Lu Jong Tibetan Yoga

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In the mystical land of Tibet, amidst the breathtaking Himalayan mountains, a profound and ancient practice known as Lu Jong Tibetan Yoga has flourished for centuries. This unique form of yoga combines meditation, breathwork, and dynamic movements to harmonize the body, mind, and spirit. Rooted in Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and influenced by the ancient traditions of Bon, Lu Jong offers a holistic approach to well-being and self-discovery. In this article, we delve into the origins, principles, and transformative benefits of Lu Jong Tibetan Yoga, uncovering the profound healing potential it holds.

Origins and Philosophy of Lu Jong 

Lu Jong, which translates to “body training” or “healing through movement,” originated in the remote regions of Tibet. This ancient practice can be traced back over 8,000 years, building it one of the oldest systems of yoga in existence. Lu Jong combines the wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism, Bon, and traditional Tibetan medicine, blending physical movements, breath control, and visualization techniques.

Central to the philosophy of Lu Jong is the belief that the body is a sacred vessel and a gateway to spiritual transformation. It recognizes the interconnectedness of the body and mind. It aims to balance the vital energy within the subtle channels, known as “tigle,” to promote overall well-being. By practicing Lu Jong, individuals can cultivate awareness, develop inner strength, and awaken their dormant potential.

Principles and Practice of Lu Jong 

  • Lu Jong consists of a series of precise and flowing movements that target specific body areas, stimulating the flow of energy and promoting physical and mental harmony. The practice comprises five elements: body positions, breath control, visualization, mantra chanting, and meditation.
  • The body positions in Lu Jong involve a sequence of graceful movements and stretches, each with its therapeutic focus. The movements range from gentle to more dynamic, catering to practitioners of all ages and fitness levels. These postures combine with conscious breathing to create a harmonious union between the body, breath, and mind.
  • Visualization and mantra chanting are integral to Lu Jong, enhancing the practice’s transformative effects. Visualizations help to direct the flow of energy and cultivate mental clarity while chanting mantras purifies and energizes the subtle body. These elements deepen the practitioner’s connection to the practice and heighten the overall experience.
  • Additionally, meditation is integrated into Lu Jong to cultivate a state of deep relaxation and mindfulness. By turning inward and observing the sensations within the body, practitioners can access profound states of tranquility and self-awareness.

Transformative Benefits of Lu Jong 

Lu Jong’s practice offers many physical, mental, and spiritual benefits. Here are some of the transformative effects:

a) Enhancing Flexibility and Physical Well-being: Lu Jong comprises a series of dynamic movements and postures that systematically stretch and strengthen the body. By gently working through each movement, practitioners experience enhanced flexibility, increased range of motion, and enhanced muscular strength. The exercises target specific body areas, such as the spine, joints, and internal organs, promoting optimal health and vitality.

Unlike other forms of yoga, Lu Jong offers a low-impact approach suitable for individuals of all ages and fitness levels. The gentle nature of the practice ensures that it is accessible even to those with physical limitations or injuries. By regularly engaging in Lu Jong, practitioners can alleviate chronic pain, improve posture, and develop a strong, resilient body.

b) Stress Reduction and Emotional Well-being

  • Stress has become a general issue affecting our physical and emotional health in our fast-paced modern lives. Lu Jong provides a powerful antidote to stress, allowing practitioners to release tension, promote relaxation, and cultivate a sense of inner calm. Through the mindful coordination of movement, breath, and visualization, Lu Jong activates the body’s relaxation response, triggering the release of endorphins and reducing the production of stress hormones.
  • The rhythmic flow of Lu Jong’s movements also encourages a deep connection between the body and mind, fostering mindfulness and self-awareness. This heightened awareness enables practitioners to recognize and release emotional blockages, promoting emotional healing and well-being. Regular practice of Lu Jong has been associated with reduced anxiety, improved mood, and enhanced overall emotional resilience.

c) Spiritual Growth and Mindfulness 

  • Lu Jong is a physical exercise and a profound spiritual practice. Rooted in the ancient wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism, it offers a path to spiritual growth and self-realization. By integrating movement, breath, and visualization, Lu Jong becomes a moving meditation, allowing practitioners to cultivate deep mindfulness and inner awareness.
  • Through the practice of Lu Jong, individuals can tap into the energetic channels within the body, known as nadis, and balance the flow of life force energy, or “prana.” This harmonization of prana facilitates a sense of wholeness, connection, and expanded consciousness. As practitioners become attuned to their energy, they often experience a heightened sense of spirituality, connecting with their inner wisdom and the larger universal energies.

d) Cultivating Inner Harmony and Balance: Lu Jong emphasizes the concept of balance in all aspects of life. Practitioners cultivate a profound sense of inner harmony by harmonizing the body, mind, and spirit. This balance extends beyond the mat and permeates daily life, allowing individuals to navigate challenges with poise, make conscious choices, and nurture healthy relationships.

Through the practice of Lu Jong, individuals develop a deep appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things. They learn to honor their bodies, embrace their emotions, and cultivate compassion for themselves and others. As a result, practitioners often report a greater sense of purpose, fulfillment, and joy in their lives.

e) Mental Clarity and Emotional Balance: Lu Jong incorporates breathwork and mindfulness, enhancing focus and mental clarity. The practice releases tension, stress, and negative emotions, promoting emotional balance and inner peace. Regular practice of Lu Jong can reduce anxiety, improve sleep quality, and increase resilience in daily challenges.

f) Energy Balancing and Vitality: Lu Jong activates the subtle channels and balances the flow of vital energy within the body. By unblocking energetic obstructions, practitioners experience increased vitality, improved immune function, and heightened resilience. The practice also supports the optimal functioning of the endocrine system, promoting hormonal balance and overall well-being.

With its rich history and holistic approach, Lu Jong Tibetan Yoga is an extraordinary practice that has stood the test of time. It offers a transformative journey for individuals seeking physical health, mental well-being, and spiritual growth. By harmonizing the body, breath, and mind, Lu Jong unlocks our innate potential, enabling us to lead balanced, harmonious lives. As we embrace the wisdom of this ancient practice, let us open our hearts and minds to the profound healing power of Lu Jong Tibetan Yoga.

Here we discuss this with Deniah Pachai, an acupuncturist, to get her thoughts on this topic.

NourishDoc: Hello, everyone, and happy Monday. Hope everyone had a great week weekend. Well, we are coming to you with a completely new topic. There is something called Lu Jong Tibetan Yoga, and I did not even know what it meant. So, that’s why we have Doctor Pachai here with us. She is a general practitioner and a medical acupuncturist joining me live from the UK. Thank you so much, Doctor Pachai, for joining us.

Acupuncturist Deniah: Thank you for having me; being here is great.

What Do We Understand About Lu Jong Tibetan Yoga?

NourishDoc: We need help understanding what Lu Jong Tibetan Yoga means. So, start with an overview, and then we can go into details.

Acupuncturist Deniah: Okay, yeah. So, Lu Jong is a form of Tibetan Yoga. So, it is a physical practice. Many of us are familiar with mindfulness and meditation that comes from Buddhism. But we need to find out about the physical practices that have mostly been kept secret and are only now being shared with people. Some people may have heard of things like Salum, Trulkour, and Tumo; these were all terms I had never heard of before.

I accidentally came across Lu Jong when a friend of mine went to a class in Spain. She knew I was looking for yoga to teach because I realized that Western medicine doesn’t provide all the answers to patients, and sometimes patients come to me.

They need more lifestyle measures, and so I found myself once standing up in a consulting room and showing my patient a few yoga movements that I had learned in my classes, and that’s when I thought, okay, I need to become a yoga teacher, and so, why I found, I liked Lu Jong, is because it offers a 10-minute practice that is easy to learn, that people can learn and they can do in their everyday life.

Now, Lu Jong comes, so it comes from Tibetan Buddhism, it comes from tantrayana, and it comes from Bond. So Bond is the shamanic practice practiced by people in Tibet before Buddhism even came to Tibet. So people lived in close association with nature. That’s why the five elements, movements, the five elements are a practice that connects with nature.

So the names of the movements, you have space, earth, wind, fire, water, and even the names of the movements are all related to things that people could see around them because one of the things that’s very interesting about the Tibetan practices and the way they were taught is one master only taught them to one student in his lifetime, and they were always taught verbally. They needed things from nature to help remind the students, so it’s a very interesting practice; the other thing I like about it is that it is ideal for people to do in their later years.

So after age 40, we tend to naturally not want to strain our bodies. We need to be more agile and more able to do all the complex yoga movements we find in things like Ashtanga yoga. So that’s something else about Lu Jong that people can do well into their silver and golden years. So I have many people in their 60s and 70s doing Lu Jong with me, which helps improve their physical health.

It helps to improve the spine so the strength and flexibility of the spine and all the joints in the body; it helps connect the mind and body through breath. Something else is in the breathing practices that are part of Tibetan practices. They also help to access your subtle body. I had not heard of this before; throughout my medical training, it is the subtle body.

So in Tibetan medicine, Tibetan practices, and other Vedic Yoga practices, they recognize the subtle body as that part of our body where disease, illness, and unhappiness first start, which is very much on our energy body level. When people start to feel tired, they feel a dullness in their mind; this is almost a warning sign from the body that we may not be doing something, but we often ignore it. We can help prevent and even treat illness when we tune into our energy body. So I’m sure you’ve come across the chakras. Before?

Five Elements in Yoga

NourishDoc: Yes. So, what you’re saying resonates greatly with some Ayurveda principles. They also talk about the three doshas and combine the different elements. Even Chinese therapy and food therapy also have these elements. They have different elements, elements of words, and other things, but similar concepts.

So, what we want to understand is that you said there are five elements. What do each five elements denote in this particular yoga practice, and how are they different? You said this is similar to qigong and tai chi. That’s what we want to understand; this is not a demo. We are not doing a demo but just an overall understanding of what these five elements denote and what they discuss or emphasize in each element.

Acupuncturist Deniah: Okay, that’s a great question. I’m glad you asked because Lu Jong is almost like it’s a little bit like Tai Chi and Qigong in that you have like moving meditation because they are moving meditations; how Lu Jong is different is that woven into the practice, into the five elements practice is a method to help manage negative emotions.

Let me, so we start with the space element. The space element is a movement that, so it’s very simple. But when we think about this, we think about the spaces around us. So we have space in our mind and body, and we know that we think about or feel differently in different spaces; if you are in a confined space, you feel very uncomfortable. If you are in a too big space, you can feel quite anxious, so the space we are in is very important.

Now everything else is contained within space. All the other elements are contained within space. As a symbol of space, we have the Tibetan goose. Okay, now the Tibetan goose flies high up in the sky; it stands with its feet widely spaced when it drinks, so it reminds us of space. Space allows for growth, separation, for discernment. It allows us to be creative. It also reminds us about abundance. Now the negative emotion that is associated with the space element is miserliness.

So when we are miserly, we hold back, and we’re not just talking about miserliness of money, of sharing money, but it’s also our time; it is our expertise. So everything is all about, it’s all about generosity and abundance. Let’s come to any situation in our lives with generosity and abundance. It creates more opportunities for us. Awareness of space in our everyday lives is important, or the concept or the idea of space. So when we do this practice daily, not only are we doing physical practice and breathing.

But we are also thinking about important emotions that plague us regularly. In this way, Lu Jong is different because we are not only focusing on the physical body and the breath but also thinking we are becoming aware of our thoughts. So that is the space element and then each of the other elements. So we have earth, wind, fire, and water, and they are associated with a different element or negative emotion.

So like, for instance, the fire element is associated with anger. When we are angry, we need to practice patience, and we will have more compassion. Now I’ll return to the space element because I didn’t mention it miserly. When we are feeling miserly, we practice generosity, and equanimity will become available. So equanimity is that feeling that everything is fine and we have complete balance.

With Lu Jong, we not only want to balance the body, but we want to transform the body. We want to transform negative emotions, so they don’t stay with us. I mean something that happened recently. It’s very topical to what happened with Will Smith; he was angry at that moment of anger he reacted. Whereas if he had taken a step back, thought about it but that it was very complex. That whole situation was very complex, but he reacted in a moment of anger.

Suppose it had been taken a that, count to 10. In that case, if you’re angry because what that does, is it allows for space, it allows for space to consider what is going on and what is happening. It allows you to take a different action and, so I mean the world is we all have compassion for him, for his actions, because of his experiences in his life, so we can then use these concepts that come, they’ve got authentic roots, they authentic wisdom practices, and concepts that can help us to make sense of our everyday lives and this is what I suppose inspires me about Lu Jong and is why I teach it and is why I’m talking to you about it today.


NourishDoc: This is fascinating. I love the concepts. Today’s session is a quick 10 to 15-minute. Just a quick intro about Lu Jong what Lu Jong is; and as we talked about, we will be bringing workshops to further make people understand the difference, and how they can also easily do as you said in their golden years and beyond because the yoga is a little bit more acrobatics sometimes, some of the yoga poses, right? Can you add about it or expand on some of the other concepts before we wrap up today?

Acupuncturist Deniah: So, one other thing I love about Lu Jong is the flexibility it allows. Because you can learn these five movements, you can do them in 10 minutes, and you can do them outdoors, so you don’t need any special equipment. You don’t need any special clothes. You can do them on the beach. You can do them in the park. You can do them in your hotel room and you’re traveling.

So it reduces your dependence on a teacher and becomes a self-practice. The other thing it does is it also helps to balance our masculine and feminine sides and understand that we all have a masculine and feminine side and how this can help empower us to be strong and the importance of having a balance of both. So yes, I could talk for hours about Lu Jong.

NourishDoc: Thank you so much, Dr. Pachai, for introducing us to this beautiful modality called Lu Jong Tibetan Yoga. Many more people need to be aware of that, so that’s what I felt when you talked about this topic. We will do this as much as we can from NourishDoc. Stay tuned and keep supporting and stay tuned for all the platforms that we are launching, like a very affordable that people can learn about the holistic lifestyle. So thank you so much for supporting us. Thank you.


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