At Nei Gong Lab we teach the core curriculum of Lotus Nei Gong, Damo Mitchell’s Daoist Internal Arts Academy.
The theory and principles of the practice are thoroughly illustrated in Damo Mitchell’s “A Comprehensive Guide to Daoist Nei Gong”, highly recommended reading for any serious practitioner.
Qi Gong works systematically at the levels of body, energy and mind (or the substances of Jing, Qi and Shen, also known as the Three Treasures in classical writings). Most of the training at the foundation level involves getting the body ready for further work, by conditioning and regulating body, breath and the energetic system.
The framework for the clarification of Qi Gong principles is very compatible with that of Chinese Medicine. It is based on the regulation and balancing of energy flows, and on the key concepts of five elemental processes of change, the meridian system and Qi itself.
Later stages of the process of inner cultivation involve more refined work with inner dynamics, as a bridge to Shen Gong – where one works more directly on mind and consciousness.
Health & Wellbeing
Qi Gong supports and strengthens the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself. It works on the whole person – from the physical body and into the psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects of being.
Fitness & Vitality
Regular practice over time will build up strength, flexibility, stamina and sharpness. Strength comes from increased efficiency in the use of the body, rather than increased muscular bulk. Qi Gong is also a deeply relaxing practice, and can help alleviate stress and tension.
Peace of Mind
Ultimately, Internal Arts use the body to work on the mind. Regular practice is extremely conducive to balancing emotions and developing a clear, sharp and content mind – the deepest source of inner calm in the face of life’s many struggles.
WHAT WE TEACH
WuJi and Sung Breathing
WuJi is the neutral standing posture we use throughout the practice, which invites alignment, release and activation of the physical structure.
We also work directly with the breath to invite a deep release of tension and blockages through the physical and energetic systems.
Wu Dao Yins (Clearing and Purging Sequence)
Five exercises focusing on the opening of the joints, purging of inner blockages and pathogens, and on inner structural connection.
Ji Ben Qi Gong (Qi Gong Foundations)
A simple sequence of eight exercises that help align the structure, release the muscles and open the joints. They also work specifically on some of the superficial meridian channels.
Dragon Dao Yins (Walking and Twisting Flow)
These four short stand-alone sequences take the process deeper into the body tissues, and focus in particular on the releasing and strengthening of the spine, through gentle opening and twisting movements. Unleash your inner Dragon!!
Wu Xing Qi Gong (Five Element Qi Gong)
A sequence of five exercises relating to each of the five elements of Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal and their respective organs, designed to activate and balance internal flows.
Hun Yuan Qi Gong (Mixed / Original Circles)
Hun Yuan Qi Gong works subtly on inner dynamics and energetic flows. It is a set that bridges the foundation work with intermediate practices.
NEI GONG AND DAOISM
Qi Gong is the fundamental tool to access the process of Nei Gong, or internal transformation. It was developed within the Daoist tradition of China.
Qi Gong is a very fulfilling and rewarding practice in itself. It can also be used as the foundation level for a deeper progress in other Daoist Arts, including Chinese Medicine, Martial Arts and Meditation.
Qi Gong and Nei Gong are sister practices to Taiji Quan (or Tai Chi), often better known in the West. Taiji was developed out of the world of Chinese Martial Arts, and works on similar and synergistic principles to Qi Gong.
Fundamental classic Daoist texts include: Dao De Jing (or Tao Te Ching), Zhuang Zhou (or Chuang-Tzu), Yi Jing (or I Ching). More specific to Qi Gong practice: Yi Jin Jing and Xi Shui Jing.
At Nei Gong Lab we focus on the ancient philosophical aspects of Daoism by teaching Qi Gong practices designed to move students through the transformational Nei Gong process leading to deep experiential understandings of the true nature of self and reality. The school is open and inclusive, welcoming people of all belief systems and religions.