Introduction to Qi Gong
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Introduction to Qi Gong

Five basic questions and answers about Qi Gong. Explanations and demonstrations.
4.0 (56 ratings)
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Created by Sonia Bruce
Last updated 2/2016
Price: Free
  • 34 mins on-demand video
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Explain with simple words what does the word Qi Gong means
  • Know main lines of Qi Gong history
  • Know what are the common points to many Qi Gong styles
  • Know precisely the various elements involved in the practice
  • Know why is Qi Gong good for your health
  • Know to whom Qi Gong is beneficial and why
  • Know the difference between Qi Gong and Tai Ji Quan
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  • There are no pre-requisites - curiosity and/or keenness for natural healing is enough!

Qi Gong (QG) is one of the 5 branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) along with Acupuncture, Herbal medicine, Dietetics and Massages.

IMPORTANT NOTE : the course is mainly a broad presentation of Qi Gong principles and benefits. As such it is not meant for the student to actually start studying the technic of Qi Gong in its details (but this will be the subject of other courses I put on UDEMY though).

The course includes 5 downloadable PDF documents and 9 videos

  • 5 "explanation"
  • 4 "actual demonstrations" with some voice comments in the back ground
  • in the PDF documents, I tend to be more academic
  • in the videos, I share more of my personal experience since I have been studying and practicing several styles of Qi Gong for over 20 years now.

My wish is that you'll find it incentive enough to go and explore Qi Gong planet for yourself.

It's a wonderful journey and by all means, very worth to deeply improve our personal life as well as our living together on planet Earth.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone willing to know more about Qi Gong before engaging into the practice
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Curriculum For This Course
1 Lecture 01:43

Qi Gong (QG) is one of the 5 branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) along with Acupuncture, Herbal medicine, Dietetics and Massages.

Becoming more and more valued for its positive effects on health, inner balance and global life, even representing a certain idea of human being and life, QG is now considered as a real Art of living for millions of Westerners.

To such an extent that a survey conducted in 2005 by Qi Gong European Federation (FEQGAE) reveals: 66% of interviewees contemplate practicing Qi Gong for long many years without any precise goal to reach.

Main identified QG therapeutic effects on the overall body mind are:

  • centring
  • aligning
  • focusing
  • calming
  • balancing
  • integrating
  • fulfilling

What more could we ask for?

QG is best practiced in the open air, since nature is an immense support to:

  • cleanse out and refresh our body
  • renew the energy dissipated during daily activities
  • get back in touch with one self
  • expand one's awareness towards people and environment all around

The QG practice will provide its magic with certainty to anyone training on a regular basis. Moderation is a must all along, to avoid any negative counter effects such as physical tiredness, or energy wear out symptoms for example.

There are many various styles of QG developed through time by many “teachers and masters". This accounts for the fact that QG indeed contributes to connect with one's inner self, thus leading the practitioner, with time and growing awareness, towards mastery and creation of its own style. Before then, one does need to study and sincerely dedicate lots of time and energy to the practice, if possible under skilled and valuable supervision.

Meanwhile and beyond health improvement, QG is a beautiful way of experiencing life vastness, a real Art of living by itself and last but not least, easy to access in all ages and health conditions.

What is Qi Gong?

What is Qi Gong ?
3 questions
Principle of Qi Gong
2 Lectures 10:19

In this video, I demonstrate some basic Qi Gong warming up exercises common to many Qi Gong styles.

What is the Principle of Qi Gong / Practice 1

The many styles and schools of Qi Gong have historically been nourished for more than 2500 years, by the traditional Chinese cultural trends.

Qi Gong is an Art of Life and Health whose regular, moderate and persistent practice helps maintaining and improving the health of the “body-mind" as a whole.

Specifically, the Qi Gong consists of:

  • meditative postures
  • dynamic movements
  • self-massages

The conscious perception of the internal flow of Qi:

  • strengthens the health condition of the whole body-mind
  • expands the awareness of Beingness

Qi is concretely experienced when practicing QG through:

  • the breathing
  • the dynamics of the body movement (vitality)
  • the intention applied into the training
What is the Principle of Qi Gong / Academic and personal answer

What is the Principle of Qi Gong ?
3 questions
Benefits of Qi Gong
2 Lectures 09:54

According to Chinese Medicine, the 5 main organs relate to 5 annual seasons.

I demonstrate here some extracts of 5 organs Qi Gong which aims at:

  • balancing the overall organic functions
  • enhancing the body ability to adjust itself with the seasonal energy, and with their disturbances too !
Practising these 5 Qi Gong greatly helps to maintain and/or restore one self's good health.

With time and practice, you'll become able to intuitively choose on which of these 5 QG

you should focus on, in order to support in the best way possible your health and your whole body-mind at the moment.

What Are The Benefits of Qi Gong Practice / Practice 2

Qi Gong is a way of health in the broadest sense:

  • integration of body and mind
  • relief and expansion of the mind

Regular, moderate and persistent QG practice deeply permeates daily life and improves overall health by providing:

  • wellness
  • ability to calm down and relax
  • more energy in daily life
What Are The Benefits of Qi Gong Practice / Academic and personal answer

What are The Benefits of Qi Gong Practice ?
3 questions
Who Is the Qi Gong Practice For ?
2 Lectures 05:53

Dynamic meditation for the Heart to help balancing its Qi.

Very useful any time of the year, after the fully active day - mind buzzing and emotions popping up all along.

We wish to try and resource our energy, in some way reconnect with our deep self, listening to the Inner silence, bathing into the Inner Light of the Heart.

The Chinese concept of Heart can be translated with western words like Soul, or Spirit; but it actually doesn't convey the religious or mystic dimension they imply.

Who Is the Qi Gong Practice For / Practice 3

Most frequent reasons to start and go on practising are:

  • developping self and body awareness
  • desiring wellness
  • being attracted to energy phenomena

Everybody can benefit from the practice: whatever their age and/or health condition and/or lifestyle.

Who Is the Qi Gong Practice For / Academic and personal answer
Differences Between Qi Gong and Tai Ji Quan
3 Lectures 05:56

3 more meditations:

  • Dynamic / Regulation of the Breathing
  • Still / Tree posture at 3 different energy levels
  • Still / Gathering the Qi at Dan Tian level

In this video, each of these meditation is very shortly demonstrated, just to give you an idea.

I chose them because they are common to all Qi Gong and Tai Ji styles, which made them evolve into a large number of variations.

Qi Gong vs Tai Ji Quan / Practice 4

Tai Ji is an internal martial art, while Qi Gong is mostly valued for its holistic healing virtues.

Qi Gong includes self massages totally absent from the practice of Tai Ji. It also is a good personal development support.

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Qi Gong vs Tai Ji Quan / Academic and Personal Answer

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Sonia Bruce
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Considering life experiences as opportunities to deepen mental understanding and knowledge is one of the consequences of my initial training as a science student.

African and Eastern cultures then made a strong and so far lasting impression on me while studying some of their arts (afro-cuban dance and percussion, Yoga, Acupuncture and Shiatsu, Tai Chi and Chi Gong, Zazen meditation).

Since then, by the blending of both these major influences, the body-mind turned to be my first partner in terms of self balancing and inner growth.


Mes études de Biochimie ont renforcé la tendance d'un esprit pratique et curieux qui favorise l'expérimentation et l'expérience comme bases de compréhension et de connaissance.

Puis par le contact prolongé avec les cultures originaires de l'Afrique ou de l'Extrême Orient, j'ai appris en pratiquant certains de leurs arts (danse, yoga, massages, tai chi chuan, qi gong, zazen), à vivre le corps comme mon premier partenaire d'équilibre personnel et de connaissance intérieure.

Depuis lors, l'unité corps-esprit est devenue mon partenaire privilégié en termes d'équilibre intérieur et de développement personnel.