E-Mei Qigong


3 Sept  Reigate   E-Mei Qigong  Workshop with Paul Brewer    


History of the 12 Daoyin of the E-Mei Mountain  

The E-Mei Mountain is in Sichuan province, in Central China. Marked by high mountains and so not easily accessible, this made the area a favourite hiding spot for revolutionaries and rebels of past dynasties. Generals and would-be future Emperors, often referred to as Tigers and Dragons, retreated to the mountains, preparing their campaigns against the regimes they planned to overthrow. 

The 12 Daoyin of the E-Mei are a traditional Buddhist exercise system. About 1000 years ago a monk named Rei Yun devised this highly effective exercise system, both to train those who fought against the ruling Emperor's army and for bone setters, who used the powerful Daoyin to improve their skills in treating the injuries suffered in combat.  

The exercises are an excellent way to develop physical strength and stamina and thus are very well suited to martial artists. However, the tonifying effect of the exercises means that they can be used to improve health and even to treat some diseases. The powerful force developed during the practice of the E-Mei Daoyin is also very useful for health and body-work, such as massage, etc. 

For optimum results, one needs to pay attention to develop the exercises one by one, and each individual exercise stage by stage. Then it is possible to open the body's energy channels and meridians, enabling the practitioner not only to achieve a high level of physical energy but also to develop to a high level of the Chan (Zen) meditation system on the mental plane.

The only written material about the E-Mei Daoyin was in the form of ancient poetry, written in such complex and ancient language that very few people could grasp the meaning of the poems and thus clearly understand and express their ideas. However, in 1957, one of China’s leading Qi Gong Masters, Zhou Qianchuan, Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, published the only known book on E Mei, in which he clearly explained the elements of some of the classical Chinese poetic text which was very hard to understand and corectly translate in relation to the subject. He also taught the E-Mei QiGong system to a small group of students in Beijing and Shanghai from 1955-1957, before his death from political persecution. 


Lineage / Teacher

Master Shen Jin

Shen Jin was nine when she began to study taijiquan and Qi Gong with her father Dr. Shen Hongxun, the founder of Taijiwuxigong, Buqi and Tianshan style Taijiquan. She graduated in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Qian Jin College of Continuing Education, and by the age of 21 began teaching and became the youngest female Master in the history of Qigong. She has been teaching Taijiwuxigong, the 12 E Mei Daoyin and Taijiquan TianShan style (medium and small stance) for over thirty years in Europe and is the principal teacher and director of the Buqi Institute.  

After the cultural revolution Master Shen Jin studied E Mei with his assistant,  Master Sun Jingtao. She also studied with Pai Wen, a female student of Zhou Qianchua, with her father, the late Dr. Shen Hongxun, and she is one of the few really well informed E Mei teachers in the world.

Shen Jin is a remarkable teacher and she takes great care to help the development of each student. Each weekend offers a complete E-Mei Daoyin exercise which can be practiced independently of the other E-Mei exercises, while each Daoyin develops different aspects of mind, body and spirit and can be studied in it's own right.  


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