Although the practice is holistic, we could divide it into three areas of development. Each area corresponds to one of the three pillars of the practice. Depending upon the type of workshop you attend and the group assembled, certain developmental areas will be emphasized more than others.
Simple movements will be taught in a variety of starting positions, such as lying down or kneeling. These movements will build into more complex movements that will enable the student to perform functional activities with greater ease and choice. These simple movements reveal principles that might be difficult to experience in more complex exercises. They teach the student to differentiate the parts of the body and offer them the chance to move away from compulsive habits and develop positives choices. These exercises require little physical ability or stamina.
These exercises are more demanding. They will stimulate the lower dantien and open the meridian system. There are two introductory levels. In the first level, movements are performed that will open the meridian system and free the dantien. In the second level, the dantien creates the movement, resulting in a cleansing of the meridian system. This movement from the dantien results in spontaneous freeform movements. Students experience vibration, jumping, kneeling and bending, shouting, walking, movements resembling dance, singing, chanting, sitting and lying down. Each student develops in their own way at their own pace. This part of the training moves through eight distinct phases and naturally leads to the opening of the upper dantien. Many consider this to be the spiritual stage of the practice.
This level tends to require less physical vitality. The overall experience is one of stillness, though the meditations themselves may be done standing, sitting, lying down, or in movement. Although spontaneous movement occurs at this level, it is usually contained.