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Lu Jong: Harmonizing the Body Systems

Trayi Lung Zin: Balancing the Fire Element

Trayi Lung Zin: Balancing the Fire Element

Rooted in Tibetan Medicine, this practice is a series of movements that target particular points of the body to effectively release blockages, opening the grosser channels of the body. The result is greatly improved physical health, increased immunity, vitality and a balanced mind. For these reasons we call Lu Jong Tibetan Healing Yoga.

The subtle body channels (see the Tantrayana page for more information) are not only vital for the passage of blood, oxygen and energy in the body, but also for a properly flowing mind. Blockages in the channels cause emotional suffering in a very real way. It is very important to actively do practices to maintain supple, open channels. Lu Jong is very effective for this.

Lu Jong has countless benefits that can be felt immediately. During the practice, we cultivate body awareness and improved sensation. Our minds naturally become calm and quiet. Because of this heightened focus, it is also particularly effective to do any other meditation practices after practicing Lu Jong. We balance the left and right sides of the body, brain and associated masculine and feminine energies. We transform negative emotions through the release of blockages and the balancing of the elements. We develop equanimity, becoming better able to remain balanced in uncomfortable situations.

Lu Jong Level 1 includes 23 movementson in five sets:

The Five Elements Movements
Working gently with the spine, we balance the energies of each of the five elements as well as the navel and heart chakras. The elements are also associated with the five negative emotions.

The Five Body Parts Movements
These exercises address the musculoskeletal system. Blockages in the joints will eventually manifest disease. So these focus on releasing blockages in the head, joints of the arms and shoulders, back, hips and knees.

The Five Vital Organ Movements
Work with energetic points related to the five major organs, increasing circulation, nutrient and energy flow.

The Six Conditions Movements
These address common problems such as digestion, water retention, arthritis and rheumatism, lowered heat in the body, decreased sensory function and depression.

Movements for Sleep and Wakefulness
These exercises can be used whenever one is having difficulty falling asleep, or staying awake.

This practice is accessible to people of all ages and abilities. There are modifications for all of the exercises to accommodate peoples’ various needs. Simply assuming a certain position and moving in a certain direction will already begin to place pressure on the right points and results will be felt.  

In Tibetan, lu means body and jong means training or transformation. Discover for yourself how these bodily practices can transform you inside and out.

Tsa Lung: Open Your Channels, Increase Your Energy

The Nine Breaths: A Purification of the Channels

The Nine Breaths: A Purification of the Channels

This Tibetan technique harnesses the breath to open more subtle channels of the body than, for example, Lu Jong. There are many variations of Tsa Lung, but all release blockages, cultivate supple channels and immensely improve the vitality of body and mind.

In Tibetan, tsa means channel and lung means vital wind. Our subtle bodies consist of three things: our 72,000+ channels, the vital winds that flow through them, and the essences. The health of our subtle body has a direct and absolutely determinative effect on our physical and mental health. Therefore, any practice that improves the state of the channels will definitely be positively experienced in other aspects of our lives as well.

Tsa Lung is breathwork. We use breath retention techniques while performing certain movements with the body. The effect is that we stretch and manipulate the channels while simultaneously moving the breath (wind) through them. The result is that we clear the channels of blockages, straighten twisted channels and nourish dry, brittle channels. And, we learn to move our energy through body movement.

The health of your channels is of utmost importance! Generally, we do not place sufficient priority on this. And so, no matter how good we are with our diet, our cardio workouts and our relaxation activities, we might find that we still have a lack of energy, experience burnout, or find ourselves short-tempered. If you have this experience, I encourage you to try some practices that work on improving your subtle body. See if you notice any positive results!