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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 20, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: WenSar Records
  • ASIN: B000CAAO22
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,112 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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According to traditional Chinese medical theory, music has healing properties. Composed around "the five notes" (i.e., the pentatonic scale) and making use of both traditional Chinese instruments and modern synthesizers, Elixir is a mixture of traditional and contemporary Chinese music with beautiful melodies that may used as an accompaniment to your moving or still meditation practice or simply enjoyed for the beauty of the music. Some tunes were designed to help lead the practitioner to a state of quietude and peacefulness, while others are simply joyous musical expressions of the ineffable experiences and sensations of moving and still meditation.

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This is ideal music for meditation and Taichi.
HWJ
At the end of listening to this album I felt refreshed, calm and musically nourished and that I think, is a fine testament to be able to give any musical offering.
One World Music
It really helps to keep the correct focus for inner directed movement work.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By HWJ on June 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is ideal music for meditation and Taichi. It is not so loud as to distract you but not so nondescript that it puts you to sleep. The best difference between this and other meditation music I have heard is the melodies are memorable and pleasant to remember. I am happy when I find myself humming them during the day. The lead musician and composer is a master of the erhu. She makes the potentially squawky erhu sound very good.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Parsons TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 28, 2013
Format: Audio CD
"Elixir: Music for Moving and Still Meditation" is the first American release by master Chinese composer/musician Yang Ying, a woman whose life story is as amazing as her music. The album itself was born out of a request for music to be used in a University of Illinois research intervention on the benefits of tai chi and qigong for older adults. A longtime practitioner of qigong, Yang Ying did not intend to make a commercial CD, but so many of the intervention participants asked for the music that she decided to release it. Most of the music on Elixir is improvised based on traditional Chinese music and performed on traditional instruments such as erhu, a two-stringed bowed instrument sometimes referred to as the Chinese violin; there are also flutes, nature sounds, zither, and Chinese percussion.

To backtrack a bit, Ying grew up during the Cultural Revolution when her family was persecuted for their political alliances. To avoid being sent to the countryside for political "re-education," Ying's father convinced her to give up her dream of becoming a medical doctor and sent her to music college in Zhengzhou. (It is an interesting aside that the Chinese characters for music and medicine are very similar and that the characters for music and happiness are the same!) A distinguished soloist in college, Ying was accepted by the Central Song and Dance Ensemble in Beijing, the premier cultural troupe in China. She was the featured solo instrumentalist from 1978-1996 and routinely traveled throughout Asia performing for heads of state, including three US presidents. In the late 1980's, Ying founded Cobra, the first all-female rock band in China at a time when rock music was still largely unknown and "discouraged" by those in power.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By One World Music on January 27, 2014
Format: Audio CD
A really different and exciting release by Yang Ying, music for Moving and Still Meditation is as refreshing as the day is new. The album Elixir has many ancient instruments upon it and takes the listener on a real eastern journey which dates back many thousands of years.
As a practitioner of Meditation myself I found this album both calming and invigorating all at the same time and if there were ever a track of joyous expression it would have to be Lumhui which means circle. This composition lifts and raises the energy and will definitely get the listener into the required mood. A beautifully played melody using a Zheng, a similar instrument to a Zither can be found on this track and it sets us up perfectly for one of my favourite pieces form the album.
Wandering is just over four minutes of ambient genius, I adored this composition and it would indeed be perfect for meditation, it creates a perfect musical backdrop. Her adept and stylish playing of her chosen instrument creates an almost layered passage of music to get totally lost in and the percussive qualities of the monastic wooden blocks, really added a great flavour to the composition.
But the perfection that lays in wait within this quite astounding album resides in the track, Heaven, Human, Earth. The natural sounds really set the scene perfectly and this piece had just about every the essence of every great musician I have ever loved, Kevin Kendles Spring album, David Naegeles Temple In The Forest. One could state, that the next three tracks are possibly a suite of music, that I promise you dear constant reader and listener, will leave you breathless with not only its beauty, but will literally transport you to another plane of complete and unconditional love entirely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Diamond on October 15, 2013
Format: Audio CD
The idea of music as medicine is relatively new in Western culture, although gaining in popularity, particularly in the new age music genre. For the Chinese, however, the healing properties of music have been known for thousands of years. This time-honored awareness is the force behind a new album by Ms. Yang Ying, a master traditional (and contemporary) Chinese musician, as well as a longtime practitioner of qigong meditation. The album opens with a dramatic flourish of gong, chimes, and Beijing Opera-style percussion. On the first track an ancient type of zither, called a zheng, as well as a traditional flute – dizi, and the erhu create the melody, along with gentle percussion providing movement. Although the music is exotic, and has its roots in a less familiar culture, as it evolved past the intro, I became entrained in its peaceful flow and felt uplifted by it. Balancing the more yang energy of this piece, is the meditative yin quality of the second track, “Wandering.” Although the erhu, which is sometimes referred to as a “Chinese violin,” has only two strings, it is a remarkably expressive instrument that is capable of hauntingly beautiful tones, including sounds with a distinctive vocal quality. The erhu has an evocative air that can reach in and touch the soul.

Track 3 is absolutely gorgeous, and with its sounds of birdsongs and flowing water, bears a closer resemblance to classic new age music - in particular, the crystalline electric piano sound often associated with Steven Halpern. On Track 4, “Purification,” I found the resonant bell tones reverberating over the sound of surf and seagulls in the background quite appealing and profoundly relaxing.
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