SunDo blogs: AN index for 2017-2020
For the last three years, we've indexed all the SunDo blog entries together in one place. Whether its breathing,
Qi cultivation, the science of meditation or the five elements, there are many topics you may find interesting
- And all are related to SunDo practice. Click a title to read the full blog!
THE BENEFITS OF SUNDO AND TAOISM
SunDo is one of the most ancient and integral practices in the Taoist tradition — its unique blend of refined breathing, yoga-like postures, and calming focus on the body’s lower abdomen energy center makes it an essential tool for self-development and reclaiming balance in one’s life.
SUNDO - TAOISM'S BEST KEPT SECRET
As infants, deep, focused breathing is completely natural to us and we flourish because of it, but as we grow, we lose our connection to our breath and our physical and mental wellbeing declines. SunDo is the most powerful way to reclaim our “lost art of breathing.”
THE TAOIST ART OF LONGEVITY
By harnessing a powerful life-giving force called “Qi”,’ the Taoist SunDo Masters unlocked one of nature’s greatest secrets to lifelong vitality — the ability to efficiently draw in, circulate, and exchange energy — a process we harmoniously share with all living things around us.
THE TAOIST PRACTICE YOU PROBABLY HAVEN'T HEARD OF: THE LEGENDARY POWER OF SUNDO AS A NEIGONG ART
If you teach one of the many Taoist arts like Qigong, Tai Chi, or Yin Yoga, you know just how transformative these disciplines are for your students. The marvelous thing about SunDo is, it dramatically enhances the depth and effectiveness of any of these practices through its refined breathing techniques.
INHALE, EXHALE, REPEAT: FINDING FOCUS AND FREEDOM IN MEDITATION
Did you know that focused breathwork is one of the best ways for new practitioners to overcome barriers to effective meditation? SunDo provides a powerful focus tool for overcoming the wandering mind and getting the most out of any meditation or yoga routine.
DEEP BREATHING ACTUALLY RELIEVES STRESS (AND SCIENCE CONFIRMS IT)
Taking a deep breath actually changes how your brain functions — studies show that the slow rhythmic breathing of practices like SunDo can rewire your brain and body for deep relaxation, healing, clarity, and strong immune function.
ENERGY CULTIVATION PRACTICES KEEP US WHOLE AND HEALTHY
Living in Western modernity, it’s easy to get the impression that sickness is our default state and that “health” is just the absence of disease. Eastern thought shows us another perspective, using powerful energy cultivation routines like that of SunDo to take us past “absence of sickness” to feeling and being our best.
FIVE ELEMENT POSTURES FROM EARTH AND NATURE
The Taoist Immortals saw nature as a universal, dynamic process of which humans are an inseparable part. Roaming in the mountains in divine alignment with the cycles of the natural world, these Taoists observed and used various elements of nature in their practice of SunDo.
HEAVEN AND EARTH POSTURES: THE TAOIST BALANCE OF OPPOSITES
Taoism embraces renwu ziran — the “natural way” of things, and the third stage of SunDo practice focuses on honing this sense of balance. Through a progression of 23 postures that orient the body to both its grounding on the earth and its aim toward heaven, this set offers an invigorating exercise regimen that cultivates yin and yang energy in the body and prepares it to store vast amounts of qi.
A TAOIST MASTER ON MINDFULNESS AND EMPTY MIND
SunDo and its masters are a true rarity; they represent an ancient practice and timeless wisdom, undiluted in its transfer throughout the ages. Master Kim, SunDo’s ambassador to the West, teaches the discipline’s power of the “empty mind” and its ability to unify the conscious and subconscious.
A TAOIST PHILOSOPHY OF PERSONAL GROWTH & SPIRITUALITY
Master Kim’s life as a young adult was fairly unusual for that of an esteemed Taoist master-to be — as a result of many years of living a stressful and physically-taxing lifestyle, he developed severe health problems, which forced him to re-examine what was really important. His practice of SunDo quickly and dramatically changed everything.
SUNDO: AN ANCIENT TAOIST PRACTICE OF ABSORBING SUN ENERGY
The earliest roots of SunDo date back to the end of the last ice age when a traveling people found themselves instinctively drawn toward the East, the direction the sun rises from each morning. Their desire to get closer to the heavens drew many practitioners to the mountains and inspired the distinctive breath focus of SunDo.
HEAVEN, EARTH AND, HUMAN UNITE
Bringing harmony to the world around us begins by looking within. By unifying yin and yang energies within ourselves and syncing our energy configurations to those of the world around us, SunDo’s third level postures bring about complete mental, physical, and spiritual transformations.
HARNESSING LIFE FORCE: THE POWER OF JUNG QI SHIN SAMDANJEON
The idea of “life force” has fascinated human beings from the earliest days of prehistory to the modern age, with every major religion having its own concept of it. In Sundo life force consists of three parts which all must be optimized to promote ideal health and longevity and unlock the highest potential in oneself.
SOUNDS OF MANTRA : THE HEART-BREATH HARMONIZATION SONG OF SUNDO
The sound of a mantra can lift a person to higher levels of self-understanding. We’ll examine how three spiritual traditions - Hindu, Buddhist and Taoist - incorporate mantras into practices of self-development and how they assist in fostering more productive meditation practices and greater spiritual qualities in ourselves.
A JOURNEY TOWARD RECOVERY: SUNDO’S POTENTIAL AS AN EMBODIED THERAPY
Recently, a unique rehabilitation center has been changing the script on addiction treatment using the ancient art of SunDo — and they’re producing real results with it. The SunDo practice consisting of yoga-like posture sets, breathwork, and meditation, is helping people struggling with addiction in a wonderful and profound way.