Paulie Zink’s complete art of Yin yoga encompasses
Yin Yoga- These are postures of stillness for promoting growth, clearing energetic blockages, and enhancing circulation.
Yang Yoga- These are postures for developing core strength and muscle tone, balance, and stamina.
Yin Flow (YinYasa Yoga)– This includes both Yin and Yang yoga. Although Yin Flow is more than a sequence of postures. The process of transition from pose to pose is as integral to the practice of Yin Flow as the positions are. Flow is a method of movement that incorporates continuous, smooth, and circular motion. It promotes ease, fluidity, and grace in the body.
Taoist Energy Alchemy- This is the art of cultivating and harmonizing the five alchemical elemental energies contained in the universal life field. Those elements animate distinct qualities in the body, such as lightness, fluidity, strength, springiness, and calm.
Chi Kung– These exercises involve very simple and gentle movements and breathing techniques. They help increase vitality and restore harmony in the natural rhythms and functions of the body and its energetic field.
The Foundations of Yin Yoga
Yin Yoga has its roots in the ancient Taoist tradition of China. Being in harmony with the rhythm and flow of nature is the essence of a Taoist attitude.
Yin Yoga draws upon the doctrine of the five elements and the principle of yin and yang used in Chinese medicine and acupuncture. Yin and yang are the polarities of a whole, the complementary opposites of dark and light, cold and hot, soft and hard, female and male, that allow all things to come into being.
~ Yin & Yang
They are the two sides of a coin, and One cannot exist without the other. Yin and yang is the vibration of the universe. It is the pulse of the energy that informs all life.
In Yin yoga, we applied specific yoga postures to actualize the energetic attributes of various creatures and stimulate the five alchemical elements’ transformational properties. This posture helps to enliven and harmonize these qualities within the body. The Gaol is to animate the primal spirit that resides within us all. Integrating the power and healing aspects of these energies will help balance emotions and put one into accord with the true nature of our being.
Master Zink continues to evolve his art of Yin Yoga by adding postures, variations, and insights. Through many years of study, practice, and teaching, he has further developed the Taoist tradition he learned into his distinctive and dynamic style.
Taoist Yoga Alchemy
Alchemy is the method or power of transforming one thing into another. Taoist yoga alchemy is an internal art. It deals with the dimensions of spirit, consciousness, and subtle energies and the effects of their vitalization on one’s being. The five transforming powers are alchemical elements.
They are part of the universal life force and express distinct qualities and actions. The five energies are akin, existing in a dynamic relationship with each other. Each element has specific individual characteristics and participates in a cyclic process of transformation from one to the next.
The mind, body, and spirit comprise of the five elements. Through the practice of Yin yoga, the qualities of these energetic states can be enhanced and harmonized, resulting in improved health, greater vitality, heightened awareness, and freedom of movement and ease with one’s body.
The five elements are:
Paulie & Maria Zink Thought about Yin yoga
“Yin yoga is an art form, not an exact science. The purpose of Yin yoga is to take us out of the systems of social convention, indoctrination, and mechanistic ways of thinking, not to reinforce them by demanding conformity to rigid, limited paradigms. Yoga does not need scientific approval or validation.
Intellectualizing the practice of yoga serves to obstruct a deeper understanding of its essence.The real power to allow truth lies within each one of us.”
~ Paulie & Maria Zink
“What has made technology so destructive, and what has made science so terrifying is that they have exercised spirit. And the soul is necessary. By getting rid of the spirit, science forever abandoned the possibility of explaining life. And as long as they are reductionist, they can forget about the teaching experience.
If we were to allow the spirit back then, our science would begin to look like alchemy. I believe we have to get past this subject-object dualism. And in the area of technology the way you get past it is in the concept of the philosopher’s stone.* We need a marriage of spirit and Matter that honored the modalities of each in the union.
Alchemy was the belief that there was a perfect form of Matter. And if you could create this form of Matter, it would make you immortal. [This magical Matter is a related, primordial material that can be willed assume any form.] It is the externalization of the soul. It is Matter behaving as though it were spirit or spirit, acting as though it were a matter. And I think a reclaimed science would take this much more seriously because it is possible. I have seen the ordinary laws of physics violated. And this simply means that the ultimate set of rules is not the set of [physical] laws that appear to be in operation.”
excerpt from the lecture “Mind and Time, Spirit and Matter”
**The Philosopher’s Stone is a legendary alchemical substance believed to be able to transmute base metals into gold. In the Taoist tradition, they consider it as an elixir of life capable of rejuvenating the body and achieving immortality and transcendence of the bodily form.
How YIN YOGA Got its name?
Paul Grilley studied Paulie Zink’s Taoist Yoga with Master Zink for about a year in the late 1980s and learned Master Zink’s beginning level. Grilley taught the basics he learned about Taoist Yoga to Sarah Powers. Sarah began teaching what she learned from Grilley and changed the name to Yin Yoga. Grilley also incorporates his philosophy and theories, and all he learned from his studies with Dr. Motoyama into his teachings. To avoid confusion, Master Zink refers to his Taoist art of yoga as Yin Yoga or Yin and Yang Yoga.
CHINESE YOGA vs. HATHA YOGA
Yin Yoga is rooted in a Chinese Taoist form of yoga. The art uses postures based on the five transforming energies or elements. Everything around us comprises of these energies. Our health depends upon being in a natural state of balance with these elemental energies. The Chinese Taoist philosophy sees the entire universe as a living organism and our body’s organism as a microcosm. Everything is interconnected and interdependent.
One difference between the Taoist tradition and Hatha yoga is in the emphasis on the flow of energy. In Hatha yoga, the focus is on moving energy (or prana) along the spine and through the chakras’ energy centers. In Yin and Yang, yoga energy is tailored up and down the spine through the chakras. And through the limbs and out the hands, feet, and head, extending the life force beyond the body. We called this “moving energy in the five directions.”
CHI KUNG (Qigong)
These exercises involve effortless and gentle movements and breathing techniques that are put in place to increase vitality and to restore harmony in the natural rhythms and functions of the body and its energetic field. China has used Chi Kung for centuries as a preventative to debility and premature aging, and to promote healing, relieve stress, and strengthen immunity. Chinese medicine doctors go through Chi Kung as part of their traditional training.
Some practitioners use their chi to treat patients. Chi Kung exercises are good for a variety of medical conditions. Chi Kung can help those with a severe illness or physical impediment who may not be able to participate in other forms of exercise and these techniques are also a healthy way to revitalize from the effects of stress or fatigue. The methods of Chi Kung are quick and easy to do, making them especially useful for people in caregiving professions. Besides, Chi Kung can is a good, physically active alternative to sitting meditation.
Aura Palm is a graceful open-handed martial art form that looks like Tai Chi but more dynamic. This choreographed sequence of movements incorporates flowing motion with both high and low stances. It can be practiced slowly as meditation or quickly for an aerobic workout.
Aura Palm stimulates the circulation of life force in the body and channels it through the extremities. It serves to enhance vital energy while developing balance, agility, coordination, stamina, and strength, which makes it a good recommendation for people who are in good physical condition.
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