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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Avery; Reprint edition (June 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583333150
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583333150
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“By skillfully blending the ancient tenets of Eastern disciplines into our Western lifestyle, 7 Minutes of Magic gives us the key to a long, healthy, and happy life through an enjoyable and accessible fitness program.”-Nicholas Perricone, M.D.

About the Author

Lee Holden is an internationally known instructor in meditation, tai chi, and qi gong. The founder of Pacific Healing Arts, one of northern California’s most successful wellness practices, Holden also lectures and teaches workshops across the United States, and in Europe and Asia. He has been featured by American Public Television on PBS affiliates nationwide. In addition to his private practice, he works as a stress-management consultant to many corporations in Silicon Valley, including Apple and 3COM. He lives in Santa Cruz, California.

Customer Reviews

The illustrations in this book are excellent and the directions clearly stated.
B. Idle
I just finished reading "7 Minutes of Magic" by Lee Holden a few days ago and it has prompted me to do a couple of things.
Alain B. Burrese
It is a great way to help you build a meditative fitness routine - I hope you find it as useful as I have.
Gary Schemnitzer

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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Alain B. Burrese TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 10, 2008
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I just finished reading "7 Minutes of Magic" by Lee Holden a few days ago and it has prompted me to do a couple of things. That is a mark of a very good book, it prompts you to take action. First, I have tried the routines Holden outlines in this book, and I do agree with another review of this book that it does take longer than 7 minutes to do the routines when you are first learning them. However, that is okay, I am used to spending longer than 7 minutes each morning. I really like the routines, and I feel that by themselves for most people they will be very beneficial.

However, for me, I am incorporating Holden's flows from this book with the morning exercises I already do that are based on teachings of Dan Millman, Pavel Tsatsouline, and other martial art/qi gong instructors I have had. Holden's workouts fit very well with the kinds of exercise flows I've already been doing. (In fact, some of the same things he teaches have been in my routines) So, for me it has been invigorating to try different routines and to incorporate them into what I've been doing. My goal for the morning exercises is to loosen up my joints, warm up my core, especially lower back, and to energize myself for the day ahead. This is just what Holden's routines do!

Normally my evening or after work routines incorporate aerobic exercise, weight lifting, martial art practice and a variety of other exercises. I will often do a little stretching late in the evening and a breathing or meditation session. I've been incorporating Holden's PM routine into my training and enjoy it as a nice way to calm down late in the evening before retiring for the night. I've also looked at Holden's other products and intend to learn more from him in the future, so yes this is a book I recommend.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Terri A. Ward on April 3, 2010
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Two years ago, I was lucky enough to come across Qi Gong. This is an ancient Chinese practice for energy healing through movement. Traditionally, I love doing the flows and movement via DVD, so when I bought this book, I didn't know how I would feel about it. In the end, I found it to be refreshing and easy to follow. The actual flows and movements are not difficult to learn and Lee did an excellent job presenting this through pictures. Something I thought impossible! It does take some time and dedication to learn the flows and movements, but once you do, you can do them anywhere. So I no longer need to do this in the confines of my livingroom, I can go outside and enjoy nature. This is really how it is meant to be. I have watched documentaries on Qi Gong and in China, people are always doing Qi Gong in nature! This book is truly a gift and I thank Lee Holden for writing it. For those of you who haven't done any Qi Gong, It may be beneficial to check out Lee Holden's website and look around. Qi Gong is a gentle flowing type of movement which will benefit you in ways you could never imagine. Gone are the days in which the only type of exercise that counted were the ones that made you sweat and feel exhausted, here are the days in which exercises that promote healing and energy through gentle movements are accepted and applauded! I work as an Occupational Therapist at a local hospital in the acute area and I use Qi Gong with people everyday. Get this amazing book, learn the movements and pass it on! Terri Ward OTR and children's author of One Starry Night and Aunt Tami's Strawberry Farm.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Antonia Jauregui Tamayo on December 2, 2012
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I call this one of the most influential books of my life because it has introduced me to a new way to a healthier life. After just a few weeks I have noticed a big change in how I feel overall and my balance and flexibility has improved. I will be 70 years old on my next birthday and have been taking Tai Chi classes for 5 months. The Qi Gong that I am learning from Lee Holden adds to the Tai Chi and it is something I can do on my own. I now own 4 of Lee Holden's DVDs and I hope to keep learning more. I recommend this to all ages but especially those who are feeling the stiffness and lack of flexibility because of age.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Rutilia on July 3, 2010
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Although I cannot get either of these sets of Qi Gong postures down to 7 minutes, they're certainly thorough in reaching all areas of the body. It's a relaxing process while it's recharging in all aspects. I only wish he had a DVD to go along with it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B. Idle on March 14, 2011
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I'm old and I needed to find exercises that would both stretch and strengthen my body. The illustrations in this book are excellent and the directions clearly stated. Don't hesitate to buy this book, especially for beginning (and it covers much more) programs...ones that can be modified or expanded for your own needs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gary Schemnitzer on June 4, 2014
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Following exercises from a book isn't always easy at first, so I do recommend that you seek out some of his videos as a companion guide to the practice of Qi Gong. Many of these movements are captured on his dvd, but you can also find them on YouTube and on his website and they make it even easier to follow along with the book. I saw his dvd on PBS and was immediately drawn to his style and it changed the way I look at exercise. Once I started to learn the movements and the concepts behind the practice of Qi Gong, I started to approach my workouts as a meditation and not just a process of "banging out reps" and that has had a big impact on how I look at my fitness program. I bought the book to reinforce what I was learning from the videos and to keep around as a handy guide for reference and it does a great job of showing you pictures and explaining the movements, but there is even more to it. Lee also adds some advice on how to approach life and how to build healthy habits and it all works together to help you balance your mind, body and spirit. It is a great way to help you build a meditative fitness routine - I hope you find it as useful as I have.
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