Join Alejandro Chaoul-Reich online May 23 through June 21 for a new online course on “Meditation, Breath and Movement: Tsa Lung External, Internal and Secret Practices.”
Tsa Lung is a series of ancient yogic practices that brings balance and harmony to our physical body, energy, and mind. The term Tsa Lung can be translated as the energy-winds (Tib: lung, Skt: prana, Chinese: qu) in the channels. These practices are designed to open the subtle channels, guiding the healthy flow of the energy-winds so that we can enjoy good health and reconnect with more calmness to a quiet, peaceful mind. These exercises are easy to perform and are suitable for everyone.
The External Tsa Lung works primarily on the physical level, using simple movements and breath exercises to balance the energies within our body. The Internal Tsa Lung works more at the level of breath and subtle energy, bringing our attention to opening the five chakras and the central channel. The Secret Tsa Lung uses subtle visualizations within the chakras and central channel to bring harmony to the mind, so that we can rest in our inner refuge, nature of mind. All of the Tsa Lung exercises integrate and balance the five elements within: earth, water, fire, wind and space.
These practices are drawn from the Bön Mother Tantra (Tib: Ma Gyud) the highest tantra in our tradition. They are a beautiful complement to any meditation practice, and particularly to dzogchen. They are frequently performed at the beginning of a session so that meditation is deeper and more stable. The External Tsa Lung is commonly performed in all Ligmincha centers and groups.
Alejandro Chaoul-Reich, Ph.D., is a senior student of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. He completed the seven-year program at Ligmincha Institute in 1999 and also graduated as a teacher from the Three Doors Academy in 2011. Under the auspices of Ligmincha, since 1995 he has been leading meditation and trul khor (Tibetan yoga) retreats throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe. He also serves as a board member of the Ligmincha Texas Institute for Tibetan Meditative and Healing Arts. Alejandro received his Ph.D. in Tibetan religions from Rice University and is a faculty member at the University of Texas (UT) M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where his team collaborates with Ligmincha in research funded by the National Cancer Institute to investigate possible benefits of Tibetan mind-body practices with different cancer populations, and teaches Bon meditation for patients and others.