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Do In y Chi Kung

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It could simply be said that Do In is a Japanese expression of the Chinese terms Tao Yin or Dao Yin. Grouping together the oldest gymnastic movements and techniques of China and is considered the ancestor of Qi Gong (or Chi Kung).

Do In comes from Chinese medicine, that is, from ancient medicine called Taoist; and it is precisely to underline this cultural origin that the Japanese call it Do In keeping the same characters Dǎo yǎn 導 引 in traditional Chinese or 导 引 in simplified Chinese.

Tao and Dao are the same word that can be written in two traditional and simplified "modern" ways.

The ideogram 導 contains the features of Tao 道 as in the Way, the Path but with the key of the thumb or a finger guiding, guiding, leading towards the Way. The idea is to show the Way.

It can be briefly said that Dao Yin contains Taoist exercises involving breathing, stretching and self-massage.

And that is the typical cultural method of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with a long history of about 5,000 years, mainly used to regulate Qi (Ki), energy, blood, and treat diseases.

Dao Yin literally refers to guiding the mind to cultivate the soul, how to prolong life and the technique to keep fit.


Dao Yin originally consists of shaking bones, softening joints, massaging skin. 

Do In stimulates all the systems of the human body: respiratory, circulatory, nervous, digestive, hormonal, muscular, joint. 

Today, Do In is defined as an art that uses a combination of respiratory and body movements to stimulate the points and activate the flow of Ki (energy) throughout the body.

With tips also such as tapping, swallowing, deep breathing, dry hair styling, dry facial cleaning, rubbing of the ears, foot massage, rubbing of the kidneys, general friction, etc.

It is good to know that Dao Yin is a global health method that groups at least 30 types and families: Massage (An Mo), Mobilization (An Kyo), Kung Fu, Qi Gong (Chi Kung) Tai Chi, Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Phytotherapy, etc.

Not to mention the countless forms and currents according to schools and geographical regions!

Among these currents, we point out one of the most famous practices today in the West the Qi Gong (Chi Kung) 

Chi Kung or Qi Gong refers to two terms: Chi or Qi (氣): which represents Energy and Kung or Gong ( 功) which represents work.

It represents an exercise practice that optimizes mental health and physical health through the use of awareness and mindfulness.

Qi Gong was originally established as a life system containing three elements: God, Form and Qi. 

The term Qi is the third element because it is the messenger, the one who communicates, the one who makes the relationship between "Form" and "God", the earthly form (incarnation) and the divine form (Celestial).

It really is intended that we be able to work with the energy of Heaven, Earth and our own Human Beings energy, finding health, serenity and balance.

Chi Kung as any technique needs practice, but it is true that the results manifest quickly, although it varies in people, according to their state, degree of openness, sensitivity and constancy.

Their movement routines are suitable for all ages.

The best known movements are those gathered under the name of Pa Duan Jin, literally the eight pieces of brocade that as the name itself indicates are considered precious, eight jewels for a long and healthy life.

Drawing : Ba Duan Jin (the 8 brocade)

series of practical exercises in Chi Kung

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