Chinese Healing Exercises: The Tradition of Daoyin

Chinese Healing Exercises: The Tradition of Daoyin

by Livia Kohn

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Chinese Healing Exercises: The Tradition of Daoyin by Livia Kohn

Daoyin, the traditional Chinese practice of guiding the qi and stretching the body, is the forerunner of Qigong, the modern form of exercise that has swept through China and is making increasing inroads in the West. Like other Asian body practices, Daoyin focuses on the body as the main vehicle of attainment; sees health and spiritual transformation as one continuum leading to perfection or self-realization; and works intensely and consciously with the breath and with the conscious guiding of internal energies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780824832698
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
Publication date: 09/01/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii Acknowledgments ix Introduction 1
1 Early Medical Manuscripts 29
2 Officials, Hermits, and Ecstatics 62
3 The Exercise Classic 98
4 Pathways to Immortality 128
5 Modern Precursors 162
6 Daoyin Today 198 Conclusion 233 Original Sources 237 Bibliography 245 Index 261

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