The exercises, postures, and principles of Daoist yoga form the core of most systems of qigong, taiji (tai chi), and gong-fu (kung-fu). Research indicates that it is the oldest continually practiced and documented system of exercise therapy in the world having evolved hand in hand with oriental medicine. This ancient Chinese method of exercise combines static and flowing movements that reinvigorate the body with gentle integrative methods that calm and settle the qi. Learning the fundamentals of Daoist yoga will transform the way you approach any form of healing or therapeutic movement.
Our time will be shared between learning the ancient principles upon which Daoist yoga is founded through lecture and dialogue, and putting those principles into practice (mats are optional).
This course includes:
- Theory and practice of yin and yang yoga
- Distinguishing between active and dynamic (yang), and static and passive (yin) and how to apply these four in practice
- How to integrate yin and yang approaches across the body and why it is essential to be able to do this
- From a selection of hundreds of Daoist yoga postures you will learn how to connect with your life-energy (qi/prana), and where and how to direct it
- How the subtle art of “stretching the sinews” is used to unblock meridians
- How to access natural movement and flow like water into and out of postures
- Chinese Healing Exercises: The Tradition of Daoyin, Livia Kohn