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The Vital Energy Program: How to Master Your Bodys Energy Cycles for Optimal Health [Unabridged 6 audiocassettes] by Susan Taylor (Sounds True) Do you experience unaccountable fatigue? Would you like to have more energy for the things you love most? Western science is finally validating what doctors in Eastern medicine have known for centuries: that the human body's life essence, or vital energy, plays a critical role in our general health and well‑being. On The Vital Energy Program, pioneering nutritional biochemist Dr. Susan Taylor introduces you to this potent force that can infuse and sustain every aspect of your physical, emotional, and spiritual being.

Cultivate the Energy of the Universe

Recognized for centuries in China as qi and in India as prana, vital energy can be cultivated and directed with pinpoint accuracy, teaches Dr. Taylor. Using a unique integrated approach encompassing both eastern and western traditions, Dr. Taylor has helped hundreds of people raise their energy levels, and overcome debilitating problems, including fatigue, depression, illness, weight gain, loss of sex drive, and sleep disturbances. Now for the first time, Dr. Taylor's techniques ‑ culled from more than 17 years of success in her private practice‑ are collected together and presented by Dr. Taylor herself for everyone seeking the gift of vibrant health, through improved metabolic functioning.

Four Keys to Unlock Your Vital Energy

On this ultimate, energy‑boosting curriculum, Dr. Taylor will show you how to work with the natural cycles of your metabolism and four key principles: nourishment, breathing, movement, and relaxation. You will learn: How to optimize your energy through what you eat ‑ and when you eat it

 Special breathing principles that directly influence your nervous system, yielding a new ability to think clearly and quickly, while reducing stress levels Specific exercises to circulate and cleanse stagnated energy, revitalizing every organ in your body, vital energy program highlights and much more.

       How energy is depleted, and how to seal the energy "leaks" in your body
The pivotal role your metabolism plays in health
The 61 vital energy points where mind and body merge
Secrets of safe and effective fasting to increase energy
Breathing methods to instantly create more mental clarity
Rejuvenation through movement and relaxation
How to boost the flow of healing energy through your chakra system
The five pranas, or energy currents, of ayurveda
The best times to eat in order to optimize your body's functioning
Special meditations and mantras for energy
A complete course in vital energy -- more than 9 hour of instruction and energy building practices
Reconnect with the Natural Cycles of Health

In our modern way of living, we are disconnected from the natural cycles of energy crucial to our health, Dr. Taylor teaches. With The Vital Energy Program, you will learn to reconnect with the energy of life itself, while cultivating a continuous, balanced energy supply for better health and vitality today.

SUSAN TAYLOR, PH.D. is a nationally recognized biochemist, medical consultant, teacher, and author. Dr. Taylor holds a doctorate from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in nutritional biochemistry. Acclaimed for blending Western scientific scholarship with a deep understanding of pastern healing systems, she is a frequent guest on radio and TV. Her work has been featured in many publications including New Age Journal, Fit Magazine, Healthy Living, Mademoiselle, and Cosmopolitan. Dr. Taylor is the author of Sexual Radiance: A 21‑Day Program for Vitality and Sensuality.

THE BOOK OF KI: A Practical Guide to the Healing Principles of Life Energy
by Mallory Fromm ($16.95, paperback, 128 pages, Healing Arts Press (Inner Traditions), ISBN: 0892817445)

In 1979 Mallory Fromm awoke in his Tokyo apartment with agonizing pain shooting through half of his body. A string of specialists was unable to cure the pain, which grew worse until Fromm could no longer walk. just when Fromm had given up all hope, a friend introduced him to a mysterious, elderly Japanese woman. She began a healing regimen that completely cured him by initiating him into her healing art based on ki, the life energy that flows through each and every one of us. It is a similar concept and practice to pranayama in yoga.

THE BOOK OF KI presents a thorough popular account of what ki is, then teaches how to access ki through breathing. Having gained access to it, a series of exercises teaches how to strengthen, smooth, and balance ki, and finally how to transmit it to heal one's self and others. An essential tool for maintaining general well-being, ki can also be used to heal stress-related aches and pains, sleeping problems, hair loss, appetite and digestion difficulties, and stress-related psychological problems. Photographs accompanying each exercise clearly show you where to position our hands to maximize the flow of ki in the body.

THE BOOK OF KI also tells the story of Kayoko Matsuura, the brilliant healer who saved Mallory Fromm and countless others. It is an in-depth and moving account of a woman whose simple but revolutionary healing art the West is only now ready to understand.

Mallory Fronim, Ph.D., is Professor of Comparative Culture at Meiji University in Tokyo, where he has lived for twenty years. He is the director of the SIKE Institute, an alternative HMO in Los Angeles, and has taught workshops on ki at the Esalen Institute. An instructor of Aikido, the Japanese martial art based on ki, he divides his time between California and Tokyo.

THE KI PROCESS: Korean Secrets for Cultivating Dynamic Energy by Scott Shaw ($11.95, paper, 129 pages, index, Samuel Wieser, ISBN: 0-87728-879-8)

Stories of ordinary people exercising extraordinary strength in moments of extreme danger illustrate the amazing presence of Ki—the universal life force that can be called upon in these situations. In this book, Shaw presents techniques for strengthening the Ki with which you are born, and for consciously harnessing the Ki around you to help you through the many periods of duress that daily life presents. These secret Korean methods will give you access to needed energy "on request" so that you can draw on inner power to get you through whatever challenge you need to meet—physical, mental, and emotional.

An important step in learning how to use Ki is understanding how it flows through the channels (or meridians) in the body. Show describes each meridian’s function, the indications Ki blockage in the meridian, and a method of immediately stimulating Ki flow. He also suggests diet changes that can "improve Ki flow, in addition to showing you how to actively focus Ki into specific regions of the body or into your mental functioning. With meditation, breathing, concentration, and relaxation exercises, one can consciously participate in life with Ki energy, instead of unconsciously letting life happen to us.

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