This stage is focused on building a solid foundation for more advanced practices but at the same time it can also serve as a stand-alone practice for improving health and vitality.
At the foundation level, the Daoyin (qigong) exercise known as the Six Harmony method is practiced. This simple but effective set comprised of 6 movements, which is a great introduction to the principles of basic Daoyin training. The word "six harmony" refers to the directions north, south, east, west, upward and downward; the six directions are heaven and earth. This set has it's roots in ancient Chinese Taoist philosophy, Chinese medicine and internal martial arts. Through it's practice one will be able to integrate the internal flow of Qi with the physical movements of the body. The objective of the Six Harmony method is to unite one's body, mind, spirit and Qi.
Level 1 - Yi Jin Jing (Tendon Change Classics)
The stage is focused on the Physical Body, specifically the soft tissues and bones.
Traditionally in China, the Tendon Change Classics is a set that is considered an advanced Daoyin (qigong) series. The Tendon Change Classics is only one of two styles of Daoyin (amongst hundreds of styles) to be termed "classic", which indicates it's high standing in the qigong world. The set comprised of 12 movements, where each movement corresponds to a specific internal organ via energy pathways known as the 12 meridians in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Through the practice of this set we can improve the health of our internal organs by using physical movements to channel Qi in the 12 meridians; also the movements gently stretches the connective tissues in our body, which are neglected in traditional stretching exercises. The aim of the Tendon Change Classic is to strengthen the bone and soft tissues of the body.
The Tendon Change Classic method taught is the "classical" style passed on by TCM expert and Zen master Professor Yan Weibing. Our style is officially recognised in China as an 'intangible asset heritage'.