Harnessing the Power of the Universe: A Complete Guide to the Principles and Practice of CHI-Gung

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Chi-gung - which literally means "energy work" - is a system of cultivating health, vitality, and longevity that is based upon the fundamental principles of Taoism and the universal laws of nature. Practiced by the Chinese for thousands of years, chi-gung works with the energy found in our own bodies and in the surrounding environment to help overcome the imbalances that sap our strength and give rise to disease. The simple meditative movements, breathing exercises, and massage techniques that are the basis of ...
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Overview

Chi-gung - which literally means "energy work" - is a system of cultivating health, vitality, and longevity that is based upon the fundamental principles of Taoism and the universal laws of nature. Practiced by the Chinese for thousands of years, chi-gung works with the energy found in our own bodies and in the surrounding environment to help overcome the imbalances that sap our strength and give rise to disease. The simple meditative movements, breathing exercises, and massage techniques that are the basis of chi-gung can be practiced by anyone, regardless of age or physical fitness. Here, Daniel Reid - one of the leading authorities on Chinese healing practices - gives readers everything they need to know in order to start their own practice of chi-gung.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781570623370
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/22/1998
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 6.33 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Table of Contents

A Note on Romanization
Preface 1
Introduction: Basic Terms and Concepts 5
Ch. 1 Historical Development of Chi-Gung in China 27
Ch. 2 Major Categories of Chi-Gung Practice 43
Ch. 3 Chi-Gung and the Three Powers: The Harmony of Heaven, Earth and Humanity 64
Ch. 4 Chi-Gung and the Three Treasures: The Alchemy of Essence, Energy and Spirit 77
Ch. 5 Chi-Gung and Health: Healing with Energy 101
Ch. 6 Elemental Energies: Ways of Working with Chi 123
Ch. 7 Fundamentals of Form: Posture, Breath and Integration 160
Ch. 8 Precepts of Practice: Principles, Pointers and Precautions 181
Ch. 9 Introduction to Traditional Styles of Chi-Gung 200
Ch. 10 Basic Chi-Gung Set for Daily Practice 211
Ch. 11 Signs and Sensations, Deviations and Corrections 261
Ch. 12 Chi-Gung and the Tao of Cultivating Life: A Systematic Path to Health, Longevity and Spiritual Power 281
Afterword 306
Appendix 308
Index 313
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