November 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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Highlight’s November Issue (Volume 1, No.9)

[From the Editor] by Rebecca Kali, Editor in Chief,  – Welcome to the November issue of Yang-Sheng! The theme for this issue is painted with broad brush strokes and encompasses all aspects of the Yang-Sheng, nurturing life practices.

[Featured Article] Adaption in Mind-Body Integration Practice: Understanding Variations of Qigong Exercises from TCM Theories by Kevin W Chen, Ph.D. – One of the advantages of qigong therapy is that one system or qigong routine can be applied to various conditions, however variations by individual differences and adaption to the season, timing, and types of diseases are the keys to a successful mind-body practice and energy healing.

[Method of Self Healing] Healing and Transformation by Martin Brofman, Ph.D. — Every symptom has a certain way of being with which it is associated. In order to release a symptom, one must release the way of being associated with it. Thus, the process of healing implies a process of transformation. Martin Brofman learned how anything can be healed on his journey of healing from terminal cancer.

[Mind-Body Medicine Research Update] – Tai chi exercise for treatment of pain and disability in people with persistent low back pain • Early intervention for autism with a parent-delivered Qigong massage program • Meditation promotes insightful problem-solving by keeping people in a mindful and alert conscious state  • A Randomized Trial Comparing Yoga, Stretching, and a Self-care Book for Chronic Low Back Pain • Combined Therapy Using Acupressure Therapy, Hypnotherapy, and Transcendental Meditation versus Placebo in Type 2 Diabetes • Motivational and mindfulness intervention for young adult female marijuana users  •Tai Chi for Insomnia.

[Research Update] Taiji/Qigong Practitioners Report a Cornucopia of Benefits by Matthew Komelski, Ph.D. – The experiences of Taiji/Qigong practitioners enrolled in an intervention study revealed that the interviewees were initially motivated to join the Taiji study for physical reasons , but by the end of the intervention, each member in the group described complex multidimensional (physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual) benefits of practice.

[Method to Improve Meditation] Training Tips for Going Deeper into Tranquility by Yang Yang, Ph.D. — Taiji insights sometimes come from unexpected places as Yang Yang relates in this article. He also shares a tip that might help you come out of your sitting session with a clearer mind, better focus, and experience a more tranquil and efficient day.

[Tales from the Dao] Every Breath a Prayer by Solala Towler – In Daoist meditation and qigong practice it is the breath that anchors our practice and is the doorway between realms. The breath keeps us grounded, connected to our inner core and in deep meditation, breathes us. Another way we can use the breath is in prayer. By turning each breath into a prayer, we can become human prayer wheels.

[From the Master] Heart/Mind Qigong: Gateway through the Mysterious Pass with excerpts from The Healing Promise of Qi by Roger Jahnke. OMD – When we purposefully access the Heart-Mind and cultivate the treasure of Heart-Mind Elixir it nourishes peace of mind and emotional healing. It is a rare person who does not become attracted to having peace of mind once they have begun to experience it.

[From Dr. Love] Yin Yang Diagnosis by George Xavier Love, OMD – The Chinese system of diagnosis and treatment is a commonsense approach to healing.  The most important concept to understand involves the ability to diagnose imbalances using the theory of Yin and Yang. The Yin/Yang theory is a teaching method that does not define anything absolute but shows the way to develop an intuitive approach to diagnoses and treatment.

[Energy Healing through Science and Spirit] Biophotonics and Bioenergy: Results are in from the Rhine Center Experiment by Don E. Brown II, MSIS – Qigong, Pranic, Reiki, Yoga and other types of energy practices tap into a source from the bioenergy field. In this article, Instructor Don Brown reveals what every energy professional practitioner needs to know about bioenergy as it relates to biophotons.

[Sexuality and Health] Transforming Sexual Energy with Water-and-Fire Alchemy by Michael Winn –  Sexual love is one of the most powerful human experiences. Since ancient times, Daoists have sought to tap the power of sexuality to heal the body, deepen love relationships, and achieve elevated states of enlightenment. This article includes Michael Winn’s personal experience of “soul sex” or the “valley orgasm”; what Lao Tzu would describe as the opening and closing of the gates of the Mysterious Female.

[Stress Less] The Benefits of Getting More Alpha Waves! by Narij Naik, M.Pharm. – Our brain produces different brainwaves based on our mood and state of mind. In the alpha state, stress naturally drifts away; tension disappears; and thought processes calm down. Alpha brainwave states are also associated with having a clearer mind, higher levels of creativity, and more…

[Healing Through Pleasure] Diagnosing Heart-Sickness by Felice Dunas, Ph.D. – TCM training introduces theories that reveal emotional patterns. The relationship between psychology, cognitive function and physiology appears simplistic but interprets facets of consciousness brilliantly.  A key diagnostic question is “Which emotion do you spend the most time in?”

[Food as Medicine] Seasonal Harmonyby Ellasara Kling – “The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food.” Hippocrates: Greek physician. How we eat is often as important as what we eat, this article discusses some basic eating guidelines as well as foods for Winter,  recipes for Moroccan stew; carrot, ginger and sweet potato soup; Winter snacks; seasonal tea and more…

[Experience Exchange] Standing Meditation by Dan Kleiman – When you do your taiji form, you catch glimpses of deeper layers of stillness inside your movements. However, without a standing qigong practice, your taiji form will never give you complete access to the summit.

[Scientific Qi ExplorationPart 16: Qigong and the Lymphatic System by Martin Eisen, Ph.D. – There are five ways that Qigong can affect lymph flow: aerobic energy production, breathing, body position and gravity, voluntary movement of striated muscles and involuntary movement of smooth muscles.

[Echoes of Emptiness] Taiji: Qigong, Quan, and Dao-De by Jacob Newell, (Daoshi Gu Shen Yu) – The fundamental theory of Taiji is that everything is one cosmic energy – qi.  This energy naturally polarizes into yin and yang – the heavy sinks down and becomes earth and the light rises up and becomes heaven.  Living beings, as a microcosm of the universe, contain both body (earth) and mind (heaven).

[Book ReviewTaijiquan: The Art of Nurturing, The Science of Power reviewed by Rodney J. Owen – This is a good read for someone interested in the complete art of Taiji: as a martial art, a healing art, a spiritual practice, and a physical regimen.

[Book Review] Tai Chi in Your Life- 8 Principles That Can Change Your Life While Learning and Growing with Tai Chi reviewed by Sal Casano, Ph.D., RN, FCN – The author uses his experiences in tai chi, neigong and qigong to present a very informative book.  A good deal of the content is based on the T’ai Chi Classics, which give a strong foundation to the principles discussed.

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