and creating a smooth, harmonious flow of the Qi Energy is a focus in the beginning Foundation Training of Taoist Yoga...

After the initial...

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Naturalness is called the Way

May 05, 2019

Naturalness is called the Way...
The Way has no name or form;
it is just the Essence...
just the Primal Spirit.
Essence and Life are invisible,
so they are associated with Sky and Light....
Sky and Light are invisible,
so they are associated with the two eyes.
The Celestial Mind is like a house;
the Light is the master of the house.
Therefore, once you turn the Light around,
the Energies throughout the Body all Rise.
Just turn the Light around;
this is the unexcelled Sublime Truth....

~ Ancestor Lu DongBin

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Opening the Energy Gates

Apr 26, 2019
 

Opening the Energy Gates

In Taoist Yoga Practice 'Opening' is a big theme. We open Meridians, Energy Gates, and Energy Centers. The Energy Gates we may view as having an 'Inner' and 'Outer' aspect. We have the '5 Outer Gates' and the '9 Inner Gates'. The '9 Inner Gates' sometimes termed the '9 Caldrons' are the places where meridians connect in the body, and move from one area to another - for example for energy to pass from the arm into the torso, the meridians must pass through the Energy Gate located in the Shoulder Joint. The 'Inner Energy Gates' are usually located in the major joint spaces - or more specifically in the 'Empty Space' between the bones of a joint, and also found in the spinal cord. The Energy Gates often become blocked, and this can cause stagnant energy, stiffness, pain, emotional imbalance and limits the movment of Energy through the Meridian system....

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5 Gates of Change

Jun 21, 2018
 

 

The 5 Gates of Change are five unique Stages of Self Transformation.

Within the practice of the TaoYoga Arts System, the student shall pass through Three Unique Stages of Transformation.

  1. Transformation of Body

  2. Transformation of Energy

  3. Transformation of Spirit

    As the student moves through the  3 Stages of Transformation’, they shall pass through the  ‘5 Gates of Change’  - five unique stages of Self Transformation.

  1. Gate of Awakening ~ Awakening to a new view of life, living, and a new view of our connection with nature. Awakening the vital healing energy flow that lies within. Awakening and opening the energy channels and energy centers.

  2. Gate of Nurture ~ The ability of self nurturing through practice grows. Through this practice, self healing begins to take place. Inner Balance begins to grow.

  3. Gate of Transform ~ Body transforms, energy transforms, consciousness transforms. The negative emotion transforms. The negative...

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Summer Solstice

Jun 21, 2018

Summer Solstice is a time of the Growing Yang Principle....

The Way of Taoist Practice that we teach in the TaoYoga Arts System contains three general levels we progress through in the learning, which can be simply thought of as dealing with the body, learning about the cycles of nature, and lastly how to gain a Union of Self and Nature.

* First we will learn about the inner rhythms, development and cycles of Energy in our own body - through the act of self practice in the TaoYoga Arts System.
* Second we will study and learn about the rhythms, patterns and cycles of Energy we may find within nature - this includes the cycle of the four seasons, and the movement of the sun and moon - this is all organized in the Taoist Energetic Calendar, which includes the dates, and times of practice we follow throughout the year, in order to follow these cycles.
* Lastly, we learn the method and way to join the Human and Nature into a Unified, Balanced and Harmonious whole. A Union of the...

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Opening the 5 Energy Gates

Jun 16, 2018
 

 

In the practice of Taoist Yoga we are taught various aspects of the Energy Body, such as the 'Energy Gates' and the '8 Spiritual Vessels'. Learning about our Energetic Anatomy is a very important step in our ‘Awakening’. Awakening to our True Nature as divine, ‘Energetic Beings’. We are not limited to just this physical form of our ‘Body’ and the physical world. We also have a vibrant, dynamic, and sacred ‘Energy Body’.

As we begin to learn about our Energy Body, one of the first and very important concepts  has to do with our 'Energy Gates'. In learning about our Energy Gates, first we must understand, we have two types or qualities of Energy Gates – these are the Inner Gates and the Outer Gates.

The Inner Energy Gates are the places where the Energetic Meridians connect in the body, and move from one area to another - for example for energy to pass from the arm into the torso, the meridians must pass through the...

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Listen with the Heart

Jun 11, 2018

 

During Tao Breath Work you shall look as if you were doing nothing on the outside, yet all things within the body are changing & transforming on the inside;

leading you to a state of Nothingness,Tranquility and Complete Emptiness.

The situation shall come naturally through the proper practice of Tao Breath Training; without your consciousness being involved.

This state is not created by the use of the Mind, nor is this state imagined through Visualization.

Listening to the Breathing can lead you to a deep state of inner tranquility and clarity with all thoughts and mental motion coming to reside upon one single point, a single unified field of Pure Living Awareness.

This Listening is not done with the Ears – 

this is a Listening done with the Heart…

Taoist Longevity Breathing

Return to Childhood Breathing – Awaken the Subtle Breath -

The Tao Breath Work System we teach has 9 Unique stages one will progress through in learning and self...

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Reaching the Source

Jun 11, 2018

 

Too many steps have been taken returning,
to the Root and the Source.
Better to have been blind and deaf from the beginning..!
Dwelling in One's True Abode,
unconcerned with that without --
The river flows tranquilly on and the flowers are red...

 

From the beginning, truth is clear. Poised in silence, I observe the forms of integration and disintegration. One who is not attached to 'form' need not be 'reformed'. The water is emerald, the mountain is indigo, and I see that which is creating and that which is destroying...

- Kaku-an

* Kaku-an was a 12th Century Zen Master from China. Kaku-an is the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese Zen Master's name which is - Kuòān Shīyuǎn (廓庵師遠). He produced a famous series and commentary on the 10 Ox herding pictures - which describe the stages one progresses through on the Path to Enlightenment, Transformation of the Heart, and Awakening to One's True Nature.

 

 
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Emptiness

May 31, 2018

 

I was originally like a Seed from pure emptiness…

delicate and free , traveling across the times…

Tired of being entangled by fame and fortune…

I shall rest myself for a while in dirt and dust... 

~ Li Qing Temple

  


 

Emptiness.... 

Emptiness is a theme of Taoist thought and also practice - it is often said that Emptiness is what gives things their value and usefulness - the value of a cup, lies in it's empty space - but perhaps in our modern world, we focus more on materiality, form, and the gaining of objects with obvious form..  

Yet Emptiness is also a thing, or a state, is it not...?

When Emptiness is contrasted with form, the opposite of Form is the Formless or the Empty State.

what is Emptiness exactly...?

It is nothing....!

What is No Thing...?

In Taoist thought we often refer to the 'Mind' as the "Heart, or sometimes we refer to the Heart/Mind...  The Heart is something that may accommodate both...

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