Neo-natal Daoyin

Healing with Neo-natal Daoyin

Neo-natal Daoyin Process is based on a small collection of gentle rhythmic exercises that bring awareness to habituated muscle contractures and binding in the fascia. It is a spiritual technology that probes and dredges out stagnations and accumulations that have grown around the individual’s habituated patterns of interpretation and activation. In modern times, this form of exercise is classified as “internal qigong.” These exercises are practiced while lying down in comfortable postures, and are not strenuous. They rely on “refinement” of movements of the physical body and breath, rather than physical strength.

While Steven has organized and led dozens of Neo-natal Daoyin Intensives and brief Workshop Series, he is not currently focused on the vital work of administration. Please contact him, if you’re interested in scheduling a Neo-natal Daoyin workshop near you.

The central focus of Neo-natal Daoyin practice is noticing “roughness” in the movement, which is caused by habituated holding. These holding patterns are then released with the breath. Practicing Neo-natal Daoyin is a spiritual cultivation; leading it is a meditation on the nature of embodiment and the process of healing. Neo-natal Daoyin practice supports healing by stimulating the individual to grow consciously aware of habituated holding patterns, and thereby begin to release them.

While the name “Neo-natal” might simply refer to the posture of infancy, it goes much deeper. These exercises engage the individual’s most deeply embodied patterns of reaction and activation, without having to work through the exertion of postural habits that oppose gravity. They stimulate the individual to bring conscious awareness to his/her automatic “coming from,” which is projected onto all of the individual’s experience.

Working with these physical patterns (habituated contractures) opens the individual’s awareness to the unresolved spiritual struggles and conflicts stored in them. The lying down posture allows the individual to engage directly with them (through awareness) without habituated postural activations. Maintaining the body in standing, and even seated postures, as in most popular Chinese exercises, require the individual to work with his/her most deeply seated patterns through their activation.

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