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  • Series: Latitude 20 Books
  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press; 1 edition (October 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824832698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824832698
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Livia Kohn is absolutely the source on the origins and great luminaries of Qigong, Tai Chi, and Chinese Healing Exercises, or Chinese Yoga. As the world's appetite for stress mastery, wellness, and complementary medicine grows and the fields of health promotion and personal empowerment explode, there is a need for accurate reflection on the origins of China's ancient power tools for well-being, healing, and longevity. Based on sound scholarship and accessible to a wide audience, this book fulfills that need." -- Roger Jahnke, OMD

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Livia Kohn is professor emerita of religion and East Asian studies at Boston University.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Edwin Gardiner on December 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
A worth while read, Livia shows a strong understanding of the history of Dao yin, or Qigong like practices. She admits the importance of help of insights from contemporary Qi gong practitioners, which a rare show of humility from an academic.. The book is useful in terms it gives an impression of the type of Chi cultivation practices by various different Taoist sects. The book rightly brings in to question some of the authenticity's of contemporary Qigong Masters in America. However the book in quite deficient in it explanations of the various Dao yin practices. Written descriptions are vague and do not describe the exercises sufficiently to be meaningful. I do not have the expectations of being able to learn dao yin from the book, but I would like to know general favour, or style of what these ancient exercise looked like. It is possible for archaeologist to do reconstructions to give the public an impression, so why not historians as well ? I feel here the big problem is that most academic works is the lack of practical experience of the subject they are translating and commentating on. Livia has done a lot Indian yoga, but she is a relatively new comer to Qi gong. While this gives her more of an insight into to Taoist esoteric practices than most academics it is not the same as Dao yin.

It should be remember that the academics are in the position, of people who are on the outside the temple making comments on, what life might be like inside the temple ? Yet they can be relied upon on giving a more un-bias account of the history and nature of esoteric practice. Where as people teaching a brand of contemporary practice have a vested interest in claiming the biggest and best. Livia book does arm the reader to some extent with the ability make a more informed choice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 1, 2009
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This book is a MUST READ for anyone interested in the history and practice of Daoist exercises. There are many excellent descriptions of exercises that are relatively easy to follow. I enjoyed every page.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chimab on January 1, 2010
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With out a doubt, the must have book if you are interested in the history and origins of modern day qigong practices. College textbook callibur of information. Although there are some great practices taught in this book, is it not the emphasis of the author and therefore pictures and diagrams are limited when compared to other titles. Someone looking for indept technique may want to move along, but otherwise this book is a quality addition to any taoist art/qigong library.
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By Rosta on December 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Great book with many citations a descriptions of practical exercises from classics of taoism. You can try some exercises from the book for your daily life. Useful for qigong and traditional chinese medicine enthusiasts.
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