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Mind And Body in Harmony

 

Why train the mind and body?

 

There are many reasons why people choose to train the mind and body. Whether it is for health, self-defense or spiritual nourishment. Training in the mind and body through meditation, chi-gong or kung fu. In traditional Chinese culture, Chi is believed to be a vital force forming part of any living entity.

Our body is a temple where our life resides, Chi is what gives energy to life, its essence nourishes and sustains our being, spirit is the key that governs and controls life.

Based on this belief, training in Kung Fu and meditation, commitment and effort can greatly contribute toward a long healthy and enjoyable life.

Developing your body physically is not only healthy, but a path toward self-discipline, mindfulness and empowerment.

Fighting skills allow you to defend yourself, and increase your self-confidence. Self-awareness is also increased, allowing you to understand your strengths and limitations.

My philosophy for martial training is to develop a frame of mind that seeks to avoid confrontation, minimize stress and develop strategies for dealing with everyday life.

Mindfulness can be cultivated through meditation, a powerful way to expand your awareness. Being in a state of meditation means being present with what is.

Awareness of the breath helps focus the mind and brings you back to the present moment. Paying attention to the breath in the body as part of your meditation practice teaches you about whom you are in your body.

Base on our lineage and my master teaching in Wing Chun, there is no internal “Chi”.

Wing Chun is taught as a close-quarter fighter combat. I agree with Wing Chun tradition are now practices at an eternal art in today’s modern world.

 

                                                            Embodying both internal and external energy in harmony

Lets take a look at “Chi”, “Chi-Gong” or “Qi-Gong” All meanings are the same related to health and wellness practice consisting of a combination of movement, meditation and breathing.

Chi is life force, energy, creativity, consciousness, breath, and function practice over time.

 

Benefits of Chi-Gong practice including optimizing the delivery of oxygen and nutrition to the tissues, increasing the efficiency of cellular metabolism, altering neurochemistry towards healing, managing pain and mood state, reducing heart rate and blood pressure, and facilitating relaxation and mental focus.

 

I discovered the internal “Chi” being practice separately from Kung Fu at the beginning to develop strength, flexibility and breathing working together. It is my simple practices these simply breathing and body movement that I naturally experience fully reach the potential "Chi" life force. 

 

Meditation does not activate chi, it is a practice of mindfulness. Mindfulness is a key component of meditation that heightened awareness of the present moment. This includes awareness of your thoughts, emotions and physical body sensations.

 

In Kung Fu the word “root” means build a strong foundation. The saying “be rooted” is how well your entire body is able to connect with the ground. In Wing Chun Kung Fu, rooting is tied to your Wing Chun stance and structure. When you’re rooted, you can deliver much more power without using force. The one who is rooted are in harmony with both internal and external energy. Being rooted also does not mean you're strong like a tree trunk. Root can be a simply relaxation that your body respond to stress.

 

“A tree without roots is just a piece of wood” – Marco Pierre White

 

Practice daily meditation, chi-gong and Kung Fu separately but they all work in harmony together. It is not that the fact practicing separately in order to cultivate internal “chi”, everything is connected no matter what you practice. It is different focus and awareness that is being practice separately allows a deeper understanding bring it all together in harmony.   

About me

My name is Choying Huynh, I go by my sangha name. Sangha is used in many traditions such as yoga or in Buddhism it refers to community of people devoted to the spiritual search. In 2015, after working many years in the corporate world and with much contemplation, I chose to leave the corporate world. I wanted to pursue my own spiritual path and development. I wanted to heal and fully aligned with my spirit, body, and mind. In order to do this, I put myself through a lot of spiritual/healing practices. Such as fasting, detoxing, juicing, shamanic journey, sacred plant medicine, EQ (emotional intelligence) and meditation with Buddhist monks and nuns. I have integrated these practices into my life to help keep me balanced and grounded, while I continue to seek my spiritual path and development.

 

Meditation

Today, there are many techniques and different ways to meditate but meditation does not need to feel complicated or like a chore. The simplest way is to sit still and quiet the mind. Even this can be difficult because not everyone knows how to meditate or has the ability or "time" to sit still even for five minutes. Integration meditation will teach you how to meditate, understand the process and integrate the practice into your daily life.

You will learn the process of creating a new space in your mind and the steps to accept, clear or enhance the information that comes up during your meditation. This space is not just a quiet mind; it is a space for receiving messages and information from your higher-self, which is connected to the universe. These messages or information are your inner knowing or wisdom. My coaching will guide you through this process and teach you how to use meditation and successfully integrate the practice into your life.

Have you ever gotten lost when using a GPS? When we lose signal to our GPS, we lose direction to where we going. Sometimes our life is like that. We are so busy and caught up in the things going on around us that we lose direction to our own life purpose. This purpose inside us is the sole reason why we choose to be here in the first place.

Your inner knowing or higher-self is like your GPS. When you begin to meditate, you will start to create this new space and allow your GPS to connect you to your source or the universe. 

Wing Chun Kung Fu

I've been training Wing Chun and the Joe-Lewis-free-fighting system under Sifu (Master) Dennis Moreland since 2010. Wing Chun kung-fu has had the biggest impact on my life in understanding the mind, body and spirit.

Wing Chun is an effective tool for preparing me for real life by developing skills necessary to find solutions when encountering difficult situations.

Wing Chun is a concept-based Chinese martial art and form of self-defense utilizing both striking and grappling, while specializing in close-range combat. The first most important form in Wing Chun, Siu Lim Tao, which are the foundations of the art from which all succeeding forms and techniques depend on. Fundamental rules of balance and body structure are developed here.

I guide the teaching of wing chun kung fu of forms and movement, how to apply the application and concepts of understanding how to use energy for health and awareness to better our self and others. Build confident, self-empowerment.

According to Bruce Lee famous quote “Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself; do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it. Wing Chun Kung Fu was Bruce Lee first kung fu that shape his course of life, he truly took the concept of Wing Chun into applying to all aspect of his life. Kung Fu is not about fighting but away to express one self and a way of living.

 

Shamanic Journey

Shamanism represents a universal conceptual framework found among indigenous tribal humans. It includes the belief that the natural world has two aspects: ordinary everyday awareness, formed by our habitual behaviors, patterns of belief, social norms, and cultural conditioning, and a second non-ordinary awareness accessed through altered states, or ecstatic trance, induced by shamanic practices such as repetitive drumming. The act of entering an ecstatic trance state is called the soul flight or shamanic journey, and it allows the journeyer to view life and life's problems from a detached, spiritual perspective, not easily achieved in a state of ordinary consciousness.
 

According to shamanic cosmology, there are three inner planes of consciousness: the Upper, Middle, and Lower Worlds. Humans did not invent these inner realms; they discovered them. Far from being a human contrivance, these archetypal worlds are inherent in the collective unconscious, the common psychological inheritance of humanity. They are woven into the matrix of the psyche. They are a part of our psyche, a part of us whether we choose to become aware of it or not.

 
 
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