Dao Yin translates as ‘cultivating the chi’, Lung Shen as ‘dragon spirit’ (like the serpentine energy of the kundalini). Dao In is the grandfather of the internal arts dating back to cave drawings that are thousands of years old. This system evolved about 1650 A.D. on Mt. Hua Shan by the meeting of Chi kung masters and kundalini masters. It is a Chinese tradition evolved and practiced by Taoist mystics to heal illness, process stress, and slow the aging process. As with all forms of yoga, the rewards are many, including increased flexibility, strength, grace, and endurance. All systems and organs are benefited, including the muscular and skeletal systems, digestion, immune function, oxygen distribution, and lymphatic flow. The endocrine system is also uniquely activated, releasing hormones and endorphins into the body. Dao Yin has the intent of integration of the body, mind, and spirit. The focus on careful regulation of the breath, deep states of relaxation, and specific postures and movements create well-being. Regular practice can help you attain a balance of energy, which promotes the free-flowing activity of the vital energy we call chi. Dao Yin opens the energy pathways so that the chi may flow unimpeded. It can be used for both healing and power in Chinese medicine. Ultimately, with this combination of postures, breathing, movements, and concentration, a resonant chord is struck with the spirit. This integration of the internal and external creates a more sensitive consciousness, a certain enlightened awareness and an overall sense of well-being.