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The Way of Energy: Mastering the Chinese Art of Internal Strength with Chi Kung Exercise [Paperback]

Lam Kam Chuen
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1 Oct 1991

For centuries, the Chinese exercise system called Chi Kung has been shrouded in secrecy. The Way of Energy is the first comprehensive guide to the most powerful form of Chi Kung ever developed -- "standing like a tree".

A gentle, yet profoundly beneficial form of exercise, which requires very little movement, this form of Chi Kung unlocks deep reserves of energy builds internal stamina, strengthens immunity, relieves chronic illness, and promotes the natural regeneration of the nervous system.

Using step-by-step instructions and more than 100 drawings and full-color photographs, The Way of Energy tells how to:
* perform the entire sequence of rejuvenating positions
* combat stress by practicing Chi Kung while standing, sitting, working, playing, and even sleeping
* prevent and treat a wide range of common ailments

Continuing our best-selling series of books for mind and body which includes The Sivananda Companion to Yoga, The Dance Workshop, and The Book of Stress Survival, The Way of Energy will help you achieve physical fitness, mental clarity, and a profound inner strength and vitality.



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  • Paperback: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Inc (1 Oct 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671736450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671736453
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Master Lam Kam Chuen is a specialist in Chi Kung, a recognized master of Tai Chi Chuan, and a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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When I first started reading this book, I couldn't believe the easy methods portrayed by Master Lam. Master Lam has included excellent technical drawings, expected effects and results, and even a guide to what might happen over the first six weeks of training. I find the exercises extremely simple and relaxing, while at the same time, I know I am building up my internal stamina(chi), as well as my mental control. You really notice the effects within the first week, and I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a more energetic body and mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be fooled. 18 Oct 1998
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The exercises in this book look so simple, that they can't possibly be effective - WRONG! Having practised Qigong and TaiChi for several years now, this is one technique that has definitely worked for me - I have a lot more energy and my immune system is stronger than ever. But to get results - you have to practice regulary/daily. I'm just as guilty sometimes, but believe me, try this daily for a couple of months and you'll be sold. But remember that to learn properly you should find yourself a good teacher. Otherwise it's like learning to ride a bike from a book...but a great introduction and you'll have those stabilers off your bike in no time!
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One of the most pervasive systems of chi gung as taught on the Chinese mainland. Finally presented in plain, easy to understand and follow english, this is, of all the books I have accumulated on chi gung, undoubtedly the most thorough, well presented and, most importantly, easily learned. An essential purchase for those who want an introduction to this fascinating art, and a worthy addition to the seasoned practioners bookshelf.
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On first reading, I thought that the techniques in the book were too simple to be really effective; after all, they only involved standing still and relaxing; there were many other books with more fascinating systems. After searching in vain, I returned to this book and found, through practice, energy, health, a positive outlook and profound peace. Suitable for people who are stressed out by life, and want a sure remedy (not fast, just sure). (Daily practice recommended... :) )
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I have read several books dealimg with Zhan Zhaung (pronounced Jan Jong), and I have recommended some of them, but with a disclaimer "Not safe for beginners". "The Way of Energy" IS safe for beginners, if the authors advice is heeded. Do listen to the signals your body sends you. This book has a safe and effective exercize system called Ba Duan Jin. to loosen the joints, muscles and tendons. On first glance you may assume that standing in one pose for a few minutes is extremely easy, but don't let that fool you. Zhan Zhaung is one of the most demanding forms of exercize ever developed. In my opinion standing in the second position "Holdinng the balloon" for 15 minutes will give you more of a workout than power walking for 3 miles. It will deffinately build your endurance! With dedicated practise it isn't unrealistic to build your endurance to where you can hold one pose for an hour or more. I like Zhan Zhaung because it doesn't abuse the body the way most exercizes do, and I meditate during my Zhan Zhaung sessions. This way I don't have to make time for exercize and meditation. I am not entirely happy with this book because it doesn't have a drawing showing where the meridians occur on the body, or teach how to lead chi along the meridians to clear blockages. If you think Zhan Zhaung is too easy, there are several ways to increase the difficulty. a. increase the difficulty of the pose by widening the stance, bending the knees more, or holding the arms higher. b. increase the time spent in Zhan Zhaung c. hold weights.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Has Stood the Test of Time 7 Mar 2010
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars chi kung for beginners.
Excellent book, gives the basics to the beginner in a language that is easy lo understand with illustrations that are easy to follow. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark Julian Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book
If you are a beginner this is a great book - it is easy to read and very informative.thank you
Published 4 months ago by M BLYDE
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Excellent book, very pleased with the outcome actually bought a second book as a gift so that really says it all.
Published 17 months ago by Mr P. Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars The Way of Energy
A very interesting book with good pictures of the exercise stances. This book fully explains how this exercise regime came about and how it exercises both you body and mind.
Published 17 months ago by Mr M F Hession
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is an easy to follow intro to Zhan Zhuang(?). I've been doing the exercises for about a month but it is too soon to experience any effects - although my aikido students have... Read more
Published on 18 July 2011 by P. Downs
5.0 out of 5 stars Clearly the best Qigong book I've ever seen
This book introduces some traditional Chinese exercises that are supposed to enhance your energetics and thus improve your health. Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2010 by Printul Noptilor
5.0 out of 5 stars The Way of Energy
Very clear step by step instructions on how to perform Chi Kung. illustrations complement the instructions
Published on 3 Sep 2009 by Wilfred Fisher
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