The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing Paperback – Mar 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.See all Product Description
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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 ›
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
Un incontournable pour tous les adeptes de Qigong. Ken Cohen est un excellent enseignant pour tous ceux qui veulent découvrir le Qigong et ses bienfaits. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Lise Descoteaux
Comprehensive introduction into the philosophy and methods outlined in order to begin your journey to learn Qigong. Read morePublished on June 10 2013 by Pat Young
This is a fabulous book on the topic of QiGong, which includes empirical information as well. A must for those interested in the subject of energywork, alternative therapies,... Read morePublished on July 19 2009 by 3wolves
This is a very well written qigong book, packed with information and for a meager price. Ken Cohen's writing style is enjoyable, and there is so much information in this book that... Read morePublished on June 27 2004 by Alan
hard to believe so many people seem to like this book. I read it thoroughly and it gave me a headache. Read morePublished on May 28 2004
As a licensed practitioner of acupuncture and Oriental medicine, I often recommend qigong to my patients as a healing therapy. Read morePublished on April 28 2004
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