Feb 2011

Welcome to Yang-Sheng!養生欢迎您!

Yang-Sheng (Nurturing Life) — Cultivating Qi for Body, Mind and Spirit is an E-magazine and a network for all practitioners of mind-body exercises, health seekers, and spiritual cultivators. It promotes philosophy and methods of self-healing, positive mind and health preservation, and shares knowledge and experiences with those who are interested in these subjects and their applications in everyday life. Yang-Sheng magazine and network will merge traditional  knowledge with scientific research and clinic evidence, and combine ancient wisdom with our own experience to support our daily practice and wellbeing, and to reach true meaning of health in body, mind and spirit…  Your contribution, participation, sharing and suggestions are truly appreciated.

Our web site is still under construction, especially among individual column or blog, and interesting links.  Please come back to visit us often to see what’s new in the Yang-Sheng world.

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Highlight of Current Issue (Vol 1, No. 1)

[From the editor] Yang-Sheng Welcomes You — After a few months of intensive preparation and collective efforts, the new edition of Yang Sheng magazine is finally here to welcome its readers in English.  Yang- Sheng may be the most important concept in Chinese medicine, but this magazine or network is not about Chinese medicine, but about the common accessible practices for ordinary people to cultivate health and harmony through daily activities.  We just use the concept to promote a way of life for all people at all times….

[Featured Article] Yang Sheng, The Art of Nourishing Life by Solala Towler — An historical introduction to the Nourishing Practices of Yang Sheng, including Tranquil Sitting practice, along with a little of the author’s own personal story.Yang sheng, the art of nourishing life, covers a wide variety of health, spiritual and immortality practices dating back to the times of Laozi and Zhuangzi, and perhaps further back to the early days of Chinese (wu) shamanism. Some believe the practices of yang sheng go back at least 3700 years, to the time of the Yellow Emperor. They include qigong or energy practices, meditation, internal alchemy practices (neidan), and such subjects as medicine, dietetics, astrology and fengshui. [read more…]

[Mind-Body Research Update] • Qigong versus Exercise versus no Therapy for Patients with Chronic Neck Pain – a Randomized Controlled Trial. • Effects of yoga on balance and gait properties in women with musculoskeletal problems: A pilot study.  • The role of breathing training in asthma management.  • Does mindfulness training improve cognitive abilities? A systematic review of neuropsychological findings. • Treating fibromyalgia with mindfulness-based stress reduction: Results from a 3-armed randomized controlled trial. • Green tea polyphenols supplementation and Tai Chi exercise for postmenopausal osteopenic women: safety and quality of life report.  • Role of naturopathy and yoga treatment in the management of hypertension.  • Tai chi exercise for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a pilot study.

[From the Master] Practice Gong Not Only Quan 拳– Dr. Yang Yang stresses the importance of working on our gong: our energy, posture alignment, agility, flexibility, power, autonomic nervous system, immune function, sleep, tranquility of our minds, positive outlook, and other essential components of our wellbeing.

[Spirituality of Daoism] Down the Rabbit Hole – A visit with the dark feminineby Christine J. Barea.— A fascinating article about Christine’s three-day experience in total darkness and what that brought up for her.

[Illuminating the Dao] Merging Into Harmony by Michelle WoodMichelle shares her understanding of verse Advice on how to merge with the flow of life, connecting with spirit, and flowing harmoniously with Change 

[Sexuality & Health] Q & A on Healing Loveby Mantak Chia — Sexuality is one of the three secrets in Daoism and Chinese longivity practice. Master Chia answers questions on healing love: “What is an orgasm?” What is the difference between an internal and external orgasm? What are the nine different types of orgasm?

[Topics in Research] Qi in Chinese Medicine(Part 1 of 2) by Marty Eisen & Kevin W Chen — Before any scientific investigation of Qi, the concept of Qi and its properties in Chinese philosophy must be known, in order to judge how closely any modern scientific interpretation fits. What is qi? What are the different types of qi? What is jing, Qi and Shen? and what is the difference between prenatal and postnatal qi? Two scientists try to answer these questions through ancient wisdom and modern research evidence. 

[Proverbs of Yang Sheng] Winter Health by Tina Zhang — Good advice from ancient wisdom on taking care of our health in the winter months.

[Healing through Pleasure]  The Sexual Dynamic: A TCM Perspective by Felice Dunas — A provocative article on sexual health from a TCM perspective.  Women make changes in their bodies of a magnitude far greater than anything else in life.  It makes perfect sense that when meeting a man, a woman is sure she can change him. Fix him. This yin transformational quality is found in both genders. Energetic stagnation appears complex and mysterious. Its complexity is titillating and stimulating for the yin of both genders to fix.

[Experience Exchange] Sickening Sweet by Steffany Moonaz — Dr. Moonaz shares her experience in how changing our diet, especially in the sweets department can have a great effect on our life.  Most people are aware that obesity is a major problem in the developed world, especially in the US, and our awareness of it has not managed to slow the trend.

[The Tai Chi Examiner] The Potentially Famous 2010 Laojia Training Experiment by Violet Li.  An experiment in drastically slowing one’s taiji practice and what kind of effects that may have.

[Healing Recipe of the Month] Food recipes for flu and cold.

[Well Connected] Becoming Whole Through the Cultivation of Connection by Elizabeth Mackenzie How building and maintaining a strong sense of connection call effect not only one’s own health but that of society as well.   This column is devoted to the concept of “connection” as it pertains to achieving and maintaining wholeness. What happens to us as individuals when we connect heart and mind, body and spirit? What happens to societies when …

[The Sense of Touch] Ridding Yourself (and Preventing) “Computer Pains” – Yang Sheng Style by Rebecca Owens — Simple exercises and self-applied massage to avoid pain while using computers.

[A Comedy Moment] A joke a day keeps the doctor away.  Good humor is a philosophic state of mind; it seems to say to the Nature that we take her no more seriously than she takes us… :)

[Food as Medicine] Seasonal Harmony by Ellasara Kling — Delicious recipes and health advises for the winter months. For most of us it is still Winter and we have all the snow, cold, and perhaps excessive rains that come with it. Generally, we consider Winter as a bleak, darkened time during which the Universe stores…

[Book Reviews]Reviews of four books: The 12 Chinese Animals by Master Zhongxian Wu, Managing Stress with Qigong by Gordon Faulkner, Qigong Illustrated by Christina J. Barea and Chi-Discovering Your Life Energy by Master Waysun Liao.

Volunteer Opportunities and Guidelines for SubmittingYou may help Yang-Sheng community in may ways.  For example, you can start writing a column for Yang-Sheng ( 養生 ), if you are passionate to write.  You can write anything for the existent column (see web site for details) or start your own column.   We will list you as a columnist. You need write about 3-4 times a year….

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