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Understanding child development through the prism of the Five Elements adds an exciting new dimension to western thinking on the nurture of children. It can not only explain patterns of behaviour in a new and helpful way, but suggest approaches and methods to help children, and groups of children, become more balanced and therefore happier, more resilient, and more open to learning and new experience.
Discover Chinese wushu with this concise and easy-to-read primer. Wushu, also known as kung fu, has the art of attack and defence at its centre and is an umbrella term for the Chinese martial arts. With accurate and defined illustrations, this book covers all the basics of wushu, including:
Learn the essentials about qigong with this comprehensive and easy-to-read introduction. An ancient Chinese practice now becoming popular in the West, qigong integrates functions of the body, breathing and the mind. Qigong is a great way to keep fit, prevent illness, and still your mind. Fully illustrated, this book covers the key information to get you started, including:
Discover Shaolin quan with this concise and easy-to-read primer. Shaolin quan, the most influential and popular school of Chinese wushu or martial arts, is associated with the famous Shaolin Temple where the monks have traditionally practised wushu. It combines characteristics of all forms of martial arts and is grounded in ancient concepts of health and spiritual development. Fully illustrated, this book covers all the basics of Shaolin quan, including:
Subject: Oriental Martial Arts
Discover Tai Ji Quan with this concise and easy-to-read primer. Seen in the West as a dynamic combination of yoga and meditation, Tai Ji Quan is an effective health and mind stilling exercise that has been practiced in China for millennia. Fully illustrated in colour, this book covers all the basics, including:
Mawangdui Daoyin Shu presents a series of qigong forms based on those shown on the famous silk paintings excavated from the Mawangdui tombs of Changsha, Hunan Province. Discovered in the 1970s alongside a wealth of classical texts, they are among the oldest and best preserved silk works in China, and provide a fascinating insight into the early history of qigong.
Drawing on ancient documents from China and Tibet, archaeological findings and cultural relics, this illustrated handbook presents authentic Qigong forms from the Warring States period right up the late Qing dynasty of the early twentieth century. Twenty-six sets of pictures relating to Qigong, Daoyin, diet and living habits are included, each set introduced with a brief overview of the origin, development, changes and practice modes of each method. Presented in chronological order, each chapter describes the source from which the exercises are derived, and then provides a description of the ancient form, its health and other benefits, uses, and how to do it, together with drawings of the original illustrations where these exist, or line drawings of the movements described where the original text was not illustrated. The forms are easy to learn, and easy to do, providing also a direct link to the authentic ancient forms.
Practising Taiji and Qigong is the perfect antidote to the stresses of modern life and a great way to stay healthy. Now caring professionals can help those with limited mobility to experience the benefits of Taiji and Qigong with this easy-to-follow guide.
'To work with Al Huang is to learn to move with wind and water... in the course of everyday life... a truly superior and gifted teacher who works upon others as the sun and rain upon plants.'
- From the foreword by Alan Watts, one of the great writers of Comparative Philosophy and Religion and Taoist and Zen literature.
Peppered with a delicate mix of wisdom and humor, this new and enlarged edition of Quantum Soup is a light-hearted yet informative combination of happy anecdotes and traditional Chinese sensibilities in a Western setting. Every mini-essay is accompanied by the author's calligraphy and illustrations, including those making their appearance for the very first time.
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