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Theory and Practice of Taiji Qigong-4th Edition, The

Theory and Practice of Taiji Qigong-4th Edition, The

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    Taiji Qigong is a gentle, easy-to-learn system of energy-enhancing exercises that coordinate movement with mindful breathing and inner awareness, which, when practiced regularly, will give you more energy, improve health, and help prevent illness.

    This book is designed to inform all levels and depths of practice. Regardless of whether you are completely new to the subject or are looking to enrich your current understanding, you will find a treasure trove of information from which to build a practice specific to your own goals, such as improving flexibility, cultivating mindfulness, or getting a better night’s sleep.

    Part I provides a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of Qi and Qigong. Part II discusses the general principles of Qigong practice, clarifying common questions about how to practice (15 minutes a day is a good starting point; 30 minutes will provide a marked increase in vitality and serenity), how to achieve an optimum stance, and what breathing techniques should be used (natural breathing, abdominal breathing, and reverse abdominal breathing). Part III examines the 18 movements of Taiji Qigong with step-by-step illustrated instructions, detailed information on the benefits of each stance, additional technique tips, and insights into how movement flow can be enhanced through the power of the mind. At the back of the book is a handy reference chart for quick practice reminders. Practice the full 18 movements or simply pick and choose the ones you like best!


    Qigong practitioners and instructors, as well as those interested in mindfulness, stretching, flexibility, and pain management.
    Part I. The Theory of Qi and Qigong
    What Is Qi?
    The Three Treasures
    More About Jing (Essence)
    Original Qi
    The Gate of Vitality
    More About Shen (Mind)
    Enriching and Utilizing the Three Treasures Through Qigong
    Channels of Qi
    Energy Points or “Qi Vortices” Along the Qi Channels
    Yin and Yang
    What Does Qigong Really Mean?
    The Small Circulation

    Part II. General Principles of Qigong Practice
    How Much Should You Practice?
    Optimum Conditions for Practice
    Correct Posture and Stance to Begin
    Refining Your Stance
    Breathing Methods
    A Note About Mental Focus
    A Note About Internal Effects
    A Note About Benefits
    A Note About Motivation
    Possible Side-Effects
    The Concept of Distorted Qi

    Part III. The 18 Movements of Taiji Qigong
    1. Beginning (...Movement)
    2. Opening the Chest
    3. Painting a Rainbow (sometimes called “Dancing With the Rainbow”)
    4. Separating the Clouds
    5. Arm Rolling ( Fixed Stance) (sometimes called “Back Swinging Monkey”)
    6. Rowing a Boat ( the Middle of a Lake)
    7. Lifting the Ball (sometimes called “Holding a Ball in Front of the Shoulders”)
    8. (Turning to...) Gaze at the Moon
    9. (Turning Waist and...) Pushing Palm
    10. Hands in Cloud ( Horse Stance)
    11. Scooping the Sea (...and Viewing the Sky)
    12. Pushing Waves (sometimes called “Playing With Waves” or “Reinforcing Waves”)
    13. Flying Dove (...Spreads its Wings)
    14. Charging Fists (...With Outstretched Arms)
    15. Flying Wild Goose
    16. Spinning Wheel
    17. Bouncing a Ball (...While Stepping)
    18. Calming Qi (sometimes called “Balancing Qi” or “Pressing the Palms for Calming”)

    Summary of Exercises
    Quick Reference Chart
    The late Chris Jarmey, MCSP DS MRSS, qualified as a chartered physiotherapist in 1979 and subsequently taught body mechanics, bodywork therapy, and anatomy extensively throughout Europe for over 30 years.

    At the age of 11, Jarmey (1954–2008) suffered a serious cliff fall that damaged his pelvis and thoracic spine and left him with a great deal of ongoing pain and movement problems. By 18, he had begun using yoga and Qigong in his quest for healing—and successfully corrected the problem. From that moment his passion for Asian healing practices blossomed.

    Jarmey blended his love of Eastern methods with Western approaches and qualified as a registered physiotherapist in the United Kingdom in 1978, researching and evaluating the healing effects of yoga, shiatsu, and Qigong within NHS hospitals and medical rehabilitation centers. He founded The European Shiatsu School in 1985 and is the author of several best-selling books, including The Concise Book of Muscles and The Pocket Atlas of Skeletal Muscles.

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