My mistake, thanks for the clarification!This is not the same style we are discussing. There are many kinds of sleeping practices in qigong, but this specific style is the one taught by John Dolic from Nan Yun.
To your questions, I'm the most stress free and at peace than I have been in the last few years and probably in the best health too. Thanks for the links! Will check out Flying Phoenix.Hello there! Don't worry, this is an active topic. Discussions don't expire on this forum.
As Earl Grey alluded already, everybody would need to read the book you have in order to make a comparison or comment at all. The styles could be historically related, but it's probable that Nan Yun's tradition preserves the most complete training as it's specializes on this way of accomplishing the Dao.
The most important questions are: Is your heart at peace? How are you tending your heart? Is your general health good? If these are well addressed, then you have a good ground for starting with sleeping practices.
Generally speaking, sleeping practices are some of the most advanced practices in internal training, whether Daoist or Buddhist. Whatever you choose to practice, please take note that a book will only get you so far: You would eventually need to connect with a teacher and his yogic lineage in order to receive counsel over deepening spiritual experiences and to make your practice deeper.
Anyone with genuine interest could contact Sifu Dolic through email to ask relevant questions or to arrange a videochat counsel, so that you gain insight whether it still sounds an attractive option for your actual needs because the style is highly spiritual. There is much to discuss about this topic, but the link to Sifu John Dolic's article about (Nan Yun's) Shuigong in the first post is a good start for gaining some common idea why it could be so. Cultivating the heart is more important for the right type of sleep than people would realize, which is why Sifu Dolic would undoubtedly bring up the importance of practicing virtues and doing daily good deeds in addition to formal training.
Personally, I would recommend Flying Phoenix Qigong for most beginners interested about sleeping practices because it gives a lot of synergistic and experientially proven benefit to (Nam Yun's) Sleeping Qigong and helps with the opening of energetic heart. Some of the Flying Phoenix meditations are exceptionally good for promoting yogic sleep also. Please see here:
Official discussion about the teachings of Sifu Terry Dunn, primarily his Chi Kung for Health series.forum.alchemical.garden
Some other types of training that Sifu Dolic offers might also be good for complementing the Sleeping Qigong which is an immobile style on its own.
Basically I am a complete beginner and trying to do my research and see which is the best way for me to start. I do eventually want to find a teacher but currently I'm in no financial position to commit to anything long term and will be moving to the UK in a few months so would like to start properly when I'm settled with a new job etc. I don't want to learn for free but would like to start putting in the groundwork now to help me when start with a teacher. Would you recommend I start to learn Flying Phoenix from Sifu Terry's dvds in the meantime?
I'll send an email to Sifu Dolic to find out more about Dongfang Shuigong