- 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)
The Way of Energy Mastering the Chinese Art of Internal Strength with Chi Kung Exercises Paperback – 26 Nov 1999
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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).
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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
use this way of energy every day since my purchase. what a difference in a yearPublished 29 days ago by michael burns
The content is invaluable for a practitioner of Chi Kung. Book condition was good.Published 5 months ago by S A Raza
Fantastic read I have had the book from it first went in to publication and have found it a valuable asset to my Chi King practice.Published 6 months ago by mark roach
Wonderful book and really well written, exercises are greatPublished 8 months ago by john mcguinness
I have some reservations about the execution of this book, rather than its contents. Earlier editions had a light blue font, which does not have any major advantages over the... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Paul P White
I can't recommend this book too highly.
Master Lam teaches a form of Chi Kung that's really effective. Read more