The 8 pieces of brocades are eight individual mindful movements (exercises) that are practiced in a silken and smooth way. Over time the breath will be deep and slow, and you want to coordinate the slow movement to sync in with the breath.
The 8 Brocades’ history and origin are still unclear but we have an idea that it was mentioned in the Song Dynasty (960-1279) text. What is clear is that the practice has helped many practitioners improve their overall well being, balance, strength, focus and concentration. Today, there are many 8 Brocade traditions and forms but its essence remains the same. Here’s a version I learned while living in southern China.
Enjoy your practice. May your practice flourish in happiness and joy,