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Chinese Fitness: A Mind/Body Approach-Qigong for Healthy and Joyful Living (Qigong - health & healing) Paperback – May 20, 1997
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" ...Chinese Fitness offers a good foundation in the theory and explanation of how qigong works, including an introduction to the meridian system, a very important, though often overlooked, element of qigong practice." (The Empty Vessel)
Top Customer Reviews
Like many instructors I have combined Tai Chi movements along with Qigong exercises. This book provides numerous Qigong exercises for anyone interested in learning the basic theory behind this fascinating Chinese art. This book is organized into five chapters.
Chapter one gives a detailed introduction to Qigong covering the differences between western medicine and Chinese medicine, what is Qi and many other topics. The second chapter teaches the basics and principles of Qigong; the third chapter explains the dos and don’ts when practicing Qigong exercises. This chapter also shows numerous Qigong exercises fully illustrated with clear black and white photographs. The fourth chapter answers many questions about the practice of Qigong. The final chapter covers advanced theory of Qigong.
Even though I do not buy into the mysticism of Chinese medicine; nevertheless, the exercises are still beneficial to practice for fitness and relaxation for anyone who is interested in this Chinese exercise system. As I mentioned previously, I do employ a combination of Tai Chi exercises along with numerous Qigong exercises in my Seated Tai Chi classes.
This book used in combination with guidance from a Tai Chi or Qigong instructor will produce good results. I always recommend taking a class with an instructor to better understand the material in the book.
Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Tactical Principles of the most effective combative systems).
First, chi theory is presented in English that is comprehensible to the ordinary American. Nothing too technical, no mumbo jumbo. Very solid explanations.
Second, the two qigong routines that are presented, the "18 Figures" and "Eight Figures for Every Day" are well illustrated and contain clear and not overly-wordy instructions. There's just nothing like trying to learn a move while holding the book in one hand and reading through a sea of verbiage while simultaneously trying to imitate fuzzy or poorly-posed photos. You won't find that here!
Third, the book is not too long. It's what you need to know for the beginning or intermediate levels and that's all. Also, there is nothing religious, nothing spiritual, and nothing new age to be found anywhere. The instruction is drawn from medicine and the martial arts.
Fourth, the movements themselves in both routines are more physical than one often finds in other qigong sets. This is truly a fitness workout, although most people in average condition should not have any difficulty with the moves. Anyway, if something doesn't work for you, you can always adapt it to your situation. The qigong police won't come for you.
The only improvement I would suggest to the publishers, should YMAA decide to reprint this book, is that it should come with a DVD in a little plastic pouch glued to the inside back cover. There used to be a video, but I can't seem to find that anywhere. A do-along DVD workout would make this easy program even easier to learn.
I am pleased to recommend this book. It lives up to the high standards I have come to expect from YMAA.
This is one of the few books I've seen that focuses on Qigong from a medicinal perspective. The author lists which exercises may be performed for specific ailments. It is a down-to-earth book that gives basic information, but its drawback is that it begins to touch upon deeper issues, such as the five elements, and then abrubtly moves on.
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