In the Hui Chun Qi Gong set, the Fang Song Gong (放松功) is one of the most important and basic excercises that serves on one hand as a preparation method for going into the following excercise. Later on, it will underlie all the other Qigong exercises, helping to build up the correct body posture and connecting the three outer harmonies with each other.
SHIYAN, Hubei - On a sweltering afternoon, a group of Europeans in traditional white Chinese shirts and dark baggy pants sit in a big circle on a lawn meditating. After about half an hour, they start to practice tai chi in pairs, pushing each other's hands.
They are from the Wudang Five Dragons Tai Chi School in the Wudang Mountains, Central China's Hubei province.
In April 2019 the first international WDP meeting took place in the beautiful city of Chania, where the Greek WDP headquarter is located under the direction of Manos Kantidakis. From more than 10 countries they all came together, to train hard, to learn and to spend a wonderful time with old and new friends and make so the whole camp to an unforgettable event!
After passing the third heavenly gate we reached the top, we where curious what will await us up there! Surprisingly we found that two people, a woman and an old man living there and using this place for there personal cultivation.The area includes a simple farmers mud house, when i remember right with maybe three or four rooms, two rooms where you can sleep, one altar room and a kitchen. Beside the main building, you have also luck to enjoy the super version of an oldschool chinese toilet :) .
There are three major events which happened back then in the year 2010 and 2011 at Mt. Wudang which had a very deep impact on me and my further way of thinking. In this episode i want to share a shot story about a man we have met on the way up to the five dragon peak.
Qi Bo replied, "In the past, people practiced the Dao, the Way of Life. They understood the principle of balance, of yin and yang, as represented by the transformation of the energies of the universe. Thus, they formulated practices such as Daoyin, an exercise combining stretching, massaging, and breathing to promote energy flow, and meditation to help maintain and harmonize themselves with the universe.
When i visit the first day the prince cave, i met a friendly guy, a chinese tourist who just came back from a hike around the nearby mountain. He told me that he visited a man who was wearing a mask and is living in a small cave around 10 minutes by walk far away from the prince cave.
Within the Wudang Principles WDP Classics program the set of the 13 pillars (standing meditation) exercises are one of the five major fundamentals. The pillars can be practiced individually or as a whole set. The time frame is also flexible and should be practice according to the personal level and condition of the practitioner.
After 7 years, i had finally time to go back to Mt. Wudang and spend some wonderful days there! In this post i want to share some impressions of my stay at the Prince Cave the place where the daoist hermit Jia Yongxiang aka "The Bee Daoist" lives and cultivates!