One of the benefits of this art is the cultivation of Awareness. The three keys to transport awareness are Posture, Relaxation and Breathing! Each of these aspects is in the Natural State!
Yiquan is regarded as Yang Sheng (life nourishing) exercise, this training effects the entire human organism. Different from external exercise, when you are training Yiquan, you are not bringing the mind and body into a chaotic state, which depletes the body as you exercise. The heart rate and pulse will lower, the mind will quiet, the soft expanding and contracting massages the internal organs, the body opens up versus closes off and everything from the vascular system to every cell in the body gets nourished and activated! So, when you are done your mind is calm but alert, the body is open but relaxed and other great benefits! Over all, a total internal exercise for the Mind, Body and Breath. You can see why Yiquan founder Wang XiangZhai wrote: