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Daoyin – Wikipedia

– Origin: – Unearthed in 1973 in Hunan Province, China – Found in the 168 BC Western Han burial site of Mawangdui, Tomb Number 3 […]

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– Origin:
– Unearthed in 1973 in Hunan Province, China
– Found in the 168 BC Western Han burial site of Mawangdui, Tomb Number 3
– Series of cognitive body and mind unity exercises
– Practiced as a form of Daoist neigong, meditation, and mindfulness
– Cultivates essence and refines internal energy according to traditional Chinese medicine

– Practice:
– Divided into yin (lying and sitting) and yang (standing and moving) positions
– Precursor of qigong, practiced in Chinese Taoist monasteries
– Formative ingredient in soft styles of Chinese martial arts
– Aims to create harmony between internal and external environments
– Develops a vital and healthy spirit in practitioners

– Historical Significance:
– Earliest physical exercise chart in the world, dated to 168 BC
– Illustrates a medical system based on internal factors for disease prevention
– Includes various postures and movements for different age groups
– Early Chinese awareness of preventive and corrective breathing exercises
– Exercises categorized into bodily postures, animal behavior imitations, and disease-specific exercises

– Effects:
– Involves movement of arms and body with controlled breathing
– Designed for various goals like calmative effects and expanded lung capacity
– Assists in health improvement, mental capacity enhancement, and mind control
– Opens up functional and control channels for spiritual awareness
– Harmonizes, relaxes abdominal muscles, and improves structural alignment

– External Links:
– Entry on Daoyin from the Center for Daoist Studies
– Origin of Daoyin Inscription from a Warring State Period cultural relic
– Theory of essence Qi and spirit
– Entry on Tao Yin at the Seahorse Mediawiki
– Virtual tour of the Mawangdui Han Tombs exhibit at the Hunan Provincial Museum

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