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on August 27, 2013
Not enough detail re content, Much of the first half of the book was of no interest to me. Bit of a disappointment
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on December 23, 2012
I learned this exercise routine in a massage class I took almost 40 years ago. For years, I did this routine every morning and then foolishly stopped doing it. Years later when I wanted to resume doing it, I couldn't remember all the exercises. I googled Arica and Oscar Ichazo in hopes of finding the routine online, but couldn't. I searched for the book online but couldn't find it for less than $100. When I found this, I ordered it immediately. I am gradually integrating the routine into my daily routine and look forward to when it will once again be a daily habit that I do without conscious thought.
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on November 7, 2004
This book is divided into four sections, the first two of which form a fascinating 31-page essay that begins with observations about architecture and clothing style expressing a society's body image, recounts "old cultural prejudices" in the west that the body is sinful, and relates the essence of physical exercise to mystical practices.

The third section is an introduction to Psychocalisthenics that explains the purpose of each subset ("series") of exercises in it. The five series revitalize five anatomical cavities, which awaken five corresponding centers of awareness (five realms, not four planes). The final section is a pictorial description of how to do the exercises.

The text promotes the set of exercises to a general audience, so the references to mysticism are short and sometimes sketchy. Because Ichazo speaks to a 1984 readership, the book is slightly dated, particularly when addressing "current" trends in exercise.
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on August 24, 2017
Great book....gives what I expected!
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on July 28, 2010
It's a great system but for heaven's sake don't buy the book here, go to the Arica website where you can get it brand-new for $25!
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on May 17, 1996
In this book, Ichazo presents an overview of the history
of exercise as a social phenomenon and describes its
relevancy to self-development, especially in the pursuit
of enlightenment. The exercises of Psychocalisthenics --
a system he developed from his extensive martial arts,
calisthenics and yoga experience -- are presented with clear
and concise illustrations and descriptions. This 20 minute
system exercises all the muscle groups under the control
of your own breathing, thereby integrating mind, body and
emotions. The exercises are performed in the order in which
the body wakes up in the morning, producing a "flash" of
energy throughout the psyche. Highly recommended.
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