Friday, December 27, 2013

New Excerpt From Inside Zhan Zhuang










from the Section 'OPENING THE CENTRAL CHANNEL'

"A major opening of the Central Channel is generally a stupendous event. Although there are a number of long and tedious alchemical methods that aim at inducing it, it’s my experience that this achievement has other factors which cannot necessarily be controlled or pidgin-holed. Among these, are the state of one’s health, the strength of the internal organs, as well as the individual’s emotional balance and current state of consciousness or awareness.

Unlike some other experiences in Zhan Zhuang training, there is no mistaking what happens with this one. The exact manner of the opening can occur in several ways, but there is a common factor. Each involves a strong, undeniable wave or movement of energy, (Jing, Chi, Shen) through the Central Channel. Most of the time this wave begins at the bottom and goes up. However, occasionally the direction of the flow is reversed." 

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Happy Holidays










Aloha, Happy Holidays and Health and Happiness to All!


















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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

FACEBOOK CONTEST - WINNING ESSAYS










ALOHA! HERE ARE THE WINNNG ESSAYS FROM THE INSIDE ZHAN ZHUANG 'STANDING FOR A BETTER LIFE' FACEBOOK CONTEST

See for yourself how Zhan Zhuang has helped people in all walks of life.
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Saturday, November 30, 2013

WINNERS OF FACEBOOK CONTEST










ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS 
OF THE INSIDE ZHAN ZHUANG FACEBOOK CONTEST
Winning essays will be posted on the Inside Zhan Zhuang Facebook Page during the first week of December. Facebook/InsideZhanZhuang


Monday, November 25, 2013

Aloha and Congratulations










Aloha and Congratulations to all the entrants in the ‘Standing For A Better Life’ Inside Zhan Zhuang Facebook Contest. 

It is clear from your essays that the Standing Exercise has benefited the lives of so many in very real and concrete ways. 

WINNERS to be announced on Saturday, November 30! 
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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Win A Free Autographed Copy of INSIDE ZHAN ZHUANG on Facebook










It is evident from the depth and skill of the Masters of old that Zhan Zhuang played a vital role in their internal power development. Standing meditation has also been proved to measurably improve the oxygenation of the blood. What is your experience? LAST DAY to Submit Your Entry!

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Inside Zhan Zhuang - Win A Free Autographed Copy On Facebook


































The Benefits of Zhan Zhuang both for health and healing and Internal Martial Arts power development are astronomical. What is your experience? 4 days left to submit your entry.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

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From the Section - 'Health and Longevity'

"It is my experience that a proper course of standing meditation can help correct or heal many conditions, both external and internal. It does so by using the body’s own ‘innate wisdom’ and with a good dose of common sense.

The exact methods used will vary with the specific problem or imbalance, but no matter how one starts, there are certain common principals of development. Basically Zhan Zhuang uses relaxation and a constantly refining balance to loosen the muscles and sinews and open Chi flow in order to correct imbalances."

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

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From the Section - 'Working With The Breath'

"One eventual goal of our standing meditation is Whole Body Breathing. Although, once this is achieved, that is, hardwired and happening on it’s own, the sense of breath will seem to go away as our super-refined focus becomes fully absorbed in feeling the Chi, both inside the body and out. 

Here is a good method to begin unifying the breath. Start by breathing into the upper back and lower belly (Dan Tien area) simultaneously. As you continue to relax, you will notice the breath in the upper back will seem to fill more and more downward while the breath in the lower belly seems to expand upward."

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

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From the Section - 'Working With Injuries'

"We all enter into the practice of Zhan Zhuang having sustained at least some sort of injury, even if it has apparently healed by itself. When injuries occur, especially anything fairly serious, the body goes into a balancing act and adapts. This means that new energetic and nerve patterns are created in the body’s effort to heal itself.

What happens unfortunately, is that these patterns, which are supposed to be temporary modifications of the original matrix during the healing process, often become fixed. When this occurs, these temporary patterns become embedded in the subconscious and as such are no longer easily accessible through conscious manipulation.

This is the brilliance of the standing exercise, the ability to, over time, access these aberrant subconscious patterns and indeed correct them, meaning return them to their original matrix, prior to injury."

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Friday, October 4, 2013

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From the Section - 'Thoughts On Sinking The Chi'

"The first time I felt this in a profound way, I was standing in a Wu Style (Northern Wu) posture. One moment I felt normal and the next it felt as though I had completely bent my knees such that I was very close to the ground. 

When I opened my eyes to check, I was astounded to find that my overall posture had only sunk about an inch in total. What I had actually felt was the majority of my Chi descending step-by-step into the ground."

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

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From the Section - 'Two Tai Chi Cultivation Postures'

"In traditional Tai Chi training, a number of postures besides the Wuji posture of Commencement were used for standing cultivation practice. These include the familiar ‘Bird’s Tail’ movements Peng, Lu, Ji and An plus Dan Pien - Single Whip. 

Since many readers will be familiar with Tai Chi’s most basic postures, I have decided to present two additional Tai Chi cultivation postures they might not know about. These two postures can be used to cultivate all the basic energies of Tai Chi.  

The first posture is done in the standard forward Bow Stance. It requires quite a lot of flexibility to execute fully and so is often begun with a far less pronounced stretch of the back arm. The amazing thing about this posture is that as the body hollows and opens up, it does so in a manner that naturally generates spiral energy. The potential for spiral energy actually comes from the unwinding of the tautly stretched tissue, especially in the hips and Kua."

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

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From The Section - 'Unifying The Body'
'The Importance Of Hardwiring'

"Hardwiring is the mechanism that enables the linkage of the many parts of the body to a central location, in this case, the low Dan Tien. Later, in advanced practices, this central focus can be in other areas like the middle and upper Dan Tien or even multiple regions. But for health and indeed martial power, for now we’ll focus exclusively on the low Dan Tien or navel area. This method is most suitable to Zhan Zhuang as well as the other internal arts.

Judicious use of hardwiring allows us to actualize the embedded layers of coordination available in each posture or movement. On a physical level, what we do is focus on one particular part of the body at a time in relationship to a central point, in order to create what some have called a dimmer switch." 

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

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From the Section - 'Control vs. Letting Go'

"Zhan Zhuang has two essential aspects to it. The first of these, maintaining control, stems from the Taoist Fire path. The other is letting go and trusting. This finds its origin in the Taoist Water method.

To understand the fire path, we look at the behavior of fire itself. Fire basically burns things up. And the hotter the fire gets, the more fuel it requires. Fire can also be erratic, witness a forest fire which starts in one location and then suddenly jumps to another. Or a fire can begin at one point, then fan out, igniting everything around it. 

Water on the other hand, reacts somewhat more consistently. It can drip steadily so as to one day wear a hole through a rock. Or when more abundant, it can flow steadily like a river, or race and tumble like a set of rapids. Water can also be like the sea and ebb and flow or well up into an enormous wave."

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

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New Excerpt From Inside Zhan Zhuang

From the Section - 'Initial Adjustments'

The Kua and Hanging Basket Effect 

"When one has put in enough time and sufficiently opened the body, it becomes possible to create a feeling of pelvic suspension or the ‘Hanging Basket Effect.’ The basket is the Kua and what it hangs from is the Psoas and surrounding muscles.

When done correctly one feels almost a floating effect in the Kua and a sensation of great ease while at the same time there is a solid energetic connection and root. The effect itself is primarily based on the ability to elongate the Psoas muscles and relax them towards the back, along with the Quadratus Lumborum, the muscles of the buttocks and the sacral region."

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

New Excerpt From Inside Zhan Zhuang










New Excerpt From Inside Zhan Zhuang


From the Section - Note To Older Practitioners

The Body Wants To Heal
"If you let it, the body knows what to do and will lead you if you surrender to it’s ‘suggestions.’ This means that even if your alignments aren’t ramrod perfect, don’t judge yourself too harshly. 

Over time the body itself will begin to ‘suggest’ changes and if you let it, initiate corrections. Therefore, it behooves us to cultivate a sensitivity to these mostly subtle impulses.

The body has an innate wisdom if we listen. There’s an old saying in Chinese Medicine, “The body wants to heal itself.” This means that the main part of our job in each session is just to show up!" 

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

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New Excerpt From Inside Zhan Zhuang

From the Section -- Structure vs. Relaxation

"When we begin Zhan Zhuang training, we very rapidly run into the apparent paradox of two seemingly opposing aspects - structure and relaxation. If, at the beginning we adhere too rigorously only to structure, we create counterproductive tension. 

On the other hand, if we follow relaxation too exclusively, structure breaks down, greatly diminishing the benefits of the exercise. So, what to do? The answer lies in interchangeable use. And later in the unity of opposites."

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

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New Excerpt From Inside Zhan Zhuang

From the Section - 'Opening and Closing'


"Traditionally, the opening and closing of the joints, sometimes called pulsing the joints, was taught as a second stage in Tai Chi training, following the mastering of postural alignments.

The method finds its origin in the Universal Pulse or Breath, that is, the natural cyclical expansion and condensation of all things in the physical universe.

Once opening and closing of the joints and cavities (thoracic and abdominal) is mastered, this natural pulse generally becomes active during all our meditation and relaxed practices."

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

New Excerpt From Inside Zhan Zhuang










New Excerpt from Inside Zhan Zhuang


From the Section -- Working With Energetic Dynamic Tensions

"One of the first things we encounter energetically in our standing meditation, is the balance that is trying to occur between the descending Heaven energy (gravity) and the ascending Earth energy, which is the basis and support of our Upright Chi, that is, our ability to stand, walk around and function normally as human beings."

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

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New Excerpt From Inside Zhan Zhuang

From the Section:  "Thoughts On Sinking The Chi"

"When the Chi finally ‘sinks’ what is it that we will feel? Firstly, there is a sense of an expanded connection between the bottoms of the feet and the Earth or whatever you are standing on. This feeling in the feet can also be felt as a heaviness in that area while at the same time the rest of the body is integrated, light and yet filled with a certain fullness. This fullness is a reflection of the abundance of Chi generated during one’s practice. There is also a springy responsiveness felt throughout the body. This can be especially apparent in the muscles, tendons and ligaments."

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Friday, July 26, 2013

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New Excerpt From Inside Zhan Zhuang

From the Section: 'The Natural Progression Of Stance Training'

"With most all stances and their variations it is often best to start at hip width, sometimes known as normal width. This is generally the most comfortable to begin with. This way we gently allow things to open up before proceeding to the wider shoulder width distance. 

The shoulder width variation is often a challenge for many people to do correctly. This is due to the demands made on the body by stretching the deep muscles of the hip, lower back and Kua as well as the tendons and ligaments. If certain areas are resistant or tight, it is easily possible to be pulled out of proper alignment. On the other side of the coin, the benefit to this additional stretching is an overall strengthening of the body’s frame and an increased springiness and flexibility in the joints. Try this. Stand at shoulder width for a few minutes and then switch to hip width and realign everything. Notice the increased relaxation and sense of ease in the hips, legs and Kua."

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

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New Excerpt from Inside Zhan Zhuang

From the Section 'Internal Martial Power'

"As far as internal martial arts are concerned, standing meditation is a most vital practice, that is, if one wants to obtain a really serious achievement. In most cases in the past it was a closely guarded secret. 

All the great martial artists of years gone by were taught it, and why? Because dedicated practice unifies the body’s Chi faster and more completely than any other method. 

The three major internal styles all use a form of Zhan Zhuang to develop power. In Xingyi it’s the Santi posture, in Bagua its the pidgin-toed stances and other standing postures and in Tai Chi it’s the Wuji posture at the beginning of the form as well as a number of the various Tai Chi form postures."

For more information, please join me at NEIJIATODAY.COM this SUNDAY JULY 21 6:00PM Eastern for my Webinar entitled 'ZHAN ZHAUNG and the INTERNAL MARTIAL ARTS.'


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