8 Strands of Silk

Again, the precise details are lost in history. Some scholars say that these were developed in the 12th century by Marshal Yueh Fei; others attribute them to Chong Li-quan, one of the Eight Immortals in Chinese Folklore. In any event,this set of exercises has several objectives:

  • Strengthens the muscles esp back, shoulders, neck and legs
  • Tones the internal organs
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Purges the body of toxins and ‘bad’ (stagnant) Qi
  • Stretches muscles, tendons and Qi Meridians

The exercises can be done as a stand alone set, or used as either a warming-up or cooling down routine.

Each movement is related to both an internal organ and a Qi meridian, so when practicing the full set, optimum benefit is achieved when they are practiced in the correct order.

The Eight Immortals

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