Yi Jin Jing (Altering tissues – muscles, tendons and ligaments), the earliest description of the exercises is found in the “Bibliographic Treatise – History of the Han Dynasty” almost 2,000 years ago. It arrived at the Shaolin Temple about 526AD and became an important part of the exercise of martial arts for monks.
This exercise focuses on spine turning and flexing. It’s smooth and extended movements stretch the bones and tendons and aim to integrate the mind and body with a relaxed spirit. The range of movements and extension of postures in this exercise are adaptable to people of different ages and physical conditions.
Reference: “Yi Jin Jing”, Chinese Health Qigong Association, Public Physical Exercise Press, 2007.