Nei Gong or internal skill is the term for the witer process that Qi Gong is part of.
Gong is a quality established over a long period of time.
The results of an authentic Qi Gong practice are tangible. There is no need for doubt, visualization or imagination. We set up the correct circumstances grounded in body mechanics and qualities of mind. A key skill in the internal arts is your ability to step back from the cluter of your mind. An effective way to be able to do this is to establish an anchor ( a bio-magnetic field) at the base of the body, “The Lower Dan Tian”, where the mind can gravitate into. Once the Dan Tian has been built more Qi can start to circulate through the body. Think of Qi as the fluid of the mind. The quality of your Qi has direct impact upon your body. The quality of your mind impacts your Qi. For the Daoists this connection was absolue.
Qi Gong and Nei Gong should make you more robust to face challanges. It will make you more sensitive but not more fragile.
The process of Qi Gong:
Alignment / Build the frame
Release unncessary tension
Open the joints and body
Allow the Qi to sink
- Build the Dan Tian
Consolidate the Qi
Mobilise the Qi
Open the channels through pressure
Classes due in March 2024.
Location: The Yoga Space London, Woolwich
Contact via text:07375741201
About the course
In this introduction course to Taiji our aim will be to release the large muscle groups, open the joints and create more space in the body, and learn to establish the correct principles for standing in Wuji – Wuji means without projection. We will begin to look at the first movements of the 37 form of Huang Sheng-Shyan (Yang style short form) and some useful loosening exercises.
About the teacher
Sebastian Pintea met his first Taiji and Qi Gong teacher 20 years ago and his second and most influential teacher six years ago. Fortunately both teachers had the clarity to see Taiji and Qi Gong as an art for spiritual alignment and self cultivation. It is through consistent daily practice with his current teachers’ school (LotusNeiGong.com) that the deeper aspects of these arts are starting to manifest. The ability to release the feet and touch upon vertical power in Taiji and the ability to work with the biomagnetic field of the Lower Dan Tian to circulate, build and consolidate Qi in Qi Gong.
Sebastian is also a certified yoga teacher with Godfrey Devereux. His teaching is influenced by over a decade of daily practice on the yoga mat, soaking the awareness into the body. However he has found Daoist practices more efficient than Yogic ones.
Parallelly to being a dedicated Taiji and Qi Gong practitioner, Sebastian also works as a Jewellery Designer Maker and Diamond Setter in London. He has recently begun teaching again moved by a sense of wanting to share something too valuable to not be passed on to others.
太极拳 = Taijiquan
Meaning of term is ‘extreme singularity boxing’ which is a term not easily translated into English. It is a philosophical term referring to the manner in which a space or mass can be harmonised until it has only a single point of potential or focus. Everything around and not of this point is in harmony and essentially non-potential. The result is the emergence of perfect existence of Yin and Yang.
So, if we were to actually interpret this term into English rather than looking for literal word by word translations it is actually quite easy. Taijiquan should be called – ‘Yin Yang Harmony Boxing’ or something along those lines. Most current English translations of the name do not really capture the meaning of the term in my opinion.
The term Tai does not simply mean the most extreme or ‘greatest’ but also can be used with a connotation of slightly too much. The idea being that harmony is taken to its extreme and then slightly beyond that which should be possible until the singular point of Ji produces Yin and Yang. This is understood as within Daoist cosmology, it is clearly stated that Taiji produces Yin and Yang.
Ji suggests the main upright pillar and crossbeam structure of the inside of a roof. The idea being, that the main upright aspect of the roof support is perfectly aligned to a singular point so that the rest of the roof may sit with no effort, simply under the force of gravity in balance without falling down.
The final part – Quan is the result of the previous two characters. It is a causation chain. So, by realising extreme singularity and harmony of Yin and Yang, the effective ‘boxing’ of Taiji is manifest. Without the correct attainments of Yin and Yang, there is no causation and so Taiji boxing is not achieved.
Some will read this and scoff at it; stating that such-high minded concepts are nothing to do with martial arts. Perhaps? Or perhaps Taiji may take a person deeper than simply combat? -Damo Mitchell