Ba Duan Jin (Eight Golden Treasure Brocade)
Also known as Ba Duan Jin (Eight Bolts of Silk), this is a kind of dynamic Qigong practice having the characteristics of both Qigong and a health-strengthening exercise. It is derived from one of the oldest health-strengthening folk exercises in China, which was created 800 years ago.
Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory, eight movements were created to focus on strengthening the bones and muscles, regulating respiration and Qi circulation while utilizing Qigong control of the mind. Each of the 8 movements is related to different internal organs such as the liver, stomach, spleen and heart, and may be practiced in whole or part to focus on the prevention and treatment of specific medical problems.
The Eight Golden Treasure Brocade is simple and easy to learn, and may be varied in intensity to suit the individual. Once you have learnt it, it is best practiced in the morning or evening in fresh air, for 15-30 minutes each time.
Two Hands Hold up the Heavens, stretching the spine
Drawing the Bow to Shoot the Hawk, opening lung meridian
One hands touch sky, one hands touch earth, for spleen and stomach meridian
Look Back, massage internal organs, calm your emotion
Circle Head and the Tail, active your heart function
Two Hands Hold the Feet to Strengthen the Kidneys, strengthening bones
Punch the Fists and Glare Fiercely, regular liver system
Bouncing on the Toes shaking spine prevent disease