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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    For somebody who¿s entirely new to qi, I would recommend this bo

    For somebody who’s entirely new to qi, I would recommend this book.

    “Qi is the energy or natural force that fills the universe,” Dr. Yang writes.

    Three types of qi exists: heaven qi, earth qi and human qi. All of these energies must balance, according to the Chinese. Otherwise, we experience natural disasters – earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes – and disease, among other things.

    The bulk of this book focuses on the Eight Pieces of Brocade – both sitting and standing versions – exercises developed in China nearly 1,000 years ago by Marshal Yue, Fei in order to improve his soldiers’ health. Yue, Fei is described by Dr. Yang as “a great scholar of the Chinese classics… a brave and shrewd general who skillfully defeated the enemies of his country.”

    By using the pieces, Dr. Yang says you’ll activate “the qi and blood circulation in your body, helping to stimulate your immune system, strengthen your internal organs, and give you abundant energy.”

    Not only does he explain the theories involved in qigong practice, but he even has pictures to illustrate how to do the actual sets of exercises, plus an extensive glossary and index to help you find what you need.

    If you’re like me, though, you’ll probably want the DVD. I’ve found books to be great for learning philosophy and history, but not so great for actual technique.

    (Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in order to review it.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2013

    Simple Qigong Exercises for Health is a terrific book for those

    Simple Qigong Exercises for Health is a terrific book for those interested in learning about qigong and it’s wonderful benefits to health and wellness. I have been a practitioner of Chinese martial arts and qigong for over 15 years, and am very familiar with the standing set of the Eight Pieces of Brocade (Baduanjin). Even so, I found this book to be very informative as Dr. Yang explains the benefits of each exercise and its specific qigong principles, something that I wasn’t sure of prior to reading this book.

    The history of qigong and the Baduanjin set is discussed in Chapter 1. Chapter 2 focuses on Qigong theory and principles; chapter 3 discusses the sitting Baduanjin; chapter 4 describes the standing Baduanjin; chapter 5 is the conclusions.
    Having only five chapters and a total 83 pages in length (not including the glossary or index), this book is an easy read. Qigong basic concepts are presented clearly and are easily understood. The Eight Pieces of Brocade (Baduanjin) exercises presented by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming are clearly illustrated with step-by-step photos accompanied with movement descriptions. I would recommend beginners to also invest in the DVD companion to the book.
    The Baduanjin exercises are simple enough for seniors, or for others who may be restricted in movement, or not yet comfortable enough to attempt tai chi. Through these low-impact exercises, practitioners will be able to gain more mobility, flexibility, increase strength and stamina, and generally experience “feeling better.”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2000

    Wonderful Eastern Perspective

    This book provides a very Eastern perspective on qigong, yet is still accessible to Westerners. The exercises provided are very gentle and low-impact, very thoroughly described. It provides both sitting and standing versions of the Eight Brocades.

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    Posted October 30, 2008

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