My lesson this week focused on “Pung.” Pung is a Chinese word that can be translated as fullness. I use the term fullness as a feeling that is the opposite of flaccidity.
Many people have aches and pains due to improper posture. Many people struggle with postural issues when standing or sitting, and many also struggle with posture issues when moving. The key is to learn the optimal alignment and flow of the body for any given activity, and then train oneself to be aware of times when one is out of that flow. Then one can begin to correct the poor posture that leads to discomfort or even disability.
In order to learn that optimal alignment, it is necessary to train the body and unconscious mind to find it without having to think about it. That is accomplished by performing 15 to 20 minutes of meditation in the correct posture a day for at least three weeks. It may take a while to build up to 20 minutes depending on ones fitness, and how out of alignment one may be. But the struggle to achieve this correct posture is well worth the effort.
Mark is a Qi Gong and Tai Chi instructor and gives classes and private lessons in Carmel Valley, CA