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In this erudite yet practical book Professor Cheng shares the secrets of his lineage and takes us to the heart of T'ai Chi Ch'uan, presenting it as a martial artm a medicine, and a means of exercise and self-development. With examples from anatomy and physics, he demonstrates precisely how the postures and moves work, internally as energetic principles, and externally on opponents. Professor Cheng always emphasizes that disease (like an attack from an opponent) is an opportunity for training. The practitioner of T'ai Chi Ch'uan may serve as his (or her) own doctor and, likewise, as the physician (or trainer) of an attacker. This special text includes: -Thirteen essays on his insights into T'ai Chi Ch'uan. -Oral secrets from his teacher, Yang Cheng'fu. -Questions and answers giving his commentary to the classics. -Descriptions and mechanics of push-hands, San Shou, and Ta Lu. -Prefaces by both Madame Cheng and Bejamin Pang-Jeng Lo.
The Qigong Rejuvenation Diet with Breathing and 14 Movements: An Integrated Method for Health and Wellness
This book will enable readers to quickly incorporate an all around self-healing and personal development "way" into their lives, based on the fundamental principles and practices of Chinese Qigong. By integrating right diet, gentle but deeply focused movement, breath training, and meditation we can gain a new state of well-being, peace, and personal strengh. The natural healing ability that we all posses is an energy that has been passed on to us from the cosmos. We can harness this inner power and learn to enact positive change in any circumstance. First, it is indispensable that we carry out mind-body maintenance on a daily basis to prolong and hold our good health. Mirrored on my consulting practice in Tokyo, I hope to introduce Qigong as this total system for life enhancement.
For nearly 5,000 years, people have practiced T'ai Chi as a way to prolong life, build strength and stamina, improve concentration, and achieve psychological balance. Hundreds of millions of satisfied customers can't be wrong. Whether you already dabble in T'ai Chi and would like to get a deeper understanding of the basics, or you're only thinking about trying it and want to find out more before you take the plunge, "T'ai Chi For Dummies" is for you. In plain English, Therese Iknoian and Manny Fuentes demystify T'ai Chi principles and practices for Westerners. They unravel exotic sounding terms and concepts and break down movements in ways that more traditional instructors and authors either can't or won't. And with the help of crystal-clear illustrations and step-by-step instructions, they get you on track with a T'ai Chi fitness program guaranteed to help you: Increase balance and flexibility Combat fatigue and reduce stress Tone muscles Unlock your power centers and boost energy Improve focus and concentration Breathe "mindfully" and meditate Enhance your sense of inner peace and well-being Discover just how easy it can be to make T'ai Chi and its sister discipline Qigong part of your everyday life. With this friendly reference as your guide you'll quickly master the basic movements and forms, as well as: T'ai Chi's Yang 24-Movement Form Qigong and Push Hands techniques Techniques that help speed recovery from specific injuries T'ai Chi movements for aerobic exercise Exercise is good for the body and soul. Now let Therese Iknoian and Manny Fuentes show you how to energize, find inner peace, and tone your muscles with the gentle art of T'ai Chi.
Gordon Muir began his martial arts studies at the age of twelve, followed by years of serious study of a wide variety of disciplines including judo, kyokushinkai, karate, kempo, several kung fu styles, and kickboxing. Eventually he discovered the internal martial arts, which led to t'ai chi and Master T. T. Liang, renowned teacher of Yang style. The culmination of the author's longtime study of this style is this enlightening look at the Yang style of t'ai chi. Focusing on the revered traditional form rather than the more recently created short form, the book describes in depth the type of movement t'ai chi strives for that distinguishes it from other martial arts. Clear and concise instructions help students understand how to move in order to create internal strength. Numerous photographs and detailed descriptions showcase and simplify the movements, which include the traditional Yang stances, hand and arm positions, and moving and powering. Written in a simple, engaging style, the book is designed to help new students get started in this rewarding tradition and more advanced practitioners deepen their knowledge of it.
Unlocks the secrets of one of the most powerful of Chinese healing arts Developed over millennia in China, qigong (literally, "life force " + "mastery," or "refinement") is a set of techniques used to increase your vitality, longevity, and sexual potency as well as achieve and maintain optimal health and inner peace. In the groundbreaking "The Healing Promise of Qi," Dr. Roger Jahnke, internationally respected doctor of Chinese medicine and author of the bestselling "The Healer Within," clearly and simply explains the concepts of qigong in practical terms. With the help of 125 superbly rendered illustrations, he describes a multitude of simple qigong tools, practices, and techniques for accessing and utilizing the incredible power of qi. Rather than focus on a particular form of qigong, Dr. Jahnke presents concise, easy-to-follow techniques from among the more than 25 traditional and modern forms that he has mastered and taught to thousands of people across the United States and Canada.
- Reveals the close relationship between the eight basic postures of T'ai Chi and the hexagrams of the I Ching. - As handed down in the teachings of the Yellow Emperor and Chang San-Feng. - Explains the physical and spiritual benefits that result from the practice of the Before Heaven T'ai Chi form. - An essential reference book for any serious student of T'ai Chi and the I Ching. T'ai Chi is a physical expression of Taoist thought--a philosophy in motion. The relationship between the I Ching, Taoist philosophy, and T'ai Chi is well established in many of the classical texts and teachings handed down by the Yellow Emperor and Chang San-Feng, yet it has essentially remained a mystery in the West. Stuart Alve Olson, a longtime student of renowned T'ai Chi Ch'uan Master T. T. Liang, shows how the hexagrams of the I Ching relate to the eight basic postures of T'ai Chi, and how together they comprise the orderly sequence of the postures in the Before Heaven T'ai Chi form. The practice of this form initiates a process of internal alchemy that allows for the stimulation and accumulation of chi through the major energy systems of the body. Physically, this process restores youthful flexibility. Spiritually, it frees the mind to roam the sublime Tao. Because the Before Heaven sequence of postures is the foundation of all T'ai Chi forms, this book provides valuable advice for all practitioners, regardless of the style they practice or the depth of their experience. An essential reference book for any serious student of Taoism, "T'ai Chi According to the I Ching" is an invaluable guide to how even the most esoteric aspects of Chinese philosophy are firmly rooted in a physical practice.
Qigong for Healing and Relaxation: Simple Techniques for Feeling Stronger, Healthier, and More Relaxed
Qigong (pronounced "chee-gong") is a popular form of traditional Chinese exercise that uses the body's vital energy to make you stronger and healthier and live longer. In "Qigong for Healing and Relaxation, "world-renowned Qigong Master Michael Tse introduces a new series of easy Qigong movements. These movements, because of their simplified form, enables you to focus energy on a particular part of the body for healing and relaxation. This fully illustrated guide to better health is suitable for people new to Qigong as well as more experienced students.
Great for stress relief, t'ai chi improves the flow of the practitioner's chi -- "vital energy" or "life force" -- which is essential for physical and mental well-being. This beginner's guide offers advice on the vital components of T'ai Chi -- breathing, focus, visualization, and the flow of chi. Featuring step-by-step instructional photos and a unique hands-free design, this colorful guide is a complete introduction to T'ai Chi, with core movements that can be done at home. Each exercise is accompanied by information on its purpose, the correct technique, and how to customize the movement if you suffer from weak or swollen joints.
HANDBOOK OF TAI CHI CH'UAN incorporates all three forms of T'ai Chi Ch'uan exercises, derived from the Yang style - Short Form, Long Form, and Push Hands. Along with more than 600 illustrations, Zhang provides easy-to-understand descriptions of the postures and movements used in each form. Two charts are included to show the foot position and body orientation for both the Short and Long Forms. People of any age can reap the benefits of T'ai Chi Ch'uan. Use this practical, thorough, and accessible guidebook to learn the fitness art of T'ai Chi Ch'uan and make it part of your daily life.
Chi power training manual. Chi power plus showcases many different internal chi power techniques from moving small objects to using your energy to attract or repel. Master secrets of Qigong will give you valid information and scientific proof that what we teach in the Inner Circle works, and it can work for you.
For the past 1500 years, the Qigong workout for longevity has been secretly passed from generation to generation at the Shaolin Temple of Zen in Henan Province, China. Now, for the first time, a 34th-generation fighting disciple from the temple shows how to optimize energy, alleviate stress, boost the immune system, and achieve optimum health. The complete workout is shown with easy-to-follow instructions and images, covering everything from stretches and stances to the Instant Health self-massage. This comprehensive guide provides detailed advice on adapting Shaolin Qigong to suit any life stage, and includes training tips, Zen wisdom, and a personalized mind-body workout created especially for the busy Western lifestyle.
Millions of people worldwide practice t'ai chi, the most popular form of which was codified beginning in the 1960s by Cheng Man Ch'ing. In this scholarly yet practical book, Professor Cheng shows precisely how the postures and moves of t'ai chi work, with examples from anatomy and physics, both internally as energetic principles and externally on opponents. He clarifies the spheres, triangles, and centripetal and centrifugal forces within physical exchanges such as push-hands. Contrasting Western and Chinese techniques of healing, he also explores the relationships of organs to one another in pathology and the necessary dynamics of treatment. Professor Cheng explains how the practitioner may serve as his or her own doctor and, likewise, as the physician or trainer of an attacker. The martial arts, he says, are not a special case of unusual power, simply an aspect of adapting natural and cosmic law to circumstance. This edition of the classic text contains 13 major essays; oral secrets from Cheng's teacher Yang Cheng'fu; a Q&A with commentary on martial arts classics; the author's application and functions of each of the 37 postures of the short form, with the original photographs of him as a young man; two prefaces; and much more.
Healthy joints are vital to pain free movement and Qigong exercises can help heal and prevent arthritis. Dr. Yang presents numerous Qigong exercises, updated theory and expanded instruction. Young or old, sedentary or athletic; it is likely that one out of seven of us will be afflicted with arthritis in our lifetime. Since healthy joints are key to pain free movement, rejuvenating them is vital to well-being. Although Western Medicine has made great progress in treating arthritis, it has limited success in actually healing it; rather focusing more on relieving pain and inflammation. Chinese Medicine, over the last four thousand years, has developed many of its own methods to treat arthritis, including Qigong exercises, acupuncture, massage, and herbal treatments. By doing Qigong exercises, you can effectively treat many types of arthritis and rebuild the strength of your joints, which is the root of complete healing. This book introduces Qigong exercises that have been successfully used in China to treat arthritis. It begins with general concepts of Qigong, a summary of arthritis according to both Western and Eastern medicine, an explanation of how Qigong treats arthritis, and finally gentle Qigong exercises you can use to help prevent, treat and heal arthritis.
According to Master Liao, the great power of T'ai Chi cannot be realized without knowing its inner meaning. "T'ai Chi Classics "presents the inner meaning and techniques of T'ai Chi movements through translations of three core classics of T'ai Chi, often considered the "T'ai Chi Bible." The texts are introduced by three chapters explaining how to increase inner energy "(ch'i), "transform it into inner power "(jing), "and project this inner power outward to repel an opponent without physical contact. Master Liao also provides a description of the entire sequence of T'ai Chi movements, illustrated by his own line drawings.
Qigong (pronounced "chee-gong") is an ancient Chinese health-care modality that has fascinated people throughout the millennia. Based on the fundamental principles of traditional Chinese medicine, Qigong is a system that teaches us to understand Qi, our bioelectric life force, and use it to heal ourselves and others. "Qigong: Essence of the Healing Dance "will give readers some of the basics of the outward "exercises" that are normally associated with the practice of Qigong, as well as detailing movements from such systems as Wuji Qigong, Bagua Xun Dao Gong and Shaolin Qigong. More than merely outlining these practices, this book will take readers on a journey of exploration into the essence of this fascinating, though little understood, healing practice. Masters from around the world-such as the ninety-two-year-old Duan Zhi Liang of Beijing, Canadian healer Effie Poy Yew Chow and American Jerry Johnson-contribute their personal insights into the wonders of Qigong. People from various walks of life, all of whom have achieved healing as a result of practicing Qigong, share their powerful experiences. Author Garri Garripoli, himself a practitioner of Qigong for the past twenty years, renders the book fascinating yet easy-to-read. He expertly guides readers on this once-in-a-lifetime journey, inspiring them to look deeper into healing in order to discover how to move beyond the standards and limitations of Western medicine. "Qigong: Essence of the Healing Dance "shows readers that we all carry within ourselves the ability to heal, and encourages them to tap into that innate gift and dance their own dance of life. Readers are sure to find this book fascinating, even life changing. It is a must-read for anyone intrigued by the mystique of ancient Eastern healing arts or seeking a daily practice that promotes and maintains full-body well-being.
Practiced by millions in China to release stress and maintain robust health, Dragon and Tiger qigong is also used to help prevent and heal cancer and to mitigate the effects of radiation and chemotherapy. Frantzis chose Dragon and Tiger from among several hundred sets he researched because its seven simple movements are easy to learn and offer about 80 percent of the health benefits found in the more complex sets of 50-100 movements. Dragon and Tiger qigong uses simple body movements to accomplish the same chi balancing as acupuncture. Each movement is designed to stimulate not just a single meridian but groups of meridians. In Chinese medicine, the tiger is a metaphor for a strong, healthy liver and powerful muscles, and the dragon is a metaphor for healthy and strong lungs. The Dragon and Tiger form accomplishes three major changes in the body necessary for healing: it releases stagnant chi energy; increases the speed, strength, and evenness of the circulation of chi, blood, and other fluids; and quickly raises the body's energy levels to boost its natural healing capacities. With over 150 illustrations accompanying clear, thorough instructions, "Dragon and Tiger Medical Qigong "offers an accessible and effective path to health and healing.
Beautiful Heart, Beautiful Spirit (Shing-Ling-Mei Wudang Qigong as Taught by Master Qing Chuan Wang)
For millennia, the Chinese have practiced qigong to enhance body, mind and spirit. They understood that the key to good health and well-being resides within heart and mind. By using heart and mind to direct energy - qi - we can learn to balance our body and our life. Master Qing Chuan Wang is a qigong grandmaster, a gifted healer and 18th patriarch of the Wudang Qigong lineage. He brings you Shing-ling-mei Wudang qigong, an effective and uplifting practice that promotes health, healing and happiness. "Beautiful Heart, Beautiful Spirit" is written by Master Wang's wife, Katherine, who is also one of his most advanced students. Through anecdotes, personal history and clearly articulated philosophical principles, this book holds your interest. It presents an overview of the qigong tradition and thorough explanation of the form of qigong taught by Master Wang. You learn what qigong is and how it works, as well as its benefits and applications. A well-illustrated, detailed practice section provides everything needed to develop an effective practice at home. Shing-ling-mei Wudang qigong is a safe, gentle and effective practice for all ages. A companion DVD, purchased separately, features the six moving exercises illustrated in the book.