[From the Editor] by Rebecca Kali, Editor-in-Chief
– Welcome to the January issue of Yang Sheng! Our theme is “Transformation and
How exciting it is that we can
add Yang-Sheng practices to our daily life!
To make it more exciting the Chinese year of the Black Water Dragon
begins soon. …
World Experts of Yang Sheng Meet in “Heaven on Earth,”
City by Kevin W Chen -- The first World Assembly of Yang Sheng was held in
Hangzhou in Dec 28-30, 2011 with the mission of “advancing the essence of Chinese
medicine, promoting the course of Chinese Yang Sheng, and bringing health and
balance to mankind.” In general, the assembly was very successful. It is
interesting that our YS magazine might actually add new light and hope to the
Yang Sheng community in China….
[From the Master] A Training Tip for the New Year: On
master Yang Yang - Meditation can generate so many health benefits, however for
many people learning "how" to meditate can seem confusing or
difficult. Dr. Yang offers excellent tips and insights on how to develop an
enjoyable and meaningful meditation practice.
[Soul Salon] The Line Between
Ordinary and Extraordinary
by Rena Reese - It is in our
nature to be extraordinary. Just like a tiny acorn, we are packed with the
potential for astounding greatness at the start of our lives. With nurturing,
every seed and every human being develops perfectly according to its built-in
programming. The spiritual equivalents of a seed’s need for “water, soil and
light” are your life-experiences, natural-born talents and intuition. So what
make a person extraordinary?
[Learn About Dao] Daoism and the Origins of Qigong
(part 2) by Livia Kohn, Ph.D. - Healing, longevity, and immortality can be seen
as three different dimensions of practice within the greater universe of the
Dao. The main distinction between health and longevity and advanced spiritual
or immortality practice, within the overall system of Qigong is the degree to
which the body is aligned with the flow of yin and yang or the Dao on the
periphery versus being transformed, transfigured, and energetically reorganized
to a higher level - the ineffable Dao of creation at the center of all.
[Stress Less] A New Hope for 2012 and Beyond!
Niraj Naik, -- This time last
year, Niraj Naik was suffering from a horrible illness and his doctor told him
that there was no cure and he would be on medication for the rest of his life.
Instead, he went on his own personal mission to find a natural solution. Fast
forward one year... he has been symptom free for over 10 months! Here are some
amazing facts that helped him to make that shift.
[From the Master
] Daoist Internal
2) by Michael Winn - How does the language of alchemical patterns allow one to
communicate with Nature's intelligence? Alchemical formulas are a kind of
symbolic programming in a "Daoist software language". The alchemical
symbols are not fixed words or pictures within the adept's mind, but always
moving. They define a kind of living geometry that creates its own time, space
and intelligence. The alchemical meditator shapes his internal Qi field, and it
is instantaneously uploaded into the greater Qi field of Nature, which in turn
[Research Update] collected by
- Tai chi
exercise for treatment of pain and disability in people with persistent low
back pain: a randomized controlled trial. • Yoga for persistent fatigue in
breast cancer survivors: A randomized controlled trial. • External Qi of Yan
Xin Qigong induces cell death and gene expression alterations promoting
apoptosis and inhibiting proliferation, migration and glucose metabolism in small-cell
lung cancer cells. • Effects of yoga interventions on pain and pain-associated
disability: a meta-analysis. • Positive Effect of Abdominal Breathing Exercise
on Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: A Randomized, Controlled Study, and more….
[From Dr. Ma] The Natural “Yin-Yang” Transformation
inside the Body
by Li-Jun Ma, M.D. -- Body weight is a big
deal to us. Some people spend a lot of money on diet pills. However, it is not
just body weight or “fat” that matters. “What is inside the fat” matters the
most. In response to obesity, macrophages, the key cell component in the immune
system, migrated and accumulated in the fat. They play a key role in adipose
tissue inflammation and systemic insulin resistance. Obesity is not only a
metabolic disease, it is also recognized as a state of low-grade inflammation.
[Experience Exchange] Listening to Your Inner Rhythms
by Dan Kleiman - Heartbeat,
the rhythm of your breath, the cadence of Tai Chi as you move through the form;
three interlaced rhythms, each one distinct, yet layered one on top of the
other in integrated harmony. It is surprising to see how harmonizing movement,
breath, and intention creates internal space. Essentially, the stillness you
find inside the graceful movements of Tai Chi comes from an inward listening --
referred to in Tai Chi as "ting jin
" or "listening
[Seasonal Harmony] Let Flavor Be Your Guide
Ellasara Kling - We often gravitate to particular flavors on a regular basis.
By utilizing information from the principles of TCM and Five Element Theory,
this draw to certain tastes can give us a lot of knowledge about how our bodies
are trying to create greater balance and harmony and how well our organ systems
are functioning. Balance and Harmony are always the ultimate goal of everything
in the Universe; even when that may not seem to be so on the surface.
[Experience Exchange] ‘Distancing Desires’ – The Daoist way to Longevity
Kingham - “Relish oblivion and obscurity, think less, have little desire
and practice economy of speech in order to nourish the Qi.”
– wrote Dong-Yuan
Li (1180-1251 CE) -- expressed Daoist thought – the importance of being calm
and ‘going with the flow’ in order to maintain health and vitality. According
to Li, we need to recognize the importance of calmness and withdrawal, the yin
qualities of life. "If one keeps to this and follows the Dao, then one
can obtain the true purpose and delight of life.”
[From the Doctor] Joyeux Noel! Out of Ashes come Flowers …
by Nadia Linda Hole, MD - What a year! With all that’s happening, seen &
unseen, geophysical, social-political, financial, psycho-spiritual – How’s this
inescapable, undeniable, Shift for you? What’s true one moment, may evaporate
the next. What now? Amidst ever-changing whirlwinds of our times, blowing lives
to the winds - How do we help those who come to us, & ourselves, Shift?
Thank heaven; the Five Elements are a tried and true map! Patients, once their
pain is relieved, often become curious regarding life changing messages their
Five Element diagnosis, may have for them.
[The Tai Chi Examiner] A New Hope for Parkinson's Disease Patients:
Violet Li - The story of Jerry Wild brings hope for
people with this tragic degenerative disease. Jerry
volunteered to teach PD patients Tai Chi for scientific research, and found out
that all Tai Chi participants reported satisfaction with the program and
improvements in well-being. It concluded "Tai Chi appears to be an
appropriate, safe and effective form of exercise for some individuals with
mild-moderately severe PD."
[TCM Food Therapy] TCM Food Therapy: Cardiomyopathy &
Congestive Heart Failure
Helen Hu, OMD - In TCM, cardiomyopathy can be classified into different
categories such as, heart Qi deficiency, and heart blood deficiency. Since the
spleen and kidneys, normally support and balance the heart, some cases of
cardiomyopathy are related to the spleen and kidneys. Dr. Hu explains Heart and
Kidney Yang deficiency; Heart and Spleen deficiency; Heart Yin deficiency;
Heart Qi deficiency and offers recipes following TCM principles for each
[Scientific Qi Exploration] 17-A (part 2)
Meridians and Organs -
Yin Organs by Martin Eisen, Ph.D. -
The Chinese concepts of Meridians and Organs will be introduced in a series of
articles and possible western scientific explanation of some of these concepts
will be introduced. Part 2 includes the Kidneys (Shen), the Gate of Vitality
(Ming Men) and a summary of its main functions and the Liver (Gan).
Yang-Sheng magazine wishes everyone a Happy Year of Dragon!