Qi Gong for Beginners: Eight Easy Movements for Vibrant Health Paperback – 1 Sep 2007
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" Qi Gong is one of the most important movement meditation techniques. If all Americans learned just the ' Eight Silken Movements' and practiced them daily, we could reduce health costs by 50 percent." -- C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., Founder Shealy Institute for Comprehensive Health Care, and Founding President, American Holistic Medical Association
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Chi Gung (Chi Kung, Qi Qong) has three stages for each exercise, Form, Energy and Mind. This book covers only the first part, the form of each exercise, the control of energy, the visualisation and the mental process is completely absent.
In addition several of the exercises were called by non-standard names, for example "Nourishing the kidneys" was called "Touching the toes and Arching the back" which while sounding like a better name obscures the point of the exercise, which is in fact to bring chi to the kidneys.
Looking at the pictures of the positions my initial impression was of some very incorrect postures.
However first impressions can be wrong.
yes....The postures are very different from the more standard chinese movements, and the number of repetitions is much less, which is strange as irrespective of the changes in movements, the reps should remain the same as it is based on the bagua 8*8=64 trigrams.
Still I thought I would have a good read through before I sent it back for a refund.
The first 5 chapters are worth the cover price.
The descriptions of Qi Gong and the insites into training the breath, body and mind and well written and very informative. They give good accurate information that is written by a knowledgeable and experienced author.
In conclusion, I would say that this is not a good book to learn the standard movements of Ba Duan Jin (the chinese methods)as it teaches a korean version that I would say is inferior, for more reasons than I can explain here, however if you want to understand the theories behind why Qigong practice is beneficial, and practical advice on how to train your breath/body/mind, then you should consider buying it but ignoring the chapter on the 8 movements and get a decent teaching video. "Bu Duan Jin" by the Chinese Health QiGong Association would be a good place to start.Ba Duan Jin: Eight-section Qigong Exercises (Chinese Health Qigong Associat)
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Very informative and easy to read but I do wish the exercises were shown as a mirror image as I do find it hard to follow - you are trying to follow the routine but not sure which... Read morePublished on 6 Mar. 2014 by M BLYDE
great discovery i do it for more then a year helps me a lot. Just buy it and do it!!!!Published on 2 Jun. 2013 by Ernst Leeuwerink
This is a wonderful book which enables any person, whatever their level of fitness to improve their health and vitality. Read morePublished on 24 May 2011 by Deebee
The movements are easy to follow. I shall follow them with my daily Tai Chi exercises.Published on 16 July 2010 by Diane
Absolutely like this book.The gentle stretches gave me great flexibility,energy,physical relaxation and mental concentration in only 10 minutes a day. Read morePublished on 28 May 2010 by Rob2311