Qi Energy Exercises

The Book:

Qi - increase your life energy. Book by Stefan Stenudd.

Increase Your Life Energy

Qi energy is no mystery. It's the life force, according to Chinese tradition. And it can be experienced by simple practice. That's what I wanted to show in my book.

Simple exercises

A 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 it

Writing 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 book

My 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.

See the book at Amazon.
Stefan Stenudd


Here is the book's table of contents:

Foreword 7
Introduction 9
Spirit and breath 10
The ether of intention 12
Let there be 12
Meridians 14
Chakra 15
The Center 15
The glowing rice field 17
Spirals 18

One snag 22
Questioning 23
Settings 24
Place 24
Time 25
Dress 29
Posture 30
Find the right posture 31
Correct your shoulders 33
Adjust your balance 36
Stretch your posture 39
Sit 40
Meditate 45
Relaxation 51
Clench and open 53
Shoulders up and down 55
Grimace 56
Empty gaze 57
Huddle up 58
Hang 60
Rest heavily 61
Breathing 65
Extend your exhalation 66
Lower your breath 68
Belly breathing 71
Breathe in a square 74
Extension 78
Gaze 79
Point 83
Push 85
Pull 87
Grip 90
Walk 92
The Center 96
Center breathe in a square 100
Meditate the center 102
Sway 104
Press 107

Chakras 111
Seven chakras 112

Quick Guide 123


Here are two short chapters from the book, as Acrobat PDF files in computer screen resolution (72 DPI):

       Qi: Introduction

       Qi: Breathing

How to get the book

If 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.
At Amazon US:
Amazon US

At Amazon UK:
Amazon UK

Now also a Kindle ebook:
Qi - Kindle ebook

Qi: Increase your life energy.
by Stefan Stenudd, Arriba 2008, 2009, 2015
Paperback, 145 pages
ISBN: 978-1-5172-3930-5
Printed by CreateSpace

Aikido with Stefan Stenudd.
Me showing an aikido technique at my dojo Enighet in Malmö, Sweden.

About me

I'm a 7 dan Shihan aikido instructor, member of the Swedish Aikido Grading Committee, President of the Swedish Budo & Martial Arts 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.


What Is Qi Energy?

Qi energy is the essence in acupuncture, qigong, taiji, reiki, martial arts, and many other traditions of China and Japan. Here it is explained.

Qi - the Flow of Life

A sort of poetic fictional account of qi at work, in an effort to make it easier to grasp.

Qi or Chi or Ki

Qi, the Chinese word for life energy, is also spelled chi, ch'i, or ki. Here the different spellings are explained.

Qi Energy - the Book

My book about qi energy thoroughly presented, with PDF samples from it.

Qi Energy Exercises

Qi exercises A number of very simple exercises to awaken and enhance your qi energy, divided into groups that deal with the basic prerequisites to get your qi flowing.


Qi Exercise Settings

Qi Energy Breathing

Qi Posture

Qi Relaxation

Qi Extension

Qi Centering


How to get in touch with me.

My Other Websites

I Ching Online

I Ching Online

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. Also, the complete Tao Te Ching translated and explained.

Life Energy

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.

My Books About Life Energy

I 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:

QI - increase your life energy. Book by Stefan Stenudd.

Qi - Increase Your Life Energy

The life energy qi (also chi or ki) explained, with several very easy exercises to awaken, increase, and use it. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Life Energy Encyclopedia. Book by Stefan Stenudd.

Life Energy Encyclopedia

Qi, prana, spirit, ruach, pneuma, and many other life forces around the world explained and compared. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Other Books by Me

Tao Te Ching - The Taoism of Lao Tzu Explained. Book by Stefan Stenudd.

Tao Te Ching

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.

Aikido Principles. Book by Stefan Stenudd.

Aikido Principles

Basic Concepts of the Peaceful Martial Art Aikido principles, philosophy, and basic ideas. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Sunday Brunch with the World Maker. Novel by Stefan Stenudd.

Sunday Brunch with the World Maker

Fiction. A brunch conversation slips into the mysterious, soon to burst beyond the realm of possibility. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Stefan Stenudd, author of fiction and non-fiction.

Stefan Stenudd

About Me
I'm a Swedish author and aikido instructor. I've written several books about aikido, qi energy and other life force concepts. I'm also an historian of ideas, researching the thought patterns in creation myths. Click the image to get to my personal website.