导引

Dao Yin

Traditionally in China, any exercise that involves stretching, deep breathing and postural movement is called Dao Yin (导引) guiding and stretching. That which is guided is the vital energy also known as Qi (气) life force through conscious effort of aligning the body taking into account the positive and negative polarities (阴阳) yin yang. And what is stretched is the body or from the body, implying that it stretches until it is torn off or takes off from the body as a whole what is known as Xie Qi (邪气) harmful energy. Finally as a whole the words Dao Yin imply that by means of movement and breathing, the vital energy is guided and the body is stripped of the harmful energy.