May 2011

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Yang-Sheng (Nurturing Life) is an E-magazine and a network for all Qigong, Tai Chi, Yoga, Reiki, mindfulness and meditation practitioners, 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 the subjects and their applications in everyday life.

Yang-Sheng merges traditional life-nurturing knowledge with modern scientific research and clinic evidence, and combines ancient wisdom with our own experience to support our daily practice and well-being,  and to reach true meaning of health in body, mind and spirit… Your contribution, participation, sharing and suggestions are truly appreciated.

 

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Highlights of May Issue (Vol 1, No. 4)

[From the Editor] Introduction to the theme of this issue, Daoism in the West, by the guest editor-in-chief  Christina Barea.

[Featured Article] What is American Daoism?An insightful article discusses the migration of Daoism to the United States. The article introduces readers to some of the first teachers of Daoism to Americans and the subsequent evolution of Daoist practices outside of China.

A Short History of American Dragon Gate LineageDaoShi Li Chang Dao discusses the roots of the American Dragon Gate Lineage in the United States. A great documentary of what will surely be a strong influence in the future of American Daoist initiates.

[Mind-Body Medicine Research Update] — Tai Chi Exercise in Patients With Chronic Heart Failure: A Randomized Clinical Trial  * Using Computerized Posturography To Explore The Connection Between Bmi And Postural Sta-bility In Long-Term Tai Chi Practitioners * Interventions for Addressing Low Balance Confidence in Older Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.  * Interim Follow-Up Of A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Chinese Style Mind Body (Tai Chi) And Stretching Exercises On Cognitive Function In Subjects At Risk Of Progressive Cognitive Decline * Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mind-fulness-Based Cognitive Therapy – A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials * Becoming Connected: The Lived Experience of Yoga Participation After Stroke * Investigation of Standard Care Versus Sham Reiki Placebo Versus Actual Reiki Therapy To Enhance Comfort and Well-Being in a Chemotherapy Infusion Center * Body Awareness: A Phenomenological Inquiry into the Common Ground of Mind-Body Therapies * Heart Rate Variability Changes During High Frequency Yoga Breathing And Breath Awareness * Effect Of One Week Of Yoga On Function And Severity In Rheumatoid Arthritis * Effects of Mindfulness Meditation Training on Anticipatory Alpha Modulation in Primary Somatosensory Cortex

[Taiji & Science] Gravity and the Yin Force by master Sit– a thought provocative comparison between the gravity and the Daoist views on yin energy and wu wei.

[Scientific Qi Exploration] Qigong and the Immune System – part 13c of a series by Dr. Eisen, discussing the effects of qigong on the immune system specifically on white and red blood cell counts on patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

Ginger Garner[Breathing in this Life] A Yogic Breath Practice for Wo(Men)a clear presentation on several methods of breathing which promote tranquility. Focusing on the needs of the ever busy modern woman, this article provides practical breath techniques for de-stressing.

[Comedy Moment] Lighten up with a fresh outlook on meditation and spirituality!

[Healing with Pleasure] Behavior as Symptoms of Energetic Imbalance by Dr. Dunas – the relationship between yin and yang as applied to intimate relationships. A good resource for couples seeking insight to understanding their mate.

[Food as Medicine] Seasonal Harmony by Ellasara Kling — Delicious recommendations on the right foods to eat during the Fire Season- summer along with a few recipes to get you started.

[Illuminating the Dao]  The Dao, the Dao-De-Jing, and Yang Sheng – ever wonder what Dao is really about, or if it has anything to do with your daily life?  Ever feel confused by so many different translations of Dao-de-jing?  Dr. Chen shares his perspective on this subject, and shares a web site with 29 English translations of Dao-de-jing, which may make your Dao illuminating a little easier (or harder?)…

[Spirituality of Dao] Recitation of Scripture: Preserving the Tradition of Daojiao – Christina Barea discusses the challenges Daoism faces as it migrates outside of the Chinese borders.

[Qi Cultivation & Dao] Cultivating the Shen & Nourishing the Spirit – an indepth discussion on the relationship between shen and spirit by Dr. Guan-Cheng Sun.  A must read for those on the spiritual path.

[Well Connected] Connection to the Natural World via Therapeutic Landscapes – the latest on the trend for “going green” by creating awareness between health and nature. Tips for staying healthy by gardening and staying natural.

[Energy Healing Through Science & Spirit] What is Chi Energy? It’s “Bio-Electricity” – a short definition of what qi is from a biological perspective.

[The Taiji Examiner] KungFu Body Conditioning an insightful summary of the DVD produced by YMAA documenting the progress of their disciples during their 10 year training internship.

[Tales from the Tao] The Horse Breeder – An excerpt from Solala’s translation of the Lieh Tzu.

The Illuminating Light of Science on Qi – an article about the spectrum of equivalents for Qi in the Western view.

poetry[Echoes of Emptiness]- Original Paradisea Daoist priest shares his insights during meditation and self-mastery through narration and poetry.

[Soul Salon] Your Energetic DNA – individuality is explored from an energetic perspective suggesting that our energetic makeup is as important as the physical DNA.

[Sexuality and Health] Sexual Reflexology by master Mantak Chia – Part 1 in a 3-part series. Need spice in the bedroom? Master Chia offers several suggestions and solutions for a better health through pleasure…. Sexuality is one of the three top secrets in Chinese longevity practice.

[Book Reviews] True Brain Fitness by Dr. Aihan Kuhn — reviewed by  Dr. S. Casano

 

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