How To Explain Qigong to People in 97 Seconds

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A qigong exercise called "Bowing to the Buddha"

A qigong exercise called “Bowing to the Buddha”

It’s not easy to explain qigong to people.

I should know. I’ve been trying to do it for over 20 years.

When I came back from my first trip to Asia, I was practically screaming from my New York rooftop.

“People, this stuff is uh-MAZE-ing!!!”

But when I tried to explain what it was, I struggled.

And honestly, I still struggle! Qigong is hard to explain using words.

I think I’m done with just words.

This 97-second video explains qigong better than most of my previous efforts. (Turn on the volume to hear the music.)

How did I do? Did I do a good job explaining qigong?

Let me know in the comments below, and please feel free to share the video if you need help explaining qigong to people!

Edit: Here are some of my previous attempts to explain qigong:

The 15 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Qigong

The Difference Between Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Chai Tea

Kung Fu vs. Qigong: A Quick Visual Explanation 

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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31 Responses to How To Explain Qigong to People in 97 Seconds

  1. Anne Young November 29, 2016 at 11:35 am #

    Yes, you did a wonderful job explaining Qigong in less than 2 minutes! I love adding in the acupuncture cousin branch of the family tree. It’s a beautiful video! Thank you!

  2. Kathya November 29, 2016 at 2:00 pm #

    Hi Sifu! Yes, you did it… This is the best way to try to explain this…
    I love the video and the stage too 😍

  3. Diane November 29, 2016 at 8:21 pm #

    A Beautiful YES.

  4. Mark November 30, 2016 at 8:57 am #

    The ‘mindfulness’ part can’t be overemphasized. Very insightful brief video. Thank you.

  5. jackvjohnson November 30, 2016 at 9:05 am #

    What a great video! I think showing while telling makes a huge difference – nicely done!

  6. Tom Judge November 30, 2016 at 9:49 am #

    A beautiful video that reinforces my understanding of qigong. But I still feel confused when I do the 35 minute meditation that you call tai chi and use Flowing Breeze which I consider qigong?
    Tom J

    • Sifu Anthony Korahais November 30, 2016 at 9:54 am #

      Thanks Tom. Remember that there is a ton of overlap between qigong and tai chi. Flowing Breeze Swaying Willow is certainly a qigong technique. But like many qigong techniques, it is incorporated into our tai chi practice.

      In the end, it’s all just Flowing Zen isn’t it. 😉

  7. Heather Alice Shea November 30, 2016 at 10:50 am #

    Awesome article!

  8. Steve November 30, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    I was thinking of enrolling in a local beginners tai chi class but after seeing the qigong on this clip, my wife and I will instead enroll in your online Qigong class Sifu Anthony.
    Beautiful visuals are important since they match the inner beauty resulting from the experience of Qigong. Great looking video!

    • Sifu Anthony Korahais November 30, 2016 at 11:38 am #

      That’s terrific, Steve! I’m glad you enjoyed it! And you’re totally right about the beautiful visuals! A lot of the videos in my program were shot at our retreat in Costa Rica because, well…look at that place!

  9. Vera November 30, 2016 at 12:56 pm #

    Love the video!!
    I wish there was an article like this in the newspaper every week ( of course without the video which can only be viewed on line)…. but still, it would open an “aha!” moment for a lot of people…

  10. Zoe Eckblad November 30, 2016 at 1:25 pm #

    Beautiful, well produced video! Just wondering if you want to explain that the harmonious flow of qi or life force in our body can be disturbed or blocked by a variety of things like toxins, emotions, activity,etc. and that qigong movements open the blockages to restore the harmony and flow of our life energy thereby restoring health and well being. It’s so much more than pretty movements that feel good.

  11. dimitrimaes November 30, 2016 at 2:12 pm #

    I love this video, it is a struggle to explain Qigong in a few minutes, you did great, loved the pics and the music in it. I will share it on my Qigong at HOME facebook page. To explain what Qigong is. Thank you for your passion.

  12. dimitrimaes November 30, 2016 at 2:17 pm #

    Qigong is acupuncture without needles 🙂

  13. John Neff November 30, 2016 at 4:12 pm #

    Beautiful, powerful, brilliant – to the mindful heart of the matter.
    Thank you for your creative, inspiring work. John

  14. Kahl November 30, 2016 at 4:15 pm #

    Great video, I have one thing I would critique and that is using the term qi or vital energy with the bulk of Americans. I have tried to use those terms to explain qigong and it is such a foreign concept to many people, they get lost in the idea that you can control or direct your body’s energy and to some it starts to sound mystic to and turns them off and so I have started leaving that portion out of my explanations until they actually start trying it and they can actually feel it working. Other than that one difficulty of terms great way to explain it. Especially the part about chronic pain and easing it, that interests many people because it is so prevalent these days of sedentary lifestyles and injuries. Flow on Sifu!

    • Sifu Anthony Korahais November 30, 2016 at 4:24 pm #

      Thanks, Kahl. I don’t disagree with you. But to keep it short and sweet, I decided to just use the term “qi”. I’ve actually seen awareness change a lot over the last 10 years. People are familiar with the concept from acupuncture, cupping therapy, and tai chi. One step at a time!

  15. Dariusz Gwizdowski November 30, 2016 at 5:34 pm #

    Great Video. And Yes it is explained Very well.
    I love it :}

  16. Ray Morneau December 1, 2016 at 9:25 am #

    Yes, Sifu Anthony! You’ve got the hang of it!! … I’m getting the hang of it — by osmosis!!! I love your flowing qi message presented so effortlessly … well, You make it appear effortless! Thank You!!!

  17. James December 1, 2016 at 1:12 pm #

    GREAT VIDEO. It makes me want to be there.

  18. OWEN MUELLER December 2, 2016 at 7:18 am #

    Great simple video. Using my routine to heal my recent back injury and I am sleeping a lot better now. Thank You Sifu

  19. Lauren December 5, 2016 at 3:40 pm #


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