Information in English
Lu means body and Jong means training or transformation. Through the practice of Lu Jong we begin to train our subtle body channels and cultivate awareness. This is the way to care for the body and mind. This is Tibetan healing yoga.
Lu Jong works simultaneously with body, mind and energy. We balance the elements and humors—the foundation of the physical body. We transform our negative emotions, and we invigorate the subtle body system of channels and wind-energy. The result is a beautiful, efficient and systematic practice that improves our wellbeing in all dimensions.
When we do Lu Jong we combine form, movement and breath. This combination, along with mindfulness, brings body and mind fully together. We use form and movement to repeatedly apply pressure to particular points on the channels, massaging blockages open. We gently work with the spine, creating space around the vertebrae and touching secret points to release emotional blocks. We nurture the joints, releasing the blockages that otherwise would manifest disease. And using breath and awareness develops an inner calm, a true meditation in movement.
In the west, we know we need to care for the physical body, but we do not fully understand that the health of the physical body depends on the health of the subtle body. We have 72,000 subtle body channels and every day we lose some of these. They become brittle, twisted and blocked, and this is the process of aging. Due to our ignorance, we break even more channels through wrong behavior, wrong movement or wrong diet. This not only negatively affects our body systems, overall health, and energy levels, but it also negatively affects our mind. When the channels are blocked, the wind-energy doesn’t flow. And when the wind-energy doesn’t flow, the mind doesn’t flow. We stay locked in habitual thinking patterns, narrow-mindedness and a lack of concentration. Therefore, practicing Lu Jong not only improves physical health, but also cultivates calm, focus and joy. This is a spiritual practice.
The movements of Lu Jong originate from ancient Tibetan teachings. However, this practice is uniquely connected to Tulku Lobsang. From a young age he studied with many masters in Tibet, learning these healing movements from all lineages. He collected them into a clear, concise practice, and modified them to be more accessible to untrained, Western bodies. The result is nothing short of profound. Lu Jong can be practiced by people of all ages and abilities and the benefits are felt immediately. Continuous practice can really change your life.
There are five groups of movements in Lu Jong Level 1:
- The Five Elements Movements
- The Five Body Parts Movements
- The Five Vital Organ Movements
- The Six Conditions Movements
- Two Movements for Sleep and Wakefulness
There are three groups of movements in Lu Jong Level 2:
- Five Movements for Prevention
- Five Movements for Relieving Pain
- Five Movements for Spreading Nutrients
We are trapped by our thoughts of the past and the future. They are like shadows following us, obscuring the light of the present moment. We hide in the shadows, full of fear from the past and expectation of the future. Our conceptual mind keeps us in a hell of our own making. We need to cut our head! We need Tog Chöd.
Tog Chöd is a powerful, dynamic practice. This dance with a sword brings us straight into the present moment. We need to be brave to be in the present moment. Its flowing movements are decisive and empowering as we stomp on our enemies, which are our own negative emotions. There are no enemies outside ourselves, and when we realize this we can stop struggling with the external world and learn to create our own reality. But, even then, our biggest obstacle is laziness. Through Tog Chöd we come to know our inner power and in this way we overcome our laziness.
Tulku Lobsang himself developed Tog Chöd. It is based on the traditional Yaman monk dances and Kalachakra movements, but created in direct response to the needs of those of us in the modern world. We need a practice to release us from our conceptual mind, a practice that connects us with our power. Tog Chöd uses our anger to empower our motivation, but the deep motivation is always compassion.
The sword symbolizes our own innate wisdom. Wielding this sword we cut through our conceptual mind. We cut our thoughts of fear and expectations that keep us from being in this beautiful this present moment. With wisdom we can transform our negative emotions and truly change ourselves. We only need to decide to do it.