- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Wellspring/Ballantine; 1 edition (March 9, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345421094
- ISBN-13: 978-0345421098
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing Paperback – March 9, 1999
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Qigong (ch'i kung) is the modern incarnation of a Chinese energy art that goes back over 2,000 years. With superior scholarship and scientific acumen, The Way of Qigong covers the entire range of theory and practice, including relaxation, meditation, massage, therapeutic touch, and postures. Qi (ch'i) means "life energy," and the goal of qigong, master and Chinese scholar Ken Cohen tells us, is "to train the mind to send qi where it is needed." In this encyclopedic work, Cohen teaches us not only how to do qigong, but what it means and how it benefits us, from what kind of tea is best in the summer to how to have better sex. Cohen is at his best when reducing arcane Chinese theories to plain English, and as a result, The Way of Qigong is as interesting as it is useful. --Brian Bruya --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
As much a "why-to" as a how-to, this is the most comprehensive recently issued book on the Chinese healing art, qigong. Related to t'ai chi, qigong is a series of movements designed to bring qi, or life-force, into the body and encourage it to flow without blockage. Cohen meticulously defines the philosophy that inspired this ancient practice, but his engaged and engaging tone keeps the mass of material he presents from becoming ponderous. He well covers the experimental scientific evidence of qigong's beneficial effect, and the lengthy, illustrated section of exercises he includes shows how qigong can be used for emotional and spiritual as well as physical healing. However many other qigong books are in your library, add this definitive volume. Patricia Monaghan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Great to keep on your shelf for a reference in your practice.
ONLY PROBLEM: For some reason this VERY comprehensive and well thought out book fails to have an illustration that maps out the meridians or even the dan tiens! I have no idea why. It's a very strange oversight really.
He explains the importance and meaning of qi and then discusses its many aspects--the stance, relaxation and breathing.
Cohen goes on to explain that qigong meditation includes two types of practices-entering tranquility and healing visualization. He compares these to other meditaiton practices and how the practice nourishes and heals the body and mind.
There are helpful illustrations of movements, a chapter on self-healing massage and a suggested year-long practice schedule, among many other details of this classic and healthful practice.
The Way of Qigong is as interesting as it is comprehensive, as fascinating as it is practical, and as complex as it is perfectly simple.