Although many postures and sequences are similar to Hatha yoga, SunDo is mostly related to Taoist Qi cultivation practices such as Qi Gong. Taoist practices are well known for cultivating Qi through breathwork and movement. SunDo is a complete system for healing the body, mind and spirit, and in parts of Asia, also includes a martial arts component.
SunDo practitioners experience robust health and an accumulation of powerful energy due to deep, rhythmic breathwork which generates a surplus of Qi within the lower abdomen. Often referred to as the "sea of Qi" in many Taoist practices, this area corresponds to the sacral energy center.
As a form of energy healing, SunDo is a self-cultivation practice that requires consistent practice over time.
Rooted in early Taoism, which recognized the energetic nature of all things, there are three main components in a practice class: warm-up stretches to activate Qi, postures with focused breathing to build Qi and cool-down stretches and exercises to circulate Qi to all parts of the body.
SunDo harmonizes the five elements of water, fire, wood, metal and earth within each person. And, with the inhale and exhale of each breath, SunDo unites the constant flow of yin and yang energies to create balance in the body and mind.
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Posture sets progress from easy to challenging with a continued focus on deep breathing and visualization techniques to cultivate Qi.
With each posture set, SunDo breathwork adapts slightly to allow for greater and greater breath capacity and Qi cultivation. Practitioners advance from one level to the next based on the quality of their breathing and postures.
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“What the ancients called
a clever fighter
is one who not only wins,
but excels in winning with ease.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War