The 2-Minute Drill

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The #1 health problem in America is stress.  We’re talking about millions of people dying every year because of a national failure to manage stress.  Luckily, there’s a simple and effective solution.

The 2-Minute Drill is a great way to de-stress yourself.  Even if you haven’t yet taken my 101 workshop, you can still do the 2-Minute Drill.  And you can do it virtually anywhere, without any drugs or special equipment. Here’s how.

  1. Find a place where you can be undisturbed for 2 minutes.
  2. Perform Lifting The Sky 10-15 times, focusing on enjoying your breathing.
  3. Walk around briskly when you’re finished.

Let’s say you’re in the middle of  a stressful day (in the middle of a stressful week). Even if you’ve learned the 15-Minute Routine, there’s no time for it.  You need something NOW!

That’s where the 2-Minute Drill shines. Here’s a great goal for you:  Do the 2-Minute Drill every day for 30 days.  Once you make it a habit, once you learn to use this amazing tool, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it.

For those who know the 15-Minute Routine, you’re going to skip most of it.  No opening, no closing, no energy flow.  Just do Lifting The Sky.  That’s it.

For those who don’t yet know the 15-Minute Routine, the 2-Minute Drill is a great place to start.  It’s not nearly as powerful, but it’s something, and it works wonders on stress.

There’s just one rule:  Don’t do the 2-Minute Drill in a bathroom.  I know that it’s convenient to sneak into the bathroom, but the energy in there isn’t good (big surprise).  Go outside, or find a quiet corner, but skip the bathroom please.

Drop me a comment below if you have questions. Really, it’s easy. Or if you haven’t already gotten your free ebooks and free lesson, then make sure to grab them here.

Mindfully yours,
Sifu Anthony

I’m Anthony Korahais, and I used qigong to heal from clinical depression, low back pain, anxiety, and chronic fatigue. I’ve already taught thousands of people from all over the world to use qigong for their own stubborn health issues. I teach online courses, and also lead in-person retreats and workshops.
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18 Responses to The 2-Minute Drill

  1. Santiago September 17, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    Thanks for this inspiring article Sihing Anthony.

    I read this article in the old web some time ago and it proved to be really useful to me. I wake up at 6:30 in the morning so it is quite difficult (most of the times) to dedicate 15 minutes to practice.

    This inspiring technique makes me start the day in a different mood and moves my energy so I arrive work with a positive energy. Don’t underestimate this practice as it is really powerful even when short.

    Brilliant post. 🙂

  2. Deb November 24, 2011 at 9:24 am #

    Sifu, thanks for the email with info to help me to stay Zen during the holidays. I’m going to pass it on to some of my family! Hope you guys have a great Thanksgiving.

  3. Glenn December 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    This was excellent advice and works extremely well. 🙂

  4. Kan March 10, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    Hi Anthony Siheng,

    Can you do this routine in the afternoon (11 am to 15 pm) or after you’ve made love to your beloved one? Also can I reduce the amount of repetitions of LTS? Thank you for your answers!


    • Sifu Anthony March 11, 2013 at 10:31 am #

      Yes, you can do it any time. And you can do fewer repetitions if you like. Try it out and see how you feel!

  5. Kan April 19, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

    Dear Anthony siheng,

    I find myself swaying everytime after I’ve done this drill. Should I gently think of my dantian or just walk straight away? Because I kind of feel little odd when I just walk straight away.

    • Sifu Anthony Korahais April 24, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

      Try doing fewer reps of Lifting The Sky. But thinking of Dantian is also fine. Either way, you should feel good at the end, not “odd”.

  6. Kan May 3, 2013 at 5:54 am #

    Thank you for your reply!

    Yes, I was walking straight away when my chi flow was still active, which most probably caused the uncomfortableness. I just think of my Dantian everytime when I finish the drill.

  7. Marek May 2, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

    If I practice in the morning and afternoon 15 minutes can I do it many times during the day (I work with the computer and need a good excercise to make a brake), is there some limit? On the course I was Sifu Wong said that it was better to underpractice than to overpractice. Won’t I overpractice accidentally?

    Thank you

  8. Sorin July 21, 2014 at 10:25 am #

    Dear Sifu Anthony,
    I decided to practice Lifting the Sky 1 month ago and this is an awesome thing for me. I practiced in the evening, at 22:30 o’clock. I have sufferred an anxiety 6 months ago. I like running and then I overtrained with my sessions of running training like 10 km running each 2 days. Also, I’ve gone to psychoterapy and my psychoterapist encourages me to practice an exercise of meditation and I said him thats I discovered QiGong which brings me a lot of benefits. And thanks to you, I can said that!

  9. Fernanda Clariana August 18, 2014 at 10:09 am #

    Sifu Anthony,
    I’ve been practicing the exercises you’ve tough us in Costa Rica retreat, almost for a month now, and feel amazing at all levels. I have to agree that “Lifting the Sky” is a true jewel!!

    Thank you for passing on your knowledge to all of us. Love being part of the qigong family!

    • Sifu Anthony Korahais August 18, 2014 at 10:15 am #

      You’re welcome, Fernanda! It was a pleasure teaching you. I look forward to seeing you again soon!

  10. Jan November 24, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

    Good Evening from Sweden !

    I have a question, please.

    Can I do Lifting the Sky seated ? Can I have some good results when seated ?My problem is Osteoporosis with two fractures in my vertebrae. I cannot stand straight as i have my back rounded forward.

    Thank you very much.

    Best regards
    Jan, Malmoe, Sweden

    The time here right now is 22.00

    • Sifu Anthony Korahais November 25, 2014 at 10:23 am #

      Hi Jan. Yes, of course you can practice it sitting down! Do the best you can with what you’ve got.

  11. Marie August 21, 2016 at 6:50 pm #

    Hi Sifu,
    Thank you for the info on the 2 minutes drill. Is self massage alone considered a qi gong practice?
    I teach a basic qi gong class but I am having a difficult time to get people in their 30’s and 40’s more interested.
    Can you make any suggestions. Thanks!

    • Sifu Anthony Korahais August 21, 2016 at 8:16 pm #

      Hi Marie.

      There are forms of qigong self-massage, but really, that crosses into what is known as tui na, or Chinese massage therapy.

      Most qigong forms do not involve self massage.

      Teaching qigong is hard because it is unknown. The way to raise interest is to educate.

  12. alex January 5, 2017 at 7:50 am #

    Hi i have a question. The first time i practiced lifting the sky i got all its benefits, (less stress,anxiety,better mood, felt amazing and more. However the next day i didnt do it and i went back to how i felt before(anxious again). So the next day i practiced it again and i felt a small benefit, then the next day and again a small benefit. Not even close to the first time i did it, and im still doing it the same way. |Let me know why this is the case? maybe its because i need to let me energy rst or something before doing the exercise again? like rereving up an engine.let me know, thank you.

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