Newcastle Workshop July 2020

Background

Da Xuan is a Daoist tradition of practices and philosophy for the complete development of the human being.

The tradition has preserved and transmitted its practices from generation to generation for more than 1500 years. While being Chinese in origin, this rich and unique approach is specifically non-cultural and non-religious. It is concerned with the development of human qualities, and as such is open to anyone of any culture or belief.

The exercises are designed for longevity and so are simple and restorative. They work equally well for the athletic, sedentary, old and young alike, drawing from 1,500 years of experience working with thousands of students. 

Each day below is a stand alone day, however doing both workshops will give you a better understanding of the tradition as a whole. All are welcome and no particular skills or capacities are necessary.

SATURDAY Workshop (11/07/2020):

Dao Yin

Dao Yin appears on the outside to look very much like pilates or yoga. The practice is done primarily lying on your back and learning to extend, roll and rotate using the power of the lower center and the strength of the back while learning to progressively reduce tension in the extremities. The practices of Dao Yin are some of the most effective for building the structure, training the weak links, and establishing the center. Being predominantly a lying practice done on a yoga mat, it keeps us in close contact with the ground, allowing us to align our backs and feel with increasing clarity the parts of ourselves that we don’t often get to look at.

Discourse and training will be on the following topics:

    • understanding the link between the back and the source of our energy
    • relaxing the extremities to ignite the centre
    • training weak links to improve the structure
    • how tension blocks feeling
    • grounding
    • alignment
SUNDAY Workshop (12/07/2020):

Static Postures

Static postures are one of the principle practices of the tradition. Sometimes referred to as standing meditation, they ask us to hold different postures for long periods of time in stillness.  By remaining still, we will learn how to feel and then control the internal sensations of circulation, accumulating enormous amounts of energy. We will also be confronted with our blockages, without movement allowing us to escape our discomforts, tension will become immediately obvious. Over time we can dissolve these blockages, freeing ourselves to take a posture that is both as light as a feather and as heavy as lead.

Discourse and training will be on the following topics:

    • Setting up a centred posture
    • The 18 points of Da Xuan Nei Gong
    • 9 positions to build up energy
    • Working the 3 centres
    • Using palm positions to change the practice
    • Basic intentions for Nei Gong

Workshop Details

When:
July 11th & 12th
Saturday 1pm – 4:30pm (Break: ~15mins)
Sunday 9am – 12:30pm (Break: ~15mins)

Where:
Infuse Health – 4/10 William St, Adamstown NSW 2289

Facebook Event:
TBA

What to Bring:
– notepad & pen
– comfortable loose clothing

Cost:
Saturday Workshop Only: $100 (early bird) / $140 (late registration)
Sunday Workshop Only: $100 (early bird) / $140 (late registration)
Both Workshops: $180 (early bird) / $230 (late registration)

Refunds:
If you need to pull out, please contact Craig directly to arrange a refund.  Refunds are not available after the early bird has expired, however you may be able to receive credit for a future workshop.

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