• Modern Science,  Neigong,  Yijinjing

    Modern Science on Training our Connective Tissues (Fascia, Tendons, etc)

    The “tendon” system (here broadly referring to all stringy connective tissue) and the meridian system of the body form a yin-yang pair. Developing the tendon system is a key aspect of neigong training as it enriches and unblocks qi flow throughout the body, promotes organ health, immune health, and various other aspects of health.  Modern research continues to uncover many interesting facts about the connective tissues of the body. While I don’t feel that legitimate, tried-and-true systems of Chinese neigong necessarily need the validation of modern science; it is nonetheless useful to study the topic from different perspectives.  Fascia (thin, fibrous connective tissue) fills our body from head-to-toe forming a…

  • Members Only,  Neigong,  Yijinjing

    Yijinjing Qigong and Practice Essentials 易筋经气功与修炼要领 (translation)

    The following is my translation of an article (along with the original in Chinese) written by Gengmenpai’s 耿门派 Dr Wu, the successor to Dr Jiang Feng. The article begins by discussing some general points about qigong/neigong practice, the meridians and orbits, and then continues with a brief discussion of waiqi emission (fagong 发功). Notable are the alternate routes for waiqi emission that are outlined along with schematic images, including two routes that are different from the basic one that beginners usually start with when first learning to practice fagong. Written content of this nature from one of the high-level Gengmenpai practitioners is very rare, making this something worthy of translation…

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    Neigong,  Yangsheng,  Yijinjing

    What is Yijinjing 易筋經?

    Yijinjing 易筋经/易筋經 refers to a collection of methods of powerful Chinese neigong 内功 (“internal skill”). Legend has it that it originated from the Indian monk Bodhidharma (Damo 达摩) who came to China and founded Chan 禅 Buddhism (the form of Buddhism which later became known as Zen in Japan) at the Shaolin Temple. In fact, neigong containing the Yijinjing principles and signature movements can be found throughout China within various traditions. The word Yijinjing consists of three Chinese characters: Yi 易: The character’s two components are 日 “sun” and 勿 “not.” The sun represents constancy, it was the most constant thing in one’s visible surroundings. Putting the two characters together,…