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A fascinating and detailed overview of Nei Gong, 4 Aug 2011
This book is a fantastic introduction to the art of nei gong, it contains more detail than any other book on the subject that I've read whilst being readable enough for total beginners of chi gung/meditation etc.
The author describes many layers of theory including the daoist process of creation, the nature of the energetic substances; jing, qi and shen, the functions of the three dantien and the anatomy of a meridian to name a few. If these topics are unfamiliar to you then rest assured they are explained modestly and concisely. In addition Damo Mitchell describes one of the main breathing techniques used in the internal arts and outlines a set of exercises to soften the body and awaken the energy system, as well as explaining some of the sensations and experiences one has in advancing along the nei gong process.
The book contains many details concerning the theory and practice of nei gong without coming across dry, textbook-like or confusing. The author has clearly spent a significant amount of time training in nei gong and he does the ancient and rewarding art justice in his book. Most importantly it was a great read, very few books have me up until half two in the morning finishing them! Reading this you'll come away with a solid theoretical knowledge of nei gong and you'll hopefully want to take up the art, or if you have already it will renew your enthusiasm for your practice.