VSAGoldLogoAboutValley Spirit Arts offers books and DVDs on Daoism, Taijiquan, and meditation practices from author Stuart Alve Olson, longtime student of Master T.T. Liang and translator of many Daoist-related works.

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Daoist Sexual Arts BookDaoist Sexual Arts: Restoration and Illumination of the Spirit Through Sensual Experience (Pre-sell Book Offer)

This offer runs until December 31, 2014.
The teachings in this book are for males and females. The first section, attributed to the Immortaless He Xiangu, gives advice to females on regulating the menstrual flow, restoring the breasts, and nourishing the Yang spirit for transformation and illumination. The second section, attributed to the Immortal Zhang Sanfeng, first presents the Nine Fundamentals for Stimulating the Internal Energies of each partner, and then the Seventeen Counsels for Sexual Practice.
Additionally, the author’s inclusion of supplementary material on the Nine Jade Dragon Exercises (for increasing a male’s prowess), Nine Retentions (a healing and restoration practice), Twirling the Lotus (sexual stimulation to heighten sensation in women), and the Three Oral Treasures practice for couples further enhance each practicer’s experience of internal development.
The scope of teachings in this book, along with Stuart Olson’s clear definitions and notes on the more cryptic aspects of these works, makes this book a valuable addition to anyone’s collection on Daoist sexual practices and philosophy.

Li Qingyun’s Eight Brocades – DVDDVDFullWrapCoverTemplate

This companion DVD to the book The Immortal: True Accounts of the 250-Year-Old Man, Li Qingyun by Yang Sen, translated by Stuart Alve Olson, follows the instructions and commentary Li Qingyun provided on his Eight Diagram Elemental Skills (commonly known as the Eight Brocades Seated Qigong Exercises).

Although the Eight Brocades Dao Yin (leading and guiding the breath) methods have been part of Daoist and Buddhist teachings for centuries, Li Qingyun’s commentaries on the exercises are in-line with the Buddhist lineage, as Li said he learned them from his Buddhist teacher.

The techniques and methods in this DVD are clearly explained and demonstrated, strictly adhering to how Li Qingyun presented and taught them in 1927 while visiting with Yang Sen and his associates in Wanxian, China.

BSM Vol1Book of Sun and Moon (I Ching): Traditional Perspectives on Divination and Calculation for the Book of Changes (Two-Volume Series)

Translation and commentaries by Stuart Alve Olson.

The books in this two-volume series present the most important tools and information on how to utilize the Book of Changes (I Ching, or Yi Jing). The Book of Sun and Moon, an alternative—though accurate—translation for the title of the Yi Jing, is both a book of divination and calculation. Its use in divination means to apply intuition concerning the oracle of the hexagrams (the sixty-four images of broken and unbroken Yin-and-Yang lines). Its ability to calculate and determine possible outcomes for any situation involves examining the logical correlations associated with each of the hexagrams and what images they change into and head toward.

Volume I contains background historical information and explanations of the Yi Jing’s construction and uses for divination and calculation. Volume II contains the translations of the original Book of Sun and Moon, along with specific correlations for the hexagrams and trigrams for interpretation, as well as Stuart Alve Olson’s commentaries derived from various Chinese sources.

These new editions of the Book of Sun and Moon provide a distinctly Daoist perspective on the work, which sets them apart from the majority of other translations of the Yi Jing that contain commentaries based on Confucian ideals and philosophy. More …

DVDFullWrapCoverTemplateWe updated Master T.T. Liang’s 150-Posture Yang Style T’ai Chi Ch’uan Form DVDs so that the footage now fits on one DVD. The following video of Stuart Alve Olson discussing Taijiquan principles (which had appeared in the former version) is now available here and through our YouTube channel.