Five Animal Frolics
(Wu Qin Xi)
Five Animal Frolics is a set of Qi Gong exercises with a distinctly Chinese feel. The physical movements and breathing exercises imitate the movements of animals and birds. The system was developed by a leading physician in the Han Dynasty (25-220 AD). It is based on Chinese traditional theories of the functions of the internal organs and meridians, as well as the principles of the circulation of Qi and blood in the human body. The inspiration came from careful observation and study of the characteristic behaviour and movements of wild creatures, concluding that they regularly performed particular movements to build up their constitution and improve their life skills.
The postures and movements are elegant and simple. Experience has proved that with regular practice, physical and mental health are improved. Tests have shown benefits to overall constitution, the functions of various organs, mental attitude and cognitive awareness. Also, cardiovascular and respiratory functions are improved and grip strength reinforced. Regular practitioners say that bodily strength is enhanced, joints are more flexible, vitality increased and confidence improved.