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How is Tao Yoga Different?

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The Teacher, the teaching and the taught. That is the difference and it is the same in all yogas.

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Seeking fame, attainment, celebrity, popularity, wealth and power are hindrances. These desires are released in Tao yoga leavung only the path, the seeker and the possibility to merge.
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Truly aligned, there is no posture, no dragon, no one seeking a dragon. Ultimate yoga is non existent. There is no yogi, no yoga. That is the play in Tao Yoga, undertaken with a smile.

I have called it the waking dragon series. Others have called it the yoga of the immortals.
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Tao yoga is soft, the postures have an inherent capacity to conduct energy through the meridien. As a means to continue or deepen meditation, Tao yoga aligns exactly with the universal notion of Yoga. Aligned and attuned to awakening, to energy and the duty of an awakened being to provide a good example of how to BE.

Oh the Tao! Most sacred of mysteries.

Guidelines:

  • no postures are static
  • the majority of postures are held for a single breath before moving
  • ‘a single breath’ is considered to be 30 seconds or more
  • to arrive at a thirty second breath requires practice but is easily attained when well directed.
  • sessions are broken down into different formal sets
  • emphasis is on the appropriate mind state rather than attaining any posture
  • the Dragon is the untapped power inherent in limitless chi
  • seeking power is not the way to succeed
  • La Méthode de la Fleure Dorée

    La méthode de la fleure dorée n’est pas perceptible dans les textes. Il y a des suggestions, des indications, mais la méthode doit être pointé directement. Pratiquer la méthode de la fleure dorée ne demande pas de s’aligner avec la terminologie taoïste, plutôt il est d’avouer qu’il y a qu’une source et personne ne l’a inventé.

    Le nom est taoïste en caractère et style. Il est pas exclusivement une méditation taoïste. Voila un petit discours:
    un petit discours sur la methode de la fleure doree

    Le point fondamental de la méthode de la Fleur dorée est la suivante: il est un moyen de réaliser la réalité ultime. L’esprit du Bouddha, notre visage originel, l’essence. Ce que nous le nommons donne des indices à la source historique. Les sources historiques peuvent aider ou entraver selon  la culture dans laquelle la pratique est reçu. Ainsi de nombreux enseignements bouddhistes sont adaptés et sécrétées dans les textes de la fleure dorée,  mais il  est évident pour les praticiens que beaucoup de références obscures dans le texte sont déguisés enseignements d’autres traditions. Plutôt que rendre le texte et la méthode compliqué, cela est l’évidence de la richesse de l’esprit humain et la générosité des enseignants qui ont indiqué discrètement cette richesse dans la méthode de la fleur dorée.

    Sans expérience directe de la méthode de la fleure dorée, elle reste  mystérieux et inaccessible. Avec l’expérience directe de ce qui est indiqué, il fournit une méthode qui traverse les frontières sectaires.

    Je remercie tous les maîtres connus et inconnus pour leur patience, tranquillité et clarté.

    Réunions le dimanche à 14h30, Tourné Dojo.

    La méthode sera la base de la pratique lors de la retraite d’hiver Tao, 1 au 13 janvier 2015.

    Tao Breathing-a smoother gateway to yogic pranayama

    I asked a great Mahatma what would awaken the Kundalini and he said “Renunciation, renunciation, renunciation….it is a terrifying experience when the kundalini is awakened. The first day the fire was kindled in me I thought I was dying. The whole body was, as it were, on fire, mind was being broken into pieces, the bones were being hammered….

    These words from Patanjali will not entice everyone. For many people, the journey to work can feel like the bones are being hammered. Sitting at a desk watching statistics or trading dreams without real contact can feel like dying; waiting on the end of the telephone waiting for your call to get to the end of the queue, the whole body might feel it is on fire; As you arrive at Friday evening, the mind is scattered, thoughts only on restoration.

    By stark contrast, Tao breathing practices are gentle. Rather than awaken any ‘thing’ there is a real chance that you will experience that which is beginning-less and endless; the body will feel cool and refreshed, the mind becoming unified and the bones will clearly feel as if they are at the centre.

    If you are keen to practice yogic pranayama, you will find that Tao breathing provides a smoother gateway.

    But what of renunciation? The ‘great mahatma’ Patanjali speaks of refered to renouncing greed, attachment, lust, distraction. While the Tao method does not speak directly of such things, the practice directly targets unwholesome mental characteristics through the breath.

    We should be able to understand this-that diagnosis and remedy can be effected in a complex organism by reference to the way its life support-the breath-is received and distributed.

    In Tao breath, there is no attention paid to the thinking process except to be mindful of releasing attachment to it when it distracts.

    The fundamental renunciation in Tao breath will change the way your breath, the way you react and the way you function. It is Tai chi, the grand ultimate. It is letting go, releasing, softening and its power is illimitable. This renunciation, instead of being a terrifying prospect, is appealing. It appeals directly, silently, to the body’s wish to become less stressed. Silently it releases stagnant emotional energy and gradually reveals the brilliance of clear mind, empty space. How simple, how splendid!