The Li Style Daoist Yoga (Lishi Kaimen) meaning “Opening the door to the Physical, Mental & Spiritual Energies” developing better health and connection to the whole body. Originally the Dao Yoga Exercises that we’re taught by Master Chee Soo involve a Yin & Yang set to each exercise, the Yin set was called the Sequence and was very passive and gentle. Whereas, the Yang set which was called the Extension is more dynamic and stronger. The exercises as part of the Li Style Dao Yoga involves Lying, Sitting & Standing Exercises which are perform separately from each other.
Today, sadly the Li Style Dao Yoga is mainly taught alongside the Li Style Taijiquan as a supplementary form of exercise. We’re students will perform one or two exercises, which sadly pays no respect to this mind & body system, for which it was Master Chee Soo himself who combined the Dao Yoga into the Taijiquan due to his busy schedule, whereas originally it was taught and practiced separately in its own right.
In a nut shell the exercises that are practiced as part of the Li Style Dao Yoga are “Guiding & Leading” (Daoyin) Exercises were the body, breath & mind are combined together to lead the Qi around the body to nourish and strengthen each individuals health and to enliven areas of the body that may have become numb due to stuck Qi and stagnated blood leading towards poor health or illness. We at the LFIAA combine various Dao Yoga Exercises together to create a flowing sequence or form, rather than just practicing the exercises separately on there own.
Learning to combine the many Dao Yoga Exercises together in a flowing sequence allows for the practitioner to stretch different parts of their body. The individual can perform a routine that begins from a standing position and progresses to the ground and returns to a standing position or vice-versa, the exercises must be performed slowly with combined breathing to promote blood and Qi circulation.