Chi Kung - Energy for Life: An introduction to the art of cultivating your energy

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Chi Kung is a vast range of Chinese health, vitality and longevity exercises practised by millions throughout the East and now rapidly entering the West. This introductory guide covers the whole scope of Chi Kung practice and contains unique contributions from 22 of the West’s leading practitioners and teachers.

Chi means ‘energy’ or ‘life’ while Kung means ‘working with’, ‘developing’ or ‘cultivating’. Practising Chi Kung develops energy and cultivates life. It is based upon the ancient philosophy of Taoism and underlies Acupuncture and Tai Chi.

Fully illustrated with step by step guidance, this book makes Chi Kung practice clear and accessible. A comprehensive textbook, it includes 60 diagrams and charts explaining the anatomy and physiology of the human energy system, showing how chi energy is the vital essence that powers our lives.

Chi Kung practice is introduced in four easy-to-follow sections:
• Simple beginners’ practices, which anybody in average health can use to develop, control and refine their energy.
• More advanced practices, including the Eight Extraordinary Meridians, the Master and Coupled Points.
• Sexuality and Spiritual Development
• Clinical treatments with Chi Kung Healing and Medical Qigong.

Ideal as a beginners’ guide or an experienced practitioner’s textbook, this book shows how Chi Kung can be applied to everyday life both at work and at home. Social Chi Kung applies it to the elderly, special needs, partners and groups, society and the global community.

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The human body is alive with energy – and when your energy is full and strong you feel your best! This body energy is called 'chi' in the East, and 'kung' means developing. Chi Kung practice develops and maintains your body energy so you can have health, happiness, and inner calm every day. Based upon the same principles as Acupuncture and Tai Chi, and practiced by millions of people around the world, these simple, enjoyable exercises give you energy for life.

This book is a complete, fully illustrated overview of Chi Kung. It introduces the full range of the many ways in which Chi Kung can be used:
• Chi Kung – for health and healing
• Chi Kung – for longevity
• Chi Kung – for spiritual development
• Chi Kung – for babies and children
• Chi Kung – for sex and relationships

Chi Kung – Energy for Life is a special edition, with unique contributions by 22 of the West's most respected Chi Kung practitioners:

Linda Chase Broda – Jesse Dammann – Russell DesMarais – Ron Diana – John Du Cane – Bill Douglas – Gaspar Garcia – Garri Garripoli – Damaris Jarboux – Roger Jahnke – Jerry Alan Johnson – Mark Johnson – Marcia Kerwit – Richard Leirer – Dennis Lewis – Adrain Lowe – Tina Marrow Rasheed – Ronnie Robinson – Ken Sancier – Solala Towler – Gunther Weil – Michael Winn.

About the Author:

James MacRitchie is the Founder of the USA’s National Qigong (Chi Kung) Association and has practised Classical Taoist Acupuncture for 25 years. He is the author of Chi Kung- Cultivating Personal Energy (1993) and The Chi Kung Way- Alive with Energy (1997).

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