Living Qigong is one of the first truly accessible books on this important healing tradition. The book presents a narrative description of the author's own studentship under a Chinese Qigong master. Then, drawing on Western medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, and Eastern philosophy, the author shows how the fundamental principles of health and healing in Qigong are also found in the traditional medical practices of other cultures. He also offers easy-to-follow descriptions of the eight essential Qigong movements, accompanied by numerous photographs, so that readers can begin to practice Qigong for themselves.
John Alton spent two years in Beijing studying qigong (chi kung) after many years of martial arts practice in this country, and he was an apt student, becoming fluent in both Chinese and energy healing. Alton now presents what he learned in an outstanding book that demonstrates a deep understanding of the art and conveys, in moving, funny, and astonishing anecdotes, the mind-bending experience of being a foreigner in China. His vivid storytelling carries us along on his journey from naïve American to seasoned practitioner, sharing with refreshing honesty the steps along the way. Holly Hammond, Yoga Journal , September/October 1997, p 124