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The Healing Promise of Qi: Creating Extraordinary Wellness Through Qigong and Tai Chi Hardcover – March 22, 2002
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"Roger Jahnke is a wise teacher and healer. Here he introduces the healing power of [Tai Chi and] Qigong--a simple yet profound method of achieving wellness of the body and mind."
"Qi--the energy that sustains all life--holds the key to health and longevity. The Healing Promise of Qi shows you how to access this potent force."
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"Understand Qi. Access Qi. Cultivate Qi. Master Qi. It is the essential fuel behind all intention and action. It is the awesome power of the Universe within you. . . . Qi is your edge in sports, business, relationships, and personal performance. Tai Chi and Qigong are powerful tools, profound yet simple, that will assist you in fulfilling your intentions, needs, goals--even your dreams!"
--Roger Jahnke, O.M.D.
Developed over millennia in Chinese monasteries, hospitals, and imperial courts, Tai Chi and Qigong (literally life-force and mastery) are profound yet simple methods for increasing vitality, longevity, and sexual potency; achieving and maintaining optimal health and inner peace; and healing both minor and major illnesses. Long kept a carefully guarded secret from the Chinese public, Tai Chi and Qigong have recently come into widespread use throughout the Far East. They are now a health and human performance enhancement breakthrough in the West as well--ancient power tools for self-improvement and a safe, gentle, and proven alternative approach to treating pain and disease.
In The Healing Promise of Qi, Roger Jahnke. O.M.D., internationally respected doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine and best-selling author of The Healer Within, clearly and simply explains Tai Chi and Qigong principles and practices. Rather than focus on one particular method or form, Dr. Jahnke distills the best and most important lessons, learned from Chinese teachers with whom he has studied. With the help of more than one hundred superbly rendered illustrations, Dr. Jahnke teaches you easy-to-learn techniques drawn from among twenty-five traditional and modern forms of Tai Chi and Qigong that he has mastered and taught to thousands of people in workshops, retreats, and health-care institutions throughout North America and China. And instead of offering a one-size-fits-all program, he provides guidelines for tailoring a self-healing and empowerment regimen to your unique goals, age, body type, personality, and medical condition.
Qi is the ancient Chinese concept for the source of all vitality, healing, and creativity. For those who are healthy and those who seek healing, Qi is the primary ingredient in the most profound medicine, which is produced for free, naturally within the human body. China's most traditional and powerful healing arts, Tai Chi and Qigong are the most direct route to accessing and mastering Qi. Now, this down-to-earth guide, makes the awesome power of Qi available to everyone through Tai Chi and Qigong.
Advance Praise for The Healing Promise of Qi
"Qi--the energy that sustains all life, holds the key to health and longevity. The Healing Promise of Qi shows you how to access this potent force. And that's very good news, indeed."
--Christiane Northrup, M.D., Author, Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause
"The Healing Promise of Qi has the power to change your life. Dr. Jahnke not only practices Oriental medicine, he lives it authentically. His teaching is pure and potent, combining mind and heart to give you the practical skills you need to be your best self. This book is a gem that you will treasure for the rest of your life."
--Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., Author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind and Inner Peace for Busy People
"The ancient tradition of Tai Chi and Qigong is masterfully revealed in this book. Whether you are new to Qigong or a seasoned practitioner, Dr. Jahnke's insights will add new understanding and depth to your practice."
--Larry Dossey, M.D., Author, Healing Beyond the Body, Reinventing Medicine, and Healing Words
"A timely book of gentle persuasion and clear understanding, with easy-to-follow instructions to guide the readers, step by step, toward the success of achieving health and well-being."
--Chungliang Al Huang, Living Tao Foundation, Author, The Essential Tai Ji and Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain
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This may be a good addition to a seasoned practitioner, or a nubee who really wants to understand the "why" before doing the "how". Not for me, though. I might post it for sale later on, at 1/2 price, to recover some money and give someone an opportunity to try it,
"The Healing Promise of Qi" emphasizes the importance of body alignment, breath, and mind and breaks the Qigong/Tai Chi practice down into ten steps:
1. Discover Qi
2. Gaher Qi
3. Circulate Qi
4. Purify Qi
5. Direct Qi
6. Conserve Qi
7. Store Qi
8. Transform Qi
9. Dissolve in Qi
10. Transmit Qi
Approximately 1-3 exercises are presented for each step (total 10-15 exercises) to help you develop the Qi flow.
The book then finishes off in the later chapters with an "owner's manual" or guide for your practice and a discussion on the science of Qi (fields of energy, mind and consciousness, etc.).
I have been following the practice, and the exercises have really helped me relax amid the stress of everyday life. The exercises take less than 10 minutes, plus they help me to meditate more easily.
The author's words ring true and sincere, and he has organized his topics well. I believe in his general message that anyone's health would benefit from following the practice of Qigong/Tai Chi.
I have a couple of DVDs which show one how to do basic exercises of chi gong and a couple of books. I am practicing almost daily and noticing little changes in myself, mainly being more aware of my breathing. These DVDS and books ones are a bit simple and did not answer some of the questions that came up for me. So I bought Jahnke's book based on reading a bit of it and all the reviews. After reading the first few pages, I turned to Chapter 15 which contains guidelines for practice. Gone were the "rules" like, repeat certain exercises 9 times or, practice at a certain time of day. These could be important for an intermediate or advanced practitioner but not for a beginner. In the beginning, it is enough to do the best you can with each exercise, try to get the breathing right and keep practicing. And there is no such thing as "no pain, no gain." In fact, he stresses NOT to do anything that is at all painful, even mildly so. He also stresses the great variability and styles of chi gong and that you're not committing a crime by doing an exercise "wrong" or differently than someone else does.
Now that I'm clearer on the basics, I'm reading the rest of the book and am quite happy with the level of detail - it doesn't seem "bloated" as one reviewer put it. I think that if it's not already, this book is destined to be a classic English language introduction to chi, chi gong and tai chi.
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