Internal Process

Class Description

In this introductory course taught as a series of live classes, students will use Zhan Zhuang, Qigong, and Non-Directed Body Movement to work with the body and its inherent energies. Through these practices, the student will begin to develop a more sophisticated felt sense language to begin to open up and interact with stuck places within the system. These methods then translate to all of practice, including seated meditation, walking around in daily life, relating with others, etc.

This class will benefit advanced practitioners hoping to reinvigorate their practice, beginners just getting a sense of their process and getting it cooking, and even people who have had an awakening experience looking to find ways to embody it, integrate it into their lives in a healthy way.

Other benefits from these practices: core strength, deep relaxation, unified body, better balance, more energy, better sleep, more harmonious body, better posture.

*Zhan Zhuang, otherwise known as post standing, is an internal art which utilizes static poses to help the practitioner open the body. It can be challenging at first, but the rewards are significant.

*Non-Directed Body Movement was developed by Dr. Marvin Solit in the late nineteen sixties. It involves letting the health of the body to emerge spontaneously. Practitioners just stand there, letting go of control, and the body begins to open up from the inside out over time. Corey found this spacious practice particularly helpful in opening up the energy of the body.

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About The Teacher

Ichigen Corey Hess spent most of his twenties in Rinzai Zen Monasteries in Japan and the United States. He was ordained under Shodo Harada Roshi in 2004. He then spent the last fifteen years maturing and digesting certain breakthroughs. He writes the popular Zen Embodiment Blog, lives with his wife and three daughters, mentors people all over the world, teaches workshops, and has a private healing practice.  When the pandemic hit, a few students asked him to teach some online classes, and that has blossomed into a thriving international community of practitioners.

Forged in the intense energetic training under Shodo Harada Roshi, Corey found certain practices especially helpful in opening up the body and the internal energetics. He came back to the states with unique insights about how to help people approach the internal alchemy aspects of each person’s unique internal process. He first began writing his blog because he could not find anyone talking about this inner process in a way which he knew. 

In his teaching, he utilizes such modalities as Zhan Zhuang, seated zazen, Qigong, and Non-Directed Body Movement to usher beginner as well as advanced students deeper into their practice.