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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best books on Qigong theory, 12 April 2004
This review is from: The Root of Chinese Qigong: Secrets for Health, Longevity and Enlightenment (Paperback)
This is the best book i've found so far discussing qigong theory (includes also a great chapter on Qigong history) , Dr. Yang has clearly a profound knowledge on the subject, not only on a theoretical level, since he pratices martial arts and qigong since he was a teenager. To pratice Qigong you must know the what, the why, and the how (the movements and postures are what is "viewable" but that is not the essence of qigong. This book intends to give you that kind of knowledge. The theory of qigong in it's deeper levels it's complex and a bit hard to understand at first, so, do not be surprised if you have to read a second time, or to look for other sources in order to be able to comprehend the theory.
Another positive point is that the author uses the modern Pinyin translation and includes the chinese characters of some words and expressions, which is great for chinese readers, or students of mandarin chinese. Being a physician he also presents a very interesting section with some scientifical hypotheses about Qi, bioelectromagnetic energy and the electromagnetic field in the human body. He presents this hipotheses in a skeptical aproach (not the anedoctical pseudo-scientific thinking we often see in people who "MUST" find a scientifical explanation for their beliefs or pratices. Dr. Yang's not ashamed of assuming his ignorance, and that's one of the best qualities someone can possess.
Keep in mind that this is a book to understand qigong theory, not for buy it and start practicing.
I only focused the positive aspects of this work, because in my opinion it's undoubtely a must have in every Qigong practicioner personal library.
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An in depth introduction to Qigong for all branches., 12 April 2002
This review is from: The Root of Chinese Qigong: Secrets for Health, Longevity and Enlightenment (Paperback)
As a small-circle jujitsu student with an interest in dim mak (pointing cavities), I purchased this book based upon Dr Yang’s recommendation as a prelude to his book Muscle/Tendon Changing and Marrow/Brain Washing Qigong – The Secrete of Youth. I found it to be a valuable introduction to qigong (energy work), to quote Dr Yang “The main purpose of this book is to lead you to the path of study…” and until I find better literature I am sure I will be referencing this book in the future. If you liked Daniel Reid’s A Complete Guide to Chi-Gung (who by the way wrote one of the forwards to this book) and wanted to find literature that covers this once ancient secrete in more depth, or you are interested in Qigong for martial arts, healing, health, longevity or even enlightenment!!! This is a highly recommended book to help you on your way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best single book on Qi Gong theory and history., 14 Nov 2013
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Master Yang is an oasis of knowledge in the subject of Chinese martial arts and Qi gong. The Chinese martial arts have had their fair share of charlatans, Master Yang is not one of them. Master Yangs knowledge and communication of the Chinese Martial arts and Qi Gong are second to none, this book IMO is essential for all Qi gong practitioners who take their art seriously. Potential buyers need to be aware, this is NOT a practice book, you will find no routines in here, (though there are a few example exercises) this is a supplement book packed with knowledge to support Master Yangs other works such as his 8 Pieces of Brocade, White Crane and Da Mo Secret of Youth Qi Gong books and DVDs. This book explains the theory, history and practice of Qi Gong and importantly explains some of the common mistakes and deviations that can occur and what to do if these happen. Any practitioner of Qi Gong will find this tome of knowledge useful in developing and maximising their own practice, whilst also keeping it safe from deviations which are surprisingly common in Qi Gong. Master Yang is true master, this book is an incredible bargain for the immense wisdom and knowledge contained within.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpfull, 6 Mar 2014
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I liked it very much beacause it gives you a full picture of many terms that concern the principles in the chinese medicine and the chi gong practice. Very sincere approach from the author.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative, if tedious., 19 Mar 2007
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There are some excellent tid bits of information in this book, but it is so repetitious! It could have been a third of its size and yet still contained all the information presented.

That said however, it provides an excellent grounding in the way of Qigong Gong Fu.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Qigong part I, 25 Mar 2014
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Easy vocabulary and clear explanatrions, some repetition on some explanations though...great for those looking for the basics of Qi and qigong
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greats......., 7 Feb 2014
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This book suits anybody searching for information on the internal arts and those who are experienced, very detailed descriptions with Chinese characters and translation for certain words. Dr Yang is very knowledgeable on this subject, in a way that it makes it comfortable to read. If you have read other books you will find similar exercises within them all but this one is like a medical dictionary with methods to suit that are explained enough for you to do yourself. I have only ever owned one other of Dr Yangs books and that was in the mid 80's. One thing for certain he does know his stuff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good overview, 5 April 2014
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Very good overview for beginers, subject too broad for one book hence large series of books half way being released
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Qigong, 4 Mar 2013
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i brought this book on the root of chinese Qigong because i wanted to know more about Qigong and also to deepen my knowledge as well and i wanted to know about the chi and shen as well and this book is highly recommended
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 21 Sep 2013
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E book delivered to iPad quickly and has been a useful tool in helping me understand the amazing art of Qigong
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