Thanks to everyone who joined us on July 25 for Master Malee’s second workshop. Click here to watch the video of this workshop on the USAWKF YouTube channel.
Daoyin Yangsheng Gong, or Medicinal Chi Kung, was created by Professor Zhang Guangde of the Beijing Sport University. It combines Professor Zhang’s knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), wushu, and qigong to form a unique series of movements that are beautifully choreographed and efficacious forms of exercise in themselves, while also employing ancient principles of qi flow and meridians in TCM.
In 1993, Master Malee Khow learned Daoyin Yangsheng Gong directly from Professor Zhang in Beijing. Later, in 2001, he visited her school to teach seminars on additional sets from this system.
Shuxin Pingxue Gong
Exercise for Heart Function and Blood Circulation
Daoyin Yangsheng Gong consists of over a dozen sets that focus on individual systems of the body. In today’s USAWKF workshop, Master Malee is teaching Shuxin Pingxue Gong.
Section 1 — Rise Up to Exercise on Hearing the Rooster Crow
(闻鸡起舞, Wen Ji Qi Wu) (focus on the zhongchong and laogong)
Section 2 — White Ape Offers Fruit
(白猿献果, Bai Yuan Xian Guo) (focus on the zhongchong and laogong)
Section 3 — Golden Elephant Rolls Its Trunk
(金象卷鼻, Jin Xiang Juan Bi) (focus on the laogong)
Section 4 — Yellow Oriole Folds Its Wings
(黄莺叠膀, Huang Yin Die Bang) (focus on the laogong)
Section 5 — Massage the Face and Ears
(上工揉耳, Shang Gong Rou Er) (focus on the yingxiang, xinxue)
Section 6 — Strike the Arms and Legs
(捶臂叩腿, Chui Bi Kou Tui) (focus on the mingmen, weizhong)
Section 7 — An Old Vigorous Tree Twists Its Roots
(枯树盘根, Ku Shu Pan Gen) (focus on the zhongchong, laogong)
Section 8 — Step Forward Continuously
(平步连环, Ping Bu Lian Huan) (focus on the mingmen, dantian)
Important acupuncture points:
Dantian (丹田, elixir field). The center of your body, three fingerwidths below your belly button. Source of qi, protector of yuanqi (元氣), vital energy.
Laogong (劳宫, palace of labor). The center of your palm. Connected to your heart, associated with energy levels.
Mingmen (命门, life gate). Located between your kidneys. Associated with warmth and life, also regulates calcium levels in your body.
Zhongchong (中冲, central hub). In the center of the tip of the middle finger. It helps revive consciousness and clears heat from the heart.
Weizhong (委中, middle of the bend). At the midpoint behind your knee. It can help relieve pain in the knee, leg, hip, and lower back.
Ying Xiang (迎香, welcoming fragrance). In the nasolabial groove, next to the nostril. It treats disorders of the nose and opens the nasal passages.
Xin Xue (心穴, heart point). In the center of the inside part of the outer ear. Associated with heart function, blood pressure.
Try learning the movements first, followed by focusing on the listed acupuncture points and practicing “reverse breathing.” In reverse breathing, you tense your abdominal muscles while inhaling, then relax them when you exhale.
You don’t need to follow the exact order of movements if you can’t remember them or don’t have time to do the whole set.