By Stefan Stenudd
I'm a Swedish writer and instructor of the peaceful martial art aikido. I've written several books about qi energy and other lifeforce concepts. I'm also a historian of ideas, researching the thought patterns in creation myths. Here's my personal website: stenudd.com
Qi is the Chinese word for life energy, also spelled chi, ch'i, or ki. Qi energy is the essence in acupuncture, qigong, taiji, reiki, and many other traditional arts in China and Japan.
Qi Energy Exercises:
Books by Stefan Stenudd:
The Taoism of Lao Tzu Explained
The great Chinese classic, translated to English and extensively commented. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
Basic Concepts of the Peaceful Martial Art
Aikido principles, philosophy, and basic ideas. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
My Other Websites:
The 64 hexagrams of the Chinese classic I Ching and what they mean in divination. Try it online for free.
Taoism, the old Chinese philosophy of life, based on Tao, the Way.
The many life force beliefs all over the world, ancient and modern, explained.
Aikido, the peaceful martial art. Its basics, principles, techniques, and more - in texts, images and videos.
Increase Your Life Energy
Qi is no mystery. It's the life energy, according to Chinese tradition. And it can be experienced by simple practice. That's what I wanted to show in my book.
Simple exercisesA number of years ago, I held a seminar at a New Age fare in my home town Malmö, Sweden. The theme for my seminar was Qi, the life energy, and how to experience it. I had learned that from my many years of aikido practice, something I started with as a teenager, back in 1972.
I didn't show aikido, but a few very simple and basic exercises by which to feel and increase the qi flow. That's easily done by a combination of breathing, awareness, and imagination.
The participants at the seminar gladly tried the exercises and were sursprisingly enthusiastic, although I had been quite rudimental. One of them said:
"This year I spent 15,000 (Swedish Crowns, approximately USD 2,200) on qigong courses. Why didn't they teach me this?"
The answer is probably that the teachers at those courses were either unsure of what qi is all about, or they hoped that he would spend another 15,000. Whatever the case, I was as upset as the man asking the question.
Qi is no mystery. True, you can spend a lifetime exploring it, but getting started is a piece of cake. The basics are easy to grasp and just as easy to practice. With the proper exercises you can try it out in no time and experience what it feels like.
I'm a writer, so at that point I started thinking about writing a book that would give these simple clues to its readers. Hopefully, it would save them the 15,000 Swedish Crowns disappointment.
You get the hang of itWriting a book isn't done in a heartbeat, so there was a process of a few years before I was finished. I built it on the exercises I had used at that seminar and other exercises of the same kind.
The underlying principle was to use very simple and basic exercises accessible to all, regardless of physical fitness, age, and what not. That's really no problem, since qi is a very basic force in every living thing. Of course it's accessible to all.
So, here's the book. I'm very familiar with the subject since my teens, so I know I can promise everyone trying the exercises in the book that they will feel what qi is and how they can use it for their own health and spiritual benefit.
I say it again: it's no mystery, but very natural, so you easily get the hang of it. Those who tell you something else just want to charge you a lot more than the cost of a book.
The bookMy book Qi: Increase your life energy explains how qi works and presents a number of very easy exercises by which you can cultivate and increase it within yourself. It's not difficult at all, and the result will invigorate you beyond your expectations. So give it a try.
For your qi to flow freely through your body, you need to make your posture straight and natural, and learn a deep extended breathing. You should also relax your body profoundly and center yourself. The exercises of this book are surprisingly easy ways to adjust these and other basics, which will lead to an increased qi flow and well-being. Anyone can do them, and the result is evident already at the first try.
For a lasting effect, though, you will have to repeat the exercises over a length of time. The best is if you make some of them everyday habits. It will improve the way your body and mind work, until it's natural to you. At that point, you have no further need of this book.
ContentsHere is the book's table of contents:
Spirit and breath 10
The ether of intention 12
Let there be 12
The Center 15
The glowing rice field 17
One snag 22
Find the right posture 31
Correct your shoulders 33
Adjust your balance 36
Stretch your posture 39
Clench and open 53
Shoulders up and down 55
Empty gaze 57
Huddle up 58
Rest heavily 61
Extend your exhalation 66
Lower your breath 68
Belly breathing 71
Breathe in a square 74
The Center 96
Center breathe in a square 100
Meditate the center 102
Seven chakras 112
Quick Guide 123
SamplesHere are two short chapters from the book, as Acrobat PDF files in computer screen resolution (72 DPI):
How to get the bookIf you want to buy the book, you can do so at most web based bookstores, such as Amazon and the like. Here are links to the book on Amazon US and Amazon UK. Use the latter if you are European - then you get the book cheaper and quicker. Otherwise, you may want to buy it at Amazon US.
by Stefan Stenudd
Paperback, 145 pages
About meI'm a 6 dan Shihan aikido instructor, member of the Swedish Aikido Grading Committee, President of the Swedish Budo Federation, and former Vice Chairman of the International Aikido Federation. I've practiced aikido since 1972. Aikido, too, evolves around the life energy. But the exercises in this book can be done by anyone, with or without experience of Eastern traditions.
I'm also a writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Among the latter is an interpretation of the Chinese classic Tao te ching, and books about aikido.
BooksI have written two books on the subject of life energy: Qi: Increase your Life energy and Life Energy Encyclopedia. This website has material from the former. Here are the two books: