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Yijinjing (I-Chin Ching - Muscle-Tendon transformation) is considered one of the original Qigong series. Along with Baduanjin and The 5 Animals Frolic, it gave birth to the multiple and richly varied Qigong styles that we know today.
The Story - or legend - says that Yijinjing was created by Damo, the Bodhidharma, one of the eight immortals, on the sixth century AD, when he noticed that beaause of the long hours sitting in meditation, which made for an almost sedentary life, many monks were losing muscular tone and joint movement range, as well as suffering from weakened bones, and a decrease in strength and resistance, thus in general health.
Damo retired for a considerable period, and when he came back taught the Shaolin monks this series of excercises aimed to strengthen (transform) their muscles and tendons to gain fitness and enhance the circulation of chi in them.
Yijinjing is considered part of Weidan, the external Qigong. It consists of 22 movements that combine dynamic tensión, full joint and tendon stretch, relaxation and deep breathing. The series is unique as it incorporates tension and release in order to build muscle tone and tendon vigour, to atain outer strength and physical fitness in an almost effortless way.
It is not easy to find videos explaining and teaching the whole series, as it has been seldom practiced outside the monks community. For the general public there are few, and this might be one of the best, as it shows the series in a modern and esay to follow way.
This video was released by Goldhil as part of its Oriental Secrets Series, largely out of print now. Instructor/Presenter is Kenneth Michael Terry.
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