The Meanings of Shou Yi

The characters “Shou Yi” literally mean, “To be mindful and abide by the One”. In Daoist thoughts, “the One” represents the Dao – the Way and the Original Source of all things. In Taijiquan and Qigong, “the One” represents the unified whole of the body, breath and mind and it could also be the Vital Qi of Jing, Qi and Shen – the life force that keeps us alive. Therefore, to “Shou Yi” is to be mindful and cultivate the Way by practising Taijiquan and Qigong. In doing so, our Vital Qi is preserved, and we will have a better chance of living a happier and longer life with more vitality.

Cai Hong 蔡洪 (Howard Choy)