9780486841724

Xiu Yang

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  • ISBN13:

    9780486841724

  • ISBN10:

    0486841723

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2020-06-17
  • Publisher: Ixia Pr

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Summary

"A beautiful and timely gift." — Sifu Matthew Cohen, Founder, Sacred Energy Arts Founder

For centuries, Chinese sages, rulers, and spiritual seekers have embraced a simple yet powerful principle that enables them to live in harmony with the source of nature and all life. The art of self-cultivation or xiu yang (pronounced "sheow yaang") is based on the concept that we can nurture our capacity to be fully human and awake, finding balance and peace in our home, life, and community. Author Mimi Kuo-Deemer leads readers through a combination of practices from meditation and mindfulness to yoga and qigong, offering ancient wisdom to help with contemporary challenges.

"Exquisite ... for anyone interested in building a sustainable life that is imbued with vibrant healthy, mental and emotional clarity, and the most basic human need of all: happiness." — Donna Farhi, author of Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit

"A treasure chest for the heart and mind, a potent tonic for body and breath, and a vibrant life essence for the spirit." — Simon Low, Principal of The Yoga Academy

"Kuo-Deemer doesn't simply write about these ancient teachings, she shares the fruits of practicing them, processing timeless truths in her own heart and mind and body, so that we can do so in ours. Xiu Yang gives glimpses of her own transformational self-cultivation, while showing us a path for our own." — Martin Lylward, Co-Founder, The Mindfulness Institute

"Profound and powerful." — Norman Blair, author of Brightening Our Inner Skies

"Almost lost in China over the past century's onslaught of modernisation, xiu yang is now at the centre of Chinese people's search for values and belief — a tribute to the enduring power of these ancient practices. In this slender but powerful book, Mimi Kuo-Deemer unlocks xiu yang for the modern reader, de-mystifying it without losing the eternal, timeless qualities that have made it one of Chinese people's most potent ways of living a good, honourable, happy, and healthy life." — Ian Johnson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao

Author Biography

Mimi Kuo-Deemer is an internationally recognized teacher of yoga, qigong, and mindfulness meditation. Her YouTube channel has had 2.9 million views. She is a graduate of Stanford University and SOAS University of London, where she received a distinction in her MA. An instructor of both students and other teachers, she has practiced and taught for more than 20 years in China, the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States. The author of the Ixia Press title Qigong and the Tai Chi Axia: Nourishing Practices for Body, Mind, and Spirit, she currently lives in London.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

A Note on Xiu Yang vii
Foreword ix
Introduction: A Self that Is Whole and Complete 1
Part 1: The Art of Xiu Yang 9
1. Xiu Yang and the Dao 11
2. The Mandala of Xiu Yang 22
3. Seeing the Ordinary as Extraordinary 32
Part 2: Xiu Yang for a Healthy and Harmonious Body 43
4. Living by Our Body Clock 47
5. Breath and Longevity 63
6. Moderate Exercise for Maximum Health 75
7. Nin chi le ma? Have you eaten? 90
Part 3: Xiu Yang for a Balanced Mental and Emotional Life 103
8. Meditating on the Breath 105
9. Mindfulness: Cultivating Skillful Responses to Life 116
10. A Harmonious Heart 134
11. Freeing the Inner Critic: From Self-Concern
to Self-Cultivation 144
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Part 4: Xiu Yang for a Happier Place in the World 155
12. Cultivating Virtues for Sustainable Happiness 158
13. Fluidity and Humility 172
14. Spontaneity and Creativity 184
15. Spaciousness 193
Conclusion: From Inner Balance to Outer Radiance 205
Endnotes 209
Further Reading 219
Additional Resources 221
Acknowledgments 223
About the Author 227

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