I just wanted to write and thank you for finally putting forth the final effort to get the book published.  It is long overdue.  While I did read the manuscript years ago, I must say that the final product is excellent. You guys did a great job. - Jim Dees

Yan Gaofei, with Jude Smallwood, has written a comprehensive compendium that contains practical guidance and a lot of background information in order to get closer to the understanding and experience of Chi. The book covers most of the content, which Gaofei Yan has passed during... - Michael Ditsch

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CH’I, qi, “life form”

In traditional Chinese culture, qì (also chi or ch'i) is an active principle forming part of any living thing. Qi is frequently translated as "life energy", "life force", or "energy flow". Qi is the central underlying principle in traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts. The literal translation of "qi" is "breath", "air", or "gas".

Concepts similar to qi can be found in many cultures, for example, prana in Vedantic philosophy, mana in Hawaiian culture, lüng in Tibetan Buddhism, and Vital energy in Western philosophy. Some elements of qi can be understood in the term energy when used by writers and practitioners of various esoteric forms of spirituality and alternative medicine. Elements of the qi concept can also be found in Western popular culture, for example "The Force" in Star Wars. Notions in the West of energeia, élan vital, or "vitalism" are purported to be similar.

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Finally an informative yet enjoyable book that reveals the ancient secrets of Chi and the practices in various cultures and in many schools of study that can make its benefits available to anyone.

Written by a Chinese Master, this volume is intended for the instructor, the beginner, advanced students or the just plain curious!