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
More information can be found at the Lu Jong website: www.lujong.org
For those that are interested in teaching Lu Jong in the lineage of Tulku Lobsang, please see the information on the Lu Jong Teacher Certification.