Eight Simple Qigong Exercises for Health

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Improve your health, increase your energy, and speed your recovery from illness with the Eight Pieces of Brocade (Ba Duan Jin), one of the most popular sets of ancient Chinese healing exercises. These gentle stretching and strengthening movements activate the Qi (vital energy) in your body, helping to stimulate your immune system, strengthen your internal organs, and get you moving!This effective daily fitness plan takes as little as twenty minutes to practice, requires little space, and can be done indoors or ...
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Improve your health, increase your energy, and speed your recovery from illness with the Eight Pieces of Brocade (Ba Duan Jin), one of the most popular sets of ancient Chinese healing exercises. These gentle stretching and strengthening movements activate the Qi (vital energy) in your body, helping to stimulate your immune system, strengthen your internal organs, and get you moving!This effective daily fitness plan takes as little as twenty minutes to practice, requires little space, and can be done indoors or out. With both a sitting and standing set, anyone can do these exercises. If you've never tried a fitness program before, or want an alternative to aerobics and jogging, Eight Simple Qigong Exercises for Health is for you.Qigong builds a foundation of good health.Qigong can take as little as twenty minutes a day.The exercises are easy to learn.Includes over sixty-five instructional photographs and illustrations.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781886969520
  • Publisher: Ymaa Publication Center
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Series: Qigong Health and Healing Series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, is a renowned author and teacher of Chinese martial arts and Qigong. Born in Taiwan, he has trained and taught Taijiquan, Qigong and Chinese martial arts for over forty-five years. He is the author of over thirty books, and was elected by Inside Kung Fu magazine as one of the 10 people who has "made the greatest impact on martial arts in the past 100 years." Dr. Yang lives in Northern California.
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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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