Tao Yin combines the powerful asana practice of yoga with the effortless flow of Qigong.
Over 6,000 year old, Tao Yin is the most original form of Qigong. It is the foundation from which all forms of Qigong emerged. Today there are over 3,000 different styles of Qigong practiced daily by over 80 million people in the world. Thousands of years ago, Indian yogis and Chinese sages shared their wisdom, Tao Yin became the common ancestor to both Yin Yoga and Qigong.
"The lost art of Tao Yin was re-discovered when Taoist sages found paintings on cave walls and inscriptions on tortoise shells. The practice revealed natural movements that help to heal the body. Many of the practices mirror the movements of animals and of nature, reflecting a deep respect and reverence for the natural world. Taoist sages were always seeking the learn from the world around them, and Tao Yin is the practice that embodies their wisdom." - Holden Qigong
Compared to yoga, in Tao Yin there is more emphasis on the meridians, more flowing movements and an emphasis on acupressure points for self healing. Tao Yin is a beautiful practice that is very efficient, it's a bit like combining a fitness class, yoga class, acupressure session and meditation all in one.
Through Tao Yin we explore and support the body's bio-electrical system, which supports our bio-mechanical system. We work with Qi (energy), moving energy around the body, pathways of energy (meridians), acupressure points and rhythms of energy.
Often we will have a problem with our bio electrical system before it arises in our body, in our bio-mechanical systems. This is a great podcast from Goop that explores how scientists are now proving that health issues in our bio-electrical system precede the same issues in our body. This supports the ancient wisdom of the masters, who knew that if you work on your energy system first you can prevent problems from arising in your body.
Tao Yin is a combination of floor work and standing moves. It's a more physical practice than our other Qigong styles, with more emphasis on building core strength, leg strength, balance and flexibility.
A great Qigong master was once asked, does he ever get sick? His answer - yes, he gets sick quite often, but only ever for a few minutes at a time