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You Are How You Move: Experiential Chi Kung [Format Kindle]

Ged Sumner

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Présentation de l'éditeur

Chi Kung is the best kept secret on the planet. It is a powerful way of becoming fit, healthy and balanced through opening and mobilising the body and joints, breathing techniques, slow movement exercises, standing postures, special walking methods and meditation. It can be done anywhere, any time, in whatever you are wearing. With consistent practice you can transform your health to a high level of vitality.

Ged Sumner writes with rich insights into how to begin to think about your body and how to take the steps that will enable you to transform your practice. Completely accessible to those new to the field, the book will also be transformative for more experienced practitioners, providing many new ways of looking at `old' elements of Chi Kung practice, and exploring the essential parts of the body most affected by Chi Kung. This modern, accessible approach to Chi Kung by a highly experienced teacher integrates mind and body and shows you how to become sensitive to yourself. A free website shows video footage of the forms in the book for easy reference.

Biographie de l'auteur

Ged Sumner is a practising craniosacral therapist and Chi Kung teacher. He has also studied shiatsu, healing and attachment based psychoanalytical psychotherapy. He is Director of the College of Elemental Chi Kung offering Chi Kung classes, workshops, retreats and a Chi Kung Teacher Training program in Europe, N. America and Australasia (www.elementalchikung.com). He also teaches Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy as a senior tutor and course director. He is a director of the Healthy Living Centre (www.thehealthylivingcentre.co.uk), a multi-disciplinary alternative therapy practice in London. He is the author of Body Intelligence - creating a new environment (www.bodyintelligence.com). He also teaches biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy as a senior tutor and course director and is a Director of the Healthy Living Centre, a multi-disciplinary alternative therapy practice in London. He currently lives in Australia with his partner and has three children.

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Amazon.com: 3.7 étoiles sur 5  44 commentaires
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Liked the progressive program, but some reservations about the instructions 4 juin 2009
Par Dandylioness - Publié sur Amazon.com
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My first caveat: I am new to Chi Kung, so my review is from the perspective of a beginner.

In You Are How You Move, Sumner lays out a progressive program of exercises. I appreciated how he begins with very basic exercises based on posture, breathing, and loosening the joints. In fact, Sumner takes up over half of the book with these simple, focused, but extremely useful exercises. He encourages the practitioner to apply these techniques in everyday activities to lessen wear and tear on the body. I have been struggling to improve my own posture and gait, and I found this section immensely helpful in finding more comfortable and relaxed ways of moving and standing. He then moves on to describe Chi Kung forms for circulating Chi, balancing Fire and Water elements, and moving Chi along specific channels in the body. He wraps up with a section of mediations (visualization exercises, some incorporating movement), and a section suggesting practices for specific ailments (arthritis, fatigue, impotence, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, headaches, and asthma).

Bits and pieces of the philosophy behind the practice are scattered throughout the book. The metaphysical theories are presented matter-of-factly, and Sumner's makes no attempt to convince or please the skeptic. I personally would have appreciated a more sustained philosophical discussion up front. The actual introduction is mostly a rant about the evils of Western exercise, which I found rather off-putting. I would have been drawn in a little easier if he had told me a little more about why I should do Chi Kung, rather than why he thinks I shouldn't jog. On the other hand, Sumner's approach would be preferable to someone who is less interested in theory and wants to jump right into the practice.

My only real complaint, and the reason for the ambivalent rating, is that some of the instructions seemed a bit confusing or unfinished to me as a beginner. Even with the inclusion of photographs, I sometimes had trouble picturing how certain forms should look in motion. This was even worse in a few instances where Sumner essentially allows the photos to substitute for written instructions. This was not troublesome throughout the book, and many of the exercises were adequately explained.

Overall, I cautiously recommend this book, but only as a supplement to other forms of instruction.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I'm going to start adding Chi Kung elements to my yoga workout! 5 juin 2009
Par Ulalume Viva Jones - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I do Kundalini yoga for exercise about 30 minutes per day. I chose it because it was a low stress yet high output workout. I don't like gyms because of their corporate look and subliminal competition. I wanted to relax while I worked out, not get frustrated or stretch my muscles to their limit.

Chi Kung has a lot of the same mindset Kundalini yoga has. I have never heard of it before this book, but I guess it is trendy to do it, like Tai Chi. The poses remind me a lot of Tai Chi. Chi Kung is a way of seeing exercise as every movement, how to walk in the right way, how to stand and observe the body. I was hooked when I did the exercises about finding my spine. The book is written in simple, easy to follow language. I enjoyed that the book had elemental poses...it starts with Earth and grounding, then moves to Fire and Water with poses like the ever famous Crane pose via Karate Kid. I like the animal poses very much. All the poses are to release energy, much like Kundalini does and to help areas of the body that are unhealthy and need work.

The photos are helpful but I wish there were more of them. I had a slightly hard time trying to figure out how flowing I was supposed to be with hand and arm movements, so I hope I am doing them right. I tend to find only start and stop photos. I think I will be able to figure them out as I go on. I am hoping to do a half Kundalini/half Chi Kung workout, since I like the ideas of it so much.

For those who like this book, I recommend Kundalini yoga as well, especially Kundalini Yoga For Beginners and Beyond by Ravi Singh and Ana Brett. I think the two practices go together very well in releasing untapped energy from the body as well as being good exercise.

I do wish the book had an index of poses and also a list of aliments like for example, asthma or anxiety would have pages right there for me to look up. The last chapter does explain these well, but a quick reference list would have been nice.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A short introduction but not a complete course of Chi Kung 12 juin 2009
Par Jojoleb - Publié sur Amazon.com
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In his book, "You Are How You Move: Experiential Chi Kung," Ged Sumner attempts to redefine our concept of exercise. Chi Kung, which Sumner translates as "energy work," is an ancient Chinese form of movement exercise that promotes the flow of Chi, or vital energy, throughout the body. Sumner, a seasoned Chi Kung teacher and craniosacral therapist, tries to introduce Chi Kung philosophy, theory, mediation, and movement in a quick 176 pages. There is a lot here to ponder and practice and the information is solid, but unfortunately the volume is too slim to stand on its own. What we end up with is a book that would be a good adjunct to a course in Chi Kung, but can't quite cover all the bases. It's a good introduction to Chi Kung, but hardly a solid base.

That is not to say that I didn't enjoy reading the book. I agree wholeheartedly with Sumner's criticism that we think about exercise in the wrong way. Most of us do conceptualize exercise as 'going to the gym' and have use the image of the professional athlete or Olympian as our ideal of fitness and strength. He quite correctly points out that 'over adrenalized' bodies that are consumed with exhaustion and strain are not necessarily the epitome of fitness. Most sports heros and Olympic athletes have limited career spans, push themselves excessively, often work through injury, and can really wear down their bodies by the time they reach their peak. His answer is that we have to redefine exercise as a lifelong pursuit that works in harmony with our bodies and promotes longevity and overall health. For Sumner, the answer is Chi Kung.

In the first 5 chapters (1. What is Exercise? 2. Finding Your Spine. 3. Listening to Your Body. 4. Natural Alignment. 5. Breathe More) he defines his goals and tries to promote awareness of one's body and awareness of the flow of Chi ('vital energy'). The next five chapters (6. A New Pelvis. 7. Know Your Feet. 8. Moving in 3D. 9. The Art of Standing Still. 10. Opening Your Joints) to expand on one's body awareness and work on specific problem areas. The final chapters (11. Chi Flow. 12. Fire and Water. 13. Transformations. 14. Be Spontaneous. 15. Chi Meditations. 16. Chi Kung Applications) are meant to focus ones awareness of Chi and introduce the reader on how to focus Chi to improve meditation and even cure disease.

In spite of the introduction, few Chi Kung terms are defined. As someone who has never learned about Chi Kung before, I would have benefited from a glossary containing basic terms. He has some figures of Chi Kung meridians, but there also could have been an appendix that illustrated these. Wikipedia may not be a perfect or authoritative resource, but I found myself surfing the web in search of some of this new information. From a quick canvassing of the subject, the book is a reasonable launching point but is really only the tip of the iceberg.

Needless to say this is a lot of ground to cover. Written descriptions of the exercises are mostly clear, but the pictures in the book are often lacking. This may reflect the fact that I received a reviewer's copy, but pictures in my edition weren't captioned. In general, the text describing a movement was on the same page as the appropriate pictures but still it would have been beneficial to have captions to better clarify and help the reader sort things out. For many of the exercises it would have been helpful to have more pictures in a series to better define a movement. Moreover, most of the pictures were frontal views. Given that movements occur in three dimensions, some of the exercises would have benefited from additional photographs from a different angle. The models in the book and the videos (they are the same in each format) are generally dressed in comfortable and loose clothing. This is probably supposed to set a good example for how the reader should dress when doing these exercises but in a few cases obscures a perfect view of the movements.

Sumner does have a website that has Quicktime videos of the movements: [...]. Unfortunately, the web address is buried in the middle of chapter 15. It is referred to in the blurb on the back cover, but the address is not printed there. The Quicktime videos do illustrate the movements better than the printed photographs do. In fact, they illustrate them so much better that a DVD may have worked better in this case than printed media.

Also missing is an exercise plan. There are a number of discrete exercises and chapters, but it isn't clear to me how you would put this together in a daily regimen or overall exercise program.

I have only been performing these exercises for a short period of time, but the book has given me a greater appreciation for Chi Kung. I don't know if I am completely sold on the concept that there is a vital energy that ebbs, flows, and needs to be channeled correctly through one's body. Even so, using this imagery is at very least relaxing and leads to a better sense of self and bodily awareness. I don't know if I could ever use this as my sole form of exercise: I am not interested in peak athletic performance or massive biceps, but I do exercise in part to increase muscle mass such that gravity is less of an issue and to keep my weight in check. Nevertheless, the movements are relaxing and meditative enough that they deserve further exploration. However, to get real benefit from Chi Kung, I believe I will have to find an instructor in that actually lives in this neck of the woods and take a course.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great primary exercise or adjunct to hatha yoga 4 juin 2009
Par Peggy - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book's mission is to teach the proper way to stand, sit, walk, and breathe so that one will reframe what exercise means to the individual and get the rewards of feeling better and becoming healthier. This book does not believe in the adage "no pain, no gain". Instead it believes one can have "super-health" by optimizing one's diet, performing consistent intelligent exercise, and pacing one's life for internal balance. How is this accomplished by Chi Kung? According to the author, this ancient Chinese form of movement exercise stretches and mobilizes the body and joints, which promotes physiological and psychological harmony. I already practice Hatha Yoga, thus my body is very flexible for my age, but was attracted to learning one of the ancient Chinese slow motion exercises to complement my current program for its additional calming and youth restorative benefits. I found the exercise instructions and photos easy to follow, but might not have if I didn't practice yoga. Proper form is most important to prevent injury and obtain benefit, so I'd advise initially standing in front of a full length mirror or having a partner exercise w/ you to monitor your exercise form. Please note although these exercises look easy, one quickly realizes how much out of muscle balance one is. The reward through this form of exercise repetition (same w/ yoga) is a noticeable improvement in a relatively short period of time. I was also pleased to see a chapter (6) on feet since this body part is frequently overlooked. The final chapter (15) discusses the specific applications of relieving or at least reducing arthritis, low energy, impotence, IBS, anxiety, headaches, and asthma. Although I enjoyed reading this book and performing the exercises, I'd prefer a bit more detail and better quality photos, hence the one star deduction.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Basic book on chi kung and how to get to know your body. 1 juin 2009
Par Alain B. Burrese - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"You Are How You Move: Experiential Chi Kung" by Ged Sumner is a good basic text for those new to qigong or chi kung and want to learn a little about this practice and become more in touch with their body. I think the key aspect of this book is that it gets the reader thinking about the importance of body alignment and breathing. There are much more complete texts on qigong and chi kung, but this book is still a great place for beginners and a nice addition to your health library.

The author begins by asking, "what is exercise?" He then shares some basics for good health. One must remember that there are various ways to exercise depending on your goals. The goal here is to combat the sedentary lifestyle and increase health, not to compete in athletic competitions or maximize human performance. (However, simple qigong or chi kung exercises certainly can be incorporated into even the most strenuous athletic training regimens with positive productive results.

The sections of the book that encourage the reader to become more in tune with your own body and to breath more offer very good advice. Even a little time getting to know your body better is more than many people ever do. The actual exercises taught in the book may be difficult for the beginner to fully understand. Where there are photographs, sometimes I don't know if they are enough for everyone. I have trained in qigong while living in Korea, and in the U.S. so it was easier for me to fill in the blanks between pictures than it may be for some. For most people, if this book interests them in the benefits of qigong or chi kung, they will seek out an instructor, different texts, and DVDs, so this will only be one of many resources to learn from, and it is a good one to have as a resource. Even if all you do is get to know your body a bit better and change some of your breathing habits the book will be well worth it.

The final chapters share a little bit on the common chi meditations that you may want to learn more about and brief descriptions of some chi kung applications such as arthritis, low energy, and impotence.

The book is less than 200 pages with quite a few photographs, so it is a fairly quick read. If you are looking for an introduction to chi kung, this book is not a bad place to start. If you just want to get more in tune with your own body, "You Are How You Move" will help you do just that! (That is if you actually follow the exercises and advice Sumner encourages you to)

Reviewed by Alain Burrese, J.D., author of Hard-Won Wisdom From the School of Hard Knocks.
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