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Books about Exercises & Mudras

These are books recommended for additional reading.

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Eight Simple Qigong Exercises for Health, by Jwing-Ming Yang
The Eight Pieces of Brocade

A set of exercises to improve energy flow in the body, strengthen the organs, and enhance body awareness. They take about 20 minutes to do. There are instructions for doing the set standing as well as sitting.

Qigong for Health and Martial Arts, by Yang Jwing-Ming
Exercises & Meditation
Ten Essential Sets of Qigong Exercises

Sets of energy exercises of different styles, internal as well as external, for health and martial arts. Descriptions of movements and body positions, massage and self-massage, and meditation. Clearly illustrated with photographs and some drawings.

Qigong Empowerment, by Shou-Yu Liang and Wen-Ching Wu
A Guide to Medical, Taoist, Buddhist, Wushu Energy Cultivation

This book contains lots of energy exercises of several different styles, from simple to advanced. It is very practical, has good descriptions and is well-illustrated with photographs. The medical Qigong section has simple relaxation techniques and techniques to heal the acupuncture meridians. In the Daoist section, there are several energy circulation techniques, starting with the basic microcosmic circulation (moving Qi along the midline of the body). Tantric Buddhist Qigong uses energy circulation, mudras, mantras and body positions. There's a section on emitting and absorbing Qi, and learning to heal others. Finally training for martial arts is described.

Qigong Meditation, by Yang Jwing-Ming
Small Circulation

How to do the Small Circulation Qigong meditation practice, and explanations about Qi.

Understanding Qigong DVD5, by Yang Jwing-Ming
Small Circulation

DVD for learning to do the Small Circulation Qigong meditation practice.

Healing Mudras, by Sabrina Mesko
Yoga for Your Hands

This book describes 52 mudras, for improving your emotional state. The descriptions for use include a breathing method and a mantra (chant). The accompanying photographs are large and clear, showing complete body positions. For each mudra there's a list of which chakras it pertains to.

Mudras for Body, Mind and Spirit, by Gertrud Hirschi
The Handy Course in Yoga [With 68 Cards for Practice]

Beautiful set of 68 cards with mudras. For physical complaints, coping with stress, mental refreshment, emotional equilibrium, and spiritual development.

The Healing Power of Mudras, by Rajendar Menen
The Yoga of the Hands

Lots of background information on mudras.

Mudras, by Gertrud Hirschi
Yoga in Your Hands

52 Mudras to heal physical, emotional and spiritual conditions. To increase the power of the mudras, visualizations and affirmations are added. The descriptions of the mudras are illustrated with clear drawings.

Quiet Mind, by Sakyong Mipham, Larry Rosenberg, Edward Espe Brown, Sharon Salzberg, Judith Lief, Tulku Thondup, Richard Faulds
A Beginner's Guide to Meditation

Introductions to various kinds of meditation, like Vipassana, Zazen, Loving Kindness, healing meditation, and more. Includes 78-minute audio CD.

Meditation for Beginners, by Jack Kornfield

Introduction to meditation. Includes CD.

Meditation For Dummies, by Stephan Bodian

Introduction to meditation. With 70-minute audio CD.

How to Meditate, by Kathleen McDonald
A Practical Guide

Introduction to meditation from a Buddhist perspective.

How to Meditate, by Lawrence LeShan
A Guide to Self-Discovery

Introduction to meditation.

Complete Reflexology for Life, by Barbara Kunz
Your definitive photographic reference to the best techniques and treatments

Reflexology for self-help, and treating others. With clear photos that illustrate the techniques.

The Root of Chinese Qigong, by Yang Jwing-Ming
Secrets for Health, Longevity & Enlightenment

Theory and general practical advice about Qi and Qigong (energy exercises). Includes discussion of acupuncture points and the meridian system.

Qi, by Stefan Stenudd
Increase Your Life Energy

Explains Qi (life energy), and offers practical energy exercises.

Master Cheng's New Method of Taichi Ch'uan Self-Cultivation, by Cheng Man-ch'ing

How to do Taichi. With photos, descriptions, and foot diagrams of the form.

Cheng Tzu's Thirteen Treatises on T'ai Chi Ch'uan, by Cheng Man-ch'ing

Principles of doing Taichi. With clear photos, and descriptions for doing the form. It's described how the movements are supposed to defend against particular attacks.

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