La salle de Qi Gong
LE QI GONG
Le Qi Gong est une gymnastique douce, avec des mouvements qui s'enchaînent, souples, lents et harmonieux et nécessitant d'une certaine concentration.
Ils sont associés à la respiration.
Ces exercices renforcent et tonifient le corps, maintiennent le cœur en forme et
développent notre vitalité, notre Qi.
Il s'agit d'une pratique millénaire qui fait partie de la médecine chinoise et vietnamienne.
Le Qi gong c'est beaucoup plus que de la gymnastique pour la santé, c'est un véritable art de vivre :
" Si tu accueilles le monde entier dans ton cœur, as une bonne maîtrise du Yin et du Yang,
respires le Chi essentiel, gardes ta tète saine et tranquille, tes muscles fonctionnerons doucement et tu vivras autant de temps que la terre "
Canon de Médecine Interne de l'Empereur Jaune (500 à 300 ans avant JC.)
IDEOGRAMME QI GONG
L'idéogramme QI représente la vapeur d'eau qui s'échappe de la marmite dans laquelle cuit le riz, c'est aussi l'énergie contenue dans le combustible qui nourrit le feu, la force du feu, la chaleur accumulée, le mouvement de l'eau et du riz qui bouillonnent, l'énergie de la vapeur qui soulève le couvercle et qui part se mélanger dans l'air.
L'idéogramme GONG représente le mot " travail ", force ou effort déployé pendant le travail.
Donc nous pouvons traduire " Qi Gong " par" travail pour capter l'énergie pour nourrir notre corps, la faire circuler dans notre corps " Le Qi Gong est une forme de méditation en mouvement qui vise à développer et à cultiver l’énergie vitale (Qi). Par le biais de mouvements lents, de respirations profondes, de visualisations, d’étirements et d’exercices posturaux, le Qi Gong permet de conserver une bonne santé et de maintenir un mode de vie sain. Il est reconnu qu’une pratique régulière du Qi Gong augmente les facultés de prévention des maladies et des blessures, ainsi que leur guérison.
Les mouvements du Qi Gong sont effectués sans effort musculaire et sans accélération du cœur et de la respiration.
Au contraire, la respiration se ralentit, favorisant la détente et l’éveil de la conscience.
Une pratique régulière du Qi Gong permet de développer la connaissance intérieure de son corps et une perception plus subtile de l’environnement, de retrouver le lien avec la nature et les forces opposées et complémentaires qu’elle met en action comme le Yin et le Yang.
L’homme est fait à l’image de la nature et recèle, comme elle, des aspects Yin et Yang. Il vit entre la Terre qui est Yin et le Ciel qui est Yang; il en subit les influences et les transformations (cycle de la journée, des saisons, climat...) et son énergie s’adapte en conséquence.
Parmi les multiples bienfaits du Qi Gong, nous pouvons citer :
- la détente, la relaxation
- l’assouplissement des articulations
- la tonification des structures ostéo-articulaires
- la puissance dans l’effort musculaire
- le développement de la concentration
- l’accroissement de l’énergie vitale.
Un cours de Qi Gong dure en moyenne 90 minutes et permet d’explorer, de pratiquer et d’apprendre une série d’exercices adaptés à la constitution de chacun.
Le Qi Gong offre des routines simples et efficaces aux personnes de tous âges, de manière individuelle ou en groupe. Enseigné de manière préventive ou curative, il favorise la santé physique, psychologique et spirituelle.
Sur le plan physique, la pratique régulière du Qi Gong offre un large éventail de bénéfices dont une augmentation de la vitalité, de la souplesse, de la coordination, de l’endurance et de l’équilibre, une amélioration des fonctions immunitaires et des circulations sanguine et énergétique, une tonification des systèmes respiratoire et nerveux, ainsi qu’une diminution des douleurs chroniques et de l’hypertension.
Sur le plan psychologique, il favorise la relaxation, la gestion du stress et de l’anxiété, l’augmentation de la mémoire et des fonctions cognitives, ainsi qu’un meilleur sommeil et l’atteinte d’un équilibre psychologique.
LES DATES CLÉS DE L'HISTOIRE DU QI GONG
1) Avant la dynastie HAN, jusqu'à -206
Apparition du YI KING (le livre des mutations) et du concept des 3 énergies :
ciel / homme / terre.
Apparaissent également à cette période 2 types d'entraînement, confucianiste et taoïste, dont le but est la droiture, de conserver une bonne santé et d'accroître la longévité.
À l'origine, dans les premières formes d'acupuncture chinoise, les médecins utilisaient des poinçons de pierre, puis d'os et de bambou.
Puis vinrent les aiguilles de métal (bronze).
2) -206 à +502
Se développent alors 3 écoles de Qi Gong - bouddhiste - hindouiste - taoïste
Le but du Qi Gong est alors de faire échapper l'homme au cycle des réincarnations.
Un médecin du 3ème siècle, Hua Tuo, affirme que l'on peut travailler le Qi grâce à la pensée.
Il formalise les mouvements afin de permettre un meilleur travail de l'énergie.
3) 502 à 1911
Le travail concernant le Qi se développe et atteint un très haut niveau.
Le Qi Gong s'adapte à la pratique des Arts Martiaux, notamment grâce à la pratique qui en est faite dans le temple de Shaolin.
Entre 585 à 910 apparaissent les massages et la phytothérapie.
Vers 1106, un médecin du nom de WANG WEI YI crée le mannequin de cuivre ou "Homme de Bronze", grandeur nature, afin de visualiser les points d'acupuncture.
Il soigne l'empereur, le guérit et celui-ci lui permet de développer son art.
Vers 1102/1106, il travaille sur des suppliciés qu'il dissèque vivants, aidé par des secrétaires et des dessinateurs, ceci afin d'accroître ses connaissances.
C'est vers 1068 -1086 que, pour la première fois, on enseigne l'acupuncture à l'université.
WANG WEI YI a écrit le "Manuel illustré des points d'acupuncture et de moxibustion selon la statue de bronze".
Au début du douzième siècle, Le général YUE FEI (dynastie des SONG du sud) crée le XING YI QUAN.
Il met également au point la série d'exercices de santé appelée "les 8 pièces de brocart" ou BA DUAN JIN.
Il insiste sur le fait que la pensée (YI) doit conduire le souffle (QI) et les mouvements.
Le Général Yue Fei
Vers 1279, CHANG SAN FENG, un ermite taoïste, crée le TAIJIQUAN. Sous la dynastie MING (1368-1644), le médecin YANG CHI CHOU rassemble tout ce qui concerne l'acupuncture et accorde les vues divergentes sur le sujet. Au 18ème siècle : création du BAGUAQUAN, autre art martial qui utilise les principes du Qi Gong.
4) Le Qi Gong en Chine aujourdh'ui
Le QI GONG doit permettre à l'homme de se mettre en résonance avec la nature.
Si cela est difficile dans nos sociétés occidentales, cela l'est aussi devenu dans la société chinoise moderne.
De nos jours, les cultures chinoise, japonaise et extrême orientales en général effectuent de nombreux échanges.
L'optique de propagation du Qi Gong depuis l'avènement de la République Populaire de Chine est plus celui d'accroître la santé du peuple que d'obtenir une ouverture vers l'univers, vision plus spirituelle.
COMBIEN EXISTE-IL DE FORMES DE QI GONG ?
Il existe 5 écoles :
1) École médicinale :
son but est de renforcer la santé, prophylactique, et éventuellement de soigner des maladies.
2) École confucianiste :
Créée par Confucius au 6ème siècle avant notre ère et développée par Mancius au 4ème siècle avant notre ère.
Cette école se caractérise par trois directions de travail :
3) École bouddhiste :
- L'enseignement repose sur l'entraînement et la libération mentales.
- l'école SAMADHI qui dit que "tout n'est qu'illusion"
- l'école CHAN (ZEN en japonais), qui vise la purification de l'individu.
4) École taoïste :
prêche le non-agir, "WU WEI". Elle a pour but d'accroître la longévité et de vivre en harmonie avec la nature.
5) École des arts martiaux :
vise au maintien et à l'amélioration de la santé puis éventuellement d'utiliser cette vigueur dans le combat.
A l’Atelier du souffle notre enseignement est issu de deux courants : l’école médicinale et l’école taoïste.
The Qi Gong hall
THE QI GONG
Qi Gong is a soft gymnastic, with movements that follow one another, flexible, slow and harmonious and requiring a certain concentration.
They are associated with breathing.
These exercises strengthen and tone the body, keep the heart healthy and develop our vitality, our Qi.
It is a milennial practice that is part of Chinese and Vietnamese medicine.
Qi gong is much more than gymnastics for health, it is a real art of living :
"If you welcome the whole world into your heart, have a good mastery of Yin and Yang, breathe the essential Chi, keep your head healthy and quiet, your muscles will function smoothly and you will live as long as the earth “
Yellow Emperor's Internal Medicine Canon (500 to 300 years before JC.)
QI GONG IDEOGRAM
The ideogram IQ represents the water vapour that escapes from the pot in which the rice is cooked, it is also the energy contained in the fuel that nourishes the fire, the force of fire, the accumulated heat, the movement of water and rice bubbling, the energy of the steam that lifts the lid and mixes with the air.
The ideogram GONG represents the word "work", force or effort deployed during work.
So we can translate "Qi Gong" as "work to capture energy to nourish our body, circulate it in our body". Qi Gong is a form of meditation in motion that aims to develop and cultivate vital energy (Qi). Through slow movements, deep breathing, visualizations, stretching and postural exercises,Qi Gong helps maintain good health and a healthy lifestyle. It is recognized that regular practice of Qi Gong increases the ability to prevent disease and injury, as well as their healing.
Qi Gong movements are performed without muscular effort and without acceleration of the heart and breathing.
On the contrary, breathing slows down, promoting relaxation and awakening of consciousness.
Regular practice of Qi Gong helps to develop the inner knowledge of the body and a more subtle perception of the environment, to find the link with nature and the opposing and complementary forces that it puts into action like Yin and Yang.
Man is made in the image of nature and conceals, like it, Yin and Yang aspects. He lives between Earth which is Yin and Heaven which is Yang; he undergoes the influences and transformations (cycle of the day, seasons, climate...) and its energy adapts accordingly.
Among the many benefits of Qi Gong, we can quote:
-softening of joints
-toning of osteo-articular structures
-power in muscular effort
-the development of concentration
-the increase of vital energy.
A Qi Gong class lasts an average of 90 minutes and allows you to explore, practice and learn a series of exercises adapted to your constitution.
Qi Gong offers simple and effective routines for people of all ages, individually or in groups. Taught in a preventive or curative way, it promotes physical, psychological and spiritual health.
On the physical level, regular Qi Gong practice offers a wide range of benefits including increased vitality, flexibility, coordination, endurance and balance, improved immune function and blood and energy circulation, toning of the respiratory and nervous systems, as well as a decrease in chronic pain and hypertension.
Psychologically, it promotes relaxation, stress and anxiety management, increased memory and cognitive function, as well as better sleep and psychological balance.
KEY DATES IN QI GONG HISTORY
1) Before Han dynasty, down to -206
Appearance of the YI KING (the book of mutations) and the concept of the 3 energies :
heaven / man / earth.
There are also 2 types of training, Confucian and Taoist, whose goal is righteousness, to maintain good health and increase longevity.
Originally, in the early forms of Chinese acupuncture, doctors used stone punches, then bone and bamboo.
Then came the metal (bronze) needles.
2) -206 to +502
Then 3 schools of Qi Gong developed - Buddhist - Hindu - Taoist
The goal of Qi Gong is then to make man escape the cycle of reincarnations.
A doctor of the 3rd century, Hua Tuo, says that Qi can be worked on through thought.
It formalizes the movements in order to allow a better work of the energy.
3) 502 to 1911
The work concerning Qi develops and reaches a very high level.
Qi Gong adapts to the practice of Martial Arts, in particular thanks to the practice which is made in the Shaolin temple.
Between 585 to 910 appear massages and phytotherapy.
Around 1106, a doctor named WANG WEI YI created the life-size copper mannequin or "Bronze Man" to visualize the acupuncture points.
He cures the emperor, heals him and this one allows him to develop his art.
Around 1102/1106, he worked on torture victims that he dissected alive, helped by secretaries and draftsmen, in order to increase his knowledge.
Acupuncture was first taught at university around 1068 -1086.
WANG WEI YI wrote the "Illustrated Manual of acupuncture and moxibustion points according to the bronze statue".
At the beginning of the twelfth century, General YUE FEI (Southern SONG dynasty) created the XING YI QUAN.
He also developed the series of health exercises called "the 8 pieces of brocade" or BA DUAN JIN.
He insists that thinking (YI) must lead the breath (IQ) and movements.
General Yue Fei
Around 1279, CHANG SAN FENG, a Taoist hermit, created TAIJIQUAN. Under the MING dynasty (1368-1644), the doctor YANG CHI CHOU gathers all that concerns acupuncture and grants divergent views on the subject. In the 18th century: creation of the BAGUAQUAN, another martial art that uses the principles of Qi Gong.
4) Qi Gong in China today
The QI GONG must allow man to resonate with nature.
If this is difficult in our Western societies, it has also become difficult in modern Chinese society.
Nowadays, Chinese, Japanese and Far Eastern cultures in general carry out many exchanges.
Since the advent of the People's Republic of China, Qi Gong's way of spreading is more to increase the health of the people than to obtain an opening towards the universe, a more spiritual vision.
HOW MANY FORMS OF QI GONG ARE THERE?
There are 5 schools :
1) Medical school :
its purpose is to strengthen health, prophylactic, and possibly to cure diseases.
2) Confucian school :
Created by Confucius in the 6th century BC and developed by Mancius in the 4th century BC.
This school is characterized by three directions of work:
3) Buddhist school :
-The teaching is based on mental training and liberation.
-the SAMADHI school which says that "everything is an illusion".
-the CHAN school (ZEN in Japanese), which aims at the purification of the individual.
4) Taoist school :
preaches non-action, "WU WEI". It aims to increase longevity and to live in harmony with nature.
5) Martial arts school:
aims to maintain and improve health and eventually to use this vigour in combat.
At the Atelier du souffle our teaching comes from two currents: the medicinal school and the Taoist school.
The 4 phases of Qi Gong state
BALANCE - CALM - VACUITY- INSPIRATION
If the mind is calm and the energy flows well, the Qi Gong adept reaches a state of inner peace, detachment from the outside world the state of Qi Gong. We feel them when, during a meditation or a posture, our mind stabilizes on a single thought.
The first of these, quite easily observed, is balance, stability both physical and mental, when maintaining a posture. This balance is based on a harmonization between top and bottom, left and right, back and front, outside and inside, subtle and coarse.
It is, at the beginning, a body balance which is attached to a respiratory balance then to an energetic balance. The latter facilitates psychological balance since it tends to restrict the constraints linked to the direct or indirect environment by assimilating them to a natural process. The body no longer undergoes external stresses and climatic variations but integrates them by correcting them.
The second effect, a little longer to obtain, is serenity, calm. The most important thing in Qi Gong, whatever the form of Qi Gong, is calm, This is indeed the simple consequence of balance. It is not in any case a kind of sleep of consciousness linked to a physical and intellectual immobility but, on the contrary, in a controlled and incessant movement which constitutes a means of access to the understanding of internal and external phenomena. This serenity thus passes as much by the control of the breath as of the body movement.
Taoism notes that the greatest force of life lies in the deep calm. Confucianism considers that the true man is the one who knows how to control his emotions in calm and it is also by calm that he reaches a more distant and complete goal.
The third effect is emptiness. Calm leads to Emptiness. It quite simply allows the suppression of tensions which allows the availability as well physical as psychic. It is like water when it is calm, the purer the water becomes, the more the clouds reflected in the water illuminate the image of the universe.
This emptiness, or natural availability, is one of the foundations of the practitioner's harmonization with circumstances, therefore with nature.
The fourth effect is the ability to unify or focus or clarity of mind. Emptiness inspires. Movement, energy, thought come together without effort and, thus, things clarified seem and are easier. The result obtained through availability is used more rationally and is sustainable. This unification allows the constancy as well as the reproduction of the energetic and psychic states sought during the practice.
Consciousness, life, movement, energy and matter become one in the enlightenment attained by the practitioner, which the Huainan Zi once again specifies:
"He knows without learning, realizes without doing, sees without looking and makes the natural order reign (in conformity with the unity of nature) without governing. He embraces virtue, realizes the harmonious fusion of breaths and spirits, pursuing with docility and facilitating the Heavenly Way of universal harmony. This means that the vision goes beyond the past and that the gaze extends further than the future with great ease. Anything in an ordinary man that would require exceptional effort is done simply and naturally."
When the Qi Gong practitioner has entered a state of quietude, he feels comfortable, even-tempered and has controlled breathing. It is then necessary to follow the natural course of things with simply a voluntary visualization.
This state of Qi Gong will result in :
- At the psychic level: feeling of clarity of mind
- At the emotional level: feeling of softness, serenity, calmness, love.
- At the universal level: feeling of unity, of globality.
THE 5 ELEMENTS
The alternation between the state Yin and the state Yang is not done instantaneously, but by a constant process of transformation, determined by 5 key phases: called the 5 elements, or 5 movements that are: Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal.
Each of these Elements consists of 2 Ministers (1 Minister Yin and 1 Minister Yang).
Water Element :
The balance of the Kidney and Bladder Ministers keeps the Water element in harmony in the body.
The element Water symbolizes winter, night, depth, the inexplicable... Everything that is irrational, that cannot be explained is related to this element... Only experience can testify.
The element Water corresponds to the beginning of Life: the embryo in the amniotic fluid, inside, in the darkness It also corresponds to the end of a cycle: when an animal dies, it will hide in a dark place.
Water contains the ancestral or congenital potential and the acquired potential... These potentials determine the realizing capacity... The Kidney manufactures robustness, hence the expression "to have solid kidneys"... On this potential, this energy depend the will, the ability to undertake... The kidneys are the reservoir of vital energy called...: QI (pronounced "tchi").
In the element Water, it is dark and things are tangled and without contours... It is therefore the feeling, the irrational which prevail.
In our society, Yin properties take a back seat to external appearance (Yang) over internal qualities (Yin), the rational (Yang) is considered "true", while the feeling (Yin) is denied.
These few examples show how much the Yang aspects are emphasized and the Yin aspects are amazing that the most Yin element, Water, is chronically weakened. The areas of the kidneys, genitals and adrenals are therefore painful in most Westerners because, despite ourselves, we are impregnated with the collective consciousness. In nature, winter marks a pause, energy withdraws into the depths and life is a little bit suspended... on the human level, it corresponds to a moment of introspection.
To be in balance in man, the Water element needs periods of interiorization and meditation.
Wood Element :
The balance of the ministers Liver and Gallbladder allows to keep the element Wood in harmony in the body.
This element brings us qualities of strength and stability.
It can be compared to a big tree spreading majestically in the human being, ensuring the connection between the sky and the earth... If this tree breaks, it can cause spinal problems and loss of balance.
The stability of the tree is important but also its flexibility.
The state of the element Wood in the body determines the stiffness or flexibility of the body (muscle stiffness or too much laxity) but also of the mind (stiffness of character, fixed ideas).
Negotiation and the ability to adapt belong to this element.
The Wood season is spring. This corresponds to the real season but also to the spring of Life: youth.
It is a phase of exteriorization, discovery, learning. The ability to adapt, to accept new phases, to open up to new horizons mark a balanced Wood element. Isolation, exclusion reflect an imbalance in the element.
The liver plans and the gallbladder decides. But it is planning that is not intellectual because it comes from the soul. This is the part of us that really belongs to us. It is like an inner vibration that determines the country in which we are born, the period of our birth, the family environment, etc. It is like an inner vibration that determines the country in which we are born. It conditions the broad lines of our destiny. Spring also symbolizes the renewal of life after winter.
Fire Element :
The balance of the Ministers Heart and Small Intestine allows to keep the Fire element in harmony in the body.
This element gives us the joy of living and vitality. He brings us enthusiasm. The expression "All fired up" characterize this element. But the Fire element needs freshness and peace to be balanced. The Fire element governs the spirit. An enlightened mind, clear words, a liveliness of understanding, represent this element... Emotional life, the ability to show feelings, a warm heart, a hand stretched out to the other concerns this element. A balanced Fire element can withstand disappointments in love and is destabilized by passion.
The element Fire governs the psyche as a whole:
accelerating or decreasing the heart rate
by causing sweats.
The Heart is a conductor, an emperor managing his kingdom with the help of the Pericardium for the Heart and the help of the Triple Heater for the Small Intestine. He has big responsibilities. Like an emperor, he must respond to all the demands of the people: blood brings to the heart the information and complaints collected from the cells of the organism, and in return transmits the response of the sovereign to them.
Fire has four meridians but in reflexology, only the reflex zones of the heart and hail are known and used to rebalance this element.
Fire is linked to our wishes. It is with the heart that we know what we want or what we wish... At certain times, we must do what is useful so listen to the element Wood. At other times, we must follow our hearts and live our dreams.
Earth Element :
The balance of the ministers Stomach and Rate-Pancreas keeps the Earth element in harmony in the body.
The Earth element represents the support of all life. It is at the origin of all the other elements. Moreover, it is the earth that provides everything we need to eat, vegetables, cereals, fruits, etc. Similarly, in our organism, it is the earth element that manages the nutrition of connective tissues and all cells. This element governs the transformation and distribution of nutrients.
It also represents our internal axis from which we act harmoniously. Feeling connected and inhabited depends on the Earth. A person with a strong Earth element will be centered, well integrated. She will feel at home, as in the outside world and at ease in all situations.
On the other hand, a person whose Earth element is deficient will tend towards obsession, constantly in search of outside help, without realizing that it is in itself that we must seek answers to our questions.
If our inner Earth is shaken or if we find ourselves in a period of personal questioning, we will have in reflexology the sensitive stomach and spleen reflex zones with digestive difficulties.
The spleen represents the Earth element and symbolizes our shadow, our unconscious, which is not yet born in us. The spleen is a very important organ in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
It is compared to a large distribution centre of the organism.
Metal Element :
The balance of the ministers Lungs and Intestine Colon makes it possible to keep the Metal element in harmony in the body.
After the peak of the Fire, the summer, and after Earth, the harvest, comes the time to make provisions for the winter. It is autumn that asks us to prepare for a new gestation, a new year.
It is time to sort, to do what is necessary and to eliminate what is superfluous. It is the Colon who responds to this action... Putting his affairs in order depends on Metal. A desk where files, binders, papers, drawers filled with photos, memories, calls out to Metal...
In the same way, knowing how to "tidy up" one's ideas and how to structure a discourse depend on Metal. When a person takes a long time to tell you what he is consulting for, he gets lost in the details and forgets the essential, it already shows an unbalanced Metal. Such behaviour is more often found in older people who are already in the metal period of the human life cycle.
The Metal Element represents protection, which manifests itself at the psychological level through wisdom, discernment, and at the physical level through the immune system. This system has the wisdom to discern what belongs to the organism from what is foreign to it, so it is attributed to the element Metal.
The 5 mouvements
With that of the AM and the DUONG or the YIN and the YANG from which it ensues, the theory of Five elements forms the essential contents of the Vietnamese Sino Traditional. It defines and explains the analogies between the Man and the Nature, between the natural phenomena and those of the human vital activity. Pressed on the concept of " the Man in compliance with the Sky ", it highlights the unity of the Universe, the indivisibility of the Man and the uniqueness of the link which unites them. Five movements are quite at the same time five dynamic states of the Energy, the structure of the Life, the organization of this structure, five strengths which drive according to precise and inviolable laws.
Of the perpetual dynamic transformation of the AM and the DUONG is born:
in the Sky, six climatic energies, Wind, Heat, Warmth, Cold, Drought, Humidity, on the Earth, Five movements, AM or DUONG, bound to the Earth and to the Sky:
the Wood,(Môc) yang of yin,
The Fire,(Hoa ) yang of yang,
The Earh,(Tho) at the center that feeds the other mouvements of its Yin,
The Metal,(Kim ) yin of yang,
The water, (Thuy) yin of yin.
Five elements or Ngu Hành are quite at the same time:
A method of logical, rational and universal classification of things and phenomena according to their energy characteristics, according to their functions, of forms them.
Five particular states of the Energy generated by the growth/decrease of the AM and DUONG.
Five states of the material livened up by the energy phase which corresponds to them.
Five categories of elements united by their energy analogies, coexisting in a system of mutual, dynamic relations in which each, transformer of Energy is for time stimulating and regulating.
Finally, they are the expression of Life in its forms and in the movements livening up the Form.
In conclusion, Five elements are five categories of ground demonstrations, five categories of vital phenomena linked to the seasons.
The Wood: yang of yin, it is the plant element corresponding to spring, period of seeding, revival, discount in movement. It symbolizes the growth, the flexibility, the vital impulse, the free movement, it bends, recovers, extends. It applies to all the processes of growth, realization, decline.
The Fire: yang of yang, air element, it symbolizes the ignition, the combustion, the sublimation, the magnificence. It produces some heat, rises, warms. It symbolizes all the dynamic activities.
The Earth: yin, solid element of realization, it corresponds to the interseasons the most important of which are situated between summer and autumn. Central pillar of the system, it is nourishing, balances, revitalizes and limits the other Movements by its Yin. It produces and transforms Thousand things, transport liquids, nutriments, the other Movements. It represents all the functions of support, all the matrix functions.
The Metal: yin of yang, mineral element, it corresponds to autumn, it symbolizes the crystallization, the senescence. Characterized by the hardness, the rigor, but also the flexibility, the malleability, it cuts, prunes, restricts, but also gathers, collects, returns to the main part. It concerns more particularly the strength, the endurance, the resistance, the reprieve.
The Water: yin of yin, liquid element, it corresponds to winter, symbolizes the disintegration, the liquefaction, the decay. It comes down, stagnates, moistens, accumulates, hoards. It expresses all the functions of fertility.
Mutual begetting: or Relation of the Mother to the Son, or cycle Tcheng. Every Movement engenders the one who follows him by passing on him his energy yin or yang. Also he is engendered by the one who precedes him, in an unchanging and endless cycle. So:
The Wood engenders the Fire, the wood is necessary for combustion, for the production of fire.
The Fire engenders the Earth, the fire produces the ash.
The Earth engenders the Metal, the ash contains minerals.
The Metal engenders the Water, under the influence of the time and or of heat, the metal liquefies, dissolves.
The Water engenders the Wood, without water, there is not a humidity which made germinate granulates her.
Control: grandparents check the grandchildren. Every Movement, by his energy checks and limits the one who follows his son and is checked and limited by the one who precedes her mother. So each can, harmoniously, grow by receiving the energy of her mother and to decrease by passing on his energy to his son. The cycle Ko is a regulating system in which every movement is checked and checks. The loser is brought down there never but not only decreased.
So: the Water puts out the Fire.
The Fire melts the Metal.
The Metal cuts the Wood.
The Wood feeds on the Earth.
The Earth absorbs, dykes the Water.
Regulation/transformation: by this double relation of begetting and domination which are only a transformation process of Yin in Yang and vice versa and mutual opposition between the Yin and the Yang, each of Five movements is in relations with the others in a process of regulation and transformation. The domination regulates the begetting which engenders the domination. This perpetual cycle of growth and decrease engenders and organizes the Demonstration, maintains it in a state of inevitably relative balance. The begetting regulates the domination which checks the begetting. So, Ten thousand things appear, develop, coexist, evolve in the order of the Nature. This harmony is however disrupted by situations of excess or insufficiency.
Excess: the mother grows excessively. She cannot decrease anymore normally and feed her son.
The son grows excessively, he turns around against her mother, he hurts her mother.
The dominant grows excessively. He dominates excessively dominated sound. It is a situation of conquest.
The dominated grows excessively. He turns around against dominant sound. It is a situation of revolt.
Insufficiency: the mother decreases excessively or grows insufficiently. She cannot feed anymore her son.
The dominant decreases excessively or grows insufficiently. Dominated sound rebels and dominates him in turn.
The benefits of walking bare foot
Contrary to what many people think, walking barefoot brings us many health benefits. Indeed, thanks to this simple gesture we can make all the muscles of the foot work. Of course, the more we do it constantly, the stronger we strengthen our feet.
When you are not used to doing this type of activity, you should do it with care. It is therefore very important to warm up beforehand to be quiet and start to feel the feeling of freedom that walking without shoes offers us. You can do it for fifteen or twenty minutes in the first few days.
What do we know about this topic ?
Studies have shown that when feet come into direct contact with the earth, they immediately enjoy a multitude of health benefits for both body and mind. As we all know, there are many nerve endings in our feet. As soon as these come into contact with the earth, we help our body to eliminate harmful elements such as stress or anxiety.
The most recommended is to be able to do it directly with the ground, or else walk barefoot in the meadow and outdoors. But for those who do not have this possibility, you can also do it at home, whether the floor is made of wood or cement.
The benefits of walking bare foot
- To stimulate the blood circulation, which allows at the same time to obtain a better oxygenation.
-To allow the body to eliminate more easily a good quantity of fats and toxins.
-Eliminate stress, depression and neurosis, making our nervous system stronger.
-Prevent varicose veins. Indeed, when we strengthen the venous system, we obtain a better distribution of nutrients throughout our body.
-When you take a few barefoot walks, you put pressure on all the nerve endings that are connected to different organs in the body. It is what then allows us to cure some diseases created by the obstruction of these energy channels called meridians.
There is a therapy called reflexology. The latter consists in releasing accumulated energies that do not flow naturally. If this is the case, many types of pathologies can then appear, in particular because of a nervous system much too disturbed. This release is possible thanks to the pressure of the strategic points under the soles of the feet. When walking without shoes, these stitches are naturally pressed. We then manage to relax, which of course improves our health. However, it is much more effective when you do this walking barefoot across the prairie.
Although it is a rather simple relaxing therapy to carry out, it is nevertheless necessary to take certain precautions. Indeed, there may be certain elements in the ground that could affect or injure our feet. Likewise, it is essential to start little by little. Your muscles will get stronger and stronger, and you will be able to increase the duration of your walks.
Energy under you feet
From our ancestors to certain peoples in the world, walking barefoot in nature is less a matter of comfort than of primitive instinct. Beyond being this more or less flat area that we tread every day, the earth is above all an electrical element that vibrates in resonance with the bioelectric beings that we are. This electrical charge in the ground is responsible for the movement of tiny free electrons that continually stagnate on the Earth's surface. These negatively charged electrons are essential to our health insofar as they come into contact with free radicals in the body to better neutralize them. Deprived of this contact with the free electrons of the soil, free radicals will then draw from those present in our tissues, which will be at the origin of many chronic imbalances.
For a natural cycle
No one can ignore the great paradox of our contemporary societies, where a notable comfort of life does not prevent the increasing increase of so-called diseases of civilizations. If our feet are not responsible for all our ills, we have to admit that we lock ourselves all season long in shoes made of insulating materials that completely cut us off from the energy of the ground. However, this electricity present in the earth is part of the natural cycle of life: stronger during the day to keep the body active and weaker at night to prepare the body for rest. It is therefore impossible to sustainably promote the good health of the organism by preventing the passage of this energy from the Earth into the body. Consequently, inflammatory diseases increase while the medical profession shows difficulties in providing a concrete and lasting response.
Even if it is unthinkable to walk barefoot all year round, certain environments and times of the year nevertheless favour this simple and regenerating practice. With nearly 200 nerve endings, the foot allows a direct link with the energy of the ground and its multiple benefits. On grass, sand or in water, walking more than half an hour daily helps to relieve tension but also to soothe a chronic inflammatory state. Several studies have so far revealed the surprising benefits of planting in the management of pain but also in the proper functioning of circulatory and hormonal systems. People suffering from anxiety, migraines and electro-sensitivity will also find there an effective and natural therapeutic accompaniment.
Taoist walking is a walking and breathing technique inspired by the Chinese and Afghan nomads, who for centuries have known how to walk very long distances without fatigue. It is a walk that involves the synchronization of breath and step. Easy, powerful, within everyone's reach, Taoist walking brings many physical and mental benefits through deep rhythmic breathing. Whether it is for a healthy practice, a sports objective, a spiritual practice (Compostelle road). Taoist walking is the art of walking towards oneself. A basically benevolent walk.
The basic rhythm
To begin with, the basic rhythm is 3-1/3-1: that is, you breathe in through your nose on your first three steps, hold the air on your fourth step, exhale on your next three steps, keep your lungs empty on your last step and resume the cycle. Placing your body on points of energy concentration makes it easier to move along your path. Finally, this practice can be combined with positive statements, which will replace counting.
Advantages of this practice
Promotes blood circulation, promotes better oxygenation, regulates the heart rate, ensures ligament and joint flexibility, allows mental and muscular relaxation, promotes postural recovery (abdominal and dorsal tone).
Improves the quality of sleep, purifies the complexion, develops faculties of attention, general well-being, allows for behavioural improvement (group and positive assertions), improves states of hypertension, diabetes, and depression, stimulates basic metabolism with fat reduction and elimination. In short, a real rejuvenation!