Last updated 2020-03-30

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Reminder Notes

Notes on Professor Hu's pneumonia set Strengthen the Body to Support the Lungs in English, or the original Chinese. And a link to the video on YouTube.

12 Movement Form. And see book details below,

49 Dynamic Meridian Exercises - parts 1 & 2

Ba Duan Jin or the eight treasures or eight brocades.
These notes are presented as web pages due to the large file size generated by other formats.

Concentration Exercise

Daoyin Baojian Gong - exercises for general health preservation

Hewei Jianpi Gong 1 - 1st digestive system set

Hewei Jianpi Gong 2 - 2nd digestive system set

San Xiao Jiu Zhi Gong - Diabetes set (2MB!)

Shuxin Pingxue Gong 1 - exercises to calm the heart and regulate the blood

Taiji Bang 1 - or Taiji baton or Taiji ruler

Taiji Jin 1 - exercises for general health

Taiji Jin 2 - exercises for general health

Yijin Jing - exercises to consolidate the muscles and tendons

Yu Zhen Bu Yuan Gong - exercises to nourish vital energy and tonify original energy. (Second 'Kidney' set)

3-2-1 for Parkinsons Not a Daoyin Yangsheng Gong exercise but one developed by the Meridian Centre in Beijing and discovered by Mark Atkinson on a visit there. A number of people I know with Parkinson's disease who have tried this simple regime have reported noticeable benefits.

Useful Background

From the 2011 Seminar: 2011 Seminar Notes and Notes from Professor Zhang on the Magpie Bridge and Breathing

For those interested in some philosophical background here is Legges translation of the Tao Teh Ching

As some of the exercises use hand shapes referred to as 'number eight hand' and 'number six hand' I thought people might like to see all the Chinese Hand Numbers


New Daoyin books available

The following links are either to the publishers' websites or to web bookshop entries for the books our members have suggested. Links to retailers are to give you the most detail on the books we can and are not an endorsement of any particular supplier.

Dao Yin for General Health is the latest of the Daoyin Yangsheng Gong foundation series from Singing Dragon. This book on the Daoyin Baojian Gong 1 is one of a series being produced by the International Institute of Daoyin Yangsheng Gong. These are translations of professor Zhang's own writings on these exercises and include video of the exercise as well as written descriptions, photographs and detailed commentary. ISBN 978-1-84819-309-3

Nourish the Blood, Tonify the Qi to Promote Longevity, and Calm and Concentrate the Mind to Regulate the Heart, better known to many in the West as the 5 minute exercise and the concentration exercise. Professor Zhang encourages all DYYSG practitioners to use these exercises to prepare themselves for the other routines in the discipline and that they are, in many ways, more important than the longer sequences. Published by Singing Dragon; ISBN 978-1-84819-072-6, BIC 2: VXHT1.

Thirteen Movements to Stretch the Body and Make it More Supple, and Guiding and Harmonising Energy to Regulate the Breath is the second in the series. Published by Singing Dragon; ISBN ISBN: 978-1-84819-071-9, BIC 2: VXHT1.

Eight Movements to Make the Tendons and Muscles Supple, Strengthen the Bones on the Shujin Zhuanggu Gong 1 is the third in the series. Published by Singing Dragon; ISBN ISBN: 978-1-84819-252-2.

12 Movement Daoyin Form12 Movement Daoyin Form from the Chinese Health Qigong Association. This book comes with an instructional DVD and a CD of the accompanying music, ISBN 978-7-119-07869-4, published by Foreign Languages Press Co Ltd Beijing, China. Professor Zhang's nephew Zhang Jian demonstrates the standing version of the form and Professor Zhang does the seated version,

Chinese Medical Qigong is a weighty tome which is an English translation of the official textbook for medical Qigong used in Chinese universities. By Liu Tianjun et. al; published by Singing Dragon; ISBN 978-1-84819-023-8.

There are several other interesting titles in the Singing Dragon catalogue, including English translations of the books on the new 'official' versions of the Ba Duan Jin, Yi Jin Jing, Wu Qin Xi and six healing sounds (with DVDs).

Managing Stress With Qigong by Gordon Faulkner, one of Professor Zhang's close students. This book has some interesting exercises, including seated versions, but also has some good general sections. Published by Singing Dragon, ISBN 978-1-84819-035-1.

Chinese Healing Exercises, the Tradition of Daoyin has a lot of historical background to the practice of Daoyin. By Livia Kohn; published by University of Hawai'i Press; ISBN 978-0-8248-3269-8.

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