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Chinese woodcut: Twelve Brocades of Cultivation - 1st posture

Woodcut from Waike xinfa zhenyan zhinan (Guide to Tried and True Methods at the Heart of External Medicine), published in 1887 (13th year of the Guangxu reign period of the Qing dynasty). It shows the first posture in the practice of the Twelve Brocades of Cultivation, to be performed at the beginning of the session. One must sit cross-legged and straight-backed, without leaning against any…