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General Qigong Books

The Way of Qigong by Kenneth S. Cohen

 

Bantam Books, 1997

ISBN: 0553506498

 

This is one of the best introductions to qigong. Ken Cohen is a very reputable Qigong Master  with 30 years experience and a reliable guide to this subject. everyone interested in qigong should read it. This book is a lot more than just an introduction and comprehensively covers the whole field of qigong. His DVD “Qigong: Traditional Chinese Exercises For Healing Body, Mind, & Spirit” is a useful complement to this book, including many of the practices in it.

The Healer Within by Roger Jahnke, O.M.D.

 

HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062514776

 

An excellent introduction to qigong for beginners. It's full of practices that anyone can do including gentle movement, self-applied massage, breathing exercises and meditation. Roger Jahnke is a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has  over 25 years experience. He directs the Integral  Institute of Tai Chi and Qigong.

The Healing Promise of Qi by Roger Jahnke, O.M.D.

 

Contemporary Books, 2002

ISBN: 0809295288

Again a great introduction to qigong,with more depth than "The Healer Within". The major part of the book is structured around the ten phases of cultivating and mastering qi which are his own framework for learning and practising qigong distilled from his own wide experience of qigong traditional forms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Chi Revolution - Harnessing the Healing Power of Your Life Force by Bruce Frantzis

 

Blue Snake Books, Berkeley, 2008

ISBN: 978-1583941935

 

This is Bruce Frantzis’ latest book as of writing this and probably his best introduction to qigong. As he says in his dedication: “ This book is a culmination of all the knowledge of chi I have acquired in over forty years as a martial artist, chi master, Taoist priest and energetic healer.” As well as a general introduction, the Chi Rev Workout is explained, consisting of five high-energy, low-impact exercises designed to help you find out where your qi is blocked and then to release the blockages. The last three exercises are derived from Dragon and Tiger medical qigong.

 

Qigong - Essence of The healing Dance by Garri Garripoli

 

Health Communications Inc., Florida, 1999

ISBN: 1558746749

 

This is an interesting overview especially for its contributions from Qigong practitioners and masters. It also has a  description of the Wuji Qigong system of Master Duan Zhi Liang which is a Duan family lineage dating back to the eight century. The book also contains a transcript of his Public Television Qigong Documentary on Qigong.

 

 

 

 

 

Eight Simple Qigong Exercises For Health by Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming

 

YMAA Publication Center, 1997

ISBN: 1886969523

 

The book presents one particular version of baduanjin or Eight Brocades. It has a comprehensive introduction to and history of qigong. It is particularly useful in explaining the theory behind this kind of  external elixir (waidan) exercise.

 

 

 

 

 

Ba Duan Jin: Eight-Section Qigong Exercises compiled by the Chinese Health Qigong Association

 

Singing Dragon, London and Philadelphia, 2008

ISBN:  978 1 84819 005 4

 

The Chinese Health Qigong Association is an organization which promotes and researches health qigong and is a group member of the All-China Sports Federation. This book makes an excellent guide to this classic qigong and includes a full DVD demonstrating the practices. The DVD is very high quality and easy to follow. At this price it’s a bargain. This is the first of a series of four books by the Chinese Health Qigong Association, all on classic qigong practices. I would recommend the Ba Duan Jin book as the best place to start. Read my full review on this Ba Duan Jin book and DVD. Also, see my web page on Ba Duan Jin.

 

 

 

Yi Jin Jing: Tendon-Muscle Strengthening Qigong Exercises compiled by the Chinese Health Qigong Association

 

Singing Dragon, London and Philadelphia, 2008

ISBN:  978 1 84819 008 5

 

The second book in the Chinese Health Qigong Association series. This covers another very well known classic qigong form. Again, great value since the book includes a DVD.  Read a full review  of the Yi Jin Jing book and DVD here.  Also, read my web page on the Yi Jin Jing practice.

 

 

 

 

Liu Zi Jue: Six Sounds Approach to Qigong Breathing Exercises by  the Chinese Health Qigong Association

 

Singing Dragon, London and Philadelphia, 2008

ISBN:  978 1 84819 006 1

 

The third book in the Chinese Health Qigong Association series.  This book and DVD focuses on another classical qigong, often known as the Six Healing Sounds.  The sounds are designed to balance the energy and functions of the inner organs of the body. Read a full review of the Liu Zi Jue book and DVD here. Also, read my web page about the practice of the Six Healing Sounds.

 

 

Wu Qin Xi: Five-Animal Qigong Exercises by  the Chinese Health Qigong Association

 

Singing Dragon, London and Philadelphia, 2008

ISBN:  978 1 84310 007 8

 

The fourth and last book in the Chinese Health Qigong Association series.  This is another classical qigong of which there are many versions today. I think this would be the most difficult of the four to learn and would be impossible to learn without the DVD. But still quite a simple qigong and well worth mastering for its health benefits. Read a full review of the Wu Qin Xi book and DVD here. Also, read my web page about Five Animal Frolics (another name for this practice).

These are books which give an excellent introduction to the whole field of qigong. Ken Cohen, Roger Jahnke, Bruce Frantzis and Yang Jwing-Ming are involved in the martial arts and also in the healing aspect of qigong and are well respected authorities in this field. Francesco Garri Garripoli lived in China for two years during an intensive study of martial arts and Traditional Chinese Medicine modalities, including acupuncture and Qigong.