The Five Elements of Tibetan Lu Jong and Your Yoga Practice

The most common beginner form of Tibetan Yoga is Lu Jong, or “body training.” Experience it's natural connection the elements in these sequences.
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The most common beginner form of Tibetan Yoga is Lu Jong, or “body training.” Experience it's natural connection the elements in these sequences.

The most common beginner form of Tibetan Yoga is Lu Jong, or “body training.” Lu Jong is different from hatha yoga in that it perceives the body to be a vehicle to enlightenment and not something to transcend, explains Lharampa Tenzin Kalden, a Buddhist monk and Tibetan meditation teacher. But like hatha, “It helps us get rid of anger, attachment, and other negative emotions,” he explains. Start this Lu Jong practice, from Kalden’s teacher, Tulku Lama Lobsang, with a cleansing breath called Lung Ro Sel. Inhale and draw your palms up from your belly to your head; exhale, turn your palms over, and push them back down to your belly, exhaling any stale energy. Between each sequence that follows, take several cleansing Lung Ro Sel breaths.

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Where to Learn
Access to Tibet and teachers of these traditions is still limited. It’s better to explore in the neighboring Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan with Ian Baker. The expert on Tibet leads trips there with Tibetan and Bhutanese lamas. Journeys include practices and initiations at sacred sites (ianbakerjourneys.com).

Or for a five-star Tibetan Yoga and healing experience, visit The Alpina Gstaad and Six Senses Spa in Switzerland. Twice a year, this luxury hotel invites Lharampa Tenzin Kalden for private and semi-private meditation and yoga sessions. And the spa’s lead therapist is trained in Tibetan healing treatments, including massage and alpine herbal poultices (thealpinagstaad.ch).

Model Keith Allen is a Boulder, Colorado–based vinyasa teacher.