Current Qhi Gong book I’m studying: Heal Yourself with QIGong, Gentle Practices to Increase Energy, Restore Health, and Relax the Mind, by Suzanne B. Friedman, L.AC., DMA (China)
This book begins with a couple delightful stories about people coming into contact with QiGong. (By the way, the Chinese pronounciation is “Chee Kung” altho it can be spelled a number of different ways! I guess there are 3 major schools of whatever they call it, transliteration.)
Then it has a simple introduction to Qigong. Unlike most books or videos that show a routine, Suzanne divides the main portion of the book into 4 sections, each elaborating a number of routines for dealing with specific healing: Instant Energy Boosters, Restoring Physical Vitality, Balancing Your Emotions, and Calming Your Spirit.
So instead of learning a whole routine of postures, you can just pick and choose according to what you feel you need. Personally, I like doing the 8 Brocade sequence (Eight Fine Exercises) if I don’t have much time, or a longer 25 minute routine if I do. Then perhaps I can fit in a particular routine from her book is the idea, I think!
My favorite Chi Gong book: The Way of Energy, Mastering the Chinese Art of Internal Strength with Chi Kung Exercise, by Master Lam Kam Chuen
This book is the one I use for the 8 Pieces of Brocade routine, and often use the stationary standing routines to counter act chronic fatigue. He teaches a form of QiGong called “Zhan Zhuang” pronouced “zoo zoo”–not! Actually it’s pronounced “Jan Jong” or if in southern China, “Jam Jong.”