Internal Work (Nei Gong) is a system of coordinating body posture and movement, breathing and meditation.
This personal practice promotes stable health, the evolution of one’s spirituality and the strengthening of one’s physical structure.
Rooted in traditional medicine, age-old Taoist philosophy and internal martial arts, this conscious work is a practice aimed at cultivating and balancing the vital force that is “Qi”.
This Qi is in fact the vitality of the body and mind.
The practice involves moving meditation, coordinating slow movements, deep rhythmic breathing and a calm meditative state of mind.
Our Tradition encompasses both moving and sitting meditation, as well as strengthening the body for stable, lasting health.
The roots of Taoism go back over 3,000 years, and a wide variety of practice forms have developed.
Traditionally, internal work was taught from master to pupil through training and oral transmission.
Today, we’re adding a distance method that’s been tried and tested for over 30 years.
The secret of our success, and the most important in a personal practice, is that you can always call on us, connect with us and have all your questions answered.
“If we do it, it works!”
Taoist meditation is rooted in ancient mind-body practices discovered over 3,000 years ago by Taoist Mountain hermits and shamans who lived in harmony with natural forces.
They developed methods to transcend the ordinary body and mind in order to increase the body’s energy, transform and purify the spirit and mind.
Meditation is a science; it is the systematic process of training the mind through precise protocols and progressive methods.
It is the science of meditation that enables people from all walks of life to enjoy the same amazing benefits, whatever their background or disability.
Regular meditation practice has been shown not only to improve empathy and concentration, lower blood pressure, increase breathing amplitude and improve sleep, but also to treat cyclical tiredness, chronic pain, everyday stress, anxiety, depression and behavioral disorders.
The calming and relaxing effects of meditation also translate into greater emotional stability in the face of life’s inevitable hurts.
But these are just incidental benefits that are the beginning of life for the practitioner of sitting meditation.
A fully developed meditation practice also gives rise to unique and wonderful mental states, characterized by pleasure, joy and happiness, deep satisfaction and profound inner peace, states that can open the mind to an intuitive knowledge of our reality and dispel the illusion of separation created by our ego.
Despite all this, these fascinating experiences are not the ultimate benefit of meditation.
The essential goal is spiritual evolution: complete and lasting liberation from suffering, unaffected by aging, illness or daily circumstances.
True happiness, the bliss of perfect contentment, follows the liberation from suffering through the transformation of our perceptions of the changing world.
Spiritual evolution is not a fleeting experience of unity and the temporary dissolution of the ego.
It is a non-progressive event that dispels ignorance through direct experience of the meditative state.
Meditation is the art of living consciously, resisting the weaknesses of the mind.
To live our lives consciously and fully as direct conscious perception, we need to understand the raw material we have to work with.
This raw material is nothing other than the continuously unfolding stream of conscious experience that constitutes our life: our World Consciousness.
The science of meditation helps us to live a more satisfying life, because this practice gives us the tools we need to examine and work with our conscious experience, in the reality of everyday life.
Only through this kind of introspection can you achieve the highest goal of meditation practice: the evolution of our being towards perfection.
This should be the goal of our meditation practice.
When life is lived fully consciously, with wisdom, we can finally overcome all the harmful emotions and behaviours that are the fruit of our habits and prejudices.
When our choices and actions come from a place of true freedom and knowledge of the world, they always produce better results than when they are motivated by greed and anger.
All this is possible because true happiness comes from within, which means it’s our perception of the world that changes.
The choice is ours and we know the remedy for a good life.
Make no mistake, it is a goal within everyone’s reach: there is no room for giving, it is only the result of hard work.
To shape tomorrow’s world, we need more evolution to accompany humanity: that is our mission.
It is the evolution of each and every one of us that will enable the evolution of the world…that’s the Taoist Way.
Discover alignment, deep relaxation and inner strength through a simple practice of physical and conscious exercises.
Our moving meditation practice invites us to turn our attention inward and start working on our relationships with what is present.
Instead of being a victim of your inner sensations, we can learn to get to know them in depth through the practice of movement meditation, confront and deal with our problems, and live a life where we are happy to be ourselves.
It is possible, for anyone who wants, to make a little effort in order to reconnect with forgotten parts of themselves, to feel this inner landscape in extraordinary detail, to find and resolve hidden tensions in order to become unified and strong.
The exercises allow us to sense that there are many areas of pathological tension that we can begin to release, leading us to a deeply relaxed system.
The relaxation of our system is directly linked to the ability to feel what is going on inside the body, starting with our fundamental structure, then slowly going deeper to reveal the relationship with muscles, tendons, bones and even organs.
This work also opens up the possibility of true coordination, that is the ability to direct the whole body consciously.
The more we relax, the more we reveal and resolve weak points, the more aligned and grounded we become. Groundedness means that the forces of gravity can flow through us without resistance, without getting stuck in our bodies at points of tension, giving us many more opportunities to interact with our bodies easily.
Our intention on our breath and more subtle energetic movements in our body aligns us in harmony with the movement we have felt from the outside.
This work brings incredible levels of vitality and transformation, and the possibility of resolving deeper blockages than external training alone is capable of doing.
The idea of this work is to reach an even more subtle level of understanding by studying intention directly.
Here we see the movement of the mind, the desire to make the movement that subtly comes before the movement itself. By cultivating and understanding how to use our intention effectively, we discover immense possibilities for potential in our lives, potential that is wasted without clear intention.
This movement meditation is suitable for everyone, whether you’re young or old, sporty or sedentary, these methods will enable you to establish a better relationship with yourself.
Movement Meditation is based on 8 simple movements that gain in complexity and detail as you practice them yourself.
The body is the root of stable health, and strengthening it helps it to be consolidated.
It makes sitting meditation easier and allows you to set your meditation in motion by working on your physical qualities.
Remember that the body is linked to our vitality.
This reserve must therefore be worked on so that our health potential is fully realized.
What’s more, only a strong, stable, relaxed body can “hold” the mind: since the sensation of physical weakness generates fear, it is not possible to master the mind if emotion dominates.
The three main qualities to work on for strengthening are rootedness, relaxation and union.
These qualities go beyond the mere physical sphere: they will influence the practitioner’s energetic and spiritual evolution.
Physical grounding will help to store vitality and bring about a state of mental peace.
The duo of coordination and relaxation will facilitate the circulation of energy and psychic calm.
The great value of these physical practices lies in their ability to reveal imbalance.
This is defined by :
- Clear positioning in space
- Awareness of weight distribution
- The ability to establish a link between the object of resistance and the ground.
The more rooted we are, the closer we are to the ground that roots us in reality.
On a more global level, rootedness enables us to organize our lives to feel better, more rooted, in a coherent relationship with the world and its changes.
It enables us to maintain a concrete relationship with the reality of the world and not get lost in the fantasies of the mind.
This is based on :
- A first stage of muscle strengthening
- Strengthening tendons and fascias
- The union of tendon and fascia chains.
Strength manifests itself as a surplus of available energy over and above what is used for the basic functioning of the individual.
In other words, strength is the expression of our vitality, our health!
For this to happen, our whole system has to function at its maximum, and we have to work to develop our power potential, unique to each of us and often untapped, to the full.
Strength training involves exercises that develop the connection between muscles and tendons, and the tendon chains between muscles.
It is important to recognize these connections, which are often “empty”, weak points in the tendon-muscle chains, and frequent sources of chronic problems.
Good relaxation is the result of an alchemy between body and mind: if the muscle is contracted, the movement is distorted; if I am emotionally tense, I am not able to understand a simple movement; relaxation must be the expression of good coordination between body and mind.
It depends on :
- The fluid connection between intention and what brings us to action
- Coordination between body and mind
- The ability to relax, especially between movements
Breathing will help us find this availability of the mind.
Relaxation expresses the connection between body and mind in space, and enables us to situate ourselves clearly.
Without this ability, the rest of the practice is inaccessible.
For real relaxation, you need to feel strong and grounded, hence the importance of working in synergy with these three points.
This quality is tested through coordination exercises: specific coordination (e.g. sporting gestures), which is expressed only in a precise range of movements linked to the activity to which the individual is dedicated, and universal coordination (the kind of coordination sought in practice and expressed in all areas of life, including daily life), based initially on a specific range but which will then be expressed in all types of bodily expression.
Some people are capable of incredible things in their discipline, but can be perfectly clumsy and lack basic coordination in everyday life.
In our practice, we want coordination to “spill over” into all aspects of life.
Without this capacity for real relaxation – which leads to the clear connection of body and mind – the rest of the practice is inaccessible.