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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.
A handbook of the classical Chinese literature on which the art of t'ai chi is based. First English translation of the classic texts of T'ai Chi Ch'uan. This is required reading for practitioners of every style.
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.
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.