Download e-book for iPad: Ba Gua: Hidden Knowledge in the Taoist Internal Martial Art by John Bracy

By John Bracy

ISBN-10: 1556432763

ISBN-13: 9781556432767

This e-book offers a heritage of Ba Gua--a infrequent, mysterious, and strong type of kung fu--covering its nature and that means, and the metaphysical and symbolic facets of the self-discipline. one hundred fifty pictures.

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Applied (religious) Taoism Ancient Chinese Taoists developed deep insights into human nature in areas of psychology, physical health, and spirit. They understood the negative health consequences of socially manufactured stress and the deleterious effects of imbalanced physical movement on physical and emotional health. C. D. TAOIST TRADITIONS BORN The writings of Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu Merging of three separate traditions, previously separate yin-yang school, neoConfucianism, and Taoism. New system sought physical immortality and magical power.

This involves the sensation of qi in the body becoming a type of biofeedback signal. Sensations of electric-like tingling and/or heat traveling throughout the body will be noticed. " Through this method the student perceives when something is out of balance. Say, for example, the shoulder complex tends to be held tightly instead of released when the student lifts his or her arm. The student who has evolved to the point of sensing the movement oiqi in the body will notice pressure or a trapped heat feeling in the shoulder.

Enigmatic, paradoxical expressions were adopted to describe the experience of the martial-yogi. " Like the discipline of the Sufi dancers, the movement of the art is said to change the consciousness of the practitioner.

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