Qi Health Fitness

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There's no shortage of Tai Chi and Qigong books available!

However, although many are excellent reading, some can be unhelpful or confusing
because they don't relate to the style / form practiced in your class.
The suggestions here are some of my favourites
and can develop your understanding of Tai Chi, Qigong, and Taoism.
(More may be added in the future.)

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Health for Life, by Bruce Kumar Frantzis
No forms or exercises to be learned in this one. Instead, an excellent book for all levels. For beginners an introduction, and for improvers a deeper understanding of Tai Chi and how it is applicable to our health, wellbeing and daily lives.

The Way of Energy, by Master Lam Kam Chuen
A best-seller for more than twenty years, this book is one of the very best about Zhang Zhuang (pronounced 'jam jong'). It's also the basis of a wonderful Channel 4 TV series:
The book can also be downloaded in pdf format here:

The Tao of Health, Sex & Longevity, by Daniel Reid
Okay, we don't discuss the relevance of sex and Tai Chi in class, but if health and well-being is your priority, this fascinating book presents a truly holistic approach from a Taoist perspective. It goes where some of the other books don't, and shows how this ancient philosophical approach to life can complement our Tai Chi and Qigong.

The Tao of Pooh, by Benjamin Hoff
You've outgrown your Winnie-the-Pooh pyjamas, but this is definitely for grown-ups. A very easy to understand and fun introduction to the Taoist philosophy that forms the principles on which Tai Chi is founded. Not necessarily just for bears with very small brains.