Join martial arts instructor Michael Issa as he journeys through Dao-Yin, a stretch-focused subset of Qigong. In each program, he travels step-by-step through each move, in the Lian Gong 18 set. Each episode begins with a warmup, presents new movements and closes with a stretching routine composed of both new moves and moves from earlier episodes. Like Tai Chi, Qigong is an ancient Chinese calisthenics that combines graceful, stretching movements with slow, measured breathing. Research has shown that these exercises effectively reduce stress and anxiety, in addition to protecting against disease, aging and mental health problems.
Host Michael Issa guides a journey through Dao-Yin, a stretching focused subset of Qigong, by teaching, step-by-step, through each move in the second series of the Lian Gong 18 set. Each episode will begin with a warmup, present in detail a few new movements, and close with a stretching routine composed of both these new moves and moves from earlier episodes. In every show, Michael reminds you "notice how you feel" after what is surely an invigorating, yet relaxing series of movements. In this series, the focus is on tendons, joints, ligaments and limbs, as well as balancing the energy flow while alleviating and preventing inflammation.
Welcome to Season 3 of Dao-Yin Qigong with Michael Issa, owner of Kaikudo Martial Arts Academy in Dunwoody Village, Georgia. Dao Yin combines fluid, stretching movements with deep breathing and guided qi-flow. Theses stretches work to release blockages in the body that may lead to chronic pain or disease. This season focuses on the oldest known Dao Yin set called Ma Wang Dui Dao Yin. Derived from ancient drawings discovered in the Mawangdui caves of China, these 2,000 year-old scrolls are believed to be the precursor to many of the modern-day qigong movements practiced today. The Ma Wang Dui set is organized into 12 movements that correlate with the 12 meridians or energy pathways of the body. These are the same pathways used in acupuncture to balance the body’s natural qi or energy system.