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  1. Roots of Virtue

    group study Hormones, Environmental Chemicalization, and Yogic Health

    There is a lot to discuss about hormones. Not only are they essential to maintaining healthy homeostasis in the physical body, they also represent the important nourishing quality close to the primordial water element. Steroid hormones are effective because they are small lipophilic...
  2. journal Miffymog's Flying Phoenix Practice Journal

    Damn it. I've just asked Earl Grey a question to which this thread is the answer. I am pretty regular with my training diary updates, pretty much once a week like clock work. However, I'm also very happy to go a bit more free style and simply ask any questions I'm having on this thread. So, it...
  3. Roots of Virtue

    group study Waigong or External Skill

    Waigong or External Skill We have a lot of discussion about Neigong or internal skill on this forum and it is for a good reason: Internal development always is holistic, thus its subtle benefits nourish every aspect of our being. What might be less known in the West is the complementary sister...
  4. Roots of Virtue

    instructions Free and Easy to Learn Internal Skills

    Sometimes people only wish to practice formal teachings if they haven't paid for those, or they might feel really cautious about investing their money because internal skills are unfamiliar to them. Either way, the good news for these people is that there exist some really good quality free...
  5. endbegin

    group study Baduanjin: The Eight Pieces of Brocade

    There are variations on how the moves are done, so I'm posting a couple here, and feel free to post some more for reference. What do we think about variations? Can one be more effective than another? This is basically the version that I have been taught: View:
  6. Roots of Virtue

    group study Food and Eating According to Traditional Medicine Paradigms

    The major traditional medicine paradigms in both India and China posit that our foods, like the entire universe, embody some immaterial properties connected to metaphysical primal elements. The ancient Greek philosophers and medicine practitioners also knew a theory of four bodily humors that...
  7. Toni

    question Grounding and Earthing

    I would like to ask something. As of lately I have been doing some research in the fields of biology and medicine. One thing that called my attention was grounding/earthing. It seems there is a good amount of studies saying that going barefoot in nature is very good for your body, as you get...
  8. One Finger Chan

    essay "So you got...", or About Stress and Recovery in General

    This text is inspired by the thread by @Earl Grey , and dedicated to everyone recovering. The purpose of this text is to show how basic methods in traditional internal methods used in asia can be explained by physiological functions, and how they relate to ones path of returning to health...
  9. Earl Grey

    journal Earl Grey's Flying Phoenix vs. Covid19 Experiment

    I am expanding specifically my overall experiences with using the internal arts to heal my covid19 infection that I had earlier written about in this thread. As I have already made general findings in my experiences, the focus here is on my Flying Phoenix routine and a recap of what I discovered...
  10. Earl Grey

    journal Earl Grey's Covid19 Recovery Reflections

    I am 12 days into getting a mild case of covid19. In nearly two years since the outbreak in Wuhan and about one and a half since it came into the country that I currently reside in, I finally caught the virus and have used it as a learning opportunity to test my practices and their effects on me...
  11. Roots of Virtue

    group study Taijiquan: The Versatile Internal Martial Art

    This is the general discussion thread for all things related to Taijiquan: experiences, substyles, martial applications, sensitivity training, lineages, supplementary practices, its internal force and commonly attained spiritual powers, and so forth. Please, only post instructional Taijiquan...
  12. Roots of Virtue

    group study Ethics in Buddha Dharma

    The Noble Eightfold Path of Buddha Dharma recognizes that liberation from suffering starts with accepting the goodness of heart. Every sentient being originally has a perfectly innocent heart that has become obscured by anger, greed, and ignorance. Although re-discovering the heart of the Buddha...
  13. Toni

    feedback Fragrant qi gong has saved my life

    This is my first thread in this forum, I am glad that you granted me access to it! I have said some of this elsewhere but I think it is important to share it with everybody. At the beginning of the year I was sick. I had heart problems, sometimes the palpitations were so big I thought I was...
  14. Roots of Virtue

    group study Sensationalist Health News and Claims

    Sometimes we see news of supposed health breakthroughs or claims that a new health innovation will help you heal and keep fit. Is it an implausible money-grab and a complete waste of time, or could it perhaps turn out to be something? While science and materialistic knowledge may thrive with...
  15. Earl Grey

    journal Healing Stories for Flying Phoenix

    This thread is focused on some stories of healing from the practice of Flying Phoenix.
  16. Earl Grey

    journal Sifu Terry's Training Sets

    This thread is for routines Sifu Terry has practiced himself and recommends for those trying to rotate the order of forms taught on the Chi Kung for Health DVD series for Flying Phoenix and mixes some other techniques he teaches personally, such as Tao Tan Pai and advanced techniques not...
  17. Roots of Virtue

    question Internal Practices Suitable for Self-Study

    Internal Practices Suitable for Self-Study It's an interesting question with two complementary answers. There is the perspective of complete formal practice that allows the practitioner to advance from complete naivety to mastery within its self-contained systemic framework. The other view is...
  18. Miroku

    question Health after covid

    Hi! My first proper thread here, I have planned to ask a question for some time, but covid stopped me and inspired me. Now that I have a mild version of it behind me I am left with cough, I get tired easily and am generally not quite back to my usual health yet. Thinking this could potentially...
  19. Roots of Virtue

    group study Dragon Sickness

    Dragon Sickness Below is a very good video series explaining some basic errors that can be met while trying to engage in practical Daoist and even Buddhist meditations. The first video is a great summary even for experts. The best benefit however is for self-initiates and newbies who are often...
  20. Roots of Virtue

    group study Emotions in Health Preservation and Internal Training

    Emotions in Health Preservation and Internal Training The meaning and importance of emotional regulation in preserving good health and being a competent internal training practitioner. Maybe we should have more discussion around that topic? There are a few ways to formulate the seven emotions...