Strong, Flexible and Healthy - the body we all want
DaoYin actually translates as "guiding and leading", but this term is just a short hand for "Medical Gymnastics". You may think Daoist Yoga is new. While it is quite new to the west its history goes back over two thousand years. The diagram shown to the right, known as the DaoYin Tu dates back to 300BC and shows DaoYin was already well established at this time and not a sign of Lycra!
The aim of DaoYin is to cultivate the three aspects of our existance;
'll know that that is not always the case. Here is an article first published in the New York Times, detailing some of the perils involved in some Yoga classes.
DaoYin is also of great benefit to any Martial Artist, The physical rigour of Martial Practise needs balance. DaoYin helps your body to relax and some of its more dynamic aspects strengthen the body, improve posture, increase power and reduce the likelihood of injury. A specific type of Dao Yin is known as Nei Gong, it is often referred to as 'Internal Strength'. Nei Gong is taught as a part of the Wudang (Wu style Tai Chi lineage. It strengthens the body in a very specific way that is indispensable for gaining maximum benefit from Tai Chi as a martial art.