The Basics

Da Xuan is a family Daoist (often also spelt ‘Taoist’) lineage under the leadership of Serge Augier, which has been established for over 1,500 years. Daoism is a practice of self-cultivation and spiritual evolution that asks us to explore the way we function and our relationship with ourselves and the world around us. There are many different types of Daoism, and while the Da Xuan tradition shares similar origins to other Chinese traditions of religious or temple Daoism, our tradition is specifically non-cultural and non-religious. We are concerned with the development of human qualities, and as such our practices are open to anyone of any culture or belief. 

In Da Xuan we are primarily interested in engaging in a personal daily practice that will progressively reveal more details about how we function, while simultaneously building an excess of personal resources and energy that will keep us full of vitality while we undergo our search. There are various philosophies that frame what we do, but rather than asking students to take on certain beliefs, we instead encourage continued practice so the student can discover for themselves what the framing ideas are pointing to – through direct, personal experience.  Practice leads to more information, more information leads to better decisions, and more energy helps us to confront the challenges of life with vitality.

We approach our practice in a balanced and centered way following the ideal of the famous Yin Yang symbol (a symbol originally created by Daoist practitioners), which pictures opposite forces moving around a central point in harmony with each other.

A modern Yin Yang symbol (left) and a more traditional version (right)

The first step is to consider the spectrum of Yin and Yang in the human being – the physical body (Yin), the breath/circulation (Yin + Yang), and the mind (Yang). To create balance in ourselves, we treat each aspect as being of equal importance and as such give them the same amount of attention in our practice. We develop universal qualities and capacities related to each of these aspects using simple exercises rather than choreographed performances. This allows us to discover the possibility of fully expressing our own individuality without becoming a mere copy of the teacher.

An overview gives us an idea of what this looks like:

Practices of the Mind & Spirit (Shen)

Train our mind to focus, help it to relax, understand how it functions and the various tricks it uses.    

Practices of the Breath & Circulation (Qi)

Increase our breathing capacity for more vitality, improve the circulation, clear stagnations, and develop the capacity for real energetic exchange.     

Practices of the Physical Body (Jing)

Build strength by training the weak points of the structure, improve alignment and coordination, help unwanted tension relax, learn how to use our structure and relaxation to hold our position and become grounded.

The types of training used in the tradition to address each of these aspects includes:

The Bigger Picture

Training ourselves is only one part of the broader view we take into account. Our tradition has 5 major branches of study, which are briefly introduced below. Please click on a card to go to my teacher’s page for more information on any of the topics.

Even though I am training in all of these arts myself, I do not currently offer formal teachings on anything except studies of self-cultivation/The Mountain. If you would like to study any of the other aspects of our school, please contact my teacher, Mr Serge Augier, via this page.