TAOIST HEALTH EXERCISE BOOK by Da Liu

TAOIST HEALTH EXERCISE BOOK

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A very brief, somewhat superficial introduction to Taoist physical and meditative practices. After a short and pointless biography of Lao Tze, Liu discusses techniques for sleep: tranquilizing the head, mouth, and trunk; standing, sitting, and walking; and meditating. All are directed toward facilitating the flow of chi (vital force) and finding the harmony of the Tao (""Path"" or ""Way"") -- in Western terms, relaxation and flexibility -- and use self-massage, imagery and centering as methods. Liu offers seventeen daily exercises which, legend has it, produce longevity. An interesting feature is ""Taoist jogging,"" ""a form of deliberate meditation-exercise."" Basic T'ai Chi Ch'uan is introduced. Liu concludes with a theory of acupuncture and herbal therapy. Most of these exercises are beneficial (at least certainly harmless), but they are familiar fare to many, even in the West.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1974
Publisher: Links Books -- dist. by Quick Fox (33 W. 60 St., New York, N.Y. 1023)