TAI CHI • YI JIN JING • MEDITATION
How can we cultivate vitality throughout our lives? At The Houli School, we use physical exercise and meditation to revitalize the body, mind and heart.
Houli is an internal martial art or neigong practice. The focus of this healing tradition is to return to a state of balance and harmony. Our practice is comprised of Yi Jin Jing, Tai Chi and meditation.
Yi Jin Jing
Yi Jin Jing is to “transform our tendons and ligaments.” Qigong is the “cultivation of life energy.” Our practice uses specific exercises that involve visualization, meditation, controlled breath, posture, and movement.
Yi Jin Jing strengthens the body, cultivates flexibility and promotes the smooth flow of Qi (energy.) While this ancient Chinese tradition of specific exercises has probably been practiced for thousands of years, few of the details have been documented or preserved.
Tai Chi is a graceful way of moving from an ancient Chinese tradition. Our Wu Tang orthodox style has 81 movements that are performed in a slow, focused manner. This internal practice cultivates health and longevity.
The movements of our Tai Chi form were derived from the Yi Jin Jing practice. Each posture is performed with precision to move both chi and blood through the body and improve balance, strength, flexibility and grace.
Meditation cultivates stillness and tranquility. When the heart and mind are focused, our intention becomes clear. Intention animates our movement and ultimately, our lives. Our practice includes standing meditation.