Ba Duan Jin (Eight Gorgeous Sections Exercises) is one of the traditional Qigong exercises. Its creation can be traced back to the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279). The earliest version of writing for this Qigong was in Eight Aspects of Health Care by Gao Lian, a Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644) scholar.
The character of Ba Duan Jin Qigong is gentle, slow, smooth and consistent. The exercise rhythmically combines relaxation and strength, and dynamism and inertia. It combines mind and body to cultivate vital energy. It can be practiced while standing or sitting. With easy movements and impressive effects on the health, it is a gem in China’s health and fitness culture.
Reference: “Ba Duan Jin”, Chinese Health Qigong Association, Public Physical Exercise Press, 2007.