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The Way of Energy Mastering the Chinese Art of Internal Strength with Chi Kung Exercises Paperback – 26 Nov 1999

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Gaia Books Ltd; New edition edition (26 Nov. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856751112
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856751117
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 682,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Way of Energy provides a step-by-step, almost month-to-month introduction to the practice of Qigong.

Many Qigong books are too "Eastern" for Westerners to read, or are too technical/textbook like, spending many pages going over the meridians, cavities, times of day and orientation. This is required knowledge for advanced practicioners, but gets in the way and is intimidating for introductory students.

The Way of Energy starts of with a simple, straightforward standing meditation. After a brief introduction to Qigong, Part One introduces two standing positions, discusses how to start with a few minutes then work your way up to many, a good section on breathing and has an excellent section describing the sensations most people experience when starting Qigong practice (this section is worth the price of the book for most beginners).

Part Two (which the text recommends proceeding to after a few months) introduces the Eight Pieces of the Brocade Qigong exercies (called Ba Duan Jin in this text) and introduces three additional and advanced standing positions. The reader is instructed on how to integrate these two new pieces into their practice. While the Eight Pieces of Brocade positions vary slightly from other texts, their descriptions are excellent and their purpose briefly but clearly explained.

Part Three describes four advanced standing positions and imagery exercises for the practicioner to begin managing their Chi. The last part of the book describes how to integrate these disciplines into everyday life.

In summary, an excellent introductory step-by-step guide. For more technical works, I would recommend the Qigong Meditation series by Dr. Yang, Jwing Ming (Embryonic Breathing, Small Circulation and the forthcoming book on Grand Circulation).
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When I bought this book about 10 years ago, my neck and shoulders were so tight and painful that I could hardly focus on anything else. Ergonometric adjustments at my desk didn't help. Yoga didn't help. I didn't want to type at all.

Within a few weeks of doing the basic exercises provided in this book, I was beginning to feel relief ... and hope. After a month or so, I was nearly back to 100%. Now, 10 years later, I haven't had any serious problems since in my neck or shoulders when typing. When I feel myself getting tension there, it's a reminder to return to the exercises described in this book. The basic, warm-up exercises are sufficient to help me if I'm in a hurry. They only take about 15 minutes and are easy to remember. They're not a strain in the way some yoga exercises can be. After less than 10 minutes of doing this chi kung, I begin to feel re-energized: that happens almost every time I do them.

Of all the health practices I've tried, this one delivers the most and all through this book. No classes, no mystical grasping of some nameless form. I just did what was described and it worked. Sorry if this sounds too good to be true. I hope it works as well for you as it has for me.
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I can't describe how glad i am that i bought this book. I began studying it nine months ago and I've kept it going everyday since. It has given me so much energy, calmed me down and got rid of my sinus problem (which i'd had operations and all sorts for).

The concept of 'Chi' probably sounds outlandish to the western mind but whatever these exercises do they make you feel good. Ive heard scientific explanations which sound reasonable - that it is increased nerve activity and better circulation. Again whatever it is, it works!

I went to see Master Lam for a private class and i was really impressed. He's a very earthy, friendly man and the advice he gave me was well worth trekking down to London for.

If you have any problems with lethargy, stiffness, poor health - definitely give this book a try.
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I don`t know if the techniques in this book are meant to work immediately, but my mother has been suffering from leg and hip problems for several years now and her problems have never been properly diagnosed. In short the doctors don`t know whats wrong with her and she is generally in alot of pain! When I brought this book my mother read and performed the first warmup excercises and stood in the first position for about five minutes before she went to bed. When she woke up the next day she said to me that that was the first time in two years that she has slept for 4 hours without being woken by her pain. That was enough to sell it to me and I hope you buy, read and find help in this book like my Mum.
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A brilliant book for people of all ages and gender.
Master Lam explains in lay persons language, the way to enhance personal energy and health through this age old Chinese method of passive exercise.
Zhan Zhuang allows for individual progress so there is no 'huffing and puffing' to get fit.
A real must for everyone.
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Registered Tai Chi Chuan Instructor - TCUGB
Instructor - Northern Wu Style Tai Ji Quan Global Association

The Way of Energy is really two books for the price of one as Lam Kam Chuen teaches readers the distinct Ba Duan Jin and Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung systems.

Lam teaches a version of the Ba Duan Jin, or Eight Pieces of Brocade, as a complementary exercise to his Zhan Zhuang. Lam's rationale is that the Eight Pieces will help to improve the body's ability to handle increased chi flow resulting from Zhan Zhuang practice.

Lam doesn't identify the location of the chi meridians that will be enhanced by each Brocade but he does describe the specific benefit of each exercise. Furthermore, Lam gives basic and advanced versions of each Brocade so that levels of difficulty and capability are balanced.

Lam's Zhan Zhuang system comes from the lineage of the famous martial artist Wang Xiang Zhai and in "The Way" Lam shares teachings from Wang's original (Chinese) manuscripts.

Lam teaches the five basic Zhan Zhuang postures with clear illustrations, photos and descriptions. Typical physical reactions are also documented.

Lam goes on to teach progressively more difficult Zhan Zhuang postures and practices together with "mentality exercises" to derive further benefits.

Lam also describes the use of Zhan Zhuang in daily life and includes exercise regimes for various ailments.

The book is beautifully illustrated. In addition to drawings and photos relating to the Chi Kung there are many uplifting photographs of trees accompanied by relevant poetry.

I bought this book almost 20 years ago. Since then "The Way of Energy" has rightly become a modern classic.
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