The Way of Energy: (A Gaia Original)

Mastering the Chinese Art of Internal Strength with Chi Kung Exercise

41nnTizv8PL._SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_ Author Master Lam Kam-Chuen
Isbn 9780671736453
File size 11.15MB
Year 1991
Pages 192
Language English
File format PDF
Category Fitness

Book Description:

This book has changed my life for the better. As a young kid, I suffered a lower back injury in a phys. ed. class. In addition, some members of my family have had intense lower back problems. My sports injury kept haunting me for a very long time. To heal/control it, I swam in college most days for about forty minutes. I tried yoga, which aggravated it, bicycled, which helped some, and did a bunch of therapeutic exercises, which didn't help much. Eventually, I discovered tai chi, which helped some. However, one day, about 20 years ago, I came across an article that mentioned that to improve one's tai chi, a person would have to practice standing. This statement intrigued me very much and made me look for a suitable source to learn. I finally discovered Lam's book and started practicing. Initially, I was surprised how weak I was. After only five minutes, I would stagger to the couch and collapse. My shoulders would hurt pretty bad while practicing. Yet, after a few months of doggedly hanging in there, I got stronger and could stand twenty minutes. Gradually, I became quite strong and healthier!! The most amazing thing was that my back quit bothering me. The episodes of intense back pain disappeared completely!! In my early thirties, I had so much pain that I envisioned myself in a wheel chair at fifty! Now here I am at 63, standing most mornings for an hour. I can stand on one leg for five minutes, and I can lift more than I could 30 years ago. Plus, I have become more flexible and a lot more patient and free of stress. Of course, sometimes, standing is boring or really challenging as time creeps by super slowly, especially for the first twenty minutes. After that, I sometimes slip into some type of time warp where time seems to speed up. Now I have gotten to the point where I can feel a lot of tingling in my hands, which get super hot. It feels like electricity flowing through my hands and lower arms. When my wife gets near me, she claims that I radiate heat, like a stove. If you have read so far without having been turned off by my ramblings, you will understand what I meant when I stated that this book has really changed my life. I will stand as long as I can because of the amazing benefits I have received from doing so. If you decide to get this book to improve your life, be very patient and increase your standing practice gradually over months. If you rush it, you may get hurt. At one point, I was too impatient and developed plantar fasciitis, which is an inflamation affecting your heals and part of your soles of your feet. I got rid of it, but it took awhile, and to do so, I had to restrict my standing practice for awhile. However, if you use common sense, you should be fine. After you have gotten stronger, vary your practice to keep boredom at bay. Also, include the warm up exercises, along with the eight brocades Mr. Lam has included in this book. Above all, persist, and you will enjoy a better life!



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