Self-Cultivation for a healthier, happier and more balanced life
By Mimi Kuo-Deemer
Beautiful lifestyle guide teaching the ancient chinese art of 'self-cultivation'
For centuries, Chinese sages, rulers and spiritual seekers have embraced a simple yet powerful principle to enable them to live in harmony with the Source of nature and all life; the art of 'self-cultivation' or, xiu yang. Xiu yang works with the idea that we can steadily nurture our capacity to being fully human and fully awake. Like a field that is patiently cultivated to optimally grow the nourishing and healthy crops, we can undertake practices aimed at smoothing out the roughness and irregularities in our bodies, minds and spirits in order to produce a deep, lasting spiritual happiness.
Xiu yang promotes the idea that inner balance leads to outer radiance: in order to be in harmony with the world, we must first be in harmony with ourselves. By tending to the field of our own bodies, hearts, minds and relationships, we can start making positive changes within our lives and in the lives of others.
In this nurturing lifestyle guide, Mimi Kuo-Deemer champions the contemporary value of adopting this ancient approach. Through a combination of practices from meditation and mindfulness to yoga and qigong, Xiu Yang offers a fresh approach to finding balance and bringing peace into your life, home and community.
Part I: The Art of Xiu Yang
Part II: Xiu Yang for a Healthy and Harmonious Body
Part III: Xiu Yang for a Balanced Mental and Emotional Life
Part IV: Xiu Yang for a Happier Place in the World
Mimi Kuo-Deemer is an internationally recognised teacher of yoga, qigong and mindfulness meditation. Her YouTube channel has had 2.9 million views, with her 8 Brocades Qigong Practice reaching more than 1.7 million. She is a graduate of Stanford University and SOAS, where she received a distinction in her MA in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation. She is a teacher of both students and of other teachers, having practised and taught for over 20 years in China, the UK, Europe and the United States. She also co-founded Yoga Yard, Beijing's first and leading yoga studio, and is a senior teacher at London's triyoga.
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13 Jun 2019
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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 Aylward, Co-Founder, The Mindfulness Institute