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  1. Best classic routine to tonify yin

    Deep abdominal breathing and good sleep every day.
  2. Jumping on the Vegan Bandwagon

    In my experience, quite a number types of inflammations result from food allergies. Perhaps you eliminated some allergen from you previous diet and this is why your skin condition improved.
  3. Damo Mitchell Free MCO Course

    Generally he advises to eat enough to support your body for the change that happens during training. If you fast intermittently and feel good, should not be any problem. But if you are engaged in an intensive training and the body requires certain level of nutrition, perhaps listening to the body would be wise. Think yourself. When you train neigong, your body is getting rebuilt, especially connective tissue, tendons, etc. You need certain nutrients for that and if you want a result, you better supply.
  4. Taoist Celestial Eye - Dzogchen Thogal

    If you read Nathan's book, he explains this a bit. As I understand, neidan is a sort of a stepping stone to apply in real life what you have learned . There are five areas of such applications - 5 daoist arts - and WLP teaches them in his retreats. It is not that neidan is inferior and 5 daoists arts are superior - it is just to practice 5 arts you need some foundation, and the foundation is neidan.
  5. This book is best for somebody who has already taken WLP's retreats. If you need a book describing WLP's practice at a beginner level, you can look into this book: https://www.amazon.com/Taoist-Alchemy-Wang-Liping-One-ebook/dp/B084MCDF8Q/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=nathan+brine&qid=1590864160&s=books&sr=1-1
  6. Effects of Sterching .... qi wise

    To have good qi, you need to stretch. As everything else, stretching can be more or less efficient. Find the system that works for you. The result of the stretching you can assess if you perform either sitting meditation on the floor or shavasana right after the session of stretching. It is for a reason that each yoga session must be concluded with shavasana.
  7. Perhaps I should add that while a cemetery is the best yin location and midnight is the most yin time, visiting a cemetery at midnight might be not such a good idea mainly because of some vigilant citizens if they notice you there at that time.
  8. The best yin location is a cemetery. The best yin time is midnight. Just visit a cemetery around midnight and you should be OK. With food, steamed veges should be good enough for yin. Have you tried doing yin yoga before going to sleep?
  9. Daoists in popular literature and film

    Recently, there is an increasing interest in China with 'web novels' and large part of it is 'cultivation novels' that focus on daoist cultivation. My favourites are 'I Shall Seal the Heavens': https://www.wuxiaworld.com/novel/i-shall-seal-the-heavens and 'A Will Eternal': https://www.wuxiaworld.com/novel/a-will-eternal The first one is more dramatic and bitter one, the second is more lighthearted. They are huge, about 1500 chapters each. You can read first several dozens of chapters for free and then you'll have to pay.
  10. Best Online Neigong Training? (Non-Religious)

    For sitting, I study Wang Liping's system. The system is far from what you wrote above. At home, I eat two times a day and I'm fine. When I go to Wang Liping's retreats, I eat three times a day and they are full nutritious meals. The reason for that is that at the level 1, the system works with all internal tissue in a highly intensive manner, so sometimes the impression is you just did a gym session. Although you can make a session as physical or as subtle as you want and as it suitable for you at the moment. So quiet sitting is not only relaxation. Damo Mitchell is open when he says he has had many teachers, both in movements and in meditation. In movements, he teaches qigong and daoyin (at least at level 1), so you choose what is best for you. As you have studied many systems, you already know that following one teacher does not always work for most students as bodies are vastly different and people keep looking for what suits them more. I mean marrying to one system could be good in theory, but in practice it may not work.
  11. Best Online Neigong Training? (Non-Religious)

    Damo Mitchell has pretty good material available remotely. If you manage to attend 1-2 of his events (that are fully booked 6 months prior) per year, you will be well positioned. But this is only for the movement part of the practice. It is unclear from your OP what exactly you need/want to focus on, movements or silent sitting. Silent sitting is another issue. It will depend on how you resonate with a system, being that dao, Buddhism, yoga, or something else. As well as your location.
  12. That was a beautiful write-up from the daoist disciple, Yueya, thanks for posting.
  13. The difference between Chi Kung and Nei Kung

    The first and the third books are translations of the so called 'Blue Book' which is a Chinese edition of lectures and talks that WLP gave over several years in 1990-s and earlier 2000-s. The second book in your list, N. Brine's one, is a systematic outline of WLP's teachings. This is actually volume 1 in a planned series of books. As far as I know, WLP actually strong armed N Brine to write this book as WLP felt that endless re-editions of the same blue books are just confusing. If you want to feel how WLP's system works from the very beginning, start with Nathan's book. Also, the first book of R. Liao contains some translations of texts relevant to the lineage. I'm not sure if Nathan included any texts in his book or not.
  14. WLP's retreats in the west are usually run from hotels' conference rooms which could be located on any floor, from 1st to 4th in my experience. All of the retreats yield tangible results regardless of the floor. Also, once you have developed enough sensitivity you will notice how huge the difference is between being in nature (forest with big trees) and in a building. So I'd say the difference is between practicing in a building or in nature rather than which floor in the building.