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"Long Life, Good Health "traces the historical and philosophical development of Tai-Chi Chuan within the context of the sister martial arts from which it was created. This book includes precisely sequenced photographs, and step-by-step instructions. Though intended for beginners, "Long Life, Good Health "should fascinate more advanced students who want to research and compare ancient forms and lineages of Tai-Chi Chuan.
- 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.
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.
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.
Qigong (pronounced chee-gung) is an ancient Chinese practice consisting of physical movements, meditation, creative visualization, and breathing exercises to help revitalize the body and heal the spirit. Similar to tai chi, qigong cultivates vital life-force energy in the body for better health, heightened energy, and longevity. Its powerful benefits have been known in China for thousands of years. This unique book presents over 100 easy, five-minute qigong exercises designed to target specific health issues, from strengthening an aching back and reducing stress to improving sexual function and boosting energy. You can use this book to quickly find the best qigong exercises to target your particular physical and mental health needs. Heal Yourself with Qigong allows you to customize routines, making it ideal for both experienced practitioners and those new to qigong. Choose and combine from these four sections: Instant energy boosters Exercises for restoring physical vitality Emotion-balancing techniques Practices for calming the spirit
Gentle movements from the ancient Chinese art of self-healing and fitness to maintain youthful health and vitality. Shoshanna Katzman introduces readers to the practice of qigong through her graceful twenty-minute program that incorporates postures, breath, sound, visualization, and self-massage. This revitalizing workout will help women of all ages maintain youthful skin, eyes, and hair; improve fitness; and renew energy. Readers can then customize their routine, as the author explains how to apply the healing powers of qigong-along with herbal and dietary remedies-to specific age-related concerns such as arthritis, osteoporosis, menopause, weight gain, and decreased sexual vitality.
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.
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.
"T'ai Chi Ch'uan: The Internal Tradition" is a clear and insightful approach to T'ai Chi, weaving mindfulness and body presence through stages of training and development of technique. Sieh's inquiry into the "fighting" aspect makes the emphasis on the internal or feeling style a powerful tool for bringing more integrity and clarity into our lives.
This is the original classic about Short Form, the most popular and widespread form of T'ai Chi in the West." T'ai Chi Ch'uan" is a must-read for every serious T'ai Chi student. This book is not meant to "teach" T'ai Chi Ch'uan, but meant to expound upon its meaning to the earnest practitioner; to offer the layperson a glimpse into this ancient art; and to communicate the author's unique perceptions and experiences that only a lifetime of practice can cultivate. Taken in this context, this is a most valuable book.
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.
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 Chinese secret for youthfulness, health and long life lies at least partly in T'ai Chi, the ballet-like calisthenics they've practiced for centuries. This rhythmical art stresses slow breathing, balanced and relaxed postures and absolute calmness of mind. The practice itself need take no more than ten minutes a day. This book is a complete step-by-step manual for the beginner that will enable anyone to master the sequence of thirty-seven postures that make up the T'ai Chi solo exercise.
The first English translation of Master Li Ching-yun's teachings on the Eight Brocades, the central practice of qigong. - Explains the physical and spiritual benefits of the Eight Brocades and offers step-by-step instructions for this powerful sequence of postures. - 85 illustrations highlight the postures and philosophies. - Author's commentary provides insight and depth to the original translation. Throughout history Taoists have promoted the development and restoration of the Three Treasures-- body, breath, and spirit--through the gentle practice of qigong. At the center of the qigong practice are the Eight Brocades, a series of postures that developed during the 3,000-year Taoist quest for longevity and vitality. Now qigong expert Stuart Olson translates into English Master Li Ching-yun's treasured teachings on the Eight Brocades. One of the most famous qigong masters of this century, Master Li Ching-yun is reliably chronicled to have lived more than 250 years, during which he practiced the Eight Brocades on a daily basis. His longevity and personal endorsements attest to and validate the Eight Brocades as the quintessence of Taoist health and qigong practices. With Master Li Ching-yun's original teachings as a guide, Stuart Olson presents an authentic yet accessible approach to this unique practice. Each exercise is accompanied by original text from Master Li, step-by-step instructions for each posture, illustrations of the positions, and insights on theory and practice. Because the Eight Brocades are the foundation of all qigong, this book provides valuable advice for all practitioners, regardless of the style they practice or the depth of their experience.
A Qigong Book for Everyone The perfect introduction to America's fastest growing self-healing exercise. For men and women, young and old, in-shape and out Everywhere you look people taking care of themselves. But some are looking beyond the usual fitness regime. They want to take care of more than just their bodies they want total well-being. Many are looking to the Eastern disciplines: Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qigong. Qigong is an ancient and clinically proven mind/body fitness system for preventing and curing all manners of illnesses as well as enhancing mind and spirit. But it does not have to be a mysterious and complicated program. It can be as easy as breathing and moving ...and fun Find out with Six Healing Movements. Providing a brief introduction to the history and meaning of Qigong, Six Healing Movement presents the exercises and sounds to make in easily understood segments, giving English phonetic pronunciation for each sound, and clear sets of sequenced photos to follow. No matter your age, gender, or physical condition, you can practice this easy-to-learn and fun-to-do holistic program. With regular practice, you'll feel positive results in as little as two weeks Overall the book is easy to learn and easy to practice. You can reap immense health benefits, relaxation and peace of mind. It is for all ages and levels of fitness for both men and women. There are step-by-step photos and easy-to-follow instructions. The book is an ideal guide for beginners and intermediate practitioners.
This signature form of Qigong Master Liu He is designed to help all women achieve wholeness by activating the innate healing power within their own minds and bodies. Jade Woman is rich in the Taoist philosophy and Taoist practice of three Secrets - Body Secrets, Language Secrets, and Mind Secrets. Working with the Three Secrets allows you to open 84,000 pores. The result is a greater awareness of all aspects of a women's life - spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical. This powerful Qigong form provides great benefit to all women, regardless of age or reproductive history. It is especially effective with diseases and dysfunctions related to the female reproductive organs or gynecological system, including infertility. It offers smooth transitions during puberty and menopause, and provides regeneration of cells. Experience and discover your own Qi Awareness - Each chapter reveals the Taoist wisdom teaching that have been the foundation of Qigong practice and Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. There is a Qigong lesson at the end of each section that allows readers to assess their understanding of Qigong philosophy and how to apply these principles for a healthy and fulfilling life. The lessons are easy to perform and can be used throughout your life for self-healing.