This guide to the internal martial arts gives instructions for the exercises, both simple forms and advanced sequences of fluid movements. It places martial arts in their cultural and everyday context and aims to explain how to achieve a balanced lifestyle and advises curative and preventive treatments for a wide variety of ailments and health problems. The martial arts are understood here as more than just varieties of self-defence or competitive sports. They are ways of self-discipline, self-knowledge and expression through concentrated but effortless movement. This book presents the four major "soft" or internal arts - T'ai Chi Chuan, Hsing I, Pa Kua and Chi Kung. These arts focus on skills that are often hidden to the untrained eye - breathing power, correct poise and tone, the generation of "chi" or vital energy, heightened by awareness and inner calm. In place of muscular strength and competitive tension they emphasize supple movement and a sense of calm detatchment that engenders inner strength and responsiveness. Ultimately, the practice of the internal martial arts is intended to lead the performer to a rare sense of harmony with self and with the universe. This is the sixth in Gaia's best-selling series for natural living, which includes "The Book of Stress Survival", "The Book of Yoga", "The Book of Massage", "The Dance Workshop" and "The Sensual Body".
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Book Description HarperCollinsWillow, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Usual signs of a well read book but good overall condition. May not look good on your bookcase after reading and probably not suitable as a present unless hard to find elsewhere ALL ITEMS POSTED NEXT WORKING DAY. Bookseller Inventory # mon0001046496
Book Description HARPERCOLLINSWILLOW, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used; Good. Ships from the UK within 24 hours. Wear to head and tail of spine, page edges foxed, backstrip pulling away, corners bumped, decorative endpapers, with illustrations, otherwise internally good. Ex-library. Bookseller Inventory # BBI100182
Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR003341322