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We really enjoyed the experience. We also learned much from living in the Shaolin Si village during our visit. We stayed at a family hotel, Yin He Hotel Shao Lin He Nan, with a lovely close family who worked both in the home to maintain the hotel and additionally in different roles around the Shaolin Temple whether as drivers, tour guides, or chefs. Our house mother was an amazing chef and I always anticipated what her creativity would yield to us at each meal. Our son had some challenges adjusting to new breakfast, lunch, and dinners but we all adapted and enjoyed learning about food in another culture. Some of us have new favorite meals to try to replicate here in Hong Kong.
You must have a good meal… If you stay at a village home and your house mother is a talented one, then you’ll have fascinating, healthy food to enjoy at each meal.
First walk down to the temple from the village.
Then run to get your blood pressure up and go until you break a sweat, if you already broke a sweat then go around a temple or training platform around 10 times.
Stretching takes a long time, first legs, then arms up, and then bend with arms down. Then go into horse stance and bend one way and then the other.
Stretch legs out more and then begin the line practice. First kicking forward. Then kicking inside and outside. While your legs are working, your arms should be stuck out to the side palms up at a 90 degree angle.
Once you go back and forth practicing, you then get to enjoy doing the step punch walk… Then, the cross step, side kick, head block pattern, then… Other steps that are difficult to explain.
You might get the opportunity to learn a Shaolin kick boxing routine which is exciting, beautiful, and exhausting simultaneously. You might find that during the routine, all the practice walks and patterns you practiced are naturally integrated in.
So… During different times, you might find yourselves needing a break. If that is the case, you probably will be given hot water and tea. This is traditional and quite important for routines and practice. You might realize that you shouldn’t drink cold water during training according to practice and belief for your body to not lose its fire.
You are told before lunch to head home, eat, shower, and take a nap. No choice in the matter. The first day I was quite relieved to nap even though our kiddo would have none of it.
Training occurs in the morning and afternoon.
This was quite a gift of time. I feel personally enriched, thrilled that my son was exposed to new perspectives, lifestyles and food, and my husband was in his element and wishes to return for more training every year. Having the time to become friends with Lenore Look was fantastic. It was great to have fascinating conversations to learn about her inspiration, past, and I had never ending amazement about what a kind, welcoming soul Lenore has… so grateful for the invitation she extended a month ago!
Happy reading and adventures your way everyone!
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