About Sun Do

About Sun Do

Sun Do is an ancient Taoist form of yoga originally practiced in the mountains of Korea. This practice emerged out of a deep belief in the Tao and one’s connection to the universe and Qi, a vital energy that was very strong in the mountains of Korea.  Though Sun Do was practiced in the mountains for hundreds of years, it was only brought to the cities and towns of Korea about 60 years ago by Chung-San. He trained many disciples and one of them was Master Hyunmoon Kim. Master Kim brought Sun Do to the United States.

The Sun Do practice is a way to connect to nature around us and find and experience harmony. It allows each of us to find our way through individual spirituality; trusting the organic unfolding of life that brings flow, fluidity, synergy and symmetry to our lives. It is a path of transformation which is referred to as internal alchemy. Following the Tao is an individual journey towards the cultivation of one’s self. Thus, in moving through the different levels of practice, each individual’s practice becomes a process of transformation indicative of the principle of internal alchemy.

Five Elements Theory

This internal alchemy along with Five Elements Theory are the foundational principles of Sun Do. The Five Elements Theory posits that the elements of Fire, Wood, Earth, Metal, and Water are manifested within us; for example, each element connects to two organs. There is also a connection to the seasons (Fire/Summer, Wood/Spring, Metal/Fall, Water/Winter/ Earth/all seasons) which has an impact on energy levels from extreme highs to extreme lows. Postures and internal organ exercises are rooted in the five elements.

 

The Qi

The Qi, or vital energy, is composed of yin and yang. Though normally thought of as opposites by many,  they are considered both parts of a whole. The goal in Sun Do practice and in life is to balance the yin and yang energy. In this state of balance, one can achieve a state of harmony with self and the Tao.

The journey of transformation begins with a single breath