Daoyin, Oldest Chinese Exercise

Qigong is very popular in China but 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 on achieving a state of harmony between body and mind.


Daoyin Yang Sheng Gong

An Effective Way Developing Your Life


Professor Zhang Guangde is the Founder and Honorary General Director of the Daoyin Yangsheng Gong Centre, a former Professor and Researcher at the Wushu Dept. of Beijing University of Physical Education, and a permanent Member and Vice-Secretary of the Chinese Wushu Research Association.

He developed the modern Daoyin Yangsheng Gong healthcare system that is, as the name implies, firmly rooted in the daoyin (guiding and pulling) branch of yangsheng culture.

Combining traditional knowledge with modern medical theory, Dao Yin Yang Sheng Gong is a system of exercises characterised by gentle twisting motions and involving breath control, the stimulation of key acupressure points in the body and mental development.

Its soft, fluent and harmonious movements aim to improve energy circulation within the whole body, to loosen the joints, tone up and oxygenate the muscles and to relax the nervous system.

The system is an extremely comprehensive one. Some exercises are designed to “soften” the body and develop flexibility, others relate directly to specific organs, while others have a more general effect on the health. There are both standing and sitting forms, making the system accessible to people of all ages and physical conditions. For more advanced practitioners, Professor Zhang has created Tai Ji Quan hand and sword forms which combine traditional Tai Ji martial principles with acupoint stimulation.

Dao Yin Yang Sheng Gong therefore has three aspects which make it such a valuable contributor to health care.

First it is preventive. People in good health may practise in order to maintain and enhance their robustness.

Secondly, it is curative. People suffering from a particular condition (for example angina), may practise the appropriate exercises in order to help to alleviate that condition. N.B. Members of the English Dao Yin Yang Sheng Gong Association never claim that Dao Yin Yang Sheng Gong is a substitute for conventional medicine, and people interested in exploring the curative aspect of these exercises should only do so with the full co-operation of their doctor. Under no circumstances should anyone substitute these exercises for prescribed medication.

Thirdly, Dao Yin Yang Sheng Gong is recuperative. For example, someone who has suffered a heart attack, might practise the appropriate exercises with great benefit during their return to health. Once again, one should not introduce these exercises into a recuperation programme without the full support of one’s doctor.

Theoretically, these exercise are guided by the theories of the traditional Chinese medicine such as the concept of wholism, the theory of the diagnosis and treatment based on the differential analysis of the symptoms and signs,  the ancient theories of Yin and Yang, and the Five Evolutive Phase and Energy Circulation through the channels and the etiology and pathology of the disease and related studies  of modern medicine

Several clinical tests made in China and examinations done by medical specialists and researchers from all over the world, have shown Dao Yin Yang Sheng Gong to be effective in improving the health, preventing and healing many acute and chronic diseases without showing any side effects.

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