It is very pleasing to see practitioners of Chinese therapeutic movements engaging with academic history. Smith and Carmoe have produced a marvelously creative reconstruction of ancient world breathing and daoyin, the 2000-year-old stretching and pulling exercises designed to bring together Heaven and Earth in bodily practice. It is a truly great thing to see the silk scroll figures come alive!
—Vivienne Lo, Professor of Chinese History, University College London
Shadows of Mawangdui is a fascinating examination of one of the oldest extant practices of self- cultivation from the East Asian tradition. The authors have done an admirable job in bridging the practical reconstruction of ancient exercises with academic and historical contexts, using a well-balanced approach to the neo-classical rejuvenation of ancient techniques. The book allows readers to experience Daoyin tu practices in a clearly delineated format, as true as possible the original manuscript. It is a must for any student of qigong, Daoist self-cultivation, and medical history.
-Steve Jackowicz, M.Ac., L.Ac., Ph.D. Chair of the Doctoral Program in TCM, University of Bridgeport
Ronald C. Smith (b. 1946), a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, has been exploring ancient Chinese health practices or over twenty years and sharing them with his taiji quan students.
Antonio M. Carmone (b. 1940) is a retired Department of Defense Overseas School educator who began his martial arts journey 55 years ago, delving deeply into Oriental studies, qigong, and acupuncture as a continuing lifetime commitment.