From the Editor

Welcome to Yang Sheng!

Welcome to another issue of Yang-Sheng! As usual, this one could not have been possible without the submissions from our regular columnists as well as the generous work of this month’s associate editor, Michelle Wood and our “da ge” (big brother) Kevin Chen. You will read a wide variety of articles and stories in this issue. We hope that you will take something precious from each one, and share with your friends….

This subject of Nourishing Life practice is a very ancient one yet many of the ideas and practices offered in these pages are as up to date as can be. Many of the problems facing humankind today are the same as those of the Tang Dynasty and earlier. Yet some are totally new. This world of ours, racing faster and faster and becoming more and more toxic, is full of modern ills. Alternative health modalities, including Chinese medicine and many more, have also been developed and can be of much help for many of the illnesses and complaints of the modern world.

It is our hope that we will be able to present many of the alternative health modalities in our upcoming issues — including Chinese health practices (acupuncture, herbs, qigong etc) as well as Ayurveda, massage, yoga and many other heath practices, both East and West.

The challenges of living in this ever-shifting world are very great. Yet there are many wonderful people out there, working on the front lines of health and healing. Please join us in presenting and supporting them as we move forward into the future!

Solala Towler, Editor-in-Chief   ( )

[Solala has been involved with Daoist practices such as taiji, qigong and meditation for almost 23 years now. He has been publishing The Empty Vessel: The Journal of Daoist Thought and Practice, for almost 18 years. He has written a number of books on Daoist thought and practice (including Cha Dao: The Way of Tea and the Inner Chapters of Chuang Tzu) and has been leading tours to China to study qigong and other Daoist practices in the sacred mountains of China since 1997. In addition, he has recorded four CDs on meditation/relaxation/movement music using Tibetan singing bowls, both Chinese and Native flute and harmonic overtone singing. He can be reached at or at his website at ]

Guest Editor-in-Chief of this issue: Michelle Wood

Graphic Designer: Rebecca Kali

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