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How Lu Jong Functions

To understand how Lu Jong is able to offer such benefits for the body, mind and energy, it is important to understand the Tibetan Buddhist view of these systems and also how the human organism interrelates with the environment.

The Buddha taught us in the Kalachakra Tantra about the thousands of channels that weave throughout our bodies. The health of these channels determines our overall health, since they transport the fluids of the body, like blood and lymph, as well as oxygen and the body’s more subtle vital wind, or energy. Beyond heightening our susceptibility to disease, blockages in the channels directly affect the stability of our mind, manifesting as disturbed emotions and lack of concentration. Therefore, by devoting attention to the openness and flexibility of our channels, we are simultaneously improving ourselves on the physical, mental and energetic levels.

Lu Jong combines form and movement to repeatedly place gentle pressure on particular points of the body. The effect of this is to give the channels the opportunity to release blockages and to allow the blocked energies to flow once again.

The continuous movement of the body also quiets the mind as we focus attention within, sensitizing ourselves to the body’s feelings and ceasing the stream of distracting thoughts. This is meditation in motion.

The Lu Jong movements place particular attention on the mobility of the spine. The spine is the energy box of our bodies. The spinal column is the root connecting all the body parts and organs. Disease in one of the organs will begin as a block in the corresponding point of the spine. One could even diagnose unmanifested diseases by finding sensitivities along the spine. Therefore, by doing movements that touch the entire spine, gently massaging each vertebra, we strengthen the organs, insuring that they receive the influx of nutrients and oxygen that they require to maintain peak functioning. Good spinal health also means a strong support system for the body, good posture and good flow of energy.

The theory of Lu Jong recognizes that we are composed of the same building blocks as the natural environment and that being in tune with natural rhythms has a profound positive effect on us. The five elements of space, earth, wind, fire and water comprise all natural phenomena, including our bodies, minds, energies, the earth and sea and outer space. The state of the elements is reflected in the state of the natural phenomena. Therefore, doing a practice such as Lu Jong, which balances and purifies the elements by working with each particular energy in turn, will balance and purify all aspects of the self. Doing the practice at particular times of the day will also make it that much more effective.