ABOUT YUAN GONG
What is Yuan Gong?
Yuan Gong is an innovative Qigong practice. Its foundation rests in Chinese tradition, but Yuan Gong acknowledges and incorporates recent scientific and psychological findings. It has been designed to be effective even when the practice is brief. It is a flexible and enjoyable way to positively influence wellbeing. Practicing Yuan Gong helps to increase mental clarity, improves internal strength and stability, and helps us understand the patterns of thought that inadvertently support illness and negative emotions. Peer-reviewed research on Qigong reports benefits to very specific aspects of health as well, including anxiety, blood pressure, immune function and even bone density. MD Anderson Cancer Center and Sloan Kettering have on-going Qigong programs to improve “quality of life” in cancer patients.
Rapid and impressive changes in health can occur with a Yuan Gong practice, but the more common healing scenario is a very noticeable increase in wellbeing and a gradual alleviation of symptoms. After a recent two-week Yuan Gong retreat, 82% of 65 participants reported experiencing “obvious positive changes in symptoms of health issues”.
During Yuan Gong practice, movements, postures and breathing are accompanied by an active direction of consciousness towards a meditation summed up in these six verses:
- Awareness inside the body, feel the emptiness and spaciousness within
- Expand the awareness out, becoming one with the universe
- Draw the awareness back to the body, calm and peaceful
- Open to the universe with reverence and utmost respect (Gongjing)
- Let the bright universe nurture the heart with compassion and love
- Feel relaxed, free and joyful. Qi flowing harmoniously and smoothly
Giving oneself the time to experience these verses during practice helps shift our internal state towards a more unified, harmonious one. Once this transition begins, the deeper benefits of Yuan Gong become evident. While health problems are often a motivating factor in beginning a Yuan Gong practice, students often find that the greatest value comes in less tangible forms. Simply stated, Yuan Gong opens the heart, allowing trust, openness, love and gratitude to flow in.
“The purpose of Yuan Gong practice is to better align human life with its governing laws. When we follow the laws of life, we can be healthy. The more profoundly we follow the laws, the healthier we get.”
— Yuan Tze