Chinese Healing Exercises: The Tradition of Daoyin

Author:   Livia Kohn
Publisher:   University of Hawai'i Press
ISBN:  

9780824832698


Pages:   344
Publication Date:   15 November 2008
Format:   Paperback
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Chinese Healing Exercises: The Tradition of Daoyin


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Daoyin, the traditional Chinese practice of guiding the qi and stretching the body is the forerunner of Qigong, the modern form of exercise that has swept through China and is making increasing inroads in the West. Like other Asian body practices, Daoyin focuses on the body as the main vehicle of attainment; views health and spiritual transformation as one continuum leading to perfection or self-realization; and works intensely and consciously with the breath and with the conscious guiding of internal energies.This book explores the different forms of Daoyin in historical sequence, beginning with the early medical manuscripts of the Han dynasty, then moving into its religious adaptation in Highest Clarity Daoism. After examining the medieval Daoyin Scripture and ways of integrating the practice into Tang Daoist immortality, the work outlines late imperial forms and describes the transformation of the practice in the modern world.Presenting a rich crop of specific exercises together with historical context and comparative insights, Chinese Healing Exercises is valuable for both specialists and general readers. It provides historical depth and opens concrete details of an important but as yet little-known health practice.

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Author:   Livia Kohn
Publisher:   University of Hawai'i Press
Imprint:   University of Hawai'i Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 2.00cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.476kg
ISBN:  

9780824832698


ISBN 10:   0824832698
Pages:   344
Publication Date:   15 November 2008
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Professional & Vocational ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Livia Kohn is absolutely the source on the origins and great luminaries of Qigong, Tai Chi, and Chinese Healing Exercises, or Chinese Yoga. As the world's appetite for stress mastery, wellness, and complementary medicine grows and the fields of health promotion and personal empowerment explode, there is a need for accurate reflection on the origins of China's ancient power tools for well-being, healing, and longevity. Based on sound scholarship and accessible to a wide audience, this book fulfills that need. -- Roger Jahnke, OMD Livia Kohn is absolutely the source on the origins and great luminaries of Qigong, Tai Chi, and Chinese healing exercises. As the world's appetite for stress mastery, wellness, and complementary medicine grows and the fields of health promotion and personal empowerment explode, there is a need for accurate reflection on the origins of China's ancient power tools for well-being, healing, and longevity. Based on sound scholarship and accessible to a wide audience, this book fulfills that need.--Roger Jahnke OMD, Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi


Livia Kohn is absolutely the source on the origins and great luminaries of Qigong, Tai Chi, and Chinese Healing Exercises, or Chinese Yoga. As the world's appetite for stress mastery, wellness, and complementary medicine grows and the fields of health promotion and personal empowerment explode, there is a need for accurate reflection on the origins of China's ancient power tools for well-being, healing, and longevity. Based on sound scholarship and accessible to a wide audience, this book fulfills that need. -- Roger Jahnke, OMD


Livia Kohn is absolutely the source on the origins and great luminaries of Qigong, Tai Chi, and Chinese healing exercises. As the world s appetite for stress mastery, wellness, and complementary medicine grows and the fields of health promotion and personal empowerment explode, there is a need for accurate reflection on the origins of China s ancient power tools for well-being, healing, and longevity. Based on sound scholarship and accessible to a wide audience, this book fulfills that need.--Roger Jahnke OMD, Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi


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Livia Kohn is professor emerita of religion and East Asian studies at Boston University.

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