With Christmas festivities behind us, it’s time to turn introspective and kick-start 2019 with a focus on health and well-being.

And to start us off, Mimi Kuo-Deemer’s book, Qigong and the Tai Chi Axis was published on 27th December by Orion Spring…

This book presents the ancient Chinese practices of qigong – or energy cultivation – as an art of nourishment. The idea of nourishment lies at the heart of qigong. Just as trees and animals seek substances that ensure their steady growth and health, the human body and spirit thrives on receiving proper nourishment.

Qigong’s approach to ensuring ample nourishment is based on nature and the idea of the Chinese Five Elements/Phases of wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Each element in nature relates to an organ and meridian system in the body. Qigong: Nourishing Practices for Body, Mind and Spirit will explore each of these elements as they relate to our physical, mental and emotional health. It will offer readers accessible practices, insights, wisdom that support our natural capacity for energy, balance and wellbeing.

Mimi  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 the co-founder of Beijing’s first and leading yoga studio, and helps run the Glow Fund charitable trust, a charity that helps disadvantaged Chinese and ethnically Tibetan children receive life-changing orthopaedic operations.

She lives in Oxfordshire.