A set of rhythmic moves to reorganise the body’s energy. A series of static meditation postures to enhance equanimity, discipline, trust, non-aggression and patience.
Unlike hatha yoga, do-in was not originally aligned with spiritual practice but with physical health and well being. Accordingly it is highly adapted to practical and ordinary daily needs.
It is through health and well being-an abundance of life force [jing and chi] that Tao yoga discreetly embraces spirit-shen. Jing, chi and shen, like the kayas, each have characteristics or name-tokens, yet they function as one. A Taoist cultivates jing [essence] and chi [prana or life force] in order to support shen, spirit.
Jing, chi and shen are in relationship throughout the duration of life. Much is written about each and how they interact and relate. The most profound and relevant instruction comes from practice. It is through practice that wisdom and how to act mature. We take advice, listen to sages yet the highest and most sacred instructions are found in the higher non personal intelligence.
The tao yoga exercises improve physical condition, breaking up stagnant energy and emotional obstacles. Gradually, negative aspects of character, personality and temperament are eroded. Emotional imbalance, mental confusion, in the approach of Traditional Chinese Medicine of which do-in and chi gung form a part, are resolved through enhancing energy flow and removing stagnant energy. A consequence of regular practice is smooth energy and a feeling of liveliness.
Do-in provides a really stable foundation for meditation practice and includes a series of meditation postures to be undertaken after a tao yoga session.
The meditation postures support the release and transformation of negative energy while naturally nurturing and re-organising the personal energy. The static meditation postures also present a series of discreet affirmations and profound teachings based in clear wisdom.
The different sitting meditation postures point out and support equanimity, discipline, trust, simplicity, non aggression, patience. There are a host of postures that are adapted to each indivudual’s energy configuration.
During the retreat, participants will learn the rhythmic series of do-in or tao yoga as well as number of static postures. This will provide an opportunity to experience how higher intelligence-the intelligence of life force itself-relates to jing and shen. In other words, you step aside and let your body energy decide which postures are appropriate.
You do not “choose equanimity posture” because you have heard equanimity is important. You move around the postures, feeling, listening to your body energy. It becomes clear. It is a discreet teaching, it comes from the source of energy itlself. It is part of the Taoist approach of learning self sufficiency based on wise and just guidance.
Details of the Spring 2015 retreat are here