Qigong has a myriad of health benefits including supporting breathing, reducing blood pressure, and strengthening bones, but few people understand how it is organized as a system.

Even famous teachers sometimes only know how to perform Qigong exercises, but don’t know its deeper aspects.

With that in mind, today I would like to introduce one of the key elements of the Qigong system, Dao Yin.

Qigong is a very old of nourishing health, at least 2000 years, and as might be expected there are many ways to practice.

Most people are familiar with sets of movements done standing which look similar to Tai Chi.

Those movements are what we called Dao Yin, which means “Guiding and Bending.”

Dao Yin is a method of stretching the body, but unlike modern stretching used as a warm up before sports, it is a standalone way to encourage better circulation of blood and Qi in the whole body.

There are many schools of Dao Yin such as the Eight Brocades, Five Animal Opera, Tendon Changing Method and others, but they all follow the same principle of using the breath and mind to support and lead physical movement.

Even though these exercises are very old, almost all modern schools of Qigong incorporate them in some way.

The benefit of doing soft repetitive movements while standing in place can be profoundly transformative and help you mediate many chronic health problems.

Studies show that daily Qigong practice can improve:

  • Cardio-pulminary function,
  • Bone Density,
  • Balance,
  • Reduce Falls,
  • Increase Quality of Life,

Because most research done on Qigong is from the perspective of movement, it is fair to say that all of the above benefits accrue to practitioners of Dao Yin, the ancient arts of Guiding and Bending.

As a Qigong practitioner with more than twenty years of experience, I can attest to the immense benefit of daily practice.

It has helped me become a happier, healthier, and better person, giving me greater stamina and resolve.

Do you want to learn Dao Yin with internationally renowned experts in Toronto?

We teach fifteen minutes of Dao Yin as a warm up before every Tai Chi class and firmly believe that the combination of Dao Yin and Tai Chi’s gentle but challenging movements are the best combination of exercise out there.

Come open your joints, relax your shoulders, and open your heart with us on Saturday mornings starting April 20th 2022:


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