Research and inner develpoment
Along with martial arts, the Nei Dan Method is geared towards balanced development of the mental, spiritual and energetic aspects of Chinese and Indian traditions: a holistic approach creating the perfect environment for a student to fulfil their full potential.
This vision of Yoga revives the cultural exchanges between China and India of ancient times to create a Chinese version of a practice of Indian origin: Taoist Yoga. The strength of Taoist Yoga lies in its innovative teaching method developed to suit the needs of students from outside East Asia. By placing the practitioner at its centre, it allows them to get to the heart of these ancient disciplines and thus acquire mental balance, serenity of spirit, strength and inner vigour.
It lays great store by Taoist Energetic Alchemy and preparing the body on both a musculoskeletal and myofascial level, as well as the meridians/nadis needed to approach the asanas (“positions”) with complete confidence: a type of work known in China as Nei Gong (“internal work”) and in India as Antaranga Sadhana (“internal practice”).
Qi Gong (Chi Kung)
Qi Gong (Qi = energy, air, inhalation, exhalation; Gong = work, skills exercise, training) today comprises a great variety of different schools and styles, each with its own features and techniques depending on the direction in which it leans, namely therapeutic, martial or internal alchemical. The “energy training” taught at the Nei Dan School involves both passive practice (Jing Gong), in which the body is still, and active practice (Dong Gong), in which the body is in motion.
Nei Gong (Nei Kung)
Nei Gong translates literally as “internal work”: a training system that acts on the internal structures and functions of the body to render it strong and elastic, strengthening tendons and ligaments, and freeing the joints. The goal is to develop “bodily intelligence” to heighten internal and external awareness of the self and facilitate the activation of internal strength (nei jin). The exercises can be divided into three main categories, depending on their purpose: to increase elastic, spiral or explosive strength.
Tao G.E.D. (Global Energetic Development)
Tao G.E.D. is a holistic discipline which provides a comprehensive response to the complexities of modern life and promotes real change in a practitioner’s inner world. The methodology is dynamic and flexible: from a physical point of view, it works on the development of bodily awareness; from an energetic point of view, it intervenes on the subtle energies of the body; from a mental point of view, it optimises potentials both logical-rational and related to emotional and intuitive intelligence.