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Live Better and Live Longer with Chinese Qigong
Qigong training can improve your health, cure illness, and help you overcome the stress of
daily living. Qigong is the study of Qi, or vital energy, that circulates in the human body, and
it has been practiced by the Chinese for thousands of years. Qigong is a unique and com-
prehensive approach to health and longevity, and can be trained by anyone. Get the most
from your practice by understanding the principles and foundations of this ancient science.
Dr. Yang teaches sitting and standing meditation, demonstrates massage techniques, and
explores the Qi pathways in your body. He explains correct breathing methods, shares secrets
for quieting the mind, and discusses how to increase your body's Qi supply. In addition he
also explains important concepts such as the Three Treasures and regulating the body, breath,
and mind. Whatever style you practice, you'll find the keys to successful training in The Root
of Chinese Qigong.

• Improve your health with Qi (vital energy) training.
• Relieve stress with simple breathing techniques.
• Learn the secrets that will advance your practice.
• Discover the foundations of Chinese medicine.
• Eliminate tension with soothing relaxation exercises.
• Includes more than sixty detailed photos and illustrations.

"For those who are interested in learning the basic concepts and practical applications of Qigong
as a means of cultivating health and longevity, The Root of Chinese Qigong provides an excellent
and comprehensive overview."

Daniel Reid, author of The Complete Guide to
Chinese Health and Healing, from his Foreword

". . .we are in Dr. Yang's debt for this definitive guide to better health and well-being."
Irwin H. Rosenberg, M.D., from his Foreword

Professor of Medicine and Nutrition
Director, The Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University

". . .an exceptionally valuable resource."
Thomas Gutheil, M.D., from his Foreword

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Alternative Health/Qigong/Martial Arts B507

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HEALING

Secrets for healTH, longevity, & Enlightenment

QIGONG — IN DEPTH

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Physics at the Junior Academy of the
Chinese Air Force while also teaching
Gongfu. After being honorably dis-
charged in 1972, Dr. Yang returned to
Tamkang College to teach Physics and
resume study under Master Li, Mao-Ching.
In 1974 Dr. Yang came to the United
States to study Mechanical Engineering at
Purdue University. At the request of a few
students, Dr. Yang began to teach Gongfu
(Kung Fu), which resulted in the foundation
of the Purdue University Chinese Kung Fu
Research Club in the spring of 1975.
While at Purdue, Dr. Yang also taught col-
lege-credited courses in Taijiquan. In May
of 1978 he was awarded a Ph.D. in
Mechanical Engineering by Purdue.
In 1980, Dr. Yang moved to Houston to
work for Texas Instruments. While in
Houston he founded Yang's Shaolin Kung
Fu Academy, which was eventually taken
over by his student Mr. Jeffery Bolt after he
moved to Boston in 1982. Dr. Yang found-
ed Yang's Martial Arts Academy (YMAA)
in Boston on October 1st, 1982.
In January of 1984 he gave up his engi-
neering career to devote more time to
research, writing, and teaching. In March
of 1986 he purchased property in Boston
to be used as the headquarters of the new
organization, Yang's Martial Arts
Association (YMAA).
YMAA now has twenty-five schools
around the world, including the United
States, Canada, France, Italy, Poland,
England, Ireland, Portugal, Hungary,
Spain, Holland, and South Africa. In addi-
tion, Dr. Yang is the author of twenty-two
books on the martial arts and Qigong and
his work has been translated into nine lan-
guages. Dr. Yang lives in Lexington,
Massachusetts.

ABOUT DR. YANG,
JWING-MING

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming was born on August
11th, 1946, in Xinzhu Xian, Taiwan. He
started his Gongfu (Kung Fu) training at the
age of fifteen under Shaolin White Crane
(Bai He) Master Cheng, Gin-Sao.
In thirteen years of study (1961-1974)
under Master Cheng, Dr. Yang became
an expert in the White Crane style of
Chinese martial arts, which includes both
the use of barehands and of various
weapons. With the same master he also
studied White Crane Qigong, Qin Na
(Chin Na), Tui Na and Dian Xue mas-
sages, and herbal treatment.
At the age of sixteen, Dr. Yang began the
study of Yang Style Taijiquan under Master
Kao Tao. After learning from Master Kao,
Dr. Yang continued his study and research
of Taijiquan with several masters and
senior practitioners such as Master Li, Mao-
Ching and Mr. Wilson Chen in Taipei.
At eighteen Dr. Yang entered Tamkang
College in Taipei Xian to study Physics. In
college he began the study of traditional
Shaolin Long Fist (Changquan or Chang
Chuan) with Master Li, Mao-Ching at the
Tamkang College Goushu Club (1964-
1968), and eventually became an assis-
tant instructor under Master Li. In 1971 he
completed his M.S. degree in Physics at
the National Taiwan University, and then
served in the Chinese Air Force from 1971
to 1972. In the service, Dr. Yang taughtUS $29.95 YMAA

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C H A P T E R 1

Introduction

1-1. Prelude

In their seven thousand years of history, the Chinese people have experienced allpossible human suffering and pain. Chinese culture is like a very old man who has
seen and experienced all of the pain of human life. Yet through his experience, he
has also accumulated a great store of knowledge. Chinese culture, as reflected in its
literature and painting, ranks among the greatest achievements of the human spirit.
It reflects humankind’s joy and grief, pleasure and suffering, peace and strife, vitali-
ty, sickness, and death.

Within this complex cultural and historical background, the Chinese people have
long sought ways of living healthy and happy lives. However, as they looked for ways
to better themselves and seek spiritual fulfillment, they have also tended to believe
that everything that happens is due to destiny, and that it is prearranged by heaven.
Despite this fatalistic belief, they have still looked for ways to resist the apparent
inevitability of sickness and death.

The Chinese have devoted a large part of their intellectual effort to self-study and
self-cultivation in the hope of understanding the meaning of their lives. This inward-
feeling and looking, this spiritual searching, has become one of the major roots of
Chinese religion and medical science. Qi, the energy within the human body, was
studied very carefully. As people perceived the link between the Qi in the human
body and the Qi in nature, they began to hope that this Qi was the means whereby
man could escape from the trap of sickness and death. Over the years, many differ-
ent sectors of Chinese society have studied and researched Qi.

Of all the researchers, the scholars and the doctors have had the longest histo-
ry, and they have brought the understanding of Qi to a very deep level. It was they
who learned the methods of maintaining health and curing sickness. Chinese med-
ical science has developed out of the Qi research of the physicians.

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When Indian Buddhism was imported into China, it profoundly influenced
Chinese culture. Naturally, Chinese Qigong was also affected by the Buddhist medi-
tative practices. The Daoist religion was created out of a mixture of traditional schol-
arly Daoism and Buddhism. Since that time, Buddhist and Daoist Qigong have been
considered among the greatest achievements of Chinese culture.

Daoism and Buddhism have not only brought the Chinese people a peaceful,
spiritual mind which may untie the mystery of human life and destiny, they have also
created a hope that the development of Qigong may give people a healthy and happy
life while they are alive, and an eternal spiritual life after death. When viewed from
this historical background, it is not hard to understand why a major part of Chinese
culture in the last two thousand years, other than warfare and possibly medical sci-
ence, were based on the religions of Daoism and Buddhism, and spiritual science.

The emphasis on the spiritual life, rather than the material, is one of the major
differences between Eastern and the Western cultures. An example of this is in the
maintenance of health, where the West emphasizes the physical body more, while
the East tends to also treat the person’s spiritual and mental health.

Most Westerners believe that if you strengthen your physical body, you also
improve your health. They emphasize the exercising and training of the physical
body, but they ignore the balancing of the body’s internal energy (Qi), which is also
related to the emotions and the cultivation of spiritual calmness. Daoists call this
“Cong Wai Jian Gong” ( ) (building the strength externally) or “Yuan Xin Zhi
Wai Gong Yun Dong” ( )(distant mind’s external exercises, meaning
“external exercises without mental concentration or attention”).

People who exercise a lot and whose bodies are externally strong are not neces-
sarily healthier or happier than the average person. In order to have true good
health you must have a healthy body, a healthy mind, and also smooth and balanced
Qi circulation. According to Chinese medicine, many illnesses are caused by imbal-
ances in your mind. For example, worry and nervousness can upset your stomach
or harm your spleen.1 Fear or fright can hinder the normal functioning of your kid-
neys and bladder. This is because your internal energy (Qi circulation) is closely
related to your mind. In order to be truly healthy, you must have both a healthy
physical body and a calm and healthy mind. True good health is both external and
internal.

When someone gets involved in body building, he will emphasize building strong
muscles. According to acupuncture and Qigong theory, he will also energize his
body, stimulate his mind, and increase the level of the Qi circulation. If he trains
properly, he will naturally gain physical health. However, if he exercises too much,
he will over energize his body and over-excite his mind and Qi. This will make his
physical body too Yang (positive). According to Chinese philosophy, too much of
something is excessive Yang ( ) and too little is excessive Yin ( ), and neither
extreme is desirable. When your body is too Yang or too Yin, your internal organs
will tend to weaken and to degenerate sooner than they ordinarily would. A person
who seems to be externally strong and healthy may be weak internally.

Chapter 1: Introduction

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Live Better and Live Longer with Chinese Qigong
Qigong training can improve your health, cure illness, and help you overcome the stress of
daily living. Qigong is the study of Qi, or vital energy, that circulates in the human body, and
it has been practiced by the Chinese for thousands of years. Qigong is a unique and com-
prehensive approach to health and longevity, and can be trained by anyone. Get the most
from your practice by understanding the principles and foundations of this ancient science.
Dr. Yang teaches sitting and standing meditation, demonstrates massage techniques, and
explores the Qi pathways in your body. He explains correct breathing methods, shares secrets
for quieting the mind, and discusses how to increase your body's Qi supply. In addition he
also explains important concepts such as the Three Treasures and regulating the body, breath,
and mind. Whatever style you practice, you'll find the keys to successful training in The Root
of Chinese Qigong.

• Improve your health with Qi (vital energy) training.
• Relieve stress with simple breathing techniques.
• Learn the secrets that will advance your practice.
• Discover the foundations of Chinese medicine.
• Eliminate tension with soothing relaxation exercises.
• Includes more than sixty detailed photos and illustrations.

"For those who are interested in learning the basic concepts and practical applications of Qigong
as a means of cultivating health and longevity, The Root of Chinese Qigong provides an excellent
and comprehensive overview."

Daniel Reid, author of The Complete Guide to
Chinese Health and Healing, from his Foreword

". . .we are in Dr. Yang's debt for this definitive guide to better health and well-being."
Irwin H. Rosenberg, M.D., from his Foreword

Professor of Medicine and Nutrition
Director, The Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University

". . .an exceptionally valuable resource."
Thomas Gutheil, M.D., from his Foreword

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Alternative Health/Qigong/Martial Arts B507

LONGEVITY

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Q Q
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O O
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ENLIGHTENMENT

MARTIAL ARTS

LONGEVITY HEALTH

JING
ESSENCE

SHEN
SPIRIT

QI
INNER ENERGY

HEALING

Secrets for healTH, longevity, & Enlightenment

QIGONG — IN DEPTH

Dr. yang, jwing-ming

D
R

. Y
A

N
G

,
JW

IN
G

-M
IN

G

Physics at the Junior Academy of the
Chinese Air Force while also teaching
Gongfu. After being honorably dis-
charged in 1972, Dr. Yang returned to
Tamkang College to teach Physics and
resume study under Master Li, Mao-Ching.
In 1974 Dr. Yang came to the United
States to study Mechanical Engineering at
Purdue University. At the request of a few
students, Dr. Yang began to teach Gongfu
(Kung Fu), which resulted in the foundation
of the Purdue University Chinese Kung Fu
Research Club in the spring of 1975.
While at Purdue, Dr. Yang also taught col-
lege-credited courses in Taijiquan. In May
of 1978 he was awarded a Ph.D. in
Mechanical Engineering by Purdue.
In 1980, Dr. Yang moved to Houston to
work for Texas Instruments. While in
Houston he founded Yang's Shaolin Kung
Fu Academy, which was eventually taken
over by his student Mr. Jeffery Bolt after he
moved to Boston in 1982. Dr. Yang found-
ed Yang's Martial Arts Academy (YMAA)
in Boston on October 1st, 1982.
In January of 1984 he gave up his engi-
neering career to devote more time to
research, writing, and teaching. In March
of 1986 he purchased property in Boston
to be used as the headquarters of the new
organization, Yang's Martial Arts
Association (YMAA).
YMAA now has twenty-five schools
around the world, including the United
States, Canada, France, Italy, Poland,
England, Ireland, Portugal, Hungary,
Spain, Holland, and South Africa. In addi-
tion, Dr. Yang is the author of twenty-two
books on the martial arts and Qigong and
his work has been translated into nine lan-
guages. Dr. Yang lives in Lexington,
Massachusetts.

ABOUT DR. YANG,
JWING-MING

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming was born on August
11th, 1946, in Xinzhu Xian, Taiwan. He
started his Gongfu (Kung Fu) training at the
age of fifteen under Shaolin White Crane
(Bai He) Master Cheng, Gin-Sao.
In thirteen years of study (1961-1974)
under Master Cheng, Dr. Yang became
an expert in the White Crane style of
Chinese martial arts, which includes both
the use of barehands and of various
weapons. With the same master he also
studied White Crane Qigong, Qin Na
(Chin Na), Tui Na and Dian Xue mas-
sages, and herbal treatment.
At the age of sixteen, Dr. Yang began the
study of Yang Style Taijiquan under Master
Kao Tao. After learning from Master Kao,
Dr. Yang continued his study and research
of Taijiquan with several masters and
senior practitioners such as Master Li, Mao-
Ching and Mr. Wilson Chen in Taipei.
At eighteen Dr. Yang entered Tamkang
College in Taipei Xian to study Physics. In
college he began the study of traditional
Shaolin Long Fist (Changquan or Chang
Chuan) with Master Li, Mao-Ching at the
Tamkang College Goushu Club (1964-
1968), and eventually became an assis-
tant instructor under Master Li. In 1971 he
completed his M.S. degree in Physics at
the National Taiwan University, and then
served in the Chinese Air Force from 1971
to 1972. In the service, Dr. Yang taughtUS $29.95 YMAA

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