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The Way of Energy: Mastering the Chinese Art of Internal Strength with Chi Kung Exercise Paperback – 1 Jun 1991


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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: 144,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Larry Ketchersid on 29 Dec 2006
Format: Paperback
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By calmly on 25 Oct 2007
Format: Paperback
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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By P. Duval on 18 Aug 2007
Format: Paperback
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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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 April 2002
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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. F. Smith on 28 May 2006
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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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