Date: April 25th and April 26th
Time : class begins at 9:30am with break at 12:00pm. class resumes at 2:00pm ending 4:30pm.
Location : Xuan Ju Daoist Center (Francestown, NH)
What: In this course, Daoist Monk Zhou Xuan Yun will be teaching the theory and methods of Daoist Prayer and discussing their health nourishing properties, such as ritual movements, hand positions, and breathing methodology.
The 4-Movement Spring Qigong and 4-Movement Summer Qigong Set suited for practice throughout the Spring Season and Summer season. The workshop will include the set done in standing and sitting positions, theories and methods of the Qigong Set.
- Tuition: $120/day (Members price: $110/day - become a member)
- Boarding: $30/night
- Meals: $25 (fee includes Breakfast and Dinner only. Lunch with be taken at a nearby restaurant).
Space limited to 10. Register today!
Daoist Rituals for Health
Daoism is China's native religion that has become well known worldwide for its health nourishing practices. Today there are few who have not at least heard of Tai Chi Chuan/Taijiquan or Qigong.
Daoist health practices permeate all facets of life however beyond just their exercises and martial arts. Practices such as acupuncture and herbal medicine are becoming more and more widespread. It is the Daoist theories and life habits that draw the complete picture of Daoist Yang Sheng (Health nourishing practices).
Daoists revere long lived creatures such as turtles. Therefore walking imitates the turtle by moving slowly whilst being mindful of the "Qi" settling peacefully in the lower Dan Tian like calm waters.
In Daoist prayer, attention is paid to the hand position to form the Taiji symbol. The hands will then be held to the upper Dan Tian and the breathing is focused there as well. As the head is lowered, so too must the breathing follow down into the lower Dan Tian, before being gently exhaled out according to the meridian of the body back out.
Regarded as the "first season" according to the Lunar Calendar, Springtime is characterized as being a time for life to emerge and flourish after hibernating away during the winter months.
Yang qi begins to emerge, and thus the Yang Qi of people will grow and flourish as well. Springtime qigong promotes and nurtures the Yang "Qi" in accordance with nature.
In terms of lifestyle, we should sleep later BUT also wake earlier. We should awake as the sun rises. We should walk in natural landscapes so as to allow the body and mind to relax and become more open so as to allow the yang "Qi" to develop.
In terms of diet, we should eat more vegetables and less meat. Since it is a time for yang qi and life to flourish, the consumption of meat diminishes the Yang "qi" of nature and thus is not in accordance to the natural way. We should also make sure to not eat and drink colder food and beverages which are more yin in nature.
Spring is represented by the wood phase of the five phase theory. The organ that corresponds to Wood is the Liver. Spring Qigong works to support the functions of the liver, loosen and strengthen the hips and back, clear and promote the sense of sight and smell, and bring a sense of relaxation and peace to the mind and body.
During Summer, the Yang Qi of the Heavens will have risen to its apex and then begin descending to the Earth. Through the meeting of the Heaven and Earth "Qi" (the two quintessential facets of Yin and Yang), the Yang "Qi" acts as the catalyst to allow all living things to achieve their full potential and prosper. Because the Yang "Qi" is exuberant and hot, all living things will also experience a surging yang character. The "Qi" and blood circulation of the body will become strong, metabolism will be at its peak, and as a result the pores of the body will open to allow the yang "Qi" to vent outwards. Thus people will sweat more during the summer time.
Summer is represented by the fire phase and thus its character is heat. This is evident in the season’s hot climate and thus we must be wary of heat stroke by ensuring a careful balance of hydration (yin) in the body. Because of the climate it is very easy to feel overwhelmed by the natural world’s hot and to try to balance it out with cold. This can be done through either ingesting cold things or especially in our modern society, sitting in air conditioned areas. However we must be careful to achieve this slowly. If we sit in the cold for too long or we ingest too much cold too fast, then there is the risk of overwhelming the "qi" of the body and collapsing the Yang "qi". Additionally, the natural world’s yang "qi" may seem overwhelming to the point that we feel we cannot exert any yang "qi" in our own body without feeling overwhelmed.
This expresses through when we feel that it is so hot outside that there is no desire to exercise at all and a lethargic sensation arises. However it is important to ensure that some exercise is still enacted. While we must ensure that we don’t hit the opposite end of adding to much Yang Qi to our body, we must at least exercise so that the body continues to circulate its vital substances. The organ that corresponds to the fire phase is the Heart. Thus, it is a time to nourish the heart. The Heart is responsible for the emotion of joy and thus if it is not properly nourished and we allow ourselves to languish from lack of exercise, it is possible for sullen and depressive thoughts to foster themselves within. Because the Yang Qi helps to warm and circulate the "Qi" and blood within the meridians naturally, it is a prime time to bolster and strengthen the ligaments, tendons, and bones.