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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.
Here is a detailed, easy-to-use guidebook for women forty and older on how to use gentle but powerful traditional Chinese exercises, breathing techniques, massage, meditation, and vocalizations to promote health, fitness, relaxation, and mental clarity; improve stamina; and even treat specific health concerns. Acupuncturist and longtime qigong practitioner Deborah Davis explains the traditional Chinese approach to health and the various components of qigong practice; gives general health routines for women in specific age groups; and offers do-it-yourself practices and routines for specific health issues including insomnia, hypertension and heart disease, menopause, sexual vitality, breast health, breast cancer, osteoporosis, and depression.To learn more about the author, visit her website: www.womensqigong.com.
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.
The Spine is the roof of all motion ?Qigong Exercises can help eliminate back pain. This expanded second edition includes Qigong exercises that can restore the health of the spine. Some of the exercises are designed to heal a condition, others to help rebuild the strength of the joints, still others to help keep the back healthy and prevent further problems from developing and expedite your body's natural healing abilities. The exercises are simple to learn, enjoyable to practice, and can be performed sitting or standing. Ten exercises for both standing and sitting and 23 massage techniques to do alone or with a partner. Young or old, sedentary or athletic; it is likely that you will experience some sort of back pain injury in your lifetime. Since the spine is the root of all motion, a healthy back is vital to well-being. Although Western Medicine has made great progress in treating spinal illnesses and lower back pain; it has only limited success in actually healing it. Chinese Medicine, over the last four thousand years, has developed many of its own methods to treat spine problems, including Qigong exercises, acupuncture, massage, and herbal treatments. By doing Qigong exercises, you can effectively treat many cases of spinal illnesses and rebuild the strength of your torso which is the root of complete healing.
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.
These ancient Chinese exercises help to alleviate the pains of arthritis, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, and many other "senior" diseases--and, as added benefit, they're fun and low impact.
- 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.