From Yin to Yang or from Yang to Yin?

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From Yin to Yang or from Yang to Yin?

Postby Sorcerer » Mon Jul 18, 2011 2:54 pm

Question: I have been exploring how various Shaolin forms and exercises relate to and compliment each other: I have found that combining sitting meditation with for instance Forms is a very good thing to do, spiritually. But, I want to know, do I meditate before I do the forms, or do I do the forms before I meditate? Do I go from Yin to Yang or from Yang to Yin?

For instance: If I do forms first, I feel very energized. This means I have an easier time relaxing during sitting meditation, but also trouble getting into a meditative and sleep type state of mind. At the same time, being in Qi Gong situation is easier when I start my training with meditation, but then I feel as though the very physical forms somehow interefere too much with my recovery from sitting.
"There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy" FW Nietzsche
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Postby Josh Young » Mon Jul 18, 2011 6:02 pm

Why not alternate every other day?
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Postby joeblast » Tue Jul 19, 2011 12:53 pm

Meditate after the forms - its like stretching after running! When you do the forms it is establishing a pattern; stillness lets the pattern be absorbed more efficiently.
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Depends on level of experience and time of day

Postby Virochana » Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:13 pm

Generally, beginning practicioners will do outer forms, dynamic yoga, exercise, etc., first and the meditate after because the movement of energy is needed to clear the mind, bring focus, and exhaust some of the endless nonsense that circulates in the personality - resulting in a much better state in which to meditate silently.

Experienced practitioners can go either way. Once reasonable adeptship is aquired, quiet sitting can generate a lot of soft chi energy which when followed with consious and dynamic exercies powers the practice in a greater depth. Genrally this will be followed, if time permits, by a nice still practice, or if time does not permit, then the practitioner can use a short seeling and continue to use the relaxed, no wandering mind to finalize the practice as they start their other activity.
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