Recommended Reading
Some great books on Internal work and related topics

Below are a small selection of books that have proved very valuable to us in the research of Internal Power Training. 

 Shen Gong & Nei Dan in Da Xuan

Weaving a masterful presentation of both astonishing depth and refreshing simplicity, Serge Augier covers the Daoist practices for developing mind, emotions and internal energy and provides specific exercises for cultivating and transforming the Jing (body energy), Qi (life force) and Shen (mind or spirit) on the path to enlightenment. He explains theory and practice in clear, easy-to-understand terms and explores the deeper reaches of Daoist internal alchemy in a way that gives access to practitioners of all levels to the necessary knowledge.

 

 



The Endless Web:

Fascial Anatomy and Physical Reality

The result of more than two decades of research and practice, The Endless Web presents in clear, readable language a comprehensive guide to understanding and working effectively with the myofascial system, the 'packing material' of the body. Myofascia is a flexible network of tissue that surrounds, cushions, and supports muscles, bones, and organs. It also acts as a riverbed containing the flow of interstitial fluid, and is a critical influence on the immune and hormonal systems. In daily life, this connective tissue is an underlying determinant of movement quality, modd, alertness, and general well-being.



Xing Yi Quan Xue

A Study of Form Mind Boxing

This is a classic text in the history of martial arts by one of the great Chinese masters. Illustrated with original photographs, the forms and methods of Xing Yi Quan, a style famed for being compact and direct, are systematically explained.

 Anatomy Trains

Fully updated with the latest scientific research, the book presents a unique 'whole systems' view of myofascial/locomotor anatomy in which the body-wide connections among the muscles within the fascial net are described in detail. Using the metaphor of railway or train lines, the book explains how patterns of strain communicate through the myofascial 'webbing', contributing to movement stability and postural compensation.

Written in the clear and accessible style that characterised the success of previous editions, the book guides the reader in the effective application of the Anatomy Trains theory via the use of abundant diagrams, photographs and educational film sequences on an associated website.

 



Transparent Power

Yukiyoshi Sagawa

Arguably considered to be the true heir of the body of martial arts traditions known as Aiki, the focus of "Transparent Power" is on the internal personal force and how it is transmitted to the student by the teacher (sensei) as the disciple is taught by the master to develop it and use it as life's circumstances dictate. "Transparent Power" is not a martial arts instruction manual of physical techniques on overpowering opponents, but how the will develops--information that is as relevant to any human activity well beyond the boundaries of martial arts combat.



The Unfettered Mind

Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman

In these writings Soho is concerned primarily with understanding and refining the mind—both generally and when faced with conflict. Soho illuminates the difference between the right mind and the confused mind, the nature of right-mindedness, and what makes life precious. First published in 1988, this book is considered a true classic that influenced the direction that the art of Japanese swordsmanship has taken since.


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