The ''Daoyin Tu'', a painting on silk depicting the practice of ''daoyin''; unearthed in 1973 in [[Hunan ''Daoyin'' is a series of cognitive body and mind unity exercises practiced as a form of Daoist ''neigong'', meditation and mindfulness to cultivate ''jing'' (essence) and direct and refine ''qi'', the internal energy of the body according to traditional Chinese medicine. These exercises are often divided into yin positions (lying and sitting) and yang positions (standing and moving). The practice of ''daoyin'' was a precursor of qigong, and was practised in Chinese Taoist monasteries for health and spiritual cultivation. ''Daoyin'' is also said to be a primary formative ingredient in the well-known "soft styles" of the Chinese martial arts, of tai chi, and middle road styles like ''Wuxingheqidao''.

The main goal of ''daoyin'' is to create flexibility of the mind, thereby creating harmony between internal and external environments, which relaxes, replenishes and rejuvenates the body, developing in its practitioners a vital and healthy spirit.

In the West, ''daoyin'' is sometimes mistakenly equated with "daoist yoga" or "yin yoga" as "''dao'' () and "''yin'' () are mistakenly read as ''Dao'' (), as in "Daoism", and ''Yin'' (), as in "''Yin-Yang''. Provided by Wikipedia

by Yin, Tao
Published 2023
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