Chi Nei Tsang & Tao Yoga mini-workshop
Stretching and breathing exercises – The praxis of Taoyin – a Chinese answer to western physiotherapy to achieve a healthy structure in the back – consists of breathing- and stretching exercises, which will be performed in lying or sitting postures.
On one side the exercises bring inner strength and on the other, they will help to relax and let go completely inwardly at the same time. Taoyin empowers and relaxes the lower back. A sequence of easy to learn postures strengthen the tendons and the abdomen, detoxifies the kidneys and activates a good energy and blood circulation. It will energize and relax the lumber area, the lower back and the psoas muscle.
Taoist stretching and body twist exercises (on the floor) is to help your internal life force, or Qi, to circulate more freely, for the purpose of refreshing, attuning, adjusting and regenerating your personal energy. It is a series of postures combined with special breathing patterns, which also helps to strengthen the tendons, the Qi flow and lower back. Taoyin improves Iron Shirt Qigong and Taiji. It will bring strength and relaxation into the lumber area, the sacrum and into the pelvic floor, as well in the internal organs.
Please check also Mantak Chia's book “Taoyin – energy balance through the Tao”,
Mantak Chia describes in the introduction of his book:
“You will be cultivating gentleness while developing strength. Your spine will become more flexible and your tendons and psoas muscles will be embued with elasticity. The wisdom of your body will awaken with the healthy effects of activating the subtle chemistry within.
You will remove blockages to your innate vitality and rejuvenate your body and energy. Improved patterns of physical alignment and movement will recondition your spine and refresh your body by opening Qi flow in the meridians”.