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How do you know when you’ve finally arrived, when you’ve reached the vaunted status of Qigong Master? You get a fancy certificate from the Interstellar Federation of Qigong Masters, of course!

Just kidding! Please stop sitting by the mailbox waiting for yours to arrive.

But seriously, what does a “master” of any art look like? In this Walk & Talk, we’ll dive into what qigong mastery is and isn’t.

What I hope you’ll remember most from today’s post is this:

Mastery is a journey, not a destination.

Write that down on a sticky note and put it where you can see it!

Click play, and let’s talk about what the mastery journey looks like.

Am I a Qigong Master? Are You? - YouTube

Now I’d love to hear from you. Are you a master of another art? Are you on the path to mastery with qigong? Leave me a comment below! Best regards, 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 how to use qigong for their own stubborn health challenges. As the director of Flowing Zen and a board member for the National Qigong Association, I'm fully committed to helping people with these arts. In addition to my blog, I also teach online courses and offer in-person retreats and workshops.

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“You’re cool with learning some qigong, right Father Smith?” I asked.

Although he wasn’t wearing his clerical garb, I already knew that he was an ordained Catholic priest. He had traveled hundreds of miles to learn Shaolin Kung Fu from me, and we had communicated via email.

But qigong is a big part of the kung fu that I teach, and I wanted to be sure he understood what he was learning.

“Yes Sifu,” he said with a big smile. “We’re cool.”

And that’s how our lessons progressed, with me calling him Father, and him calling me Sifu. I’m not Catholic, but I used his title out of respect. And I assume that he called me Sifu for the same reasons.

When I taught a Sufi Sheik, I called him Sheik.

When I taught a Protestant minister, I used the title Reverend.

When I taught in a synagogue in New York, I used the title, Rabbi.

This should give you a pretty good idea about whether you need to be Buddhist or Taoist to practice qigong, but my aim in today’s walk-and-talk is to clear up any confusion about the relationship between qigong and spirituality/religion.

Hopefully, what I share with you in this video will not only satisfy your curiosity but also give you a good explanation to share when people ask you about qigong!

Do You Need to Be Buddhist or Taoist to Practice Qigong? - YouTube

Now I’d love to hear from you. What do you think about the intersection of spirituality and qigong? Let me know in the comments below! Best regards, 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 how to use qigong for their own stubborn health challenges. As the director of Flowing Zen and a board member for the National Qigong Association, I'm fully committed to helping people with these arts. In addition to my blog, I also teach online courses and offer in-person retreats and workshops.

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A few years ago, I injured my back doing something stupid in the yard. The low-back pain that I had gotten rid of with qigong suddenly returned, and with a vengeance!
Of course, I was still practicing my qigong, and it was helping a lot. In fact, I think I would have been in SERIOUS trouble if not for my qigong practice. I suspect that qigong saved me from back surgery.
But no matter what I tried, I couldn’t seem to eliminate the pain 100%. I needed a boost for my qigong practice, and for whatever reason, I wasn’t getting it from my normal acupuncture or chiropractic sessions, which I had done for years.
My intuition told me that the problem was related to my fascia. And so I started googling. Somehow, I ended up on Elisha’s blog, whom many of you know by now. I really liked her approach, so I booked a few private Skype sessions with her.
Through Skype, Elisha helped me to target and release the stuck fascia in my thighs and hip flexors, which in turn helped me to relieve my back pain. On top of that, releasing my fascia also helped me to level up my qigong practice! Suddenly, I was feeling a ton of energy down my leg meridians. Woohoo!

This April, my campervan odyssey took me to Southern California. Meanwhile, Elisha and her partner Stefan had recently moved to Northern California. So I decided to make the trek up to the Bay Area to meet Elisha in the flesh.

Sgt. Pepper and I pointed our campervan north and drove up the Pacific Coast Highway! To be honest, he did very little of the driving. Here’s a picture of him lazing around in the van:
During my visit, Elisha, Stefan, and I had a lot of fun. She did a healing session on me using her Kinetix system. We shared a nice meal. And we also had some awesome conversations about fascia and healing.
Me, Stefan, and Elisha in Northern California

Knowing that people would probably want to watch our conversation, Stefan kindly agreed to film everything. I’ve uploaded 6 short segments from our conversation, which you can watch below:

Segment 1: What is Fascia?

Segment 1: What is Fascia? - YouTube

Segment 2: The New Science of Fascia

Segment 2: The New Science of Fascia - YouTube

Segment 3: Cellular Hydration and Fascia

Segment 3: Cellular Hydration and Fascia - YouTube

Segment 4: Fascia and Internal Power (Neijin)

Segment 4: Fascia and Internal Power (Neijin) - YouTube

Segment 5: Fascia and your Nervous System

Segment 5: Fascia and your Nervous System - YouTube

Segment 6: The Takeaway

Segment 6: The Takeaway - YouTube

If you follow my teachings about qigong, then you’ll quickly see why I love and support Elisha’s work. I believe that her approach is a wonderful complement to Flowing Zen Qigong!

Many of you have already emailed me to tell me about relieving stubborn chronic pain, about improving flexibility, and about leveling-up your overall qigong practice — all from Elisha’s free videos! 

If you haven’t seen them yet, you can watch all 4 free videos here — but only until June 19th, 2019!!

Video #1: Heal Faster Than You Injure

Video #2: The Truth About Fascia (and How to Actually Release It)

Video #3: The Gatekeeper to Self-Healing

Video #4: How to Create Mind-Body Freedom

For those of you who want to go further, Elisha has opened up registration for her Fascia Release 101 and Kinetix Partner Release programs (click here and scroll down to register).

But even if you don’t sign up for one of her courses, I hope you’ll take advantage of Elisha’s knowledge, experience, and generosity.

Her free videos are incredibly valuable! Don’t miss them!!

Best regards, 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 how to use qigong for their own stubborn health challenges. As the director of Flowing Zen and a board member for the National Qigong Association, I'm fully committed to helping people with these arts. In addition to my blog, I also teach online courses and offer in-person retreats and workshops.
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I started my healing journey in the 1990s. Nearly 3 decades later, I’m still on the path — not because I haven’t found healing, but because it is a lifelong process.

With qigong, the healing goes deeper than you can possibly imagine. You don’t just heal your body; you heal your mind, your emotions, and your spirit too. This is why I and so many of my students are head-over-heels in love with the art of qigong.

But…

Is qigong ALL that you need? Are you disrespecting the art of qigong if you use multiple methods of Eastern or holistic healing? What about combining it with Western modalities?

In other words, is qigong so powerful that you’ll never need any other healing methods once you start practicing it?

In today’s Walk & Talk, I address these issues. And you might be surprised by my answers! (Then again, if you’ve been studying with me for a while you probably won’t be surprised.)

Either way, I hope you enjoy this video.

(Note: Click here if you want to check out my friend Elisha’s foam rolling and fascia release training series that I mentioned in the video. It’s free.)

I also hope we can chat in the comments. Let’s talk about healing modalities you’ve found helpful along your own healing journey. How do you fit them in with your qigong practice? 

Is Qigong All You Need? - YouTube

(Note: This video starts off with some wind noise. But it quickly gets better. Thanks for your patience and your understanding!)

Best regards, 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 how to use qigong for their own stubborn health challenges. As the director of Flowing Zen and a board member for the National Qigong Association, I'm fully committed to helping people with these arts. In addition to my blog, I also teach online courses and offer in-person retreats and workshops.

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“You should face east when practicing qigong!!”

If you’ve been doing qigong for a while, then you’ve probably heard this from a teacher or two. Or perhaps you read it in a book along with some other crazy qigong rules (like the no-sex rule).

Or maybe you heard that you should face south instead of east. I mean, one of my teachers even told me to face north!

Well, which is it? Or does it even matter?

That’s the subject of today’s Walk & Talk. I’ll discuss the importance of the direction you face while practicing qigong. I’ll also give you a simple way to make sure you’re always facing the right direction during a qigong session, no matter where you are!

Qigong Students: What Direction Should You Face? - YouTube

Best regards, 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 how to use qigong for their own stubborn health challenges. As the director of Flowing Zen and a board member for the National Qigong Association, I'm fully committed to helping people with these arts. In addition to my blog, I also teach online courses and offer in-person retreats and workshops.

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Meridian theory is at the heart of qigong, acupuncture, and other forms of Chinese Medicine. It is the common thread between all Chinese healing arts. This ancient theory is robust, sophisticated, and deep.

But are the meridians even real? If so, where are they?

Naturally, I get questions like this all the time. I’ve already written two articles about the meridians, which you can read below. These articles will answer many of the questions that you might have.

In today’s video blog, I give my thoughts about the meridians and whether or not they are real.

In the video, I mention the discovery of a “new organ” in 2018. Here are just a few of the articles published on that topic:

I also mention the fascia, which is a topic of great interest to me. Modern research on the fascia is hugely important for qigong practitioners. In particular, the parallels between the fascia and the Chinese concept of the Triple Burner (sanjiao, 三膲) should be of interest to every qigong practitioner, as well as every acupuncture physician.

If you’re new to the idea of the fascia then this quote will be of interest:

“Our biomechanical regulatory system is highly complex and under-studied — though new research is filling in the gap. Understanding fascia is essential to the dance between stability and movement — crucial in high performance, central in recovery from injury and disability, and ever-present in our daily life from our embryological beginnings to the last breath we take.” [Taken from the Anatomy Trains website.)

Watch the video blog here:

Are the Qigong Meridians Even Real? - YouTube

Best regards, 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 how to use qigong for their own stubborn health challenges. As the director of Flowing Zen and a board member for the National Qigong Association, I'm fully committed to helping people with these arts. In addition to my blog, I also teach online courses and offer in-person retreats and workshops.

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Here’s a question I get all the time:

What should I practice to get rid of my ______?

I see several varieties of this question, like:

…my back pain

…my anxiety

…my migraines

…my digestive problems

…my insomnia

I discuss this question again in today’s Walk & Talk. I say again because I’ve written a few blog posts related to this topic here and here.

But it’s a subject worth revisiting because the answer to this question is so important for you to see results with your qigong practice.

Spoiler Alert: The answer has nothing to do with whether you’re practicing the right qigong exercises!

You can watch the video here:

Do You Need Specific Qigong Exercises for Specific Problems? - YouTube

Let’s keep talking! Leave a comment or a question below. I appreciate getting feedback from you! Best regards, 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 how to use qigong for their own stubborn health challenges. As the director of Flowing Zen and a board member for the National Qigong Association, I'm fully committed to helping people with these arts. In addition to my blog, I also teach online courses and offer in-person retreats and workshops.

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Some teachers say that you need to practice qigong for hours every day in order to get results.

I’m not one of those teachers. I advocate short, high-quality sessions. The fundamental 5-Phase routine that I teach is only 15 minutes long, but it’s powerful medicine.

I encourage my students to bookend their day by practicing once in the morning, and then again in the evening or at night.

But what about all those hours in between sessions? Is there anything we can do to get more mileage out of our qigong?

This video will show you an easy but powerful form of Walking Qigong. Although I shot this video with my students in mind, you can still benefit even if you practice a different type of qigong.

By adding this simple walking qigong routine to your day you can:

  • Learn how to get your qi flowing all day long
  • Discover a fun way to practice mindfulness
  • Practice qigong while walking the dog
  • Do qigong covertly without anyone knowing
  • Deepen any qigong exercise that utilizes the One Finger Zen hand form (一指禪, yi zhi chan)
  • Open the Five Gates (dantian, shoulder, elbow, wrist, fingers).
  • Magnify the health benefits of walking

Check out the video here:

How to Practice Qigong All Day Long with One Finger Zen - YouTube

Watch the video to learn this technique, and then leave me a comment. How does it feel? Can you feel the qi? And how do you feel after practicing this technique for a few days? Best regards, 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 how to use qigong for their own stubborn health challenges. As the director of Flowing Zen and a board member for the National Qigong Association, I'm fully committed to helping people with these arts. In addition to my blog, I also teach online courses and offer in-person retreats and workshops.

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Some teachers will tell you to keep your eyes open during qigong and tai chi practice. Other teachers will tell you to keep your eyes closed.

As a student of qigong and/or tai chi, what advice should you follow?

Watch this short video and you’ll get a no-nonsense, practical answer that you can start implementing immediately.

Should You Keep Your Eyes Open or Closed In Qigong and Tai Chi? - YouTube

Got questions? Or maybe a comment? Go ahead and leave a reply below. I’ll do my best to help you! Best regards, 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 how to use qigong for their own stubborn health challenges. As the director of Flowing Zen and a board member for the National Qigong Association, I'm fully committed to helping people with these arts. In addition to my blog, I also teach online courses and offer in-person retreats and workshops.

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Dear friends,

I recently posted a very personal update on my Facebook profile.

Since it’s difficult for me to separate my personal and professional lives, I decided to summon up my courage and share this update with all of you as well.

I want you to know what’s been happening in my life, and where I’m headed.

I have 3 announcements for you today.

Announcement #1

First, it’s with deep sadness that I announce a change in my relationship status. Akemi and I have been working hard for over a year, both together and separately, in order to flush out the next stage of our relationship.

In 2018 it became clear that the romantic leg of our journey was over. Despite great effort, getting all of the pieces to fit into place doesn’t always work out.

There were no betrayals or anything like that, so please don’t let your minds wander there. We have simply decided to take separate paths.

The marriage matured me in countless ways over the last 12 years. It has given me access to a totally new dimension of healing, both for myself and my students. I’m grateful. My commitment to the healing arts is stronger than ever.

I’m not ready to share any more details at this time. Though I welcome loving thoughts and support, I would ask you to please respect our privacy.

Give us time to heal and also space to process this massive change in our lives.

Announcement #2

There’s another big change happening in my life. Starting in April, I will be going on an odyssey.

I purchased a campervan, and I’ll be traveling around North America as a digital nomad.

My new home. Also my new office and my new vehicle.

My plan is to visit friends, teach, write, meditate, and spend lots of time in National Parks. I want to take in the stunning scenery and the amazing qi as I clear my head and heal my heart.

Announcement #3

And here’s my final announcement: I am now on Instagram. Woohoo!

Find me on Instagram here: @flowingzen

Here’s why you might care, even if you’re not on Instagram.

As I travel around in my campervan, I’ll be shooting lots of photos and videos. I plan to share those on Instagram, which will act as a record of my travels.

I’ll also be micro-blogging on Instagram. You can see a few examples on my profile now. Rather than write long, 2000-word essays on my blog (which I’ve done for a decade), I will be playing with shorter, bite-sized posts on Instagram.

And of course, I’ll be sharing photos of my best friend, Sgt. Pepper!

Check my Instagram feed for tips, thoughts, pupdates, and inspiration. You don’t even need an Instagram account to look (but it’s more fun if you interact).

This Instagram campaign is part of my ongoing effort to reach more people with qigong, especially the younger generation.

No offense to all you old farts, but millennials desperately need qigong.

You may not know this, but there’s an epidemic of depression afflicting millennials. The research overwhelmingly suggests that this spike in depression is caused by social media.

My plan is to use social media to help them get off of social media. Fight fire with fire!

Don’t worry. I’ll also continue to blog and work on my book. If anything, I hope that this new lifestyle will give me more time for writing.

While going through this year of challenging transitions, soul-searching, and healing I have found a renewed commitment to Flowing Zen. Teaching these ancient, life-changing arts and bringing them to the people who desperately need them is where my heart is, and where I want my time and energy to go in this next phase of my life.

My students are my family. I hope to meet up with many of you as I travel. Workshops, casual meetups, retreats — I’ll be doing more of these in the near future.

If you like where my path is taking me, then I hope you’ll connect with me and follow my journey. Find me on Instagram, join our Facebook group, or subscribe to my YouTube channel. Or you can just stay on my email list and I’ll send you periodic updates about my travels.

Thanks for your kindness and understanding. It means a lot to me.  Best regards, 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 how to use qigong for their own stubborn health challenges. As the director of Flowing Zen and a board member for the National Qigong Association, I'm fully committed to helping people with these arts. In addition to my blog, I also teach online courses and offer in-person retreats and workshops.

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