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Qigong Sources and Resources

There are many wonderful books on qigong available these days, teaching great moves worthy of study and practice, and providing fresh perspectives on this very up and coming modality for health and wellness.  Chi Kung, The Way of Healing by Master Lam Kam Chuen, Broadway Books, 1999, is a rich, accessible and visually delightful book on the subject.   The material is clear and practical, and the presentation is beautiful and poetic.  Consider these chapters:  The Inner Sea, The Great River, Riding the Waves, Removing Obstacles and Returning to the Source.

Another very rich and visually appealing book is t’ai chi chi kung, fifteen ways to a happier you by Peter Chin Kean Choy, Overlook Press, 1999.  The joyfulness of this approach just seem to jump off the page.

An unexpected favorite is Qigong for Health and Vitality a modest little book by Michael Tse, St Martin’s Griffin, 1995.   The moves come from the teachings of Yang Mei Jun, one of the few female qigong masters I’ve run across.   I wonder if the feminine touch might have something to do with my personal delight in so many of these exercises.  I started doing them right out of the book, based on pictures and directions.  I use several of these moves regularly because they feel so good and seem to do what I need to do energetically.

I’m also very much enjoying moves I’ve learned from a recent purchase from Whole Foods, of all places.  It’s a DVD called Qigong for Cleansing, Meditative Slow Stretches and Breathing Control with Francesco Garripoli and Daisy Lee-Garripoli.  It’s produced by Gaiam.  This is a very elegant and easy sequence of moves that felt soothing, cleansing and revitalizing from the very first experience.   There’s a lot of bang for the buck with this modestly priced DVD.

If you are looking for a comprehensive book on Qigong, you won’t be disappointed with Kenneth Cohen’s The Way of Qigong, The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing. Ballantine, 1997 or Roger Jahnke’s the Healing Promise of Qi, Creating Extraordinary Wellness Through Qigong and Tai Chi, Contemporary Books, 2002.

If you are a serious student of qigong, you might want to check out workshops, books and other resources from B.K. Frantzis (Energy Arts).  His Water Method of Taoist Meditation has been my preferred meditation method since learning it years ago in a workshop, and I don’t take easily to meditation.  I’m also a great fan and regular practitioner of the Marriage of Heaven and Earth, one of his advanced qigong sequences.

Speaking of meditation, if you haven’t tried the Way of the Inner Smile by Michael Winn pdf I recommend it.  It’s a great meditation for sending positive energy to all part of your physical self and beyond.  It’s available on CD from www.healingdaousa.comThe Healing Tao University at Healing Mountain Retreats in North Carolina is the largest center for Taoist study in the West. Check them out at www.healingtaoretreats.com.

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