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Acknowledgements. To the Reader. Preface. Introduction. 1. Qi Gong and Taijiquan. 2. Nourishing Life and Eternal Spring. 3. Self Cultivation and the Natural State. 4. Essence, Energy and Spirit. 5. An Ordinary Life. 6. Body, Breath and Mind. 7. Stillness and Movement. 8. The Small Universe. 9. Disharmony, Thieves, Hooligans, Influences and Common Sense. 10. Cultivating Energy. 11. Mobilizing Energy. 12. Taiji Boxing. 13. So Where Are You Now? 14. Experience Qi Gong.
An accessible explanation of the essential theories and strategies of Taijiquan and Qi Gong for combating stress and illness, and promoting happiness and rejuvenation
Michael W. Acton is Founder of the Wu Shi Taijiquan and Qi Gong Association UK (www.wutaijiandqigong.co.uk). He has been practising for over 30 years and is the sole UK representative of Dr Li Li-Qun, a fourth generation Wu Style Taijiquan master and a leading Qi Gong master who, now in his 80s, is one of China's leading exponents in both disciplines.
This book, written for a Western audience, explains the essential theories and strategies for Taijiquan and Qi Gong in an accessible way. Michael W Acton, guides the reader through core concepts with an insight borne out of many years of practice, study and teaching. -- ICBN Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine If you've heard about the health-giving benefits of the ancient Chinese martial arts Tajiquan and Qi Gong, but did'nt know where to start, Michael Acton has provided a perfect guide for the Western reader. -- Australlian Natural Health The Traditional arts of Taijiquan and Qi Gong are sophisticated expressions of Chinese martial arts, health and spiritual culture. This book explains the essential theories of these disciplines. The book is useful to anyone already on this path or who is interested in self development,health and well being or the fascinating philosophy and ideas that underpin these traditional Chinese disciplines. -- Yoga Mind Body Spirit, September 2009 After reading the first few chapters, I stood in the middle of my living-room for five minutes with Acton's words to guide me and suddenly, as I began to actually FEEL the subtle currents of energy move within me, I began, at long last, to understand what Qi Gong is really all about. -- GreenSpirit As a traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner myself, I highly recommend this book for those who want to understand the relation between Traditional Chinese Medicine and the arts of qigong and taijiquan... In conclusion, this is a book which is well worth reading for anyone seriously interested in qigong and/or taijiquan. -- Ken Morgan, Medical Qigong Education Centre