Since collage days I’ve included research into the spiritual side of the mind-body connection though never finding a fit for my personality and lifestyle until happening upon a book called “The Way Of Energy” by Kam Chuen Lam. The book is easily found on Amazon.
A snippet from the amazon site details;
For centuries, the Chinese exercise system called Chi Kung (also spelled Qi Gong) has been shrouded in secrecy. The Way of Energy is the first comprehensive guide to the most powerful form of Chi Kung ever developed—“standing like a tree”.
I picked up the paperback edition sometime around 1999ish. I’ve enjoyed incorporating the simple (yet I suppose years to actually master?) forms in my life. Since early track and cross-country running days in High School I realized, for what ever reason, I was unable to touch my toes. What is a no-brainer for the masses, has been out of reach for me : ) And still is! I’ve scratched this off my bucket-list and now focus on the standing (or sitting, lying) postures and include healthy breathing (i’m not exactly by-the-book on the breathing as I’ve incorporated other styles) and enjoy the day. I’m also not anal about doing X amount daily, and don’t have a set time for the postures. I randomly do several and spend the time as a break from activity and quiet the mind. That may go against many “expert” opinions, and I’m in agreement with them…but it’s just how I roll with this, and many other parts of my life.
The benefits I’ve seen/felt over the years are
1) a sense of doing good for the body. Logic suggests that standing in one posture for 5 to 30 minutes might not seem like anything taxing on the body, but when you realize your core temp is climbing and you notice sweat under your armpits something is going on!
2) it allows for a time to chill and get away from the daily routine. I will often incorporate simple sound-scape audio files in headphones/earbuds or one of my Brainwave Entrainment audio files. Some of which have pleasant chime/bell at 5 minute marks so I can go through a circle of postures in a 30 minute session.
For more info on Brainwave Entrainment, do a google search or visit my post on the topic. I have dozens of free BWE audio files for your personal use. This link to the BWE – Audio File Resource page will get you to those free audio files.
I’ll update as needed or things come to mind worth sharing.
: ) Thom