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  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: MSC Creative Enterprises; 2 edition (27 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988317885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988317888
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 266,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark Cohen’s photography is in many major collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the George Eastman House, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. He has published three previous books—Grim Street, True Color, and Dark Knees—and his work has been included in over eighty individual and group exhibitions.


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As a Tai Chi practitioner I had tried Zhan Zhuang over the years but always thought it was simply an exercise in stamina and to build strength in the legs. I always found it too painful to move past a 5 minute stand.
This book has opened my eyes to its possibilities and through the in-depth explanation of how to stand I was immediately able to stand for a full 10 minutes. The micro adjustments necessary are carefully explained and at time of writing I am standing for 15 minutes a day and fully expect to reach my realistic aim of 25 minutes before too long.
Don't get me wrong - this is hard work. I find the first 5 minutes the worst where you need to continually examine each part of your body for correct alignments - however once comfortable the mental problems arise and impatience kicks in. But every now and then a period of complete emptiness occurs which is wonderful.
I have suspect ageing knees and this exercise has helped them hugely in a matter of weeks.... less stiff and no pain. I just need to work on my creaking shoulders now.
Amazing book! Only slight criticism is the photographs were not perhaps as clear as line drawings could have been.
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I have taught this exercise for years, mainly as a prelim to tai chi or chi gung. Since using Mark's book I have extended teaching to include this as a stand-alone health and/or internal strength exercise. Full of in-depth description and explanation, I have learned a great deal from the book but I am certain this will be only a fraction of what Mark knows. I await a follow up or perhaps dvd. Excellent book recommend 5 stars.
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Given the not inconsiderable cost of this book, I'm a bit disappointed in the amateurishness of the finished product. Some of the photos are out of focus and Mark's grasp of when to use "it's" and "its" is very shaky. Would the budget not have run to paying someone to proof read it?
Regarding the content, however, it's fascinating and will provide a lifelong journey of discovery for me. I was particularly interested in the description of his "Kundalini" awakening.
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A good book from a knowledgable and experienced teacher. However i did find it a little 'western' - by that i mean lots of structural, energetic, philosophical texts which although interesting and thorough could be daunting to the practioner (especially a beginner) I started practicing zhan Zhuang about 20 years ago. I was tought by my Kung Fu grand master, he showed us the basic 5 health postures, ensured we were relaxed and in good postures and then said - Practice, practice, practice. Having said that, this book has taught me many things and inspired me to train ZZ more often and longer.
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Excellent guide book and reference guide for the experienced practitioner and for the beginner. Very good illustrations and descriptions of postures, and an excellent description of the processes involved in standing meditation and its results.
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Having been a practitioner of Tai chi since 1986 and teacher from 1994. Mark contacted me about his book so purchased a copy. Very informal, easy to understand. a must for any practitioner. Teaches you body alignments to power energy through the body for healing, or martial arts. Originally standing exercises had some 200 hand postures. Through pictures Mark has brought the best into his book. Whether ordinary meditator, Internal Arts student, or Martial Artist, this is a great buy
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Have been a student of chi king for over twenty years, and found Mark Cohen. Interpretation of the finer points of Zhan Zhuang. Very refreshing and easy to relate to, I practice for my health and general well being, but have found the other benifits that come with it both surreal and exciting. And with Marks insight to the art has helped me to get even better rewards from my practice.
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A superbly written book by a modern day Master of Chi-gung (Qigong) His instructions are clear and to the point. If you are interested in standing practice, Zhan Zhuang, then this book is for you, irrespective of level. I am a 28 year T'ai Chi Ch'uan player and highly recommend this book.
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