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: Qigong and the Tai Chi Axis: Nourishing Practices for Body, Mind, and Spirit
: Mimi Kuo-Deemer
: Ixia Press
: 2019
: 256
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: epub
: MB

Reduce stress, release pain, and create bodily harmony with this introduction to qigong and the yin/yang balance of tai chi, the ancient Chinese arts of movement meditation. This accessible book features information about these practices as well as insights into their benefits, providing tools for replenishing inner resources and managing energy levels. It also offers advice on making healthier choices in everyday life that will support the body's natural capacity for energy, balance, and well-being.

Qigong (pronounced chee-gung) is a system of Chinese medicine that has helped transform peoples health and well-being for over 2,500 years. Over the 15 years I have practiced and taught qigong, I have seen how this ancient approach continues to benefit people, by providing tools with which to manage energy levels, regulate health and balance life.

As the popularity of qigong and tai chi extends beyond China and Asia, my aim is to reach across both cultures and present the wisdom from Chinese medicine and qigong in ways that contemporary Western readers can appreciate and find useful. I have also chosen to focus on how we can approach qigong as a fundamentally nourishing practice for the body, mind and spirit. Although qigong certainly takes patience and perseverance, it does not require as much strength or flexibility as some systems of movement-based practices such as yoga or martial arts. As an energy-based art, the power of qigong lies in its subtle potency. Most likely, you will find that even a few minutes of qigong a day can make you feel invigorated and relaxed.

Each part in Qigong and the Tai Chi Axis provides an overview of seasonal themes and characteristics of the Chinese Five Elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water as they relate to qigong practice. My intention is to give you greater context as to why certain qigong sequences and forms are beneficial. This way, as you learn to do the forms, you can track the specific benefit that each exercise offers your physical, mental and emotional health.

Qigong and the Tai Chi Axis: Nourishing Practices for Body, Mind, and Spirit








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