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The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing Paperback – March 9, 1999
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This a good book if you are new to qigong. Cohen steps the beginner through theory and then the various qigong exercises. This includes color and organ meditation, healing sounds, Big Dipper, External practices, diet, etc. He also includues some moving meditation such as the Eight brocades and Five Animals frolics.
* Covers a lot of material.
* Well footnoted and indexed.
* Has suggested routines for a student to practice.
* Gives adviced on the dangers of wrong qi practice. Which is quite important but neglected in some texts.
* No illustrations for meridians or acpuncture points. These would help explain and guide a student. Especially with the excerises like Microcosmic orbit. I found it odd that a Qigong expert like Cohen would neglect to include this.
* The moving meditations are done by drawings - I found them impossible to follow. Photos would have been much better.
* Some of the qigong exercises listed are watered down and much simplified for instance the color light meditation. It's still somewhat useful but only about a third of the exercise is
there and you don't get the full effect. I don't know why Cohen
does not tell the reader why he watered some qigong methods down.
Overall a decent introduction, as most of the material is very basic. This makes it good for the beginner but be prepared to buy other books if you want to do other methods like Microcosmic
orbit or learn about meridians and acupuncture points. This also goes for trying to learn the moving meditations from this book - a beginner with no experience with this material will be lost.Read more ›
Cleansing Chi Gung is presented very clearly.
However ChiGung standing practices (which are the very foundation of the whole businesss) are presented in a rather bland manner. In my opinion "Opening the Energy Gates of your Body" by B.K. Frantzis is infinitely better in this respect. Buy the "Gates" first.
1. the mental (Nei Dan) aspect of Chi Kung is mentioned only in passing with no useful information.
2. There is no illustration, or adequate description of where the meridians appear on the human body. Meridians are channels under the skin that distributes Ch'i throughout the body; much the same way arteries and veins distribute blood, oxygen, and nourishment to the cells. On pages 255 and 256, Mr. Cohen displays where the meridians end on the hands and feet. Completely inadequate information.
"The way of Qigong" contains adequate information on the physical (Wai Dan) aspect of Chi Kung. However; without the mental (Nei Dan) aspect of Chi Kung; you will only receive about 1/3 of the true benefit of Chi Kung.
"The way of Qigong" contains adequate information on various breathing techniques.
"The way of Qigong" contains several methods of meditation. Unfortunately most of these descriptions are limited to only 1 - 1.5 pages. Of very limited value
Now that I have told you which book you shouldn't buy, allow me to list three books I recommend. I rate these in the order listed.
"Chi Gung" by L.V. Carnie
"Chi Kung for health and vitality" by Wong Kiew Kit
"The Chi Kung way: Alive with Energy" by James MacRitchie
If you are a beginner to Chi Kung, I would recommend you start with the book "Chi Kung for health and vitality" by Wong Kiew Kit. Study this book for about three months.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My Bible! There are several other GREAT texts on Qigong, this one is an inexhaustible resource! I keep TWO copies, one for upstairs and one for down! Read morePublished 3 days ago by Jim Harris
To be honest I felt like this book was too ambitious. It covers so much that its overwhelming, but also at pretty shallow depth. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amalfitano
Without question the most comprehensive book you'll find in the West regarding Qigong. It's informative, methodical, gentle, and funny. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rod Leaverton
Kenneth S. Cohen’s The Way of Qigong is a really great book on Qigong. Some say that the drawings are not adequate to understanding the moves they illustrate; however, we find that... Read morePublished 5 months ago by silver elves
item was exactly like the pictures show,delivery was excellent,and no problem with this seller. I will buy back if I need more of thisPublished 5 months ago by Alexander.L.
Absolutely the best and most comprehensive discussion of the history of qQgong I have found. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the study and practice of Qigong.Published 5 months ago by Emily Dickenson