Daoist Cultivation (Xiū Dào 修道) involves several practices that focus on Embodied Meditation.
The two oldest, most comprehensive, and most common forms of meditation still practiced today are Chan/Zen (禪) and Nèi Gōng 内功.
In the Yi Dao Huan Yuan tradition of Daoist Cultivation that I have learned and now teach, any committed meditation journey begins with the study of both, but with an initial dedication to the somatic, instinctual, visceral, and existential renewal of Nèi Gōng 内功.
A contemporary Nèi Gōng practice begins with learning about and embodying your meridians, exploring subtle aspects of Qi circulation, Qi wounds, and Self Healing (Nei Yang Gong), as well as connecting with your Energy Centers (Dān Tián 丹田), all while opening your Microcosmic Orbit and Energy Gates/Portals/Apertures (Qiào 竅), and becoming very skillful in several forms of Shaolin and Daoist Breathwork.
As these skills come together, you will learn how to ‘induct’ a refined state of embodied harmony and stillness – allowing you to enter into the Mystery Gate of Daoist Meditation. This opening is available to everyone, and is found through immersive states of profound coherence, tranquillity, stillness, and resolve.
While sharing these traditional skills and methods, I also like to include some clinical evidence on what is happening on the levels of physiology, hormonal and neurotransmitter balance, as well as the tone and resilience of your fascia, your immune system, and your nervous system.
BELOW is a List of the traditional forms, practices and principles, theoretic foundations,
and Breathwork skills that are included in this training.
BELOW that, The rest of this page describes the course breakdown and dates in more detail.
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Traditional Qi Gong, Dao Yin, and Nei Yang Gong Forms you will learn
The Willow Dance – Standing and Seated Qi Gong
(Tangibly learn and interact with your 12 Regular and 8 Extraordinary Meridians)
Nei Yang Gong – Inner Nourishing Qi Gong
(The Classic 12 Gesture Standing Qi Gong Form)
Tai Li Fa – Greater Regulation Form
Tian Di He Yi Fa Form
(Restoring Harmony between the Land and Sky)
Five Elements Qi Gong Form
13 Posture Daoist Heavy Hands Form (Dao Yin and Nei Gong)
Ba Duan Jin Review and Nei Gong Integrations
Primordial Qi Gong
(Excerpts of Hun Yuan Qi Gong Form)
Micro Cosmic Orbit – Xiao Zhou Tian
(All Sixteen Passes/Levels)
Seated Nei Yang Gong
(Bathing and Restoring – Pulling the Golden Cord)
Shaolin Chan Seated Meditation
(The classic five Wall Staring and Breathwork methods)
This is a Six Month Immersive Training Opportunity
Including Over 45 Hours of LIVE Classes and Conversations
What is Nei Gong?
Nèi Gōng 内功 can be translated as ‘Inner Practice or Cultivation’, subtle skills, or what happens beneath what can be seen. The Term Nèi 内 also implies the boundary between Separation and Non-Separation – an essential aspect of Daoist Cultivation.
The term Nèi Gōng can be used in a martial arts, a Qì Gōng 氣功, a meditation, or in any other spiritual practice context. For the purpose of easy communication, I will refer to Nèi Gōng as if it is a distinct branch of practice that focuses on Cultivating Inner Awareness.
With regular Nèi Gōng practice, you are beginning the journey of re-discovering your Innate Experiential/Existential Nature (Xìng 性) and your Aliveness Potential (Mìng 命). This practice also brings your subtle Energy Systems, Internal Organs, Meridians, Energy Centers (Dan Tian), and your Six Innate Minds (Yuán Xīn 元心), as well as your Energy Gates into balance – (including specific Acupuncture points, trees, rocks, waterfalls, or other places in Nature that feel just right)
This training begins with the Daoist Willow Dance, one of the most fun ways to learn the Chinese Medicine Meridian system – tangibly inside your body. (see below).
The Chinese Characters for your Meridians, in general, are Jīng Luò 經絡, which can describe the tension and integrity of the warp and weft of a cloth, the obvious and subtle aspects of circulation, the collagen matrix of your connective tissues and membranes, or perhaps even the fabric of Space-Time.
Each of your Meridians expresses a core instinct and is connected with innate gestures based on ancient animal reflexes, human body language, as well as the behavior, expressions, and experiences of your Ancestors. These subtle, sensual, emotional, and instinctual, qualities of your Meridians also affect your posture, some physical characteristics, the health of the tissue of your whole body, and the free movement of Qi and Blood throughout all your body’s physiological and conscious activities. Finally, your Meridians express the vitality and functional health (or the challenges) of your internal organs.
I often use the metaphor of wire and electricity to describe the importance of an abundance of Jin – contractile tissue and Jing – the Inner Adaptive Capacity or Mojo of the tissue aspects of your Meridians. Physically, and clinically, a Meridian’s health includes the nutritional status, inflammatory status, circulatory capacity, vascular health, muscle tone, flexibility, fascial membrane integrity (on some very deep levels), and of course the collagen matrix of every cell of every part of your body.
At this level of interaction, the more ancient Dao Yin (Trauma Release, State Shift, Down-Regulation, Fascial Tensegrity) practices become essential. This can involve several forms of Breathwork and specific exercises to open each and every joint and membrane of your body. I will also introduce the famous Nei Yang Gong Form as a means to invigorate your body while deconstructing several layers of Embodied Instinctual and Emotional Distress
If you find that you need to go deeper into Qi Gong Healing practices, you can review and apply many of the skills from Level Five – Therapeutic Qi Gong.
To be successful in your Nèi Gōng practice, you will also need to connect with Nature and the Seasons (You will learn the Greater Qi Regulation and the Balancing Heaven and Earth forms), open your Three Dan Tian, connect tangibly with Qi, practice some traditional forms until they feel like home, and restore your Three Treasure (Sān Bǎo 三寶), or your Jīng 精, Qì 氣, and Shén 神.
The Yi Dao Huan Yuan tradition of Chinese Medicine and Daoist Cultivation is a healing tradition. Before committing to a life-long meditation practice, the one meditating may need to resolve some Qi Wounds and some challenging conditioning.