the concept of yang sheng
At the heart of the Norfolk & Norwich Taiji Qigong School lies the concept of Yang Sheng (養生). Yang Sheng may be the most important concept in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and the culture of Chinese health. The Chinese word “Yang” means to nurture, take care of, and nourish; “Sheng” means life, birth, and vitality. Together “Yang Sheng” means to nurture and nourish life — fostering health and well-being by nurturing body, mind and spirit in harmony with the natural rhythms, and with universal laws.
Yang Sheng as a health discipline is taught in most TCM schools in China. According to the definition in a recent textbook of “Life-nurturing Science in TCM”, Yang Sheng is “the type of subjective and objective behaviours with which people take care of their life consciously through various means and methods, which is the reappearance or application of their deep understanding of the law of entire life developments. …It is also a mind-body health activity achieved through material and spiritual unification.”
The Norfolk & Norwich Taiji Qigong School believes everyone has the right to experience life with balance and harmony. It shares Yang Sheng as a common accessible practice for ordinary people to cultivate health and harmony through daily activities. Rather than treating disease, the focus is on maintaining balance through an awareness of our connection to nature, to our own bodies, and to the spirit.
Health preservation (instead of disease treatment) is a central feature of TCM practice and is significantly different from western medicine, which focuses on disease, illness, and dysfunction.
Yang Sheng is a way of life for all people at all times. It is a powerful practice that can preserve and improve health when engaged in daily life.