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16 people found this helpful
on 29 August 2013
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.