The Qigong Workbook for Anxiety
About the Book
We live in a fast-paced, busy world, and many of us are stressed out and anxious as a result. If you suffer from anxiety but have found little relief from modern western treatments, or if you are looking for complimentary treatment, the ancient practice of qigong-which can be understood as the cultivation of internal energy-may offer you relief.
Qigong is rooted in Chinese philosophy and medicine, and it utilizes breathing, movement, and awareness exercises to promote healing and aid in meditation. In The Qigong Workbook for Anxiety, world-renowned and respected qigong master Kam Chuen Lam presents the first workbook for overcoming anxiety problems utilizing traditional Chinese energy-focusing exercises. By following these simple and accessible step-by-step exercises, readers will learn to transform feelings of anxiety into resilience and inner strength. The workbook also contains helpful illustrations to help you carry out these exercises.
In the book, Lam will help you think about anxiety, and yourself, in a different way-as a whole. You'll also learn to stop resisting moments of anxiety and other strong emotions, but rather to embrace them within the larger flow of your body's energy field. By doing this, you will ultimately strengthen and cultivate the natural energy you possess.
Author Kam Chuen Lam has been a traditional Chinese healer for over forty years, and is an internationally respected authority on the Chinese health systems of Chi Kung and Tai Chi. To find out more, visit www.lamkamchuen.org.
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-Tahir Bhatti, MD, wellness physician, director of Integrative Holistic Services, and associate clinical professor in the department of psychology at the University of California, San Diego
-Amy Conway, MPH, senior managerial consultant for Kaiser Permanente in Northern California
-Thye Yeoh, qigong student and dental practitioner in the UK
-Charles Beck, qigong student and director of compliance, London, UK
-Mark Hyman, MD, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Blood Sugar Solution
-Susan Piver, founder of the Open Heart Project
-Elizabeth Murray, general practitioner and professor of emergency health and primary care at the University of London, UK
-Thomas Apfel, corporate account manager at IBM
-Maria Maliderou, DDS, MSc, qigong student and dentist based in London, UK
-Gary Lopes Cunha, LMFT, LPCC, outpatient psychiatry clinician for Kaiser Permanente in Northern California
"Master Kam Chuen Lam's qigong exercises are like a warm internal shower that relaxes, yet energizes. They seem a perfect antidote to the anxieties of life and aging. Getting older myself and working with elders, as I do, I can attest to their powerful benefits. This workbook is a wonderful guide and support for new and experienced practitioners alike.”
-Vicki Giella, qigong participant and former manager of the Senior HelpLine, a telephone assistance service for elders, their families, and caregivers
“This book should be required reading for all executives caught up in the pressures of twenty-first century global business. Not only is it a treasure trove of helpful exercises that will significantly ease the stresses and strains of modern life, it is a profound explanation of why stress and anxiety occur and the principles that need to be embraced in order that these stresses do not impact us to the point of disease and dysfunction. As Master Kam Chuen Lam explains so clearly, everything we experience (joy, fear, pain) is an experience of energy. In fact, each of us is a field of energy. One of the principal causes of anxiety is tension within our field of energy. The inevitable outcome of anxiety and tension, when it is not addressed, is pain, disorder, and disease. The good news is that deep inner relaxation is the key to health and this book offers apparently simple positions and gestures that regulate and stimulate the flow of life-giving energy within and around the body. . Releasing tension leads to more appreciation of one's life and more enjoyment of the wonderful world in which we have the privilege to be born.”
-Nick Smith, executive coach, leadership developer, and organizational development consultant at Bath Consultancy Group, Ltd
“I have been a student of Master Kam Chuen Lam for over thirty years. During that time I practiced as a solicitor (attorney) and, for the last twenty-five years until I recently retired, as a lawyer for the Royal College of Nursing, the nurses' professional organization in the UK. The work was immensely satisfying but was often stressful, and sometimes acutely so, with long hours, complex problems to deal with, multiple deadlines, and clients in varying states of distress. I found that of all the things I have tried, qigong has proved to be by far the most effective means of minimizing my own anxiety in almost any situation. . This wonderful book brings all the exercises, postures, and practices that are useful for dealing with anxiety, as well as for cultivating general health and energy, into one place. The explanations and instructions are clear and helpful. All I can say is, `try it for yourself!'”
“In his new workbook, Master Kam Chuen Lam addresses one of the widespread problems of today's fast-moving society. Drawing from his extensive experience of traditional Chinese medicine, he guides the reader along on a journey where one can both learn about the sources of anxiety and find help to adapt one's lifestyle to get rid of it. A must-read for everyone who experiences anxiety disorders and wants to improve his quality of life!”
-J?rgen Baier, managing director at Modellar GmbH, Germany