The teaching and practices of the ancient Daoist tradition of Da Xuan have been kept secret for generations. In this ground-breaking book, Serge Augier, the current inheritor of the Da Xuan system, presents this unique approach to Daoism and reveals the basic principles and theory behind the practice of Da Xuan.
Weaving a masterful presentation of both astonishing depth and refreshing simplicity, Serge Augier covers the Daoist practices for developing mind, emotions and internal energy and provides specific exercises for cultivating and transforming the Jing (body energy), Qi (life force) and Shen (mind or spirit) on the path to enlightenment. He explains theory and practice in clear, easy-to-understand terms and explores the deeper reaches of Daoist internal alchemy in a way that gives access to practitioners of all levels to the necessary knowledge.
Yoga Girls' Club is a non-judgemental and fun environment for self-exploration where girls and young women can feel empowered to manage the changes, challenges and social pressures of teen life with confidence and self-awareness.
The interactive workbook format introduces girls to yoga and meditation and offers frequent opportunities for self-reflection through short drawing and writing exercises, enabling girls to explore who they are and what they believe, in a positive and affirming way. The book guides the reader through 43 illustrated, easy-to-follow yoga postures, each with unique benefits for health and wellbeing, as well as explaining different yogic breathing techniques and suggesting yoga sequences to help girls develop their own yoga routines. There are also 9 fun art activities designed to encourage creative expression.
Ideal for tween and teen girls aged 11-17, this book will also provide practical tools for yoga instructors, school counsellors, psychotherapists, arts therapists and youthworkers wanting to explore identity, encourage body confidence and promote self-esteem with this age group.
This step-by-step guide to preventing panic attacks provides simple strategies for stopping a panic attack on the spot and overcoming them in the long-term. Sharing her personal and professional experience of panic and anxiety disorders, clinical psychologist Sandra Scheinbaum presents tried-and-tested methods, including new cutting-edge approaches based on functional medicine.
You will learn how to:
- Understand what panic attacks are and recognise symptoms
- Trust your body's own calming methods to control panic without the need for medication
- Find your abdominal breath and relaxed breathing patterns
- Let go of clenching and muscle tension through relaxation exercises and postural awareness
- Use positive mental imagery and avoid irrational thinking
- Find deep belly laughter, even in the midst of a panic episode
- Eat well with calming foods and advice on supplements.
The ten easy steps in this book will help readers to control their fight or flight response and overcome panic attacks naturally and permanently.
Subject: Self-help and general interest
Standing qigong is a simple, effective form of exercise suitable for all ages that can increase health, balance and vitality.
This complete and accessible guide introduces standing qigong for health and martial arts. Beginning with an introduction describing his own discovery of the practice and an exploration of the health benefits, the author provides detailed instruction on the basic health postures and the process for diaphragmatic breathing. The second part of the book focuses on the martial postures and provides guidance on the subtle variations of the movements that help to cultivate and strengthen healing and internal power. Practice sequences are also included to help readers get started immediately, including, in the third part of the book, the Xing Yi Five Element linking form.
Easy-to-follow, and covering all the basics, this guide to standing qigong is perfect for anyone who is looking for ways to improve their health, or with an interest in the internal or martial arts, especially practitioners of Taiji, Qigong, XinYi, Bagua,YiQuan and yoga.
With detailed photographs and clear instruction for practice, this is the first book comprehensively to cover the history, development and training methods of this rarely taught esoteric internal martial art. The deceptively simple postures and movements of Yiquan are highly effective for achieving results for both health and combat, making it very appealing to martial artists, and Master Tang here reveals the secrets of a martial art still surrounded in mystery. He also provides a history of the origins and lineage of the Yiquan tradition, as well as detailed information on the stances and movements, weapons, and programs, grading and teaching.
This complete guide to Yiquan will be essential for anyone interested in Yiquan or oriental martial and internal arts more generally.
Subject: Martial arts
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