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

Kam Chuen Lam
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1 Jun 1991
In a world dizzy with activity and motion, the idea of attaining the pinnacle of stress-free health and inner strength without moving a muscle is compelling. This handbook introduces a highly refined achievement of Chinese culture - the technique of Zhan Zhuang energy exercise.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Gaia Books Ltd (1 Jun 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856750205
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856750202
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd give it ten stars if i could. 18 Aug 2007
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful beyond belief 25 Oct 2007
By calmly
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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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truely magical 9 April 2002
By A Customer
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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly an excellent introduction 28 May 2006
Many exercise manuals spend a great deal of time seeling the ideas behind the exercise style and devote little space to "how" the exercise regime applies. This book gets straight into it, with plenty of drawings and explanations. The regime itself sounds deceptively easy, but is quite demanding. The warm up, "ba duan gin" exercises [a sort of Chinese yoga] and then the period of standing + warm down take up to 30 mins. Once it is a part of your routine however, it flows naturally.

The system does produce fitness benefits that you would associate with more gym like routines.

I am sorry to sound like a zealot, but this does work and is something almost anyone could attempt.
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thank you nice one
Published 1 month ago by Stephen Maynard
5.0 out of 5 stars This could the start of a beautiful relationship.
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 more
Published 4 months ago by Paul P White
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding guide
I can't recommend this book too highly.

Master Lam teaches a form of Chi Kung that's really effective. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Colin_M
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK
The exercises are easy to follow and give you a huge benefit!! It is expensive so I ordered an used copy which is fine.
Published 8 months ago by D Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars good beginners guide
A good beginners guide to Chi Kung: clear instructions with good illustrations.
Chinese graphic pages on history of Chi Kung giving background very interesting.
Published 10 months ago by Christine Conway
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple exrecises that give great results
I first came across the author on Youtube under the heading 'Stand Still be Fit', which are great! Half the book is based on the videos "stand like a tree poses" and gives... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Peter
3.0 out of 5 stars Good information
The book provides good information of the subject, Does not give any extra information than other books on the market out there. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Every Penny
I had to purchase this book second hand however the quality was very good. Service prompt also. In terms of the content this is simply outstanding. Read more
Published 21 months ago by A Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Way of Energy: Mastering the Chinese art of Internal strength with...
Very happy with the book. It arrived quite quickly and in the condition described so I'm very happy with this purchase.
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