Qigong, a holistic approach to health and wellness, focuses on gentle movement, breathing, and meditation. Qigong Basics teaches you all the fundamentals of this ancient Chinese discipline in a clear and easy-to-understand manner. Related to tai chi, this practice engages the mind and body, while helping to strengthen muscles, find balance, and reduce stress. This introductory book contains the following vital information: The origins of Qigong--its philosophy, history, and different styles How to find a teacher and a class that are right for you Getting ready for your first class--what happens in a Qigong class? The essential elements--breathing, stances, grounding and expansions How to complement your Qigong training with meditation and qi exercises Powerful ways to promote health and well-being through specific sequences Resources to help you develop your knowledge and understanding of Qigong Whether you're just getting started, or you've already been training for a year or two, Qigong Basics offers an easy to read, yet comprehensive introduction to the sport.
Meditation is the essence of spiritual life. It is our mental attitude which brings in thoughts and shows us a positive outlook of life. Lots of patience is required to perform meditation. So everyone of us should do mediation to maintain positive attitude towards life. Performing mediation during stressful times in our life will make a big difference. There are many methods of meditation to keep the mind strong and for spiritual discipline. There has been a dramatic increase in the past 20 years on the impact of meditation upon one's health. There are various potential positive effects such as brain activity during meditation, brain waves during meditation, meditation and perception, sleep and elevation of positive emotions and outcomes, and positive behavior have been noted in the previous studies. In this book authors have reported a number of research based on various styles of meditation techniques: Insight meditation, Kundalini yoga meditation, Integrative body-mind training, Mantra Meditation, Non-referential compassion meditation, Mental Silence, Transcendental Meditation, Muraqabah and Tasbih meditation. Relaxation and different meditation techniques including bio-feedback, shavasana, vipasana, sudarshan kriyas, devotional songs etc. are of immense use in maintaining positive mental health. This book focuses on the relevance of psychology of meditation as a practical solution to improve the health-related quality life. We think meditative techniques suggested in this book are genuine in the sense that believers usually experience it. Readers may see what the general path is and the content this book reflects. It generates meaningful solutions of the physical, social , emotional, mental, and spiritual problems. This book will be useful for the students of psychology, social work and health caregivers.
The leading clinical reference and text on stress management has now been significantly revised with 60% new material reflecting key developments in the field. Foremost experts review the "whats," "whys," and "how-tos" of progressive relaxation, biofeedback, meditation, hypnosis, cognitive methods, and other therapies. Chapters describe each method's theoretical foundations, evidence base, procedures, applications, and contraindications. Assessment and implementation are illustrated with extensive case examples. The volume examines the effects of stress on both mind and body, from basic science to practical implications for everyday life and health care. New to This Edition *Greatly expanded evidence base--every method is now supported by controlled clinical research. *Advances in knowledge about stress and the brain are integrated throughout. *Chapter on children and adolescents. *Chapter on selecting the best methods for individual patients. *Chapter on hyperventilation and carbon dioxide biofeedback. *Chapter on neuroinflammation.
“This book is an eye-opener for those who are not interested in the practice of meditation. Dr. Puri‘s life long journey on spiritual endeavor and his expertise in pharmaceutical sciences provide persuasive and realistic views to daily meditation. Scientific validations in support of meditation are commendable.” — (Toshihiko Ezashi, DVM, Ph.D. Senior Scientist, Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine, Colorado.) “Dr. Puri has written this book to accentuate the importance of meditation. He has done an excellent job in illustrating the significance of meditation in modern life. He has also demystified any doubts, inhibition or myth people may have about meditation. This book is a compassionate gift to all who read it.” — (Linda Castillon, Transcendental Meditation Teacher, St. Louis, & Cape Girardeau, MO). “I got the opportunity of going through the manuscript of Meditation over Medication. I am a ravenous reader and sincerely enjoyed reading it. A highly informative book. Dr Puri has given a clear look into the mind and body and the benefits of Meditation including its pits and falls by combining his knowledge of science and spirituality. A manual to assist the reader towards better health and happiness. Bravo.” — (Cynthia Neff, Regional Sales Director, Holiday Inn & Suites, Columbia, MO). “Well-researched and understandable even by those unfamiliar with the subject. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking more information on the benefits and side-effects of meditation.” — (Elizabeth Davis, News Paper Columnist and Free Lance Editor, Booneville, MO).
Meditation helps with lowering high blood pressure, stress reduction, treatment for anxiety, depression, all forms of pain: backaches, muscle pain, joint aches, post-operative pain, neck, arm and leg pain, according to Benson, H., MD, Harvard University professor emeritus, cardiologist, pioneer researcher, developer of the Relaxation Response, and co-founder of Benson-Henry Institute For Mind/Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. "Hindu or other Eastern religious traditions that practice meditation have certain words or mantras...many Westerners, and especially those committed to a form of Christianity or Judaism, are reluctant to use these terms...the use of the mantra, which may include the names of Hindu gods, may actually have a negative effect and cause more unrest and anxiety than peace of mind if you don't believe them" " (Beyond the Relaxation Response, p. 107). This book presents biblical alternative to nonbiblical meditation. Getting a copy will be a profitable lifelong investment.
Within the holistic framework of the Daoist way, Ronald H. Davis provides a comprehensive and straightforward guide to the principles and practice of actively living in harmony with the seasonal energetic changes throughout the year. The program focuses on the importance of Qigong, meditation, and diet to support good mental and physical health. The author includes clear explanations of the theory underlying this approach to a healthy life, including the Five Phases of Change (Five Elements) of Chinese Medicine, the body's Qi system of channels and reservoirs, and the concept of chronobiology. For each season he provides a Qigong specific for the season, meditations, herbal information, and dietary recommendations with simple recipes to support the functions of the organ in focus in that season. This accessible program of Qigong for the seasons will be of interest to anyone seeking a healthy life, students of Qigong at any level, and the seasonal emphasis makes this an excellent quick reference for Qigong teachers.
The authors of the Textbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicine present practitioners, physicians, and allied health workers with detailed material for a wide ranging understanding of what Traditional Chinese Medicine can offer.
With the increased incidence of chronic diseases, the demand for skilled health promoting professionals has surged. Many professionals working in the field of health promotion lack the necessary tools to apply the skills in their practice. Health Promotion in Nursing Practice provides insight not only into the principles of health promotion, but also how to translate them into practice. Covering traditional theories, how to use them in practice and research, the synergy model as a new framework for health promotion, and relating empirical research, Health Promotion in Nursing Practice incorporates chronic diseases, program planning, and evaluation. Included in this text are chapter objectives, summaries, articles, key terms, review questions, case studies and exercises to bring theory into practice.
Beyond the concept of energy healing, the system of Reiki was engineered as a powerful spiritual development practice built on the bedrock of mindfulness meditation. Unpacking the esoteric Buddhist heart of the practice, this book will guide you to a more fulfilling, healthy and spiritually dynamic life by showing you how to approach the system from a mindfulness perspective. New information and insights into the methods, mechanics and philosophy of Reiki make this an essential read for anyone interested in the system’s original purpose. As Reiki comes under increasing scrutiny over its health-supportive characteristics, now is the time to shine a light on its symbiotic relationship with mindfulness practice in helping to alleviate the suffering of the human condition.