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The Way of Energy

The Way of Energy

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For centuries, the Chinese exercise system called Chi Kung has been shrouded in secrecy. The Way of Energy is the first comprehensive guide to the most powerful form of Chi Kung ever developed -- "standing like a tree".
A gentle, yet profoundly beneficial form of exercise, which requires very little movement, this form of Chi Kung unlocks deep reserves of energy builds internal stamina, strengthens immunity, relieves chronic illness, and promotes the natural regeneration of the nervous system.
Using step-by-step instructions and more than 100 drawings and full-color photographs, The Way of Energy tells how to:
* perform the entire sequence of rejuvenating positions
* combat stress by practicing Chi Kung while standing, sitting, working, playing, and even sleeping
* prevent and treat a wide range of common ailments
Continuing our best-selling series of books for mind and body which includes The Sivananda Companion to Yoga, The Dance Workshop, and The Book of Stress Survival, The Way of Energy will help you achieve physical fitness, mental clarity, and a profound inner strength and vitality.
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  • Touchstone | 
  • 192 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780671736453 | 
  • November 1991
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CHAPTER 1

LEARNING TO STAND

The Zhan Zhuang system begins with two basic standing exercises. These start to build up and release the natural flow of energy inside you. The first position, a simple standing posture (pp. 28-29), enables you to relax your body in preparation for the other exercises. The second position, "Holding the Balloon" (pp. 34-35), is the key position in the whole system. It is essential to become thoroughly comfortable in both these positions before moving on to the exercises in Part Two, the intermediate level.

The simple warm up routines on the following pages prepare your body for the... see more

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