Over my many years of practicing the Li Family’s (Lishi) Daoist health, healing and martial arts the one thing that I have really benefitted from is its Dao Yoga exercises that allows my body to remain supple and pliant, especially as my body grows older and more tension and stiffness attacks my body and can effect my health and wellbeing and my mobility. To still have the freedom to move around. As a Chinese saying goes ” once we lose the use of our legs, our body grows old quickly”.
Through the Lishi Dao Yoga’s sitting and standing exercises each particular method will allow the individual to develop a relaxed, supple and strong body by gently opening the joints of the four extremities improving blood and Qi flow into the fingers and toes to nourish the tendons, muscles and joints. Opening the joints allows for fresh blood and Qi to enter and remove the more blocked, stagnated sickly (Bing Qi) and turbid (Zhao Qi) that has been stuck causing the vitality levels of each individual to become low, weakening their immune system and causing external pathogens to attack their body causing illness.
Another great benefit of practicing the Lishi Dao Yoga exercises is that they will gently stretch open the joints of the spinal column helping to keep the spine soft, supple and pliant. Because we all know, as we all get older our spine can be easily injured causing great discomfort to the individual for the rest of their life, sadly to many individuals suffer with back and spine problems and through the practice of Lishi Dao Yoga each individual can chose from a wide range of exercises that can help them to either prevent or manage their back and spine problem much more better allowing them to live a more active lifestyle.
Learning to look after your spine will also improve your energy levels as the main Yang Vessel/Meridian the Govenor (Du Mai) travels up the length of the spine and is the controller of all the Yang channels. A healthy back and spine will mean that the Qi circulation is unhindered and individuals Guardian Energy (Wei Qi) is strong to stop any external pathogens attacking the body of the individual.Regular practice of the Lishi Dao Yoga exercises are obviously not just aimed at developing the individuals flexibility and relaxation, they are also aimed at strengthening the individuals health and wellbeing by nurturing, cultivating and harnessing their vital energy (Qi).