BOOK: A Woman's Qigong Guide by Yanling Lee Johnson
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Release Date: May 1, 2001
Bring Balance to Your Life with Qigong!
Stop... Breathe deeply...
When was the last time you gave yourself permission to relax, to focus only on yourself, to truly enjoy your body?
Although there are so many demands on your time and energy, you cannot forget to take care of yourself: physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Qigong is the simple and natural way to ensure that these needs are met. Combining gentle movements with centuries-old meditation techniques, Qigong is the perfect holistic fitness practice for the busy woman who has only a few minutes to herself in the car, at lunch, or just before falling asleep at night.
Yanling Lee Johnson, a survivor of China's Cultural Revolution and a longtime Qigong healer and practitioner, addresses the stresses that women of all stages of life face, as they negotiate modern living. Let her teach you simple techniques for maintaining balanced health.
- Practical Instruction for Specific Exercises
- HerbalRemedies & Diet
- Heal Injuries and Illnesses Within Yourself
- Special Instructions for Mothers and their Babies
- Tips for Weight Loss, Depression & Staying Young and Beautiful
Jeanne Elizabeth Blum, author of Woman Heal Thyself
We are blessed because Yanling had the courage to survive China's cultural revolution and to write this Qigong guide. Her personal story is inspiring, the book well written, clear, informative and essential for any woman trying to live in this stress-filled new millennium. I read it in one sitting and will recommend it to all my clients.
Gunther M. Weil, Ph.D., Psychologist and Founding Chairman, National Qigong Association (NQA)
A Woman's Qigong Guide is an authoritative and valuable guide on the major principles and practices of Qigong and a must read for any woman who seeks to cultivate and benefit from the wisdom in her daily life.
The Bookwatch July 2001
Qigong is the fine art of relaxation through movement and meditation offering women the potential for holistic fitness even if they face a busy workday with only a few minutes time. This manual tells how to heal injuries and illnesses, cope with depression and aging and how to apply qigong to many situations.
Elizabeth K. Burton
Once upon a time Chinese medicine, herbal treatments and body-mind programs like qigong were the purview of a small "lunatic fringe" of New Age adherents. However, as alternative medicine has attracted the attention of the traditional medical professions, interest in proactive healthcare rather than reactive has become increasingly fashionable.
In this slim volume, Yanling Johnson, vice-president of the Qigong Association of America, undertakes to provide an overview of the combination of exercises, diet and herbs that make up the practice of this ancient Chinese method of obtaining and maintaining mental and physical balance. The result, she says, is not only better health but a longer life.
As the title makes clear, this particular tutorial is specifically aimed at women. One of the fundamentals of qigong is that there are different requirements and practices for men and women.
"Because qigong is a self-effort to balance and conform oneself to nature, the practice is always based on the individual practitioner's [sic] needs, will, and consciousness," she explains in "The History of Qigong and My Story."
Ms. Johnson's approach to her subject is eminently practical. She points out that one needn't believe in the underlying principles of qigong for the forms, diet and herbs to be effective, although she says doing so will greatly enhance that effectiveness. Nor is her book intended as a full-fledged do-it-yourself guide. Although one can begin using the forms and suggestions on one's own, she urges anyone serious about the program to seek help from a qigong master. The book, she states, is intended to provide "a basic understanding of all that makes up the practice of qigong."
In that she succeeds quite well, despite the occasional tendency toward unnecessary repetition and parts set in telephone-book-sized type that almost makes it necessary to use qigong to improve one's eyesight in order to read how to do so. The information is provided in a gentle, encouraging tone that imparts the author's firm convection in the efficacy of what she is promoting without crossing over into the kind of evangelical fervor that too often characterizes books of this kind.
As for the exercises, most of them are simple and don't require a great deal of effort to do. Granted, one or two might raise eyebrows should other family members intrude while one is in the midst of them, but otherwise there is nothing here that is likely to hurt and a good deal that could be helpful.
A Woman's Guide to Qigong is an excellent introduction to the topic, one that is accessible even to those unfamiliar with the traditions that spawned it. If one were to ask for more, it would only be more recent examples, other than the author's own, of how qigong has helped woman achieve any or all of the results Ms. Johnson claims as possible.