The Nourishing Life Cultivation focuses on the most fundamental aspect of stretching. This simple set of 13 exercises inherited from the teachings of Professor Zhang, focuses on both the upper body and lower body with simple leaning, turning, twisting, bending, crouching, stretching movements. There is an old saying in China that says Flexibility is a symbol of youth, to achieve the suppleness of a child again is to gain longevity.

Whilst the movements are not difficult to actually perform them correctly requires some effort and it is one they are executed with ease that this exercise is achieved. In ancient times, early Daoist exercises were called Daoqi Yinti (Guide the qi and stretch the body), highlighting the importance of Yinti (Suppleness) even in those days.

Since the specific muscles/tendons correspond to Jing-luo (meridian) pathways in Chinese Medicine, it is noted that as an integrated being the the muscles, meridians and organs matched up exactly. Therefore even Organ health and fitness improves with stretching. 

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托掌观天

左右倾身

托天旋转

舒胸仰体

躬身吊尾

吊尾左旋

吊尾右旋

躬身吊尾

白猿缩身

挺膝吊尾

蜻蜓抱柱

直体站立

展翅调息

Tuozhang Guantian 

Zuoyou Qingshen

Tuotian Xuanzhuan

Shuxiong Yangti 

Gongshen Diaowei 

Diaowei Zuoxuan

Diaowei Youxuan

Gongshen Diaowei 

Baiyuan Suoshen

Tingxi Diaowei

Qingting Baozhu 

Zhiti Zhanli 

Zhanchi Tiaoxi 

Look at Supporting Heaven

Incline Body to Both Sides

Support Heaven & Turn

Look Upward & Relax the Chest

Bend Forward & Hang from Tail

Hang from Tail & Turn Left

Hang from Tail & Turn Right

Bend Forward & Hang from Tail

White Ape Shrinks Body

Straighten Knee & Hang from Tail

Dragonfly Embraces Pillar

Body Stands Straight

Spread Wings to Regulate Breath

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