WAI GONG, The Physical Practice
Wai Gong, the Body Training, structured around foundational exercises and the martial arts of Tai Ji Quan, Xing Yi Quan and Ba Gua Zhang.
Wai Gong is the purely physical practices, which develops three essential qualities for overall balance: Rooting, Relaxation and Power.
Rooting is our connection to the ground: this quality should be very concrete, meaning that a rooted person should be able to keep his ground while being pushed or pulled. The physical benefits of this quality are obvious and related to general balance and stability, and our legs vitality, which is widely known today as an important sign of our global health. But rooting is also of utmost important from a psychological perspective, as a stable and grounded body will give a stable root where the mind can rest peacefully.
Relaxation is the ability to move the body without any tension. This is not at all about sloppiness, but global firmness: no area of the body should be separated from the rest of the body from an isolated tension. A relaxed body brings better circulation of body fluids and blood, leading to a better health, following the Traditional Chinese Medicine principle that "where there is tension, there is no crculation". From a psychological and emotional perspective, a relaxed body is the mandatory foundation towards a relaxed mind.
Power, or Unity, is the quality of linking every part of the body, in stillness as well as in motion. According to ancient Daoist body cultivation methods, this ability to connect the whole body in any action is the first requirement for Power; Unity is based on the union of the fascias, tendon lines and bone structure of the body. If we look at this quality from the mind persepective, feeling united in our physical incarnation is the basis for thinking and acting as one, in a coherent and clear manner towards our realisation.
The physical presence developed by the Wai Gong is an incredible tool against Fear, which is a major obstacle regarding the mind practices, but more generally the achievement of our aspirations.