靜如山岳, 動如江河 “Be still as a mountain, move like a great river.”
The ancient practice of zhan zhuang or standing training, is described by Master Ren as Standing Mountain Qigong. The practice builds deep balance, calms the mind with stillness, while unblocking and stimulating the flow of qi, or internal energy, throughout the body. Standing Mountain Qigong is quintessential training for Tai Chi practitioners at all levels. The body positioning strengthens the muscles key to good posture, and relaxes the muscles that pull your body out of alignment. Additionally, it develops root, or stability that improves your balance and can prevent injury. Daily Standing Mountain Qigong practice leads to good health as your qi flow is optimized and the dantian, your storehouse of qi, energized. Standing Mountain Qigong is vital to bringing deep internal awareness, yin yang or softness and hardness of your body, and calmness of mind to each stage of your Tai Chi training such as Silk Reeling Qigong, prearranged movement series (forms), and partner training. As you incorporate Standing Mountain Qigong into your daily life, you may find the energizing and calming state it brings an essential part of your self-care and wellness routine.
- Energetically and physically resets your system
- Brings a calm state of mind and energizes the system
- Optimizes qi flow and nourishes your internal organs
- Improves posture, balance, and stability
- Able to gain strength quickly especially in the lower body
- Helps to relax neck and shoulders