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She has written and edited numerous books and is a long-term practitioner of taiji quan, qigong, yoga, and meditation. Contents Early Medical Manuscripts. The author gives a historical overview of Daoyin texts, starting from the original manuscripts written during the early Han dynasty in which several routine exercises are illustrated in great detail. It provides historical depth and opens concrete details of an important but as yet little-known health practice.

University of Hawai Press. Chapter One Early Medical Manuscripts pp. In her historical overview, Kohn shows how Daoyin developed from healing exercises thought mainly to prevent disease, nourish and extend life, into formal religious Daoist practices intended to achieve higher goals, such as attaining magical or supernatural powers and even immortality.

After examining the medieval Daoyin Scripture and ways of integrating the practice into Tang Daoist immortality, the work outlines late imperial forms and describes the transformation of the practice in the modern world.

Daoyin, the traditional Chinese practice of guiding the qi and stretching the body is the forerunner of Qigong, the modern form of exercise that has swept through China and is making increasing inroads in the West. Presenting a rich crop of specific exercises together with historical context and comparative insights, Chinese Healing Exercises is valuable for both specialists and general readers.

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Like other Asian body practices, Daoyin focuses on the body as the main vehicle of attainment; Chapter Three The Exercise Classic pp.

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Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. Overall, however, I found this book very informative and engaging and, without hesitation, I would recommend it to students, teachers and to a wider audience interested in healing practices and the history of traditional Chinese medicine.

Kohn also com- pares Daoyin to yoga and points out the similarity of several routines, suggesting that they might originate from similar roots.

Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. This book explores the different forms of Daoyin in historical sequence, beginning with the early medical manuscripts of the Han dynasty, then moving into its religious adaptation in Highest Clarity Daoism.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. This modern version includes movement sequences that are not traceable in the tradi- tional texts. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

Asian Medicine 4 — brill. The author or editor of over 40 books, she now lives in Florida, serves as the executive editor of the Journal of Daoist Studies, and runs various workshops and conferences.

Chinese healing exercises; the tradition of Daoyin.

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Officials Hermits and Ecstatics. Chapter Five Modern Precursors pp. This book explores the different forms of Daoyin in historical sequence, beginning with the early medical manuscripts of the Han dynasty, then moving into its religious adaptation in Highest Clarity Daoism. Daoyin consists of a series of exercises for guiding the qi, stretching the body, visualisa- tion and breathing, conceived initially as a practice to prevent disease, improve health and attain longevity.

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The Tradition of Daoyin, Honolulu: Other editions – View all Chinese Healing Exercises: After this, Daoyin expand beyond healing practices into a more spiritual and magical dimension. Like other Asian body practices, Daoyin focuses on the body as the main vehicle of attainment; sees health and spiritual transformation as one continuum leading to perfection or self-realization; and works intensely and consciously with the breath and with the conscious guiding of internal energies.

The Tradition of Daoyin. From a historical perspective, I would like to have found out more about the reasons why the Daoyin texts did not emerge until the Tang dynasty and whether or not they were re-written to suit the political and social imperial ideology of the time.

Presenting a rich crop of specific exercises together with historical context and comparative insights, Chinese Healing Exercises is valuable for both specialists and general readers.

Contact Contact Us Help. During the late Ming and early Qing, Daoyin exercises became part of martial arts, such as Shaolin gongfu, practised by the famous Shaolin monks, and the emerging Taiji quan. Account Options Sign in. The Tradition of Daoyin. Chapter Six Daoyin Today pp. Log In Sign Up. Like other Asian body practices, Daoyin focuses on the body as the main vehicle of attainment; sees health and spiritual transformation as one continuum leading to perfection or self-realization; and works intensely and consciously with the breath and with the conscious guiding of internal energies.