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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Shinrin-Yoku by Dr Qing Li, read by Ramon Tikaram.

Shinrin = Forest

Yoku = Bathing

Shinrin-Yoku, or forest bathing, is the practice of spending time in the forest for better health, happiness and a sense of calm. A pillar of Japanese culture for decades, Shinrin-Yoku is a way to reconnect with nature, from walking mindfully in the woods, to a break in your local park, to walking barefoot on your lawn. 

Forest Medicine expert Dr Qing Li's research has proven that spending time around trees (even filling your home with house plants and vaporising essential tree oils) can reduce blood pressure, lower stress, boost energy, boost immune system and even help you to lose weight. Along with his years of groundbreaking research and anecdotes on the life-changing power of trees, Dr Li provides here the practical ways for you to try Shinrin-Yoku for yourself.

©2018 Dr Qing Li (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Loved it. Look after what you love. improve your relationship with the natural world. Excellent

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... and I'm none the wiser ...

Expected a guide to the practice of Shinrin-Yoku. I admit to not finishing this book as after a couple of hours of listening I'm none the wiser. The author's guidance thus far had amounted to little more than that 'Go for a nice walk in the woods' (I was already more than ready to do that), accompanied by claims for the efficacy of so doing. These are accompanied by what the author presents as scientific evidence based substantially on his own research to prove (his term) its various benefits. The research studies reported described don’t sound especially rigorous (nothing approaching a randomised control group experiment design, for example). The claims seem plausible, but for someone who primarily wants to understand in depths Shinrin-Yoku so to do it properly and doesn’t need to be convinced of its value, these are beside the point.

Nicely read, though, by Ramon Tikaram. His voice is well-matched to a yet to be wrtitten guide to forest bathing.

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A Book to Immerse yourself in

This is an awesome book. So interesting and full of facts but not in a sledgehammer type of way. I have bought the physical book because I want to go back over the information. I would love to meet Dr Qing Li, what a legend!....................

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Great introduction to shinrin yoku

A great book for beginners wanting to learn more about shinrin yoku. Dr. Li runs through both the scientific basis for shinrin yoku as well as the practicalities of how to do it alone, at home, and at work, amongst others. Clearly both a practitioner and studier of shinrin yoku, Dr. Li's insights and recommendations are just as valuable as the presentation of research offered.