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You Are How You Move: Experiential Chi Kung
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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 ( He also teaches Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy as a senior tutor and course director. He is a director of the Healthy Living Centre (, a multi-disciplinary alternative therapy practice in London. He is the author of Body Intelligence - creating a new environment ( 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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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 172 pages
  • Editeur : Singing Dragon (15 avril 2009)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Liked the progressive program, but some reservations about the instructions 4 juin 2009
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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
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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 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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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Introductory Book 15 octobre 2009
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If you are totally new to Chi Kung, this book gives a good overview of the basic concepts of the art and how to implement some basic moves. I can see where some of the other reviewers are coming from in that the book isn't a detailed exercise guide by any means. To me, it didn't seem like that was the point of the book or that its focus was people needing very specific instructions. To someone like me who know nothing more about Chi Kung than a friend of mine took a class in it and found it helpful, I thought the book was a good introductory text that might just prompt me to explore the art more with a class or video.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A wonderful book 26 septembre 2009
Par Sheri Fogarty - Publié sur
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My husband has been practicing Tai Chi and Chi Kung for 20 years. I really like Chi Kung and have learned some from watching him practice everyday and practice myself on occasion. I have done Yoga for years and find that they're are some similarities between the two, especially from a meditative standpoint.

This is a wonderful book and is written in a way that is very understandable as a westerner, where some others that are written from an Asian perspective have been difficult to understand.

There are chapters on Breathing, listening to your body, finding your spine, know your feet, opening your joints and more. The pictures are very helpful and the instructions are excellent. This book has given me a greater appreciation for Chi Kung and is highly recommended.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good with video support 13 août 2009
Par Steven Larsen - Publié sur
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This is a very basic introduction to chi kung techniques. I feel that with chi kung, your results depend more on the quality of your practice than on the complexity of technique, so you can go far with this book if your effort is properly directed.

The method shown in this book seems to have been created from several different systems and are presented so that you can pick and choose what works best for you. Probably it is best to go through the whole book and experience what each exercise has to offer before selecting or rejecting anything.

The clarity of the descriptions by themselves are not the clearest and I would guess that many people would miss the subtle mental as well as physical aspects key to successful practice. These shortcomings are remedied to a large degree by the free videos on the website which show each exercise correctly done. In fact, the availability of the videos, free, is what would cause me to advise someone to purchase this book over others without video support or even perhaps over more expensive book and video combinations.

A good choice for beginners but ceetainly too simple for intermediate practitioners.
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