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The internal arts encompass both martial and non-martial exercises. Cultivating and circulating blood and energy while toning the skeletal and tendon systems are results of training in both methods. The videos below are from just a few of our amazing teachers.
Discovering the process of looking inward starts with gathering and feeling positive energy by smiling inward while releasing negative energy with stretch and sound. Eventually, deeper cleaning into your awareness and emotional transformation will manifest naturally and safely with the thousand year old lineage which comes through grand master Mantak Chia and his teacher, grand master I-Yun. I have been practicing these arts since 2012 and am a certified full instructor within the UHT to teach Tao Basics (Inner Smile, 6 Sounds, Iron Shirt, Warm-ups), Chi Nei Tsang and Healing Love practices.
Qigong is a powerful system of exercises which tone the body and regulate the energy. Qigong puts emphasis on the eyes, hands, feet, spine, abdomen, balance, posture and sensation of energy. It heals the body by bringing in, balancing, gathering and moving vitality throughout the body. This can be done seated, standing or lying down and is appropriate for all ages. These sets of exercises usually take 20 minutes and focus on physical precision, ease, relaxed breathing and a smile throughout the body.
We have studied with many teachers but focus on a select few sets of simple yet powerful exercises practiced seasonally. Exercises like the 12 Bagua neigong standing postures (in video), Taichigong, Iron Shirt Chi Kung, Tan Tien Chi Kung, 5 Animal frolics, 8 Brocades, Healing Love and 5 Movements chi kung are used throughout the year.
"The practice of Ba Gua Zhang emphasizes circular footwork and spiraling body actions that continually transform and change. Body movements are coordinated with the rotation of the waist and the walking action of the legs. All of these elements, when combined with relaxation and connection of mind and body, produce an explosive, coordinated power that comes from the unified action of the entire body and is not dependent on the relative strength of the external musculature.
In both training and application, Ba Gua Zhang emphasizes internal stillness while the body is in motion. Inside, the mind and spirit stayq still and calm, while externally the body constantly changes and transforms. With mastery of Ba Gua Zhang, one is able to create infinite techniques, seamlessly linked together." - IAI
"Literally translated as “Form-Intention Boxing”, Xing Yi Quan emphasizes internal movement within external stillness. Practicing Xing Yi trains the practitioner to actualize the instinctive, hair-trigger reactions of the human body in direct, powerful movements. Xing Yi training focuses on natural, integrated movement, whole body breathing, and the movement of Qi (vital energy), rather than external technique.
The foundation of Xing Yi is Qi Cultivation. Cultivating Qi helps the body develop inner strength and a focused intention. The postures and movements of Xing Yi Quan simultaneously arouse and enliven the Qi, so that there is no gap between intention and action, and the body’s energy pathways (meridians) are unblocked and free-flowing. In this way Xing Yi training develops a sensitized awareness of transformation, change and internal connection." - IAI
Tai Chi is commonly known as a moving meditation practice which strengthens the body and the Mind. It sparks latent energy to circulate back and forth from the center as the weight shifts left and right. In The Breathing Tree's Qigong practices we even teach a short energy form derived from Wu style Taichi and learned through Master Mantak Chia. Yet, the primary aim with this form is in energy cultivation and balance through harmony with the 8 directions and 3 centers of the body.
Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan is much different. It is a lineage based martial arts system and therefore requires strengthening the body in a different way since its aim is more martial. Traditional Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan as taught by Sifu H. Won Gim (in video) begins by learning the 3 detailed sets of the slow form, standing practices and eventually, Dynamic Power Pushing. Dynamic Pushing is a key part left out of other tai Chi systems because it is only mastered with proper guidance from a select few teachers, master Gim being one of them.
If your interest lies into learning Tai Chi as a full martial and energy art, lets us know.
60 minutes class for any internal arts practices
60 minutes online class for qigong and meditation practices only
90 minute weekly class