Dr. Michael’s Background & Contributions to Tai Chi/Qigong

Training: Michael Mayer’s Tai Chi/ Qigong background includes training for over four decades in the internal arts at the Integral Chuan Institute with master Fong Ha where he learned Tai Chi Chuan (also spelled Taiji Quan), Xingyi Chuan (also spelled Quan), and Yi Chuan. Some of this training includes Tai Chi sword, saber and staff, the 108 long form of Tai chi Chuan right and left sides. Two person “joining hands” (pushing hands) practice has been part of the curriculum, including the gift of learning the long form of two person San Shau. Sifu Ha trained with Tung Ying Chieh (first generation disciple of Yang Chengfu) and Yang Shouchung (a lineage holder of the Yang style). Michael is also grateful to have trained in Yi Chuan Qigong with masters Sam Tam (master of Eagle Claw, Yi Chuan, and Taiji Quan), Han Xing Yuan  (a first generation disciple of Wang Xiangzhai), and to a lesser extent with Lam Kam Chuen (master of Yi Chuan Qigong), and Han Jing Chen (master of Yi Chuan Qigong). Michael has also trained with many other masters of medical Qigong such as Dr. Alex Feng in the Five Animal Forms of Hua Tau. He has been a colleague/friend of Taoist scholar, master Ken Cohen where many traditions have been mutually exchanged; for example, he was the first person to teach Ken the Yi Chuan Standing and Walking Meditation Qigong. Various other aspects of the Chuan Fa (associated arts of the Chuan) have been part of his training and research including Taoist Alchemy. Michael received a certification in Chinese Health Arts from the Acupressure Institute of Berkeley, CA.

Professional Background: Dr. Michael Mayer pioneered the integration of Tai Chi Chuan, Qigong, and Psychotherapy. In the 1980s he taught five, three semester Master’s level psychotherapy courses at JFK University in this integration, and in the 1990s he went on to the California Institute of Integral Studies to teach two courses in this material – the first university accredited training of Master’s and Doctoral level psychology students in this integration. Dr. Michael is the author of twenty publications on integrating ancient wisdom traditions with Western bodymind healing methods and psychotherapy. He is certified as a master Tai Chi Instructor by the American Tai Chi & Qigong Association.

Dr Mayer’s teaching of Qigong/Tai Chi has included:

• Qigong workshops at many hospitals such as:

A. Mt Diablo Hospital (1997-1999).
B. Alta Bates Hospital (1999).
C. University of California, Davis (1999).
D. John Muir Hospital (2019).

• Qigong workshops at many conference and workshop locations such as: 

A. International presentations in Greece and Israel (1992,1994, 2000).
B. The Science and Spirituality of Healing Conference, sponsored by N.I.H. Office of Alt. & Comp. Medicine (2000).
C. Keynoted the National Qigong Association, Qigong Ancient Path for Modern Health (2004).
D. Workshops and presentations at The National Qigong Association (2004-2008).
E. Esalen Institute- Bodymind Healing Workshops (2005-2010).
F. The American Association for Integrative Medicine (2009).
G. Workshops at the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP), (2004-2014).
H. Master level workshops at the Eleventh World Qigong Congress in San Francisco (2008-2010).
I. Santa Sabina Retreat Center, Presentation at Master Fong Ha’s Memorial Retreat (2020).


A. Teaching  acupuncturists as part of a Qigong series at  American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (1997, 1999).
B. Training psychotherapists in the integration of Tai chi/Qigong with Western Bodymind Healing methods at John F. Kennedy University (1978-1991), and the California Institute of Integral Studies (1996-1997).
C. For three years taught a course in Eastern Perspectives on Healing at San Francisco State University (1998-2001).
D. Sofia University:  Transpersonal Psychology: Transformative, Healing Dimensions, 2016.

 Dr Michael has certification programs which include Bodymind Healing Qigong for Qigong practitioners/teachers, and a Bodymind Health Practitioner’s Certification Program for health professionals.

*To sponsor Dr. Michael to do a workshop in your area and  for a more complete listing of his workshops and presentations please click on this link. Here you’ll find a list of workshops on the  integration of Tai Chi/Qigong with Western Bodymind Healing methods, transpersonal psychology, and energy psychology. For a wider view and to see specific content of Michael’s workshops  please click on this link.

** Michael’s Qigong/Tai Chi Vitae

*** Upcoming Video Series: Bodymind Healing Tai Chi Chuan: Four Dimensions of Purpose. A 19 Video Series showing how  you can practice each Tai Chi Movement as an induction into of cross-cultural, ancient wisdom traditions.

Videos, Books and DVD’s which have contributed to Tai Chi/ Qigong:

Tai Chi Chuan: Four Dimensions of Purpose:  NEW RECENTLY RELEASED 2021. A twenty session video on demand educational, integral healing, and training program in Tai Chi & Qigong’s four purposes: Self-healing, Spiritual unfoldment, self-defense, and changing one’s life stance psychologically.  You’ll learn how traditional Yang style Tai Chi is a vehicle for entering into the Western and Eastern mystery traditions.

{Click the book links to learn more}

Secrets to Living Younger Longer: The Self Healing Path of Qigong, Standing Meditation and Tai Chi (Mayer, 2004), is based on Qigong, a many thousand-year-old method of cultivating the energy of life (Qi) through movement, breath, touch, sound, imagery, and awareness. Scientific research documents how Qigong can lower blood pressure, increase balance and help with a wide variety of chronic diseases. But this is more than a book on Qigong exercises. Building upon those in the forefront of the mind-body healthcare revolution, this book creates a unique blend, combining Chinese Qigong and Western psychological methods with cross-cultural anthropological research. Secrets… is enlivened by mythic tales and imaginative teaching stories from ancient sacred wisdom traditions.

Secrets to Younger Longer
contains: (A.) Health and longevity practices which are a synthesis of thirty years of the author’s training with some of the most respected Tai Chi and Qigong masters which include practices to simultaneously relax and energize your body , strengthen immunity, reduce hypertension, limber your joints, release computer shoulder tension relieve chronic illnesses, prevent falls, alleviate insomnia and anxiety, find relief from arthritis and fibromyalgia, (B.) Building upon the work of Tomio (1994) and Goodman (1990), this book presents intriguing historical research to support the hypothesis that Tai Chi and Qigong have roots in Shamanism and a lost, integrative Self-healing lineage which includes self-healing, spiritual unfoldment, self-defense, and changing your life stance. “Rediscovering” these underpinnings helps to deepen the healing potentials of these arts. (C.) Standing Meditation: The key to making Qigong most effective. (D.) Transforming your Life Stance: Realizations and examples from a psychologist from his life, and from his patients and students.

Bodymind Healing Psychotherapy: Ancient Pathways to Modern Health (Mayer, 2004). Drawing from 30 years of training in Tai Chi and Qigong with some of the most respected masters of these traditions, this book shows how to integrate the essence of these practices into psychotherapy and into our healthcare without ever doing a Tai Chi/Qigong movement, and without mentioning a word about Qigong. Using case illustrations from my work in an integrated medical clinic the book shows how ancient and modern, East and West, psychotherapy and mind-body medicine can be  amalgamated to make a stronger integrative medicine. Theory, research, and case illustrations are blended to show how bodymind healing methods can help alleviate hypertension, chronic pain, insomnia,  anxiety, depression,  trauma., and other common issues plaguing the modern world. This book, endorsed by major leaders in mind-body healthcare makes significant contributions to the field of psychotherapy, behavioral healthcare, Qigong, and energy psychology.

Bodymind Healing Qigong Long Form DVD. This DVD, (now in video streaming mode only) contains the Qigong and Tai Chi Chuan methods that I learned from 30 years training with some of the most respected masters of these traditions. After 25 years of teaching, I synthesized this knowledge into a single form. It is the experiential illustration of the Secrets…book. Here you can learn practices for: simultaneously relaxing and energizing your body; balancing energies of your internal organs, computer tension in the shoulders, activating your immune system, increasing balance, limbering joints, and more. Dr. Van der Kolk, Medical Director, Trauma Center, Boston University Medical School, uses this DVD in his training of trauma therapists and says, “I liked your Bodymind Healing Qigong DVD so much that in the course I taught we started with two or three sections of it every day.” {Note: Click this link for an updated version of this video in 2022 that is the Bodymind Healing Qigong Extended Short Form.}

Energy Psychology: Self- Healing Practices for Bodymind Health (Mayer, North Atlantic/ Random House, 2009). The new field of energy psychology is a leading-edge new addition to psychotherapeutic traditions. Research is beginning to accumulate to validate its efficacy in dealing with trauma (Feinstein 2008a) and other psychological issues (Feinstein 2008b).  The approach in this book, Energy Psychology expands the field of energy psychology from the well known energy psychology methods, such as the Emotional Freedom Techniques, by presenting an integral, transpersonal, comprehensive approach (Mayer, 2009b) to healing that combines leading-edge Western bodymind psychological methods with a broad system of ancient, sacred traditions. Incorporating my integral approach called Bodymind Healing Psychotherapy, the book Energy Psychology draws on Chinese medicine approaches, including Qigong and acupressure self-touch; kabalistic processes; methods drawn from ancient traditions of meditation and postural initiation (Goodman, 1990; Tomio, 1994). This book adds to the field of  energy psychology several processes for inducing and anchoring internally generated energy such as Dr. Gendlin’s, “focusing” method, psycho-mythological storytelling techniques that involve somatic and symbolic process methods from depth psychology, and naturally arising somatic movements that occur at a moment of “felt shift (Gendlin, 1978).”

The Path of a Reluctant Metaphysician: Stories and Practices for Troubled Times, (Bodymind Healing Publications, 2012). This book is more personal than my other books in tracing my three decade journey into training and teaching the traditions of Tai Chi and Qigong, and it shows how the Tai Chi/Qigong tradition fits into a wider field of metaphysics. Here, in this book, I take the next step in elucidating a post-modern view of Tai Chi and Qigong. A post-modern view honors the traditional dimensions of these traditiions but allows for the individual meanings of the practitioner to be at the forefront. * I am very grateful that this book won a Ben Franklin award, Silver Medal in the Mind-Body-Spirit category.

Regarding each practitioner having his or her own contribution to make to the field of Tai Chi, the perspective I and a few others (Tomio, 1994) have brought to the Tai Chi tradition, is that each movement can be seen as having four dimensions of purpose: Self-healing, spritual unfoldment, self-defense, and changing ones life stance psychologically.  For example,  along these lines, Hillman’s (1975) distinction between “spirit” and “soul” can be brought into into the world of Tai Chi (Mayer, 2004, 2009, 2012). On a spiritual level, Tai Chi opens the practitioner to the experience of an altered state where a merging with “the sea of elixir” can be experienced; however, Tai Chi can also be a “soulful tradition” as the initiate becomes aware of the images, thoughts, and feelings that arise during practice. This awareness can be the beginning of a working through process. For example, as shaking happens in Standing Meditation a practitioner can ask, “How am I shaking loose some of my old life stance?” As the practitioner practices “roll back” and a blockage is experienced in the shoulder, the practitioner can “focus” upon how to let go of an old pattern of “shouldering” too much responsibility in relationship to others.

Peer Reviewed Articles on Qigong:

Dr. Mayer’s (1999, 2003, 2010) peer reviewed critiques of research methodology for examining Qigong’s ability to lower hypertension has led to a more careful analysis (Guo, 2008) of potential confounding variables, and research protocols. Dr Mayer’s clinical approach to alleviate hypertension integrates Qigong, Western behavioral health tools, and psychotherapy (1997b, 2007, 2009) thereby adding Qigong as a complementary, integrative healthcare method to those Eastern relaxation tools for heart care introduced by Ornish (1993, 1995) and others. His peer reviewed article, Hypertension: An Integral, Bodymind Healing Approach, was  released in the journal, Natural Standard: The Authority on Integrative Medicine (February, 2010) and more fully includes the importance of the integrating the psychological dimension with Qigong in the treatment of hypertension.

•  Mayer, M. (1999).Qigong and hypertension: A critique of researchJournal of Alter-native and Complementary Medicine, 5(4), 371-382.

• Mayer, M. (2003). Qigong clinical studies. In W. B. Jonas (Ed.), Healing, intention, and energy medicine (pp. 121-137). England: Churchill Livingston.

• Mayer, M. (2010). Hypertension: An integral bodymind healing approach . Natural Standard: The Authority on Integrative Medicine (Peer Reviewed). Also available on this website as an on-line Webinar: Click here.

• Mayer, M. (2020). Bodymind Healing Psychotherapy, in {ED} Fracasso, S.; Friedman, H.; Krippner S.: Holistic Treatment in Mental Health: A Handbook of Practitioners’ Perspectives, McFarland & Co.

Other Articles on Tai Chi and Qigong:

Summary of Dr Mayer’s Contributions to Integrating Tai Chi and Qigong with Western Bodymind Healing:

1) Bodymind Healing Psychotherapy (Mayer, 2007), broadens the definition of Qigong to include non-movement, energetic, psychological states that cultivate the universal life force, i.e. the most profound Qigong is following your true life’s path. {Chapter 4 and 5}

2)  In Secrets to Living Younger Longer (Mayer 2004) it was shown that each Tai Chi posture can be seen as having four different purposes: healing, spiritual unfoldment, self-defense, and to change the practitioners life stance.

3)  Bodymind Healing Psychotherapy (BMHP) shows how each Tai Chi/Qigong posture is part of a “healing alphabet” that can form and induce different state-specific states of consciousness (Tart, 1968; Rossi, 1986)) that can be useful to Qigong practitioners and to the psychotherapeutic or behavioral health setting. {Mayer, 2007, Chapter 5 and 16}

4)   BMHP reveals how Qigong/Tai Chi are “soulful traditions.” (Hillman, 1975; Moore 1992). Qigong and Tai Chi have been seen as spiritual traditions. This book is the first to show how Qigong is also a “soulful tradition” following in the path of depth psychologists such as Hillman (1975) and Moore (1992). For example, while one is practicing Tai Chi and Qigong, instead of placing most emphasis on the transcendent, spiritual aspects induced by these practices, one can also focus on the memories, emotions, and images that arise in the practice – making it into a “soulful practice.” {Mayer, 2007, Chapter 5}

Note: The DVD is no longer available, but on this site Bodymind Healing Qigong is available in streaming format.

5) BMHP shows how the meaning-making orientation of psychotherapy can add to Qigong by bringing psychological awareness to the postures and movements. This psychological awareness can help Tai Chi and Qigong practitioners to better use their practice to change their life stance. {Mayer, 2007, Chapter 5 and 15}

6) Much research shows that Qigong is a useful behavioral health tool due to its relaxing, healing movements (Sancier, 1996 a and b; Cohen, 1997, Pelletier, 2000). Dr Mayer has added to the literature in the field, the following : Qigong does not only activate a relaxed, altered state, it activates a “state-specific state” (Tart, 1968; Rossi, 1986) that is both relaxing and empowering. This state is called fongsung gong, a Chinese term for relaxed awakeness. It can be helpful for alleviating symptoms of stress and empowering those who have deficits in the areas of self assertiveness, those who are victims of trauma, and so forth (Mayer, 2004b, 2007, 2009a).

7) Qigong not only produces a relaxed state of awareness; but also in its unique way, it provides a pathway to develop qualities seen as useful by therapists who integrate meditation into psychotherapy (Walsh & Shapiro, 2006). Qigong and Tai Chi can reciprocally inhibit unwanted behaviors adding to Wolpe’s (1958) behavioral approach; they can aid in developing an “observing self,” adding to Deikman’s (1982) transpersonal perspective; and they help to cultivate a “cohesiveness of self ” adding to Horner’s (1990) psychoanalytic methods. Qigong can help to “anchor” that state of awareness that helps to facilitate ego cohesion in maintaining one’s center when meeting the emotional tides of life, adding to Bandler and Grinder’s (1979) hypnotherapeutic approach to anchoring. Qigong, like many forms of meditation, can help us to develop a compassionate relationship to our life issues.

8)  Qigong and Tai Chi are multifaceted traditions that are not only meditative but they can also be seen as forms of hypnosis, and therefore may result in similar health benefits known to be related to hypnosis (Rossi, 1986; Rossi & Cheek, 1988). Both have an empirically time-tested record for enhancing health for a multiplicity of health-related conditions (Sancier, 1996 a and b; Pelletier, 2000). Qigong adds specific energy cultivation methods to clinical hypnosis’ toolkit of mental/imaginal approaches. Further research is need to determine how the energy focused techniques of Qigong can add to hypnosis’ abilities to: activate the psychoneuroimmunological attributes of  bodymind healing, reduce chronic pain,  add to increasing the “relaxation response,” increase post-surgical healing,  and enhance the healing effects of a wide variety of proven benefits of medical hypnosis (Cheek, 1968; Crasilneck, & Hall 1985; Rossi & Cheek, 1988.)

9)  Qigong traditions, particularly Tai Chi, can help traumatized patients regain a safety zone in their bodies (Mayer, 2007, 2009a).

10) Qigong adds an energy-cultivation practice beneficial to those who are depressed or suffer from sympathetic nervous system overload, such as in cases of fibromyalgia (Astin et al, 2003),  chronic fatigue, and trauma.

11) The well-known relaxation and energizing attributes of Qigong can be effectively applied to many issues that psychologists see in their everyday practices-such as insomnia,  anxiety, joint problems, energy deficiency, and chronic pain (Mayer, 2007). As an everyday practice, anyone can tap on these healing benefits as has been reported in China for thousands of years before Western psychology emerged (Mayer, 2009).

12) Whereas some meditative traditions are oriented to transcendence, Qigong and Tai Chi are, for the most part, body-oriented traditions, which cultivate a cohesiveness of self (Horner, 1990). From an integrative perspective, the way Tai Chi and Qigong are usually practiced, they do not specifically focus on psychological issues, such as early emotional wounding and negative beliefs. However, Dr. Mayer  puts forth the case that oftentimes transformations in a person’s psychological stance in life can be a result of this practice. (Mayer, 2007, 2009a).

13) Tai Chi and Qigong help those with reactive attachment styles to develop a cohesive center when the everyday issues of life assault or impinge upon one’s sensibilities; and together with psychotherapy, these two Eastern disciplines may provide a bodily base for developing centered emotional expression (Mayer, 2007, 2009a).

14) Framed Tai Chi and Qigong as a “tradition of postural initiation (Mayer 2004).” To the best of my knowledge I was the first person to coin this phrase; but as I point out in my keynote address to the NQA, my book, and article (Mayer, 2004 a, b, and c) in using this phrase I was drawing from many cross cultural anthropological sources  to whom I expressed gratitude in using the term: The research of Dr. Felicitas Goodman, Where the Spirits Ride the Winds, Indian University Press, 1990 who talks about trance journeys using posture; the research of Belinda Gore, one of her students, who did the same, Gore, B. Ecstatic Body Postures, Bear and Co Santa Fe, 1995; and Peter Kingsley who speaks about posture, initiation, and stillness in the Greek mystery tradition, Kingsley, P., (1999), In the Dark places of Wisdom, the Golden Sufi Center.  In my book (2004), Secrets to Living Younger Longer: The Self- Healing Path of Qigong, Standing Meditationand Tai Chi when I used the term “traditions of postural initiation (Mayer, 2004)”  I was synthesizing the work of these previously mentioned authors and integrating it with various cross-cultural healing approaches such as cross cultural mythology and rites and symbols of initiation (Eliade,1998), shamanism (e.g. Native American, and cross-cultural by Eliade, 2004), early Buddhism (Tomio, 1994; Diepersloot 1995), symbolic process approaches to healing, and Tai Chi/Qigong.”

 My training in Standing Meditation Qigong (and experience of postural initiation) comes from Sifu master Fong Ha (with whom I’ve trained for three decades) who brought over to the U.S. to train his students for several summers in the decades from the 1970’s to 1990’s: masters Han Xingyuan (a first generation disciple of Wang Xiangzhai),  Sam Tam, and Cai Songfang. To a lesser extent I’ve done training in Standing Meditation Qigong with masters Lam Kam Chuen and Han Jing Chen.  I am grateful to all of these masters for introducing me to the experiential ground from which I use the term “traditions of postural initiation.”

In the course of developing the term “postural initiation,” in the way I use it over the years, I’ve put forth the case that psychotherapy is about “finding one’s life stance (Mayer, 2007);”  and I show how framing therapy as a tradition of postural initiation can enhance  psychological healing in the psychotherapeutic setting  (Mayer 2007, 2009). In  the behavioral healthcare setting, I show  the importance of  traditions of postural initiation in treating hypertension, etc in my article, Mayer, M. (2010), Hypertension: An integral bodymind healing approach, Natural Standard, Peer Reviewed. Then, I showed how the term can be made current in a postmodern view of traditions of postural initiation in my article, Mayer, (2012b) on Tai Chi Chuan: A postmodern metaphysical point of viewTai Chi Chuan & Oriental Arts. Finally, I contextualize the phrase in the larger metaphysical sense in my book (2012), The Path of the Reluctant Metaphysician. {The specific references and dates to my publications can be found in the bibliography on my website at this link.)

These references above are given here to help many inquiring readers to understand how I derived the term; and to understand how I came to develop and build upon the work of the forbearers of the tradition, on whose broad shoulders I humbly “stand.”

What are others saying about Michael’s Background in and Contributions to Tai Chi/Qigong:

1. Master Fong Ha, with whom I’ve trained for 39 years has said about my book, Energy Psychology: Self Healing Practices for Bodymind Health,

“In the nineteen seventies Dr. Michael Mayer began his study of Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong with me in Berkeley, California. With continuous diligence, devotion, and skill he grows and ages with me as faithful student and friend. It delights my eyes and warms my heart to witness the masterful way Dr. Mayer integrates the ancient wisdom of the East with the psychotherapy of the West.”

—Fong Ha, internationally recognized grandmaster of Tai Chi Chuan and Yi Chuan Qigong
{Note: Master Ha didn’t describe himself this way— he humbly described himself on the endorsement to one of my books simply as “One who practices Tai Chi and Qigong.}”

2. Dr. Wayne Jonas has said about my Book, Secrets to Living Younger Longer, The Self Healing Path of Qigong, Standing Meditation, and Tai Chi.

“A wonderful guide for learning the ancient healing practice of Qigong. Full of clear and practical exercises.”

– Dr. Wayne Jonas, Former Director
National Institute of Health,
Office of Alternative Medicine

3. Rick Cannon , Coordinator of Esalen Institute’s Movement Arts Program has said (in this quote he gave me for my Energy Psychology book) about my work during the 5 years I taught at Esalen,

“Michael Mayer’s practical synthesis and deep knowledge of Qigong and Tai Chi movement forms has greatly impressed me during my years administering the Esalen Institute Movement Arts Program. Michael traces the roots of these practices back to their origins and presents a very usable as well as spiritual approach to these ancient and very valuable systems. He stands out among the many teachers I’ve met and practiced with and has provided me with insights available from no other teacher. With this book Michael Mayer breaks new ground in the realm of bodymind healing approaches, putting his unique synthesis of ancient healing practices and cutting edge psychology into a highly readable form. This deeply researched, unique, and practical manual will undoubtedly bring life-changing experiences to many readers.”

—Rick Cannon, Esalen Institute Coordinator, Movement Arts Program

4. Dr Bessel van der Kolk says about my Bodymind Healing Qigong DVD,

  “I liked your Bodymind Healing Qigong DVD so much that in the course I taught we started with two or three sections of it every day.”

– Dr. Van der Kolk, Medical Director, Trauma Center,

Boston University Medical School

5. Hana Matt, A teacher of World Religions who has practiced my integrative Bodymind Healing Qigong says,

I did not go out of our home during the daily terrorist attacks in Israel. I practiced Michael Mayer’s Bodymind Healing Qigong exercises regularly to regain my calm. They relaxed my tight body and took my mind off the stress and worries to be more present for others, to help them deal with their fears and find an oasis of tranquility in the midst of the war zone. I continue to use Bodymind healing Qigong to ease everyday stresses and bring me back to my inner sanctuary of equanimity.

– Hana Matt, Teacher of World Religions, Graduate Theological Union

Dr. Mayer’s Written and Media Publications Related to Qigong:

  • Mayer, M. (1996). Qigong and behavioral medicine: An integrated approach to chronic pain. Qi: The Journal of Eastern Health and Fitness, 6(4), 20-31.
  • Mayer, M. (1997a). Psychotherapy and Qigong: Partners in healing anxiety. Berkeley, CA: The Psychotherapy & Healing Center.
  • Mayer, M. (1997b). Combining behavioral healthcare and Qigong with one chronic hypertensive adult. Mt. Diablo Hospital-Health Medicine Forum. Unpublished study.(Video available from Health Medicine Forum, Walnut Creek, CA, www.alterna-tivehealth.com).
  • Mayer, M. (1999). Qigong and hypertension: A critique of research. Journal ofAlternative and Complementary Medicine, 5(4), 371-382. (Peer-reviewed).
  • Mayer, M. (2000). Bodymind healing Qigong(DVD). Orinda, CA: Bodymind Healing Center.
  • Mayer, M. (2001a). Find your hidden reservoir of healing energy: A guided meditation for cancer (Audio cassette). Orinda, CA: Bodymind Healing Publications.
  • Mayer, M. (2001b). Find your hidden reservoir of healing energy: A guided meditation for chronic disease (Audio cassette). Orinda, CA: Bodymind Healing Publications.
  • Mayer, M. (2003). Qigong clinical studies. In W. B. Jonas (Ed.), Healing, intention, and energy medicine (pp. 121-137). England: Churchill Livingston. (Peer-reviewed).
  • Mayer, M.  (2004a). Qigong: Ancient path to modern health (DVD of keynote address to National Qigong Association). Orinda, CA: Bodymind Healing Publications.
  • Mayer, M. (2004b). Secrets to living younger longer: The self-healing path of Qigong, standing meditation and Tai Chi.Orinda, CA: Bodymind Healing Publications.
  • Mayer, M. (2004c). Standing Meditation Qigong: What do you stand for? The Journal of Qigong in America, Vol. 1, Summer.
  • Mayer, M.  (2004d). Walking meditation: Yi Chuan Qigong. The Empty Vessel: A Journal of Contemporary Taoism, Summer.
  • Mayer, M.  (2005). Qigong: An age-old foundation of energy psychology. The Energy Field, Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology, Vol. 6, (4), Winter.
  • Mayer, M.  (2007). Bodymind healing psychotherapy: Ancient pathways to modern health. Orinda, CA: Bodymind Healing Publications.
  • Mayer, M.(2009a). Energy psychology: Self-healing practices for bodymind health, North Atlantic/Random House, 2009.
  • Mayer, M. 2009b (Winter) Bodymind Healing in Psychotherapy: Towards an integral, comprehensive energy psychology, The Energy Field: The International; Energy Psychology News and Articles, p13. Available free online: www.bodymindhealing.com.
  • Mayer, M. (2010). Qigong and hypertension: An Integral bodymind healing approach. Natural Standard: The Authority on Integrative Medicine.
  • Mayer, M. (2012). The path of a reluctant metaphysician: Stories and practices for troubled times, Bodymind Healing Publications, 2012.
  • Mayer, M. (2012b). Tai Chi Chuan: A postmodern, metaphysical point of view, Tai Chi Chuan & Oriental Arts, Summer, 2012, www.taichiunion.com.
  • Mayer, M. (2020). Bodymind Healing Psychotherapy, in {ED} Fracasso, S.; Friedman, H.; Krippner S.: Holistic Treatment in Mental Health: A Handbook of Practitioners’ Perspectives, McFarland & Co.