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Energy in Season: Five Keys to Vitality Paperback – 30 Apr 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Lotus Publishing (30 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905367201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905367207
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 18.9 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,016,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Julie Hanson is an energy coach and a Yoga teacher. She has been a fitness trainer/presenter since the early 1980s. As well as teaching, training Yoga teachers and working in her sports internet business 'my club link', she lectures on health, fitness and seasonal yoga across the UK and Europe, and regularly presents at the London Yoga Show. Sue Woodd is a registered trainer with the Shiatsu Society, T'ai Chi Union of Great Britain and Yoga Alliance, and is also a graduate of the College of Cranial Sacral Therapy and the Pilates Institute. As an International Master Trainer, she now trains fitness instructors, teaches on T'ai Chi and Yoga teachers training courses and lectures for leading Health Farms and Fitness Companies worldwide.


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I had high hopes of this book and thought it might be helpful to combat both the stress of the daily grind and the oncoming winter blues. Sadly, I have found little in it to help on either score. It is a book aimed squarely at women; all the photographs and illustrations therein show women and the only pictures of men are two tiny ones on the book covers. I would have thought that men and women benefit from adopting a more sympathetic life-style and I don't care for the gender-exclusive attitude shown here.

It is a nicely produced book, easy to look and to skim through and gives the impression of being packed with really useful information. The chapters are divided into five seasons (Late Summer being treated as a separate season) and each chapter identifies the characteristics of its season. Problems, priorities and 'solutions' are listed together with recommended foods and drinks for the time in question.

Where, then, lies the short-fall? The authors give their opinions as facts, without supporting arguments, and their sweeping generalisations on how life used to be and how it is now are breath taking. We pay no attention to our energy fluctuations, they tell me, we work late into the night in high-rise buildings far removed from natural light. Oh really? There are many pages in this style and I found it tedious because it is not a considered or accurate view.

There are many T'ai Chi and Yoga exercises, each with photographic demonstrations, and no doubt they are helpful if one has such an amount of free time and space at one's disposal. There are lists of what seasonal habits to cultivate and if anything, these put me off the most. The Spring list begins with, 'Be kind to someone!' The rationale behind this is incomprehensible to me. Why would one not be kind? Why ought it to be only a Spring habit? Another habit they advise is to avoid heated arguments at the meal table. At that point I closed this book and do not intend to re-open it.
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If you can't experience the excellent teaching of Julie and Sue in person, then this is the next best thing. The blend of Seasonal Flow Yoga and Tai Chi works beautifully and leaves you feeling "tuned in" and ready for lifes challenges. On a personal note the knowledge I gained from Sue back in 2006 on the body clock and the five elements transformed our understanding of our son's asthma and significantly reduced hospital visits (2 visits since 2006!). This wasn't done by throwing away prescribed medication but by fully understanding his trigger, mucus forming foods and the early warning signs that the body gives.

Once you buy this book, practice what you read to reap the benefits:-)
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By sibs55 VINE VOICE on 27 Nov. 2011
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The book is separated into 5 seasons: spring, summer, late summer, autumn and winter and each is linked to a pair of organs to bring your body back in harmony with the seasons.
In each season, you will find a general synopsis of the season, priorities, desirable daily habits, a food section giving you advice about what is in season, what to cook, a food list of good foods to include in your diet and an exercise section which gives you Qigong, T'ai Chi, Yoga, advice on meditations and contemplations, home and lifestyle section and a summary.
It really is packed with good advice - I use it as a general guide, dipping in and out of it. I am not an exercise fanatic, but the exercises are photographed and are very clear to follow.
I really love this book as it does not just concentrate on food or just exercise, but sees the body and soul as a whole and I actually feel it will reconnect people again with the seasons.
Highly recommended
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This is a very nicely put together book, easy to flick through and dip into rather than having to be read cover to cover. There are five seasons covered in the book to correspond with the Chinese elements and each season has sections for diet tips, living tips, tai chi, qi gong and yoga. Other related topics are covered as they relate to seasons, for example menopause in autumn as this relates to the autumn years of a woman's life. It has to be said that this is in no way an in-depth book and briefly skims the surface of the various bits and pieces it touches upon, but for many people this could be a nice, lightweight insight into different ways to live more in tune with nature and the seasons, and different techniques we can use to counteract the problem of 'detachment from nature' that modern life poses for most of us.
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This is a fantastic book and everyone should have one. Especially important for anyone who truly values their health and wellbeing and that of the families. It is a wonderful guide book that offers inspiration and guidance for better health and peace of mind. Love it.
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I was optimistic about this book thinking that by taking a seasonal approach this might be a method that would work and help me achieve and unlock my vitality. So far I'm still looking for the 'keys' mentioned in the title ... and they seem intent on eluding me! Perhaps I just need to give the approach more time but I am finding it all a little bit woolly. Maybe when we hit Springtime my vitality shall spring forth! Meanwhile I'll keep hoping and try to persevere ...
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"Energy in Season: Five Keys to Vitality" is one of those books you pick up when you are thinking that you should really make an effort to get a bit fitter, to eat healthier, to be more at one with nature, to learn to cope with dark mornings and dark evenings better etc. I've taken a while getting around to reviewing it, as I've been reading it season by season, as the book is divided up into 5 (yes, 5) seasons - summer being considered two seasons.

Its coffee-table cover makes this book look like it could be full of useful, interesting stuff. Unfortunately, once you start reading this book, you find it is a collection of lists, interspersed with groups of photographs of yoga positions etc. Even so, you think the lists might be useful and it's about time you took up yoga. Well, unfortunately, many of the lists are claptrap, anecdotal, largely unproven, repetitive, padding. The photographs of yoga and tai chi positions are variable, but really not something best learnt from a book. Far better and safer to find a good instructor who asks about your health, fitness etc before teaching things that are suitable for you. Maybe the food sections will be useful... maybe not - they are just lists of foods, rather than useful recipes.

There is definitely a market for a good book about how to live a healthier life, in tune with the seasons. If it looks good that's a bonus. However, "Energy in Season: Five Keys to Vitality" is not that book. It is airy-fairy, fluffy, claptrap, poorly presented (other than the cover).

Not recommended.
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