Neigong is the more classic term for internal driven concentration methods inside the body. Qigong is a more modern term that takes from Neigong but is more external driven in terms of movement and breathing.
China has a long 4000+ year history. There was continual evolution in the areas in medicine, physical culture, religion, and philosophy, art, politics, and martial arts throughout this historical timeline. The ancients already had terms like Dao yin (breath and movement), Du na (breathing methods), Xingqi (Promoting and conducting qi), Fuqi (Taking qi), Shushu (breath-counting), Zuochan (sitting meditation), Shi Qi (living on qi), Jingzuo (sitting still), Nei qi (internal qi), and Wei qi (external qi). The Taoists, had Five Sacred Mountains where they studied the Tao. Mao Shan, the Jade capital sect was where astrology and sorcery were studied, Lungmen and Huashan, the heavenly pillar sect were the center of asceticism, Wudangshan, the Pole star sect was concentrated on military arts and exorcism, Lunghushan, the Jade prefecture, was the priestly sect, and lastly the Lushan, the Spirit Cloud sect were the Buddhist influenced Taoists. At these places Taoists’ studied to unify and harmonize with Taoist trinity of heaven, self (within humanity), and earth.
The nexus of it all is understanding the “3 treasures” which are Shen, Qi, and Jing. Shen is the “mind, consciousness, or spirit”. Qi is the “vital force” that maintains the health of the internal organs. Jing or “Essence” is the hormones that supports the body, muscles, bones, blood, and more.
Some of the methods we will instruct you on per quarter:
18 modes of Taiji qigong, Liang Gong Shir Ba Fa, Seasonal Qigong.
Taijiquan Neigong, 6 healing sounds, Microcosmic orbit, Large orbit, Secrets of the Golden flower, awakening higher powers, and more!
About our meditation training: Matt has spent many years as a disciple of a Tibetan Riponche Tenzin Wangyal studying Dzogchen of the Nyingma and Bon traditions. Before that he studied Neigong from prominent masters of Taijiquan and Pakuachang. He also learned TM (Transcendental meditation) from his philosophy professor Dr. Jonathan Shear. He has over 30 experience in meditation training.
Basic Lesson 1. Clear the upper Respiratory system at nostrils.
Alternate nostril breathing: it opens the nose, the first passageway to the lungs. Buddhist Nine breathing’s of purification- is also known as Pranayama in various yoga circles, many of its uses are to balance the humors (phlegm, bile,and wind) of the body in India’s Ayurvedic medicine. Brings benefits of balancing both hemispheres of the brain, yin (lunar) and yang(solar) energies of the body, helps to develop a sense of centering and grounding.
To balance the channels- the method of alternate nostril breathing is applied. In yoga this is called Pranayama. You inhale through left nostril, close left nostril and exhale out the right nostril. Then reverse: inhale through the right nostril, close the right nostril and then exhale out the left. This should be done 3 times for each nostril. It will clear out negative energies in the channels, stale air and toxins from the lungs. The central channel is cleanse by breathing through both nostril and bending forward in a bowing motion and forcefully exhaling at the last 3rd section of the breath. Do this 3 times. You can add the visualization of dark colored smoke leaving the Brahma’s aperture at the top of the skull making the central channel a pure blue color.