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Chinese Healing Exercises: The Tradition of Daoyin (Latitude 20 Book)

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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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Kohn (emerita, religion and East Asian studies, Boston U.) has written an impressively thorough account of traditional Chinese medical exercises, called Daoyin, their origins in the Han dynasty, and continuing practice today in both China and the West. The use of the exercises, their application to specific organs and conditions, their chief practitioners, the historical texts recording the exercises, and the present-day equivalent practices are described in detail, chronologically. Kohn incorporates her own familiarity with qigong and Iyengar yoga, among other practices, to situate the Daoyin within current and related practices and to highlight their applications. The volume will be of interest to the general reader as well as specialists in Chinese history, religion, and medicine. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780824832698
Author:
Kohn, Livia
Publisher:
University of Hawaii Press
Subject:
Breathing exercises
Subject:
Therapeutic use
Subject:
Allied Health Services - Respiratory Therapy
Subject:
Healing
Subject:
Alternative Therapies
Subject:
Hygiene, Taoist
Subject:
Breathing exercises -- Therapeutic use.
Subject:
Metaphysics-Healing
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Latitude 20 Book
Publication Date:
20081031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
268
Dimensions:
8.80x5.90x.80 in. 1.05 lbs.

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