Friday, June 09, 2006


"Dear Mike, I would like to invite you to participate in the growing Neigong.Net project. I look forward to hear from you. With peace, Thomas Dyhr Thomas."

"’s vision is to engage people around the world in the internal exercises of neigong to find peace and happiness. is devoted to the conversation about internal exercises associated with the the chinese term neigong in a vast sense including connected areas. Neigong (neikung, neigung): internal exercise or skill. Neigong includes qigong breathing exercises, loosening exercises and different forms of energy (jing) exercises. You find neigong in the internal martial arts of the orient (neijia) as Tai Chi (taiji) Baqua, Hsing Yi, Ichuan (Yiquan, Dachengquan, Zhan Zhuang). And you find neigong in meditation, qigong (chi kung) and yoga. The project beginning intention is to create a serious living neigong source of original texts, exercises, references, comments, books, neikung masters, events etc.’s long term goal is to create and maintain the worlds largest information database on the subject. All created, constantly developed and maintained by the users of the site in the spirit of open source projects and projects like

Everybody is invited to participate in the development of the site to the benefit of the growing neikung community through out the world. Its my hope that can help facilitate an open and truthful conversation about the arts in spirit of the renowned Taiji Master Cheng Man Ching: “To share good things with others is my true heart’s desire.” My warmest welcome to you all."

Here is an example of a recent post
about Standing Meditation:

"Stand with feet apart at shoulder width, toes point forward or slightly outward. Bend the knees and sit down slightly, weight centered firmly on the soles of the feet. Keep the head and spine erect from tip to tail, chest empty (i.e. relaxed and slightly concave, never stuck out) and stomach full and relaxed, not pulled in. Gaze straight ahead, eyelids hanging relaxed over the eyes. Rest the tip of the tongue on the upper palate behind the front teeth, let the lips and the teeth hang slightly open. Arms hang by the sides. The body should feel perfectly poised, relaxed but not slack, breathing completely natural and no joint locked, as if the body is suspended in air, hanging from the top of the head by a string.

This is the basic standing posture. Stand like this for a few moments relaxing the whole body and collecting one’s thoughts before assuming the following posture.

Raise the arms to shoulder level, keeping them curved as if holding a ball in each arm. Keep the fingers apart slightly curved, palms pointing in and slightly down. Hands are at shoulder distance apart, and about three fists distance from the chest. Elbows should be slightly below the level of the wrists. Shoulders must be relaxed, not hunched, with a slight sense of outward stretching, so the chest feels open, neither sticking out nor constricted. Curved arms should also have a slight sense of inward force, as if not letting a ball drop, though no physically in tension.

The posture is most suitable for those without any particular illness to strengthen the constitution, prevent illness and promote health into old age."

Traditional Chinese Therapeutic Exercises: Standing Pole
J.P.C. Moffett, Wang Xuanjie
Foreign Languages Press May 1994
ISBN: 7119006967
Pages: 49-52

Also, take a look a my Standing Meditation webpage.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous6:50 PM PDT

    I've been doing this for several months regularly, and not only does my back feel more flexible and aligned, but two people have commented that I look taller when I walk in the room. The best part is, of course, I feel better.

    Thanks for all the great info!