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In the 9/12/20 class I mentioned a book by Pema Chodron’s teacher:

Smile at Fear by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche  He has written many wonderful books.

The Way of Qigong:  The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing by Kenneth Cohen

The Healing Promise of Qi:  Creating Extraordinary Wellness Through Qigong and Tai Chi by Roger Jahnke, O.M.D.

Complete Idiot’s Guide to T’ai Chi & QiGong by Bill Douglas & Angela Wong Douglas (despite the name…)

MogaDao – The Way of Complete Harmony by Zhen Dao

Qi Healing – Energy Medicine Techniques for Healing Self & Others CD/DVD set by Kenneth Cohen

Wood Becomes Water: Traditional Chinese Medicine in Everyday Life by Gail Reichstein (This is an excellent introduction to Chinese Five Element Theory.)

Traditional Acupuncture:  The Law of the Five Elements by Dianne M. Connelly, PhD.

The Subtle Body – An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy by Cyndi Dale 

Zhong Yuan Qigong:  First Stage of Ascent:  Relaxation by Grandmaster Mingtang Xu and Tamara Martynova

The Dao De Jing by Lao Tzu

The Web That Has No Weaver – Understanding Chinese Medicine by Ted J. Kaptchuk

Between Heaven & Earth – A Guide to Chinese Medicine by Beinfield & Korngold

Healing with Whole Foods – Asian Tradition & Modern Nutrition by Paul Pitchford

How Not To Die by Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM www.NutritionFacts.org

The I Ching (or Book of Changes) translation by Wilhelm/Baynes & The I Ching Workbook by R. L. Wing

The Way of Energy – Mastering the Chinese Art of Internal Strength with Chi Kung Exercises by Lam Kam Chuen

A Woman’s Qigong Guide:  Empowerment Through Movement, Diet and Herbs by Yanling Johnson

Immortal Sisters – Secret Teachings of Taoist Women Translated and Edited by Thomas Cleary

Qigong for Living:  A Practical Guide to Improving Your Health with Qi from Modern China by Yanling Johnson

Qi:  the Treasure & Power of Your Body by Yanling Johnson

Qi Energy in Foods for Living: Herbal Foods for Longevity and Vitality by Yanling Johnson                       

Nourishing Destiny – The Inner Tradition of Chinese Medicine by Lonny S. Jarrett

Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain, The Essence of Taiji by Chungliang Al Huang

The Big Book of Chi by Paul Wildish

Options for purchasing books online:  www.alibris.com & www.abebooks.com









This is from The Way of Energy –  valuable information to pass along:


  1. Relax your arms, shoulders and upper body
  2. Let your weight sink into your lower body.
  3. Squat down to grasp the object, keeping your back straight and relaxed.
  4. Hold the object in against your body so it is in physical contact with you.
  5. Breath out before standing up.
  6. Breathe in as you stand up, carrying the object with you.
  7. Stay still for a second after standing up. This is very important
  8. Before you move, be clear in your mind about the direction of your movement, then move. Your mind should move first.

Complete the Movement: it is essential to breathe in as you lift and to complete the lift fully before making another movement. A lot of back injuries are caused by people moving sideways or at an angle while they are still lifting, or by merging the end of the upward movement with the beginning of the next movement. This can place great strain on the spine and cause dislocation. Be sure to complete the lift fully, and allow your mind to settle, before going on to your next movement.


  1. Relax your arms, shoulders and upper body
  2. Let your weight sink into your lower body.
  3. Hold the object in contact with your body
  4. Breathe in, without moving.
  5. Hold your breath as you squat down to lower the object.
  6. When you have lowered the object to its new resting place, breathe out
  7. Pause for a second.
  8. Breathe in as you stand up