About Daoyin Yangsheng

Daoyin Yangsheng is a premier health care system devised at the Beijing University of Physical Education by Professor Zhang Guangde since the 1970's.


Consisting of traditional movements updated for the modern world (i.e. by taking into account such things as modern knowledge of anatomy, physiology and disease) it has hundreds of different exercises arranged into routines which are designed to promote health in all the major organ systems of the body.


Qigong is very popular in China and its oldest and most diverse form is Daoyin. Daoyin is not only used as preventatives against old age and sickness, but is also used to cure both chronic and acute diseases. Daoyin is often classified as either part of traditional medical knowledge or among the various practices of Yangsheng which consists of adopting a way of life according to psycho-physical hygienic principles.


Dao refers to the fact that physical movements are guided by the strength of the mind and in turn stimulate the internal flow of Qi within the body. Yin means that with the aid of physical movements, Qi can reach the bodily extremities. There are many postures and movements in Daoyin exercises, but the emphasis is on achieving a state of harmony between body and mind.


Over the last few decades Master Zhang has taught many thousands of people Daoyin Yangsheng Gong, including many teachers, but only a very small number of these people have been chosen to be trained as the next generation successors of the system.


These people are known as Ru Shi Di Zi, closed-door disciples. Gordon Faulkner, head of the Chanquanshu school and President of the Scotland & Wales Daoyin Yangsheng Gong Association, is one such person.

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