Cultivating Qi

An Introduction to Chinese Body-Mind Energetics

Author: Jun Wang

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1556439547

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 79

View: 5680

While Chinese acupuncture and herbalism enjoy widespread popularity in the West, traditional Chinese exercise techniques—with the exception of qi gong—have rarely been taught outside China. This book is designed to change that. Written by Jun Wang, a doctor of Chinese medicine, Cultivating Qi draws on classic Chinese texts to introduce these body-mind healing exercises to Western readers. In simple, accessible language, Wang presents three specific qi exercises: the Yijin Jing, a popular form of calisthenics associated with both Chinese Buddhist and Daoist traditions; Taiji Neigong, a series of 34 movements adapted from the Wu-Hao style of Taiji Quan; and the “Six Healing Breaths,” which combines spoken sounds with movements associated with the six major vital organs of Chinese medicine. Written for beginning students of Chinese medicine as well as laypersons, healthcare practitioners, and martial artists, Cultivating Qi includes clear explanations of Chinese medical terminology—and provides the original Chinese characters for more advanced students—as well as step-by-step instruction in the three exercises. Accompanied by 100 photographs, these exercises are suitable for all ages and activity levels, and most of them take no more than 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

Cultivating Qi

The Root of Energy, Vitality, and Spirit

Author: David W. Clippinger

Publisher: Singing Dragon

ISBN: 0857012541

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 176

View: 6945

How can Qi offer you the means, tools and will to live a life of balance? Explaining what Qi is, where it comes from, how we use it, and how we can cultivate it in order to achieve wholeness and balance, this much-needed book combines knowledge and practice to explore all aspects of Qi, including its modern, everyday implications. The book not only covers the history of Qi, but also demystifies the vital philosophies and practices surrounding it. Filled with valuable information on how to recognise and cultivate Qi in order to increase your energetic capacity and return to a more efficient physical, emotional, and psychological state, it also illustrates Qi's central importance in meditation, Taiji, Qigong, and other Internal Arts practices that focus upon its vitality. The author also offers instruction on a number of methods for opening the energy gates of the body to cultivate Qi.

Awaken the Dragon

Qi Cultivation Techniques

Author: Michael Steward

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1412019338

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 378

View: 4070

Practiced by millions of people the world over, Qigong is actually an approach to life itself. It is a state of mind characterized by complete relaxation and complete acceptance, and deep meditation; it is open to the healing energy of the universe, and it offers healing for the whole world. Qigong practice not only aligns your own body, mind and spirit, but also aligns us with the universal body, mind and spirit. By regulating our minds through meditation, deep breathing and gentle movement we can facilitate a smoother and stronger flow of energy throughout our bodies, giving us greater health and freedom of movement throughout our lives. This unique book will familiarize you with the cultivation and healing concepts of Qigong. This book is beautifully illustrated with over 370 photos and more than 80 drawings. "We must practice Qigong with the intention of not only healing ourselves, but becoming a healing influence on all those around us."- Dr. Michael Steward Sr.

Chi Energy - Activation, Cultivation and Flow

Author: Richard E Clear

Publisher: Clear Silat Incorporated

ISBN: 9780981616704


Page: 144

View: 2919

Clear explains beginner to advanced practices regarding Chi/Qi/Ki (Life-Force) activation, cultivation, and flow that allow an individual to personally experience, build, and work with Chi energy.

The Power of Qi for Health & Longevity

Author: Maurice L. LaVigne

Publisher: Power of Qi for Health & Longevity

ISBN: 9780994934765


Page: 122

View: 4235

A must-have for everyone interested in Qi or Universal Energy. The Power of Qi for Health & Longevity is accessible to both new and advanced students. It is the result of over 20 years of dedicated study into the dynamics of cultivating Qi with two wonderful and highly qualified Grand Masters of Qi Gong: Weizhao Wu of Toronto, Canada, and Dr. Tsu Kuo Shih of Connecticut, USA. The powerful tools offered in this book will help you discover and enjoy the immense healing powers of Qi Gong. Featured are an extensive explanation of body's energy anatomy, the secrets of longevity according to Professor Huang Zhanhuan of China, founder of the Dadao style of Taiji Chuan, the nine steps to mastering Qi Gong, the six healing sounds and more. Learn Dragon Qi Gong, my signature style, and four Medical Qi Gong styles for Respiratory Disease, Depression, Anxiety, Digestive Issues, and High/Low Blood Pressure.

Cultivating Ch'i

A Samurai Physician's Teachings on the Way of Health

Author: Kaibara Ekiken,William Scott Wilson

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 159030988X

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 223

View: 2769

Samurai are best known for taking life—but here is a samurai doctor's prescription for how to preserve life, and to make yours a long and healthy one. Unlike other samurai of his time, the samurai Kaibara Ekiken (1630–1714) was concerned less with swordsmanship than with how to maintain and nurture the healthy mind and body upon which martial techniques and philosophy depended. While serving as the chief medical doctor and healer to the Kuroda clan, he came to a holistic view of how the physical, mental, and spiritual lives of his patients were connected. Drawing from his medical practice, the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, and his life experience, Ekiken createdthis text as a guide to sustaining health and stamina from youth to old age. Ekiken's advice regarding moderation, food and drink, sleep, sexual activity, bathing, and therapeutic practices is still amazingly intuitive and appropriate nearly three hundred years after this book was written.

Qigong for Staying Young

A Simple Twenty-minute Workout to Cultivate Your Vital Energy

Author: Shoshanna Katzman

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781583331736

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 274

View: 7228

An introduction to the ancient Chinese practice of self-healing and fitness outlines a twenty-minute program that incorporates postures, breath, sound, visualization, herbal remedy, and self-massage practices designed to slow the aging process while improving health and increasing energy levels. Original. 15,000 first printing.


Discovering Your Life Energy

Author: Waysun Liao

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834823600

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 144

View: 2660

Chi is the invisible energy of life that flows in and around us throughout the universe. Used skillfully, it can have a remarkable effect on health and vitality—to the degree that you’d be tempted to call it magical, if it weren’t so completely natural. Here is a perfect introduction to chi that explains in a direct and simple way what it is and why it is essential to a healthy and vital life. It provides an easy-to-understand explanation of chi, and then helps readers recognize, develop, and strengthen their own chi through specific breathing techniques and basic exercises, all demonstrated by the author. There are many books on chi development through t’ai chi and qigong practice, but this one goes deeper to enable you to understand the fundamental principles as you cultivate it. This book is a reference for alternative health professionals such as acupuncturists and shiatsu therapists and their patients, as well as for anyone who practices t’ai chi, qigong, aikido, and other chi-based martial arts. To learn more about the author, please visit his website at

Eternal Chi

Martial Art Meditations for Cultivating Chi Life Force Energies

Author: Sensei John Cox

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 9781481019880

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 188

View: 631

ETERNAL CHI: Martial Art Meditations for cultivating Chi and Life-Force energies. Chi is the life force energy of the universe. Everyone has chi, but not everyone has the same level of chi. The Shaolin Monks and Nuns devised certain meditation practices in order to tap into and cultivate chi. This book teaches 14 seated meditations and 18 standing meditations based on martial arts movements. In this book, clear, concise instruction is given for each meditation in both basic and advanced levels. These meditations are presented in as much authenticity as possible and can be readily learned by a wide variety of people from absolute beginners to seasoned practitioners. This book teaches not only how to meditate but also the theory and principles behind meditation. Detailed instruction is given on the proper way to breathe and how to develop good breathing habits. In a nutshell, there are essentially 2 methods of meditation: Spiritual meditation and Martial Art meditation. Spiritual meditation develops clear-mind awarness and higher-consciousness. Martial Art meditation develops focus, concentration, strength, and chi life-force energies. There are similarities between Spiritual meditation and Martial Art meditation, but the difference is on the focus. This book teaches martial art meditations created by the Shaolin Monks and Nuns. These meditations are designed to build chi and life force energies. Each meditation is unique unto itself and contain both a basic and advanced level. At the advanced level, a special breathing pattern is used that deepens focus, enhances concentration, and taps into higher levels of life force energies. This book is the first in a series of books pertaining the martial art meditations. There are many, many martial art meditations in existence that build chi and life force energies, strengthen the body and develop mental focus and clarity.

Health Cultivation in Chinese Medicine

Author: Zhanwen Liu,Mark L. Mondot,Xin Niu

Publisher: PMPH-USA

ISBN: 7117149221

Category: Health

Page: 510

View: 1795

Practices for maintaining optimum health and prolonging life, or yang sheng, have been a part of Chinese culture for thousands of years, and health cultivation is an important component of Chinese Medicine. Health cultivation is related to methods of disease prevention involving exercises and practices that aim to improve the individual constitution while maintaining harmony within the body. A broad range of practices involving both body and mind have been collected here. This book contains twenty chapters, beginning with an introduction to the historical development and basic concepts of yang sheng. Health cultivation methods provided in this book include dietary methods, sexual practices, spirit-cultivation exercises, medicinal herbs, geomancy (feng shui), tui na massage, qi gong exercise, and many other specific practices for promoting health in all stages of life.

Mysteries of the Life Force

My Apprenticeship with a Chi Kung Master

Author: Peter Meech

Publisher: Sentient Publications

ISBN: 1591810558

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 151

View: 9127

By turns suspenseful, philosophical, and humorous, this book chronicles the first seven years of an extraordinary apprenticeship in Toronto between a young man and a celebrated chi kung master from Shanghai. Many astonishing events occurred, such as frequent telepathic exchanges between master and student, the throwing of chi-energy over great distances, and at least one instance of what could be called 'Jedi mind control', right out of the movie Star Wars.

Return to Oneness with the Tao

Author: Ricardo B. Serrano

Publisher: Ricardo B Serrano

ISBN: 0987781960


Page: 106

View: 8347

Commentaries, Meditation and Qigong for Healing and Spiritual Awakening "The teaching focuses essentially on the purification of Jing-Chi-Shen into its final product: the elixir of pure-person." - Door to All Wonders, Tao Te Ching The second book Return to Oneness with the Tao elaborates on the Taoist meditation and Qigong inner alchemy techniques such as lower dantien breathing, Microcosmic Orbit Qigong, primordial wuji Qigong, meditation on twin hearts, and Tibetan Shamanic Qigong to cultivate the Three Treasures Jing, Qi and Shen. An important addition to this book is the understanding of a most important principle - awareness and intention are powerful factors for personal transformation and healing. When we are aware of what is - the emotional root cause of disease that is blocking the flow of Qi - we can intentionally release it through meditation and Qigong to effect a process of change for personal transformation and healing. "Oneness or Qigong state (samadhi) is experienced by cultivating the Three Treasures Jing, Qi and Shen in the Three Dantians through the practice of Qigong." - Master Ricardo B Serrano

The Confucian Philosophy of Harmony

Author: Chenyang Li

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134600488

Category: Philosophy

Page: 216

View: 3398

Harmony is a concept essential to Confucianism and to the way of life of past and present people in East Asia. Integrating methods of textual exegesis, historical investigation, comparative analysis, and philosophical argumentation, this book presents a comprehensive treatment of the Confucian philosophy of harmony. The book traces the roots of the concept to antiquity, examines its subsequent development, and explicates its theoretical and practical significance for the contemporary world. It argues that, contrary to a common view in the West, Confucian harmony is not mere agreement but has to be achieved and maintained with creative tension. Under the influence of a Weberian reading of Confucianism as "adjustment" to a world with an underlying fixed cosmic order, Confucian harmony has been systematically misinterpreted in the West as presupposing an invariable grand scheme of things that pre-exists in the world to which humanity has to conform. The book shows that Confucian harmony is a dynamic, generative process, which seeks to balance and reconcile differences and conflicts through creativity. Illuminating one of the most important concepts in Chinese philosophy and intellectual history, this book is of interest to students of Chinese studies, history and philosophy in general and eastern philosophy in particular.

Qi Gong in Chinese Medicine

Author: Ming lü,Martin Schweizer ,Jun Hu

Publisher: PMPH-USA

ISBN: 7117133546

Category: Medicine, Chinese

Page: 292

View: 8642

Learn all about the origins, theories, fundamentals and therapeutic effects of medical qi gong in this unique, practical textbook. As the first qi gong book designed especially for Chinese medicine practitioners and their patients, this book will teach you how to practice common qi gong forms to boost the health and combat illness. Common Chinese medicine disease patterns and their appropriate treatments using qi gong exercise are described in detail. We are sorry that the DVD content are not included.

The Philosophy of Qi

The Record of Great Doubts

Author: Ekiken Kaibara,Mary Evelyn Tucker

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231139229

Category: Philosophy

Page: 208

View: 9590

Kaibara Ekken (1630-1714) was a prominent Japanese Neo-Confucian scholar whose philosophical treatise, The Record of Great Doubts, is one of the central discourses in East Asia on the importance of qi, or the vital force that courses through all life. Available for the first time in English, this book emphasizes the role of the monism of qi in achieving a life of engagement. Ekken believes that moral self-cultivation must take place within the dynamic forces of nature and amid the rigorous demands of society and that the vitalism of qi provides the philosophical grounding for this vibrant interaction.


Increase Your Life Energy

Author: Stefan Stenudd

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781419627729

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 136

View: 8004

Qi is the Chinese word for life energy. This book explains how qi works, and presents several very easy exercises by which you can cultivate and increase it within yourself.

The Tai Chi Space

How to Move in Tai Chi and Qi Gong

Author: Paul Cavel

Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser

ISBN: 1911597035

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 160

View: 6621

This pictorial guide with supporting text is the first of its kind, illuminating the fundamentals of the arts of tai chi and qi gong through metaphor and visuals that are easy to understand. Beginning students will learn basic principles in a simple format, while experienced stylists will discover nuances that shed light on the secrets of deep, internal, and energetic training that powers the well-documented health and healing benefits of the arts.

Daoist Body Cultivation

Author: Livia Kohn

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1365524213

Category: Religion

Page: 251

View: 750

This comprehensive volume covers the key practices of medical healing, breathing, diets, exercises, sexual practices, qigong, and taiji quan. Each presentation places the practice in its historical and cultural context and relates its current application and efficaciousness. Ultimately aiming to energetically transform the person into a spiritual and transcendent being, Daoist cultivation techniques have proven beneficial for health time and again and can make an important contribution in the world today. The book provides a deeper understanding of the practices in their cultural and historical contexts, bridging the gap between healing and religion


Cultivating Inner Strength

Author: C. P. Ong

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780615874074


Page: 368

View: 587

This book diverges from traditional exposition on Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) as it engages rather than shuns the role of muscles in elucidating the cryptic practice dictum of "using yi (mind) and not li (muscle force)." It centers on the core principle of Taiji balance-the balance of yin and yang, but presents the metaphysics of balance the way the body comprehends it, developmentally, through practice in the musculo-skeletal framework. In the process, the fog of mystique lifts, and the many abstruse concepts of Taijiquan become clear. Taijiquan training is physical at the initial phase, but the slow-motion exercise nurtures a meditative discipline of the mind. As it progresses, the soft methodology grows into one of building qi-energy, and then the practice becomes more internalized. The process fortifies the body with qi and cultivates a holistic balance of the organ systems. The book explains how the training methodology, in pursuing Taiji balance, leads to the development of a highly refined strength called neijin (inner strength). By incorporating the training of "silk-reeling energy" in Taiji balance, the practitioner develops the coiling power (chanrao jin) that underlies the magic of Taijiquan kungfu.