LFIAA Wild Goose Qigong “Stillness & Active Movement”

During the practice of the Daoist Kunlun Wild Goose Qigong (Dayan Gong) Pre-Natal and Post- Natal Forms there is an emphasis on both the non-movement (Jing) and the active, vigorous (Dong). At first most people concentrate on the active, vigorous aspect of the Wild Goose Qigong, but hidden within the forms are standing post (Zhan Zhuang Gong) postures that can be used to practice the more Non-active or Stillness (Jing) practices of the Wild Goose Qigong. As the practice of qigong is based upon the maintenance of the Yin & Yang energies within the whole body to help maintain health and long life, then the two practices of movement and stillness allows the individual to cultivate both Yin energy and Yang energy during their Wild Goose Qigong practice. They say that movement (Dong) cultivates more Yang energy, whereas, standing, or sitting in stillness cultivates more Yin energy, hence everyone should be involving both practices into their own personal Qigong training in general so as to balance both energies within the body.

Stillness practices can either be performed using various standing post posture (Zhangong) from the Wild Goose Qigong forms or you can sit on the floor or in a chair and practice meditation to gather and cultivate more Yin energy. Many individuals when they practice their Qigong place more emphasis on the more active, movement side, they rarely place just as much emphasis on the stillness side which is just as important. Obviously the active, dynamic, vigorous Qigong practice places more emphasis on the physical aspect in developing each individuals joint, tendon and muscular flexibility, balance, co-ordination and general relaxation allowing for better energy and blood flow throughout the entire body. Whereas, the standing post practices emphasis is more on remaining calm, quiet and still deep inside, strengthening our mental strength to concentrate for long periods of time, sometimes holding a posture with both arms held in a certain shape to involve the physical to strengthen both mind & body.

Movement (Yang) promotes the circulation of essences (Jing) which includes all of the fluid inside us such as our blood, water and synovial fluids within our joints to be circulated within the spaces created inside of ourselves due to our Qigong movement that stretches open our joints, tendons and muscles creating space to allow for greater circulation and to remove any blockages accumulated due to illness, injury etc. Whereas, Stillness (Yin) practices promote more energy (Qi) development and the emphasis is placed more on being calm and quiet concentrating on the breathing to allow the Qi to gather and cultivate deep inside. In Daoist practices there are three treasures (San Bao) within the body that must be nourished, refined and transformed through the practices of qigong and these treasures are your essences (Jing), energy (Qi) and your Spirit (Shen).

To many individuals study Wild Goose Qigong simply to learn how to relax and remain supple and do not place any kind of emphasis on the development of the Jing, Qi and Shen and this can only be promoted through the Stillness and Movement practices to cultivate and gather both Yin energy and Yang energy for a healthy long life.

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