Tao Yoga (Tao Yin

Tao Yoga is a form of energy-enlivening exercise originating out of the wealth of knowledge of China s oldest system of philosophy, Taoism. Tao Yin is a series of revitalizing exercises that develop flexibility, strength, resiliency, and suppleness. These exercises create harmony within the body, mind and spirit through their integrative principles.

In the old days when people still lived close to nature, the heat that was released by the body was absorbed by the woods. Nowadays, the artificial environment where we live in, doesn't provide us with this kind of release. The overheat is trapped inside the body, causing damage to the internal organs. This may cause various diseases including heart attacks.

Tao Yoga lying and sitting positions contain a set of postures, breathing exercises, and meditation that are designed to move the excess heat out of the body. They stretch, detoxify and revitalize the muscles and the tendons. While in the relaxation period after the active phase of movement and stretching, we guide the Chi with the breath to that particular part of the body affected by the exercise. This yin phase of the practice expels the heat and opens the muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints that are emphasized in the postures. The combination of active and passive phases of practice balances the spine, tendons, ligaments, muscles and diaphragm in a deeply rejuvenating way, that cannot easily be achieved in most standing and moving positions. A balanced session of practice opens chi flow throughout all the meridians, removes toxins and tension throughout the

which means cold. and toxicity Tao Yin practice is used to release chronic tension. YI (pronounced ee). These exercises activate Chi flow in the meridians. meaning mind-eye-heart power directing. such as cold and hot. The first character represents the Taoist concept known as mind-eye-heart power. Stretching. Hence. The Yin in Tao Yin results from the combination of two Chinese characters. That symbol represents the interaction of the energy of life s complementary polar opposites. the mind-eyeheart power. and the spine will become more flexible. Using the inner smile. Chi can reach the bodily extremities. energy blockages. Tendons and psoas muscles will be imbued with the power of elasticity. and the pronunciation is translated into English as IN. Yin means that with the aid of physical movements.body and engenders a deep sense of relaxed peace and calm yet wonderfully energized at the same time. and it means energy directing. energy blockages. that coordinates and directs the actions in the body. the "Second Brain" inside the abdomen. the combination of the characters for YI and IN becomes YIN. The second character means directing. not just muscles but also fascia . When used with the character for Tao. Tao refers to the fact that physical movements are guided by the strength of the mind and in turn stimulate the internal flow of Chi within the body. is a single character and is quite different. we will train the brain of feelings and awareness. Tao Yoga exercises are moving meditations. We will integrate the subtle power of the breath and mind in the process. The Chinese character for yin. We will learn to train and develop Yi. Releases chronic tension. the translation is roughly directing Chi using mind-eye-heart power. and toxicity that may have accumulated in your body over many years. The Tao Yoga exercises we will learn in our vacation seminar are all performed in either lying or sitting positions. The name of this system of exercises is Tao Yin. Yin in this name is not the same as the yin that we know of in English as part of the yin yang symbol. opening and strengthening them.

which run along lines known as acupuncture meridians. By working progressively through the Tao Yin exercises and engaging most of the meridians. following the connection points in the fascia. Most forms of stretching. focus mainly on stretching muscles. Along with other Tao Yin techniques. and all this connective tissue indeed connects throughout the body. According to the 'science of stretching'. Just like a dam that blocks a river. balancing the Chi and restoring health to the whole body. rigidity developing in the fascia is the main reason for loss of flexibility as the body ages. hardened tendons. the energy flows freely. joints and bones. It feels good because this allows the energy to flow easily. Above the dam the flow builds up to excess and below the dam the river bed or channel is empty. 'Sacks' of Connective tissue surround our organs. that blockage stops the flow and creates stagnation. atrophying nerves: all actually caused by the breaking down of our connective tissue. whereas Tao Yin Exercise aims to stretch and energize also the connective tissue. During this process our elastic fibers are gradually replaced by rigid ones. the benefits are multiplied throughout the whole body.Why stretch the body? Stretching brings the energy from the interior to the exterior. Through loosening and stretching. weakened muscles. collagenous fibers. Meridians may be blocked by physical. mental. allowing healing energy to permeate the whole body. ie. muscles. like in sports. the fascia. glands. The result of which is decreased joint mobility. with little flow. In terms of the body this creates imbalance leading to sickness and ill health through an imbalance of excess Yang and deficient Yin (to illustrate but one example of an imbalance). stretching liberates the energy to flow freely where it needs to. which permeates the whole body. tendons. lengthening the meridians and bringing Chi to the surface. Like a Child . In Tao Yin practice we learn to direct our Chi to flow through the fascia. or emotional toxins and tensions.

com/tao_yin.The ultimate goal of doing Tao Yin Energy Directing Exercises is to become soft. emotional and spiritual cultivation. http://www. Tao Yin can be used for physical. they are sophisticated and effective in re-establishing the harmony we have lost between ourselves. pure. like a child.travelanddo. responsive and full of energy.htm . nature and the universe. Although these exercises are surprisingly simple to perform.