About Qigong

Qigong (also known as Chi Kung) is one of the oldest exercises in Chinese history dating back many centuries. Qigong is an internal Chinese system that comes in many various forms. Some are done with little or no movement in standing or sitting positions, others are undertaken with gentle movements that involve twisting and stretching of the limbs.

The Chinese character for qi in Qigong means air. breath or life force. Gong means work so Qigong is therefore the practice of working with ones life force.

The practice of these movement often performed in sets helps to maintain the smooth flow of Qi throughout the body, thus enabling it to function properly. When channels or meridians are blocked the flow of Qi will slow down or become stagnant and illness often arises.

About Daoyin Yangsheng Gong

Daoyin Yangsheng Gong is a system of Qigong researched and developed by Professor Zhang Guandge resident professor at Beijing University of Physical Education. Daoyin is subtitled “Physical and Breathing Exercise, Combined with Self-Massage for Health Preservation”.

Professor Zhang has made a lifelong study of Daoyin systems. The exercises are guided by the theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine and embraces the theories of Yin and Yang balance and the circulation of energy “Qi” through the meridian system.

Daoyin concerns itself with rhythmic movements to invigorate and increase ones personal energy system. The aim should be to relax, soften and loosen the body and joints.There is much turning and twisting of the limbs and trunk to bring gentle massage, stimulation and blood circulation to the internal organs.

Daoyin is accessible to all and can be practiced by people of all ages and physical abilities. No expensive equipment is required. It can be practiced anytime and as most sets require little space it is ideally suited for practice at home or in ones garden. Traditionally the most popular time is early morning – in the open air when nature is waking, is considered the most desirable and beneficial.

The triple key to development is movement combined with visualization and deep abdominal breathing.

Western research has accepted the fact that through regular practice of Qigong helps maintain better physical and psychological health and wellbeing.