A new student asked me, “What movements should I be practicing to progress in your system?”
That’s a common and a good question that demonstrates motivation and discipline. I said, “The external movements aren’t important now, your internal connection to breath and Qi is the most valuable skill you can practice”.
I teach this skill to my students and clients as a necessary first connection. From the connection of mind and breath in the body flows the ability to feel Qi. The more you become aware of Qi the greater the potential to build and store Qi in the body.
Many people will gloss of this first connection because they don’t think they are doing anything unless they are waving their arms and legs about or imagining great balls of Qi here and there. I say it over and over again and guide them through the process repeatedly only to hear the same question, “Yeah, ok you said breathe, got it. Now what else is there?”
There’s nothing else until you really experience the awareness and power of your breath. God took one breath and look what happened. Should we really gloss over the whole breathing thing? Breath is energy; we need to make a conscious connection to breath with the mind and body to work with energy. If you train with me you won’t be able to wriggle out of this one and when you eventually get it, which you will, you’ll possess a great treasure. That treasure is a fertile awareness of your true self as energy and how that energy brings life-force to your body.
That’s all I want to say about it. If you’re looking for Qi and haven’t found it, come see me. I won’t weigh you down with lots of forms, just a real connection to Qi.
This short video is a demonstration of how to connect to the earth and play with the trees. It’s all in the breath and integration of Qi into the legs and dantians. Formless forms and joyful play.