- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Tao Publishing; 1st edition (1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0942196066
- ISBN-13: 978-0942196061
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr Chang is clearly familiar with both Asian and Western medicine, science and culture. Although his book is very clearly written, practical and accessible, the depth of knowledge concealed in its deceptively simple language is profound. The exercises themselves are for the most part quite easy to perform (some of them do require much effort and perseverance to master, but are not physically taxing). What is quite reinforcing about them is that they produce an almost immediate sensation of energy flow in the body. They feel GOOD to perform. They struck me as being almost like a cross between yoga and tai chi, but they are certainly neither (as Dr Chang points out) and they are much less complex.
Dr Chang's other books are excellent as well!
Other reviewers have listed all the different exercises that are in the book - there are a lot - so I'll skip that.
Stephen Chang was one of the first in print in English, and this book has stood the test of time. I've been studying and practicing qigong since 1987, this is one of the best beginner books I've seen.
This is essentially a book on traditional Taoist Yoga for health. The well-known exercises are all included: Five Animal Play, Eight Brocades, etc. Also included are the Chi/Energy theory and the Chakra/Hormonal theory.
There are specific exercises for various health conditions, like losing excess abdominal fat (belly rubbing) or eye exercises (which I appreciate, being a pretty avid reader). There are also some breathing exercises and meditations for those who have advanced past the health exercises.
One additional comment I can make is that the traditional exercises (Five Animal Play & Eight Brocades) seemed simpler and made more use of
imagination than the forms of these exercises you commonly see today (1986 vs 2008). Overall, a good book, which I'm glad I bought.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
geat condition, better then described, and was delivered very quickly. absolutely satisfied.Published 25 days ago by Adam Paswaters
I absolutely Love this Book... Doing the exercises with Intention every day is changing my life!Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
I found I did not have the time to implement all the information into my life. It appears to be a very, well-thought out program.Published 9 months ago by Gypsylady
Like the 2nd edition just a bit better, but both are totally awesome.Published 10 months ago by Kay
One of the best, classic books of Qi healing available in English.Published 13 months ago by William