May/June 2012

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Yang-Sheng (Nurturing Life) is an E-magazine and a network for all healthcare professionals of preventive medicine, practitioners of  mind-body exercise (such as Qigong, Tai Chi, Yoga, Reiki, mindfulness and meditation), 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.

Yang-Sheng magazine will be published bimonthly in 2012.

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Highlights of Yang-Sheng – Vol 2, No. 3

[From the Editor] the new editor-in-chief, Ms. Christina Barea-Young, introduces herself with more background and her ambition; then introduces the theme of this issue – Yin & Yang, and its implication in Yang Sheng, with  questions, What area of the cycle might you be on? Where might you go next?

[Meditation in Motion] Yin and Yang in TaiJi – Eric Borreson discusses how the taiji is present in our bodies, how structure can display the energies of yin and yang. In more detail he explains how the alignment of our arms, legs, and feet can generate power, or consume it.

[Illuminating the Dao] Yang and Yin of the Mind-Body Creation CycleMichelle Wood shares some insight on the origin of illness. She explains how a person caught in a negative cycle can slowly change into positivity. A look at the play of yin-yang in our health!

[The Daily Daoist] Yin Yang Fast– Jessica Sommar shares some insight on how to cleanse the body from a yin-yang perspective. Included within her article are some delicious recipes.

[Spirituality of Dao] Yin Yang Sword; Weapon of Immortals Christina Barea describes the symbolism of the ritual sword used by Daoist practitioners. An explanation of the symbols and why they are chosen help non-practitioners gain deeper insight into the complexity of Daoist rituals.

[Secret of Daoist Meditation] Daoist “Sitting and Forgetting” and the Christian “The Cloud of The Unknown”Michael Rinaldini relates a personal point of view on meditation and philosophical concepts from a Daoist and Christian point of view. Pulling from his years of practice in meditation, he describes the unfolding of understanding in diary format. Enjoy a glimpse into the mind of a seasoned practitioner.

[Seasonal Harmony] – Early Summer and You — Ellasara Kling introduces the TCM perspectives on how to take care of yourself in the early summer season, and offers more foods and delicious recipes that are harmonious with early summer living…. Do you want to try some watermelon salad, veggie crepes, or Mung bean soup, or cocoanut congee?

[Cultivating the Mind] The Bioenergetic Basis of LifeTom Rogers eloquently discusses the mechanics behind vibrational medicine and why it’s so powerful. The fundamentals of qigong meet the now popular theories of epigenetics and quantum physics providing much insight into the why and how of disease.

[Happiness in Your Life] Human Energy Systems– Doe Zantamata  explores the relationship of masculine and feminine while in harmony and how it can become unbalanced. The caveat of modern conditioning on the development of healthy relationships is also examined.


[Method  of Better Meditation] Tai Chi and Qigong: Practice of Mindfulness– Bryan Knack discloses the true meaning of qigong and mindfulness. Taking us on a journey of discovery into the power of single-pointed focus and recover the fullness of our internal energy.

[Breathing in This Life] Too Busy to Take Care of Yourself? The Busy Mom’s Guide to Practicing Yoga — Ginger Garner shares her advice on how to find even 5 minutes for your qigong practice. A busy mom herself she still finds a clever way of dividing up her practice into smaller pieces that can be highly effective.

[Mind-Body Medicine Research Update] A systematic review of the effectiveness of qigong exercise in cardiac rehabilitation; Benefits of yoga for psychosocial well-being in a US high school curriculum: A preliminary RCT;  Mindfulness meditation-related pain relief: Evidence for unique brain mechanisms in the regulation of pain; Meditation-induced changes in high-frequency heart rate variability predict smoking outcomes;  Effects of meditation experience  on functional connectivity of distributed brain networks;  Comparing the health  status of US taiji-quan and qigong practitioners to a national survey sample across ages;  Efficacy and safety of meditative movement therapies in fibromyalgia syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis of RCTs;  A pilot study of yogic meditation for family dementia caregivers with depressive symptoms: Effects on mental health, cognition and telomerase activity; and more…

[East-West Perspectives] Is Qigong for You?– Arthur Rosenfeld helps the newcomer to qigong to understand what it is and where it comes from. A great read for anyone who has just learned about qigong and needs additional information.

[From the Master] Organizing Daily Practice master Yang Yang gives us the answer to finding time  to get our qigong practice included in our busy schedules. He describes a very systematic approach which cleverly addresses the main issues we face during our learning curve. A very effective method of making the change!

[Learn about Dao] Daoist Body Cultivation and Behavioral Kinesiology (part 2)– Dr. Livia Kohn counts on her ample background in research to clarify fundamental components of Daoist body cultivation and how they are matching with scientific research based on kinesiology.

[Experience Exchange] An Era of Openness through Raising the Kundalini (Part 2)- Raven Cohen calls upon readers to go beyond their current understanding of spirituality. Her article describes how she interprets metaphysical concepts and urges others to explore their own.

[From the Doctor]  The Yin Yang of Solar Flares, Heaven on Earth, & Other Changes Dr. Nadia Hole reports on the influence of solar flares on our current state of evolution. Seeing a link between the increase in flare activity and of our frantic thoughts and emotions, she encourages us to allow change and shift to take place.

[Scientific Qi Exploration] The Fu (Yang) Organs– Dr. Marty Eisen explains in great detail what the Yang organs are and what they do. Based on TCM it is an in-depth yet comprehensible overview of how our body works from jing to qi to shen.

[Daoist Internal Alchemy] Original Energy as the Mysterious Language of Alchemy – master Michael Winn concludes his in-dept article on the definition of Primordial Qi and how it is expressed in the classics. He also describes how it manifests in practice.

[Quantum Healing with Dr. Lu] The Yin-Yang of True HealthDr. Nan Lu provides insight into the process of healing, explaining that disease and recovery may sometimes move in a direction that seems counter-intuitive. However, he reassures the reader that according to the change of yin-yang in the taiji symbol, if we relax and allow the energies to settle on their own, all will find harmony.

[Book Review] Answers to Common Tai Chi and Qigong Questions by William Ting –Dr. Sal Casano provides another expert review on a new book on Tai Chi and Qigong.

[A Comedy Moment] The other side; Compassion with an umbrella; What’s Flapping… and Meditation with ants (cartoon).

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