The Art of the Mountain represents personal development. It's built upon three aspects: the training of the body, mind and breath individually, allowing for a synergistic progression.
Wednesday 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Wednesday 6:15 p.m to 7:45 p.m.
Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 11a.m.
Metro station: Mairie de Montreuil (line 9)
Thursday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. GMT +1
Wai Gong, the body training, represents the earth, which is the manifested part of our incarnation. Sufficient strength helps to correctly hold the body's structure. A clear feeling of sensations helps with finding balance, while relaxing allows being rooted; not only the body to the ground, but also the mind, inclined to wandering. The unification of the body in movement, coordinated and with proper alinement avoids constant wastage of energy. The exercises are simple at first in a standing position, progressively becoming more complex. They are suitable for people of all ages and can be done whether you are in good health or suffering from an illness. As students advance, we will get into training the more advanced forms, primarily of Taiji Quan, Xinyi Quan, Bagua Zhang, Ziran Men, and Dao Yin (groundwork). Working with a partner, called Tui Shou, is also the most effective way of developing the grounding aspect of the qualities, and helps with understanding the martial origin of these forms. Conducted in a safe and controlled environment allows access for all students to gain self-confidence as their abilities develop.
Shen Gong, the mind training, represents the sky, or the non-manifested part of who we are. The primary objective is to get to know one's self better through observation and to calm any incessant mental activity, rendering the mind calm and available. The mind then serves as a tool for our use instead of fetters eclipsing our free will. Then by focusing and honing attention, we can refine our ability to perform real energetic training.
Nei Dan and Nei Gong, the breath training, represents the exchange that we, as humans, embody with each breath. In doing so, we project a part of who we are into the world and take back a part of what is greater than us while we breath. Developing a capacity to feel what is happening in the body, while maintaining a precise and uninterrupted focus on this feeling, we engage in the energetic training. This is the way to cultivate our available energy, maximising its fabrication and in turn, avoiding the depletion of our vital essence. This abundance of energy maintains good health by increasing vitality and our enthusiasm for life: to live to the best of our potential while allowing for tractability of our emotions.