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Shifu Yan Lei is a 34th-generation fighting disciple from the Shaolin Temple in Henan Province, China. He teaches thousands of students through his Shaolin Warrior DVD series and is among the most respected and renowned teachers of authentic Shaolin Qigong.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Yan Lei Press (November 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956310109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956310101
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.7 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Before you buy this book, you should know that it is about Baduanjin, often called The Eight Treasures and other names. You will find Baduanjin in hundreds of qigong books. There are different versions of it and this one seems to have little in common with the versions most people practice. It is more complex and sometimes totally different. Is it more effective? Probably not. Complex does not mean better in soft or hard martial arts.
The book also includes stretching exercises to loosen your muscles. They are as good as any. I personally favor stretches on the floor first, but Chinese teachers seem reluctant to put their body on the floor.
The book also includes five stances, which are good and hard.
If you are older or not in good shape, you won't be able to do some of the exercises. Also, do not expect to look or kick like Yan Lei by doing those exercises. It would take a lot more. However, you are likely to get a bit stronger, especially in the legs if you can get low enough and do the exercises with enough tension.
The photos and format are very nice and the explanations clear. In conclusion, it is a decent book although the exercises it contains could be simpler and just as effectice.
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Well written and interesting. Good for anyone wanting to gain health and longevity. Shifu Yan Lei tells of his own training in temple and now shares with you the reader his years of experience. The exercises can be performed by any adult regardless of what shape you are in. If you like the book I would suggest getting his video "Shaolin Warrior Qigong workout 1". The two together will make it much easier to understand what's going on and watching Shifu on his videos is really an inspiration. Great book Shifu it was worth waiting for.
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I have been practicing qigong for over 5 years and this is a great book to inspire continued practice. Great photos and nice easy to follow writing style. If you have never done qigong before, I would recommend the authors videos that are easier to learn from, but the book is great on its own if you have done qigong for a while. Highly recommended!
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I'm not one to follow through with "exercise how-to" books. I read them, and when I get to the part where I have to follow the plan/instructions/exercises, I quit. Not with this book. Shifu Yan Li writes to inspire you to become healthy. He presents the Eight Pieces of Brocade form (Shaolin version, which is longer than other versions). I have memorized and practice up to the 4th movement in less than 4 weeks using just the book. Did I mention I have a hard time sticking to things? It's not a problem with this book! I do suggest placing the book on a reading stand (I use a music stand) for easier access while practicing the movements.
Also, the photography in this book is stunning. It's all photographed in China, and Shifu himself appears strong and graceful while doing the form. Nothing like having a fit example as the teacher.
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Out of the four Shaolin books I bought recently, I find Shifu Yan Lei to be the author most earnest in his teaching and spiritually connected to the Buddhist roots from where Shaolin Wushu had spring. He does a great job at simplifying the Health Workout routine to just four simple groups---"Warm up, Stretching, Qigong, and Self-Massage"---and illustrates them extremely well with step-by-step full-color photographs throughout the entire book, carefully selecting the scenic Shaolin Temple grounds as a background for it breathtaking imagery and serene beauty. He also makes relevant references to his modern day readers who may be of any gender, age group, and physical agility, sounding out why practicing Qigong can help to relieve stress, improve health, and even counteract the ageing process. The text is well spaced and large enough for comfortable reading, as one should feel when reading about an ancient healing art. I especially love the inspirational quotes and images inserted at the beginning of each chapter; they not only serve as interweaving for the chapters but also make me feel connected to the spiritual underpinnings of Qigong.
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Instant Health: The Shaolin Qigong Workout for Longevity is a step-by-step guide to the physical stretches, stances, self-massage, and exercises practiced by generations at the Shaolin Temple of Zen in China for 1500 years, as explained by author Shifu Yan Lei, a 34th generation fighting disciple of the Temple. People of all ages and backgrounds can benefit from the healthful practices described (not just expert martial artists!); the plain-terms text and easy-to-follow illustrations make Instant Health: The Shaolin Qigong Workout for Longevity the next best teaching resource short of actually seeking personal instruction from a Shaolin Qigong master. An excellent, inexpensive way to improve the health and quality of one's daily routine.
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I decided to write this review after having practiced the qi gong contained in this book for months. Shifu Lei a truly great teacher who inspires confidence. As others have written, the form, Ba Dua Jin, or Eight Silken Brocade (or Treasures as it is translated in the book) is one of the most common forms of qigong practiced in China. There are numerous books and videos on this form. However, because Shifu lei is a real Shaolin monk, whose dedication and committment to the temple comes through, and also because of his indorsement from the Abbey of the temple, you are immediately taken by his dedication to bringing you authentic Shaolin Qi Gong which has been used for centuries. Easy to follow diagrams, however, I would have given the review 5 Stars except you really need the accompanying DVD, Shaolin Warrior - Way of Qi Gong Vol. 1, to completely understand the flow intended in the exercises. Also, in the book, he has a series of warm-ups and stretches which I never abandon before practicing. I am 50 years old, and after having practiced his form, I have been surprized at the level of flexibility I have been able to so far achieved...even some stretches I thought would be impossible. I hope to one day travel to his Shaolin Temple in London to personally train with him and have his feedback. Also, if you can get a hold of it, order Vol. 3 of his DVD series. Shifu Lei is "the Man!"
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