Here in the western world, many people are taught to take every set of exercise to failure. They’re taught to train hard, harder and harder still.
Others talk about training until you puke – making this the goal – as if throwing up while training is a good thing.
Naturally, these same people also need a day or three or five in between workouts. It takes them forever to recover from something that is supposed to be good for you.
Yet, interestingly enough, in China, athletes train every single day. So do martial artists.
Aren’t they tired. Aren’t they worn out. Don’t they need a day or a week to recover.
And there are some very easy to understand reasons for this – IF you are somewhat open to understanding basic physiological processes.
First of all, who is the model the Chinese martial artists use to describe the WAY of progress.
The model is none other than a baby.
“When a baby cries – his whole body cries,” Master Adam Hsu once told me. “Yet when he grabs your finger, he doesn’t use anything but his hand.”
So we know a baby is physically relaxed in most of his body – even while active.
Now let’s take breathing.
When a baby breathes – does he or she breathe from the upper chest and throat – like most adults – or from the lower belly – like ALL other babies.
Watch a baby sometime and you’ll see that without exception, they are lower belly breathers.
Now let’s take the mind of the baby. Is the baby preoccupied with yesterday or tomorrow – or next year.
The baby lives fully in the present moment. He’s aware of his environment, his body, his breathing. And his objective is to turn everything he sees, touches and does into fun.
Because of this the baby energy centers are WIDE OPEN. He can run circles around a room full of adult athletes and not be fatigued. And if he ever does fall to the floor exhausted, he recovers within a minute or so and begins again.
Some babies are good sleepers; some are not so good. Regardless, once they’re awake, babies are human energy machines.
Now, ever wonder if you can sort of rewind the clock and become more like that energetic baby who lives in the present moment, without stress and misery.
Well, the answer is – you CAN.
Two of my best-selling products, taken straight from the roots of China – teach your qi, jing and shen (mind/body/spirit) how to be child-like again. This means an elimination of fatigue. It means you can train everyday, if you so choose. It means you can fly across the world and get off the plane looking and feeling refreshed.
No jet lag. No eye bags. No whining about being tired.
Young children don’t “jet lag” off a plane. They sprint off and immediately begin playing.
At the end of a rough day, why not recharge, rejuvenate and recover in such a way that you’re “rewinding your mind” and your body.
Why not go to bed feeling totally relaxed and complete – able to sleep soundly because you are back in touch with Nature – not divorced from her as most people are.
Makes sense to me.
The answer is that either program is good to begin with – but I believe the CLLS system is best done in the morning before work – or during work when you have a break.
Dao Zou can also be done anytime, but I believe it is best for your health and recovery when done at night.
Why – because the program tends to rewind your mind. This means at the end of a stressful day – when you are NOT living in the present moment – when you’re not breathing properly – then Dao ZouCLLS directly massages longevity and recovery pressure points – thereby opening the meridians of the body.
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