This routine was developed by Professor Zhang Guangde at the Beijing Institute of Physical Education during the 1970's. He used a combination of ancient knowledge, TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and modern medicine to create exercises for specific systems in the body, in this case the cardiovascular system.
He recognised blood pressure problems to be a common medical problem all over the world and set about developing this routine. He spent 10 years researching the effectiveness of Daoyin in helping cardiovascular problems.
To get the most out of your practice of this qigong you will learn each movement and:
- How to use your mind to guide the qi
- TCM pressure points and meridians involved
- Correct breathing method
- How to stimulate pressure points by flexing, squeezing, massaging and tapping.
Qigong exercises are designed to promote and preserve good health as the saying goes it is not wise to start digging a well for water once you are thirsty.
Animal Qigong is the oldest form of Qigong. Evidence of "Bear moving" and "Bird stretching" exercises show that they were practiced 2300 years ago. Hua Tuo, a medical practitioner in the second century A.D. designed the Five Animal Play Qigong. By imitating the movements and spiritual qualities of the tiger, deer, bear, monkey and the bird this form of Qigong can:
- Improve our general health
- Increases energy, agility and flexibility
- Rejuvenates body, mind and spirit
- Improves concentration, cognitive and intuitive abilities
- Reduces stress through relaxation and concentration of the mind
- Improves blood and Qi circulation to the extremities
- Calms our moods and emotions by alternating static exercises and dynamic exercises
Five Animal Qigong is easy to learn because each animal is very distinctive and the moves are repeated a number of times.
The Dao Yin for General Health is a modern form of Qigong developed by Professor Zhang Guang of the Peoples Republic of China. The movements are designed to help you to be in a state of harmony, balance and calmness. The set of eight movements are designed for improving general fitness. The moves are easy to learn and remember because each move is repeated several times.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
This routine consists of 12 movements based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. As each move is learnt the health benefits are explained with a basic understanding of the TCM approach to health. The movements involve gentle rotation of the arms, wrists and the waist. These types of movements stimulate the nerves, muscles and joints to improve their function. Each movement targets meridian channels and acupuncture points to help smooth the channels and promote the flow of qi and blood.
Improving mental concentration and becoming more mindful is also a big part of Daoyin exercises. People find the combination of mind - body exercise helps them become more in control of their mind that is easily distracted.
When practicing the 12 Step Daoyin Health Preservation Exercises your breathing changes and becomes longer, slower and deeper. The long slow abdominal breathing improves the function of the heart and lungs.
Suitable for all ages
The graceful movements in this Daoyin set can be performed standing or sitting allowing everyone to take advantage of learning his delightful exercise and enjoy better health.
When are the Qigong classes on?
Qigong classes are offered from time to time. Check the time table on the home page or contact Sifu Chris to see if Qigong is currently running.