John Ding Yeung San Hey Kung is a set of eight postures based on the Zhan Zhuang system. The Chinese words Yeung San, literally translated, mean ‘cultivation of life’. Aptly, the name Yeung San Hei Kung represents a system designed to harvest and develop the vital energy of life, Chi. Similar to other types of Zhan Zhuang (prounounced Jam Jong), this exercise involves standing in postures with no obvious external movement. While standing in stillness may look simple, the truth is that Yeung San Hei Kung is deeply involving – physically and mentally.
As you begin to practise these postures, stillness will gradually permeate throughout, settling the mind and body so that you become centred and focused. The breathing should also be slowed and deepened. The breath sinks deeper to the diaphragm and abdomen, rather than the chest. This effectively eliminates the use of the accessory breathing muscles within the chest, so that breathing is unforced, natural and relaxed.
Indeed in Yeung San Hey Kung, the aim is to relax the whole body so it is free from tension.
Start with 30-60 seconds on each posture. If you have knee problems, try not to go too low in the stance.
Later, increase the time gradually to five or more minutes per posture.
More experienced practitioners:
When you find the posture easy, it is a sign that you should lower your position by bending further at the knee.
A word of warning:
Take care not to bend the knees too far or beyond the toes in the early stages, in case you damage the knees. Practise at a comfortable level to gradually strengthen the legs and knees. As they get stronger, you may decide to lower your stance slowly.u may decide to lower your stance slowly.