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Eight Simple Qigong Exercises for Health: The Eight Pieces of Brocade

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Improve your health, increase your energy, and speed your recovery from illness with the Eight Pieces of Brocade (Ba Duan Jin), one of the most popular sets of ancient Chinese healing exercises. These gentle stretching and strengthening movements activate the Qi (vital energy) in your body, helping to stimulate your immune system, strengthen your internal organs, and get y ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published October 14th 1997 by YMAA Publication Center
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Phil Calandra
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
"Eight Simple Qigong Exercises for Health....", among other things include the history and theory of Qigong, sitting exercises and the Eight Standing Pieces of Brocade. In terms of the actual practice, the explanations and illustrations are not nearly clear enough to begin a practice. Also, there is no guidance in terms of the co-ordination of the breath with the movements and there is little discussion about the nature and the flow of Qi. Perhaps the video version used in conjunction with the b ...more
Carlos
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gong-fu
A perfect introuction to chikung.

A great introduction in theory, sources and roots by a master in the subject. It's nice to see a critic "westerner" point of view and concern about modern research in an author so recognized in the matter.

By the way, the Eight Brocade excercises explanation in clear, and the guideness about mind focus through the each Piece is helpful.

Like always, in any art or serious deep discipline, learning only by reading is a poor practice, it's better to find a good maste
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Jeangougou
Jan 23, 2016 rated it liked it
well done, particularly nice and easy the introduction to the sitting version of ba duan jin
KC Davis
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very well written - clear, concise, and detailed. A nice introduction to qigong, followed by instruction on both sitting and standing versions of the Eight Pieces of Brocade.
Ibrahim
Nov 15, 2009 marked it as to-read
Ancient knowledge sometimes interesting things to learn. Qigong can be as good as Tai-Chi (but I never get though it yet). I think it will be fun.
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