Wu Qin Xi (Five Animal Exercises)
Wu Qin Xi: Five Animal Qigong Exercises is an accessible, easy to learn qigong exercise that imitates the movements of animals and birds.
The Five Animal Qigong exercises were developed by Hua Tua, a leading physician of the Eastern Han Dynasty whose inspiration came from the observation of tigers, deer, bears, monkeys and birds. He came to the conclusion that wild creatures regularly performed certain exercises which can be replicated in order to build up the constitution and improve life skills.
The Five-Animal Qigong is practised by imitating symbolically and physically the movements, breathing and sounds of the five animals. It consists of some standard forms of movements, spontaneous movements and sounds, and simple but effective techniques that can be practised sitting, lying or even travelling on an airplane. It can be used as a method of healing, a style of arts and a way of spiritual channelling.
Wu Qin Xi or Five Animal Exercises imitating the movements of Animals and Birds, is a group of physical and breathing exercises for health care with a uniquely Chinese national flavour. The system was designed by Hua Tuo, a leading physician of the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220 AD). Wu Qin Xi in the New Health Qigong Exercise Series was edited by the Chinese Health Qigong Assocation. The physical movements and spiritual expressions of those creatures are vividly described and the principles of traditional Qigong exercises are used as guidance for students. Subjective appraisal about the effectiveness of these exercises by the practitioners have found enhancement of bodily strength, improvement of flexibility of joints and enhancement of spiritual vitality and psychological confidence.
The Exercises Include:
Adjusting the Breath
Winding-Down Exercise to Convey Qi to Dantian