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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.
"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.
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"& mdash;a regimen of body, breath, and mental training exercises& mdash;was one of the most widespread cultural and religious movements of late-twentieth-century urban China. The practice was promoted by senior Communist Party leaders as a uniquely Chinese healing tradition and as a harbinger of a new scientific revolution, yet the movement's mass popularity and the almost religious devotion of its followers led to its ruthless suppression. In this absorbing and revealing book, David A. Palmer relies on a combination of historical, anthropological, and sociological perspectives to describe the spread of the "qigong" craze and its reflection of key trends that have shaped China since 1949, including the search for a national identity and an emphasis on the absolute authority of science. "Qigong" offered the promise of an all-powerful technology of the body rooted in the mysteries of Chinese culture. However, after 1995 the scientific underpinnings of "qigong" came under attack, its leaders were denounced as charlatans, and its networks of followers, notably Falungong, were suppressed as "evil cults." According to Palmer, the success of the movement proves that a hugely important religious dimension not only survived under the CCP but was actively fostered, if not created, by high-ranking party members. Tracing the complex relationships among the masters, officials, scientists, practitioners, and ideologues involved in "qigong," Palmer opens a fascinating window on the transformation of Chinese tradition as it evolved along with the Chinese state. As he brilliantly demonstrates, the rise and collapse of the "qigong" movement is key to understanding the politics and culture of post-Mao society.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Low-impact, time-efficient exercises that relieve stress, restore physical health, and rebalance the mind. - Provides step-by-step instructions, with accompanying photos, for dozens of exercises specifically designed for women. - 300 black-and-white photographs. - Addresses concerns specific to women's health, including special sections on female sexuality, osteoporosis, stress, and pregnancy. - Techniques developed and perfected over the course of 2,000 years by Taoist and Buddhist monks and doctors. In today's high-powered world, women frequently find themselves pulled in many different directions. As they try to balance the demands of careers and family life, they are too often left with a feeling of imbalance, a feeling that can manifest in both physical and emotional stress. To reclaim their equilibrium and find relief, more and more women are turning to qigong, a low-impact, time-efficient daily practice of gentle exercises based on the ancient concept of acupuncture meridians. Developed and enriched over two thousand years by Taoist and Buddhist doctors and monks, chi kung offers techniques for improving breath control and mental concentration, releasing stress through self-administered massage and acupressure, and reaching and maintaining desired weight. In "Qigong for Women," Dominique Ferraro gives step-by-step instructions, accompanied by photos, for dozens of exercises that address the specific concerns of women. Along with chapters on stress relief, aging, and physical toning, Ferraro includes information on female sexuality, osteoporosis, menstrual difficulties, and problems related to pregnancy. Through regular practice of chi kung, women can improve blood circulation, reinforce the immune system, and reestablish emotional equilibrium. Middle-aged and older women will enjoy the added benefits of recovering elasticity, whether in their joints or in their psyches. Valuable for all ages, "Qigong for Women "provides a system, both preventive and curative, to maintain the sense of well-being that we all deserve.
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.
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.
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.
Medical qigong is one of the four main branches of Chinese medicine, and it is the energetic foundation upon which the others (acupuncture, herbal medicine, and medical massage) are based. Medical qigong and tai chi exercises are becoming more popular, but there are few books that discuss how they can be used to help address specific disorders. This book is the first medical qigong book that does not simply introduce a set of exercises that are a part of a general qigong routine. Rather, the exercises provided are those prescribed to patients at qigong hospitals in China. Medical qigong doctors and Chinese medicine hospitals have used these exercises for hundreds of years and yet they are relatively unknown in this country. The first half of the book introduces medical qigong theory from a modern Western scientific perspective as well as from the traditional Daoist and Chinese medicine perspectives, so that the reader will understand why and how medical qigong exercises work. The second half is practical exercises for self-healing. The book introduces guidelines for selecting appropriate exercises, and then the exercises themselves. There are general tonification (strengthening), purgation (sedating), and regulation exercises for health maintenance, followed by sections on specific organ and health disorders. This book targets health care practitioners as well as "patients," meaning anyone interested in taking an active role in the healing process.
The deepest benefits of T'ai Chi cannot be realized without an understanding of its underlying principles. This book presents these principles through translations of three core classics of T'ai Chi that are often considered the "T'ai Chi Bible," accompanied by the author's insightful commentary. Master Liao demonstrates how to increase the body's inner energy (ch'i) and transform it into power, health, and well-being. By reading the clear and precise explanations of the fundamental principles of T'ai Chi, students can develop a more complete understanding of the art and philosophy of this traditional martial art.
- 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.
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.