June 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 June Issue (Vol 1, No. 5)

Helen Hu[Featured Article] The Basic Concepts of Yao Shan for Yang Sheng and Its Functionsby Helen H. Hu. OMD, L.Ac — An introduction to one of the sophisticated trends in medicine, integrating medicinal herbs into food, with a specific way of preparing food with a good taste, color, and specific properties to promote well-being, physical performance, longevity, and the prevention of diseases.

[From the Master] Chinese Shamanic Cosmic Orbit Qigong by Master Zhongxian Wu –An introduction to the shamanic roots of Chinese qigong with some basics in Shamanic Cosmic Orbit Qigong, which is the subject of master Wu’s new book.

Ginger Garner[Breathing in This Life] Avoiding Burnout: What Women Need to Know About ABS (Adrenal Burnout Syndrome) by Ginger Garner. How to recognize, diagnose and recover from this common problem in today’s fast paced world.

[Methods for Better Meditation] Three Steps to Become a Master of Meditation By Ken Andes – Step by step instruction on beginning and sustaining a meditation practice.

[Mind-Body Medicine Research Update] Buddhist group therapy for diabetes patients with depressive symptoms. • Effect of 12 weeks of tai chi training on soleus hoffmann reflex and control of static posture in older adults.• A pilot study of qigong practice and upper respiratory illness in elite swimmers. • Complementary medicine, self-help, and lifestyle interventions for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and the OCD spectrum: A systematic review. • Effects of tai chi training on antioxidant capacity in pre- and postmenopausal women. • A randomised controlled single-blind trial of the efficacy of reiki at benefitting mood and well-being. • Spirituality at the he randomized controlled trial to assess effectiveness of a spiritually-based intervention to help chronically ill adults. • The Role of Spiritual Experiences and Activities in the Relationship Between Chronic Illness and Psychological Well-Being.


[Taiji and Science] The Importance of Let Loose – Fang Song by Chun Man Sit There are many important principles in taiji and qigong. The most critical principle is fang song – let loose (relaxing).


[Topics in Research] Scientific Qi Exploration – Part 14: Qigong’s Effects on Blood and its Biochemical Constituents by Martin Eisen, Ph.D. – a continuation of the series started in 2008 (then Qi Dao E-journal), .


[Healing through Pleasure] What is Love? An exploration of culture and truth by Dr. Felice Dunas,  — We take our concept of love for granted yet the cultures from which our medicine evolved thinks quite differently than we do about it. The different views on the concept of love, from an Eastern and Western viewpoints.

[A Comedy Moment] Daoist Jokes by Alan Sondheim

[Meditation in Motion] Wuji Posture in Taiji by Eric Borreson — Wuji posture is used as a resting position before your practice. It symbolically represents the “great emptiness” of the original universal void.

[Experience Exchange] Taiji Enlightenment on Daqingshan by Todd ElihuA fascinating account of intense training with a Chinese master in the mountains of China.


[Experience Exchange] The Gift of Taiji by David Foulk and Theresa Marolda How an accident and disability lead to greater appreciation and understanding of taiji, which turned David into a certified Taiji and Reiki instructor.

[Illuminating the Dao] Be What You Want To See by Michelle Wood — An interesting comparison between the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi and the words of Laozi.

[Illuminating the Dao] Wisdom From the Dao De Jing (interpretation by Solala Towler)


[Qigong and Fitness] What are the Powers of the Universe? Howdoes this relate to Qigong? by Timothy Booth — What are the Powers of the Universe according to the latest research and how do they relate to our practice of Qigong?

[Tales from the Dao] Playing With The Fish by Solala Towler — An ancient amusing story from the Zhuangzi.

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

Cindy Cicero[Energy Healing through Science & Spirit] Chi and Emotional Stability: moderation is the key  by Cindy Cicero

[Soul Salon] 10 Spiritual Secrets to Productivity by Rena Reese — Allowing spirituality and productivity to work together in our lives creates the much-needed synergy we desire to move through life with energy and purpose.

[Food as Medicine] Seasonal HarmonyBy Ellasara KlingMouth watering recipes for the summer months! Plus a number of useful tips for a healthy living.

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