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Yanling Lee Johnson

Yanling Lee Johnson was born in Beijing, China, November 1944. She first became interested in Herbs and Qigong at the age of three, watching her uncle treat his patients using herbs and Acupuncture. Her whole childhood, in fact, was spent in the Chinese Qigong community, bearing witness to people around her using Qigong and herbs to heal their internal and external illness, all the while reading and practicing on her own.

Under Chairman Mao's oppressive regime and subsequent Cultural Revolution, when many activities, particularly for women were severely curtailed, she buried herself deeper into her studies, learning from such Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medical luminaries as Grand Tibetan Buddhist Wang Zi-Shen, Grand Master Dr. Xu Ming-Tang and Grand Master Dr. Liu Dong.

After coming to the United States, she saw the incomplete state of information concerning Qigong and Herbal Medicine. This inspired her research even further, translating both ancient and modern Chinese documents (thanks to more open policies with China), as well as writing her own books. It is Yanling's wish to “teach women of all cultures about their inner power... the potential that you have and the potential that you have yet to explore... to create a healthier physical and emotional life, and promote spiritual growth.” Yanling currently lives in Corvallis, Oregon.


  • Bachelor of Arts (English), Beijing Teachers College
  • Master of Arts (Language Arts), Oregon State University


  • Vice President, Qigong Association of America 1991- Present
  • Instructor of Qigong, Oregon State University 1992- Present
  • Main Speaker, National Qigong Association, National Convention, 1997
  • Main Speaker, National Qigong Association, National Convention, 1998
  • Main Speaker, Spanish National Qigong Conference, 1998