Zang fu gong by Daisy Lee in The Shift Network was something that I stumbled upon when I actually needed it.
Around that time, I was more agitated than usual and a lot snappier.
Probably because I’m planning for a life changing event among other things, but I digress.
What I mean is that I experienced the usual physical manifestation of stress like some aches, gut problems, and the likes.
Despite exercising regularly, sometimes my troubled state of mind just wins.
That’s why I was more than glad when I discovered how Daisy Lee qigong is supposed to help me with the internal kind of pain relieving.
Now, I’ve only heard of qigong, but never actually understand it.
I thought that starting to understand it through all the qigong exercises for beginners would help me tremendously.
So, I signed up for the online qigong classes and tried it for two weeks and will tell you the review shortly.
But before I’m gonna reveal my experience and what I think of this zang fu gong program, I'll go through the explanations first.
Zang Fu Gong? What is it?
Daisy lee qigong is basically about qigong that we apply to rejuvenate the whole body, including the organs.
It’s not only for our mind like the usual stress-relieving programs.
For those of you who are not familiar with the qigong, I’m gonna briefly explain it to you.
Essentially, it’s a type of practice that involves mind, body, and spirit in order to improve your overall health.
It’s somewhat similar to meditation, since it has a lot of breathing technique, coordination, and it needs focus as well.
However, sometimes in qigong, and also in the online qigong classes, there will be self-massages to warm some spots on your body (and also some organs that sit close to the skin).
It may confuse you—how is qigong different than zang fu gong?
Well basically it’s just a way to say that these qigong exercises for beginners will also benefit your organs.
And well, according to Chinese philosophy and medicine, the health of our organs has a great influence over our well-being.
Zang means organs considered to be yin in nature, such as heart, liver, spleen, lung, and kidney.
Fu, on the other hand, is for organs which are yang, like small intestine, large intestine, gall bladder, urinary bladder, and stomach. Hence, zang fu gong.
Daisy lee and her online qigong classes
She’s your online qigong classes teacher in this program, who has more than 20 years of experience in the world of qigong.
Per The Shift Network, she’s a certified level 3 advanced qigong instructor and clinical practitioner by the National Qigong Association of America.
Other than teaching other people, especially women, Daisy has also been supporting patients and medical staffs.
She teaches them how to de-stress and regain their well-being, most likely zang fu gong is included there.
You can easily find about Daisy Lee qigong programs all over the internet, spanning from dvd series you can buy in Amazon or Walmart until online platforms like YouTube.
Yep, it’s easy to find her on the tube, in fact you can find her own channel if you type her name in the search box.
Daisy also has a website, although the last time I checked, it was still under construction.
Nonetheless, it’ll be easy for you to connect with her, should you wish to do so.
Therefore, if you’re still unsure about her, you can simply look her up on the internet and could find her well.
Basically, she’s a real person with a lot of experience, track record, and online presence.
Let’s take a look inside
So, when you get the premium access to zang fu gong class in The Shift Network, you’ll be presented with a page with 7 modules.
You can read a bit more info about the modules in The Shift Network’s page about Daisy’s zang fu gong program.
But basically, module 1 is about the introduction to qigong exercises for beginners.
Module 2 deals with breathing deeply to strengthen our lungs, while module 3 is about increasing the health of our heart.
Then, module 4 is about practising zang fu gong for our liver and gallbladder.
For those having problems with stomach, then module 5 will help with that.
On the other hand, module 5 deals with our kidney and bladder in order to calm our fears.
The last module, is about how to integrate zang fu gong to make our lives healthier and happier.
Each Daisy Lee qigong module has a short description about what we’re gonna learn.
Then, there are one full video class and some excerpts or important cut videos which are all downloadable.
That way, we can just revisit the important parts of the online qigong classes without the need to go back to the website all the time.
Additionally, each whole class has the audio version only, which is also downloadable.
And not just that, there are also the whole transcript of the class within the module and handouts that are relevant to the session.
They’re all in pdf format, so yeah, downloadable.
Will there be bonus? Yes. As you may have read in the online qigong classes program page, there are bonuses that you can enjoy.
There’s a zang fu gong flow video from Daisy, an interview with famed dancer and calligrapher twins about qigong gives charges creativity in our lives.
Moreover, you’ll have a video dialogue with Mark Roule, a certified yoga and qigong teacher.
The last bonus is a session with John P. Milton, a spiritual teacher and meditation master.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention that you can join the online Facebook community and connect with other people.
In live classes, there’s also interactive 30-minute practice sessions, but I haven’t personally joined any of those.
So I don’t know how it looks like or how the experience would be
How does the Zang Fu Gong program work?
This zang fu gong program is a 7-week journey, if we follow the schedule.
We can do this program according to our own pace, so it doesn’t have to be exactly in 7 weeks or one practice per day.
Per week, we’re going to do each module.
So on the first day of the module, we’ll watch the full class, take necessary notes, do some qigong exercises for beginners, and download the handouts.
On the next day and forward, it’s going to be just doing the excerpts (which I recommend to download beforehand), and the practices mentioned in the handouts.
You can track your progress in your own journal, if you want. But if you don't wanna, then that's also fine. You'll feel the difference anyway.*
Have other people tried Daisy Lee qigong program?
Where I’m from, I know a lot of people prefer alternative medicine like zang fu gong, because they believe that any type of sickness comes from within ourselves, the mind particularly.
The people I know would love Daisy Lee qigong program, and I know that those people are not alone.
Many believe similar things, that’s why they apply practices like these in their daily life.
So, I went on to search if there’s anybody who’s tried the online qigong classes in the world wide web.
Unfortunately, I can’t find any online blog reviews about Daisy’s zang fu gong program.
What I found was online reviews about her other programs and classes, like dvd series on Amazon.
So, even though I couldn’t find reviews about this exact program I do hope that these reviews could help shape your opinion about Daisy Lee qigong classes.
Based on the reviews, a lot seemed satisfied with her programs.*
Here’s what I’ve found
And also, I can give you this link that leads you to a review about practising qigong in general.
My zang fu gong experience
As I mentioned, I kept getting stressed out because I’ve been planning and preparing for a big event, amidst my jobs, and there was also one thing that made me anxious: my sick baby cat.
In hindsight, I realized that I was getting more heartburn, indigestion, and headaches because of my gut health problems (due to stress).
I first started this zang fu gong program without expectations. My assumption was that it would be some kind of a mindfulness exercises or something related to that.
My thought was, if the online qigong classes could actually improve my health, like my gassiness and a bit of stomach problems, then good. But again, I didn’t expect anything.
However, I should tell you all upfront that since I’m skeptical about alternative medicine, I kept thinking that this is just one of those methods to make our mental health better—and in turn make ourselves physically healthier.
You can say that I have a bit of a bias already before starting the zang fu gong program, and it might have changed my outlook on things.
But I was willing to try for two weeks and see how the qigong exercises for beginners change me.
Because I realize that if I let my stomach problem persist, I’m the one who’s gonna be in trouble later on
Zang Fu Gong Week 1
The first time I watched the zang fu gong class, I was met with a philosophical analogy about a horse family and it basically taught me to cool off in chaotic situations.
In spite of knowing this (since I’ve been in other stress-relieving programs before). I kept forgetting about this and it’s good to be reminded right at the start.
The exercises was confusing at first. I felt like I couldn’t keep up with Daisy the first time, even though she’s always clear, slow, and patient with her instructions.
Also, the heel pumping was unexpectedly hard for me. It wasn’t my knee caps that hurt, it was the back of my knee, between my calves and thighs. I didn’t know why.
Being the skeptic I am, I didn’t take the ‘light goes in and out of your body’ very seriously.
I still imagined it, but I felt like it won’t do anything to me, and maybe that’s why I felt no improvement at all about that particular zang fu gong practice.
But, I still felt a lot more relaxed when it came to the rubbing and massaging. There was no pressure at all (during the massages), but it helped? I mean, that was something
During Daisy Lee qigong class, I always felt more at ease. I think it’s got to do with a lot of slow breathing, slow movements, and coordination between those two.
Unfortunately, I went back to feeling ‘meh’ again after. Every time.
I believe my packed to-do-lists, which always filled my days, plus the fact that my baby cat started to get really sick, had something to do with this.
Not saying that Daisy’s online qigong classes are ineffective. I just wasn’t in the best state of mind when I did this, and it showed—affecting the outcome.
In the first module and by the end of the online qigong classes QnA, Daisy recommended a type of a herbal tea from seeds that I didn’t know one could make a tea of.
She mentions that warm drink like this tea helps with circulation within our body. And that she always have a thermos by her side, filled with it.
I’m not particularly fond of traditional herbal tea, apart from ginger tea with sweetener. But out of curiosity, I tried it.
I thought it’d taste yucky because the smell of one of the seeds is like my late dad’s herbal brew for his blood pressure
But once I’ve brewed the tea, it smelled like soup or broth. It didn’t smell bad at all. Probably because I let it simmer for the limited amount of brewing only. But it’s not as gross as I’d imagined.
And once I sipped it, it tasted like nothing. Although, the smell might be quite strong for some people. To my surprise, I didn’t hate the tea!
I actually turn to this tea when I feel so gassy and feel like there’s a problem with my gut, though not all the time.
However, it’s a faff preparing that
And if I want to prepare ginger tea, I also don’t have much time for it either. So, I simply had warm water whenever I feel congested or tense this week.
The warmth could calm me down at times. Well it may be just me, but sometimes it didn’t help at all, due to how hot the weather can be in where I’m from.
Though I liked how warm drinks could help me with my digestion at times.
Being under pressure combined with indigestion is not a good experience, and I was glad that it could help.
Week 2 of my Zang Fu Gong journey
I loved the seated movement in this week’s program because it helped me relax a lot.
I honestly didn’t feel any changes in my lungs other than being able to breathe more deeply by the end of the week.
But the seated movements really calmed me down, and it could help me release tensions that I felt.
So yeah, this week’s module focuses on lungs. Hence, the new movements in the qigong exercises for beginners this time were more about this pair of organs.
I didn’t realize it at first, but apparently I got so used to breathing a la working out, meaning that I always exhale when I feel like I exert.
Well, it doesn’t exactly work that way in zang fu gong, because I have to synchronize the breathing with the movement.
That’s why I mentioned I learned to breathe more deeply than usual, which I think is a good thing.
Sadly, the going-back-to-normal after each Dasiy Lee qigong session persisted. I also had to stop for a few days because my baby cat got a lot worse and passed away
I went to the online qigong classes to help me with overcoming grief.
It really helped. I even cried during the class due to the tension, sadness, and pressure I felt around that time. And of course, there was peace that came after the waterworks.
Though after that, with my busy schedule and well, mourning, the relaxation faded away, leaving me with somewhere-in-between emotions yet again
Therefore, if you want to ‘succeed’ in this zang fu gong program, I suggest and encourage you to be in the right state of mind first. Otherwise, it won’t be as effective.
Snow fungus dessert?
In this Daisy Lee qigong module, she suggested a traditional Chinese dessert soup made from snow fungus to boost our collagen (that’s one of the purposes at least).
Let’s just say that I’ve tasted similar dessert soup like that and I didn’t like it. And I don’t like snow fungus anyway.
So, I didn’t have any of the dessert soup this week and stuck to the warm drink instead.
Besides, there are lots and lots of other foods that are also collagen booster. And I think they’re much yummier.
Yeah, I’m very particular about which mushrooms and fungus I want to eat. If you like snow fungus and this type of dessert soup, I think you’ll enjoy module 2 a lot!
What I think about zang fu gong
Just because I’m quite skeptical and not too sure about some parts of this online qigong classes, doesn’t mean that I’ve got nothing positive to say about it.
Oh, but before I go on to the likes and dislikes part, let me repeat my limitations.
First, I only did this program for two weeks, as opposed to full 7 weeks per Daisy Lee qigong module.
People who have finished the program may have totally different results and opinions of this class.*
I didn’t feel significant outcomes or anything probably due to the short time I spent doing this zang fu gong program.
Second, I’m already biased before starting this program. I didn’t expect anything from this class, but I can confidently say that I wasn’t completely neutral.
Third, I didn’t drink Daisy’s concoction religiously and stuck to warm water most times (because I told you, I don’t like snow fungus and the herbal tea is a little time consuming).
Maybe that’s why my stomach wasn’t improving significantly.
Although, there may be another reason why, which is the fourth limitation: my stress and worries came back each time I finished doing the qigong exercises for beginners.
There were just so many things I had to do, take care of, and consider about. Sure, Daisy’s classes helped me relax, but when I had to go back to my routine, then the stress would come back.
Of course, you can say that I should do it more often.
But I simply didn’t have time to do the qigong exercises for beginners slowly or more often. That might be why my stress didn’t completely go away.
In other words, I actually like doing it just to give more warmth to my body and cool things down.
Not so much for healing organs, but more to loving and calming ourselves.
However, I prefer other stress relieving ways, and IMO, other programs could also lead us to better life quality.
Okay, to what I like and don’t about zang fu gong.
The things I like
- First and foremost, I personally like how relaxing and soothing Daisy is. She really helps with how we should all relax ourselves.
The way she brings herself in each zang fu gong session, her instructions, her relaxed manner… They’re just so contagious, at least to me. I just wanna be as calm as her.
Then, the qigong exercises for beginners are also not hard at all. When I say it’s for beginners, it is truly for newbies. They’re very easy to follow
And to me, they’re also calming in a sense. Yea, we’ll move around and some exercises are harder than the others (like the heel pumping for me).
But they don’t make us exert ourselves and I always became more relaxed.
- I love the self-massages a lot, and even though I don’t personally believe about organ cleansing when we massage our pressure/acupuncture points, the warmth helped me feel at ease.
So I can say that I also like how helpful the online qigong classes with relaxation.
- We don’t need to imagine too often in order to relax, since it’s mostly about breathing, massaging the right places, and move about in a way that’ll calm us down.
Other than imagining about qigong light and stuffs like that, they’re more practical—and that’s what I like about this program.
- The classes are interactive, meaning that each Daisy Lee qigong class/module has a live call or live QnA with her.
Therefore, we can learn from others each week, learn something new, and enrich our own knowledge.
In turn, those who joined the live calls can learn directly from Daisy as well, and I think that’s good.
- Daisy’s zang fu gong program is also very accessible. Everything is downloadable, from the full class, excerpts, audio version, and the pdfs.
That means that I don’t need to go online every time. Because from where I’m from, streaming can be choppy at times.
It’s also accessible in other ways. The class has a scholarship program for those in need, and it’s available in mobile phone apps.
Personally, I haven’t tried the app, but I think the idea itself is neat.
- I also like that this program adapts to the current situation aka the pandemic. While I realize that we can go out now and we now have more freedom that before.
Some of us are still cautious about it, and I appreciate that the Daisy Lee qigong program is relevant to this situation still.
What I didn’t really care for
Unfortunately, due to the nature of Daisy’s sessions (live online calls), the audio quality isn’t that good.
I still could understand her, don’t get me wrong, but I simply want to hear clearer, crispier audio. It’s more of a pet peeve of mine, so it’s not something major.
Since I mentioned earlier that this zang fu gong class is mostly about being mindful and in the present, I’ll go on saying that you can actually do other practices. It doesn’t have to be qigong exclusively.
What I mean is that, other ways of meditation and practices like yoga can actually help you with your stress and improve your well-being.
And if you need guides, just look on the internet; there are many of them.
Sure, some practices don’t involve self-massages and acupuncture points. But I mean, I’ve tried other stress-relieving programs and they’re just as helpful.
Let me be clear: I don’t want to discredit Daisy Lee qigong class at all. And she never claims that her program is the ultimate solution or something like that.
I’m only trying to say that I believe physical health issues caused by poor mental health can be improved by any kind of methods/practices, not just qigong exercises for beginners.
Daisy’s online qigong classes may help with that, but I don’t think ‘warming our kidneys’ or ‘giving love to our organs’ do anything special to the organs themselves.
I honestly believe the movements are just there to help us be calmer or have a better state of mental health. Essentially, I think this is similar to other mindfulness programs.
Though, please take my words with a grain of salt; I told you many times that I’m skeptical about some things.
Also, it can get a bit too repetitive for some people. I didn’t feel that way during the program, but I’m just saying that repetition is not everyone’s cup of tea.
Will it benefit you?
IMO, I believe that zang fu gong is good for people who are stressed, which can manifest to physical or health problems.
I think I’ve said this before, but stress is really one of silent killers. And when we apply these qigong exercises for beginners daily, we may help ourselves sooner.
People with busy jobs who find it hard to relax may also benefit from the online qigong classes.
The exercises don’t require too much effort, and I always like the self-massages. They can help me relax, warm my body, and soothe myself.
So if it’s difficult for you to unwind, making it even harder to meditate and practice mindfulness, then maybe Daisy Lee qigong class can help you start and learn
If you admire or prefer Chinese traditional ways to be healthy, I also recommend this zang fu gong class. Daisy additional recipes can help you reach that purpose very well.
That said, I believe that this online qigong class is not for the serious kind of health problems.
Again, I don’t think that the Dasiy Lee Qigong program is going to heal major, life-threatening illness. It may help speed things up during the recovery period, yes, but it’s definitely not a cure.
If you’re a seasoned meditator and you want to spice things up a bit and try something new, then I suggest zang fu gong as well.
While I realize that Daisy mentioned about the possibility to overcome depression with her qigong exercises for beginners, I believe that you should still seek professional help first.
Then, should you need guided meditation practices or any other methods to improve your mindfulness, you can go to this class.
It’s professional help first, then this. Not the other way around. At least that’s my recommendation and what I personally think.
Tips from me
- It’s better if you’re in the right state of mind when you start the zang fu gong program. That way, you’ll get all the benefit from practising qigong.
Because as I mentioned, the Daisy Lee qigong class will be ineffective when you really force yourself.
- I think it’s okay to drink just warm water or warm tea of your choice, it doesn’t have to be the Chinese traditional herbal tea from seeds.
Daisy also states that any other warm drink can help our circulation. So I believe that throughout this online qigong classes, it’s fine to choose your own drinks.
- When it gets uncomfortable doing the qigong exercises for beginners, it’s okay to stop. Daisy keeps saying that it shouldn’t make us feel uncomfortable.
- That said, remember to do the exercises and the modules at your own pace.
Because what’s the point of getting all uncomfortable when we want to get rid of our stress and emotional or physical emotions within our bodies?
- If you want to drink the herbal tea but can’t stand the taste, I think you can add some drops of liquid stevia. I don’t know if you can do this or not, but hey, I think it helps.
When I looked at the main page of the zang fu gong program, the questions and answers were mostly about The Shift Network side of things, like refund policy and customer support.
But I’ve found some that may be important for you all, and also some questions and answers from the classes that I’ve made a transcript of.
Q: Can I get benefit from the course if I miss the live classes?
A: Absolutely! You can download the recordings and transcripts of all course sessions from our online media archive, so you never need to worry about missing live calls. You can also engage the full community and leaders on our private online community group.
Q: Is it okay if I’m imperfect with my techniques? Like my movement coordination and breathing?
A: Perfection is overrated anyway. If it’s your first time ever doing this, what you need to make sure is learn the physical movements first. We have different breathing patterns individually. Once you’ve learned the movements, the breathing will follow.
Q: Can you tell me about the private online community group?
A: We’ll have a private online community group for all course participants on Facebook that will support you in making connections with others, sharing insights, engaging in discussions, and completing homework assignments that can supplement your transformational journey. You’ll have the ability to share your experiences, projects, and growth throughout the course.
Q: What should I do if I have issues with my knees and consequently kidneys (since they’re related)?
A: Weak knees can be caused by overwhelming emotions or an inflammation such as kidney stones. I would look at underlying issues first and see if there’s something wrong with the organs or the knee joints simply need a bit more supplements. Herbal tea might help with this too.
Q: Are there scholarships available for this training?
A: Yes, we always make a certain percentage of spaces available for partial scholarships, giving preference to those in developing countries or doing important but underpaid work to which they can apply the training material immediately. If you’d like to apply for a scholarship, please review our guidelines, which include a link to our online application form.
Q: I actually got emotional while doing the exercises. Is this normal?
A: It’s neither normal nor abnormal, but it means that there are a lot of built up emotions, tensions, or grief in your body that got released while breathing and exercising the qigong. And once the emotions or tears subside, you’ll feel more balanced, feeling greater harmony and peace, which is wonderful.
How much is the zang fu gong program?
Daisy’s program costs $297. If it’s a bit too much, you can purchase it in two payments, but it’s gonna be more expensive ($158 each, totalling $316).
I recommend you to purchase it in one payment. It’s the best value, in my opinion.
It may seem a little pricey, but remember that you have 7 modules (almost two months of program), bonuses, improvement in your mindfulness, and the benefits that you may feel whilst trying it out.
However, if in any point of this online qigong classes you feel like you don’t want to continue or you simply dislike it, then you can ask for a refund.
Just contact their support team before their given time limit (14 days after your purchase) and they’ll refund your payment 100%. So, this program of qigong exercises for beginners is totally risk-free.
According to the FAQ, “Your refund will be processed within five business days and we’ll send you an email confirming your refund. However, we’d love to have a chance to address and resolve your concerns first.”
Firstly, I wanna say upfront that there are no perfect classes, like there are no perfect things in this world. That includes this zang fu gong program.
Daisy’s online qigong classes have their own plus and minus sides, as other programs that you can find in the world wide web.
Now, since the result of each person trying this out varies, mine won’t be the same as yours or anybody else’s.
I feel like I still get some results from Daisy Lee qigong program*, it’s just that maybe they’re not exactly what Daisy’s want the students to have.
For one, I don’t feel like there’s much (or any at all) improvement with my organs.
But, I do feel like zang fu gong had helped me become calmer or more at peace in my current situations, when I needed it most.*
Even though the calmness was kind of short-lived, it still helped me get through the days. Perhaps if I hadn’t done this, I could’ve been a walking time bomb.
To put it simply, the qigong exercises for beginners and Daisy’s teaching have helped me regardless*, and I actually liked it.
Therefore, despite the things that didn’t work for me about the program, I’d still recommend it to you all.
I also want to reiterate that I only tried her program for two weeks; 5 weeks short of her actual course length.
Therefore, I didn't really get the benefits or I didn't feel a significant improvement.
Now, don't let my experience deter you!
Remember, Daisy’s online qigong classes are zero risk; you can ask for a refund should you dislike it or think that it doesn’t work for you at all.
There’s no harm in trying, right? And if her class turns out to work for you, then that would be great and I’ll be happy for you too.
To conclude, I encourage you to try Daisy’s program and wish you the best of luck and success in your zang fu gong journey!
Results vary from person to person depending on one’s mental and physical state, time, as well as adherence and/or completion of the program.
This program is not a treatment for serious mental health problems or illnesses. Seek help professionally if you are in such conditions.
Should you have underlying medical condition that affects your psychology and physiology, consult your physician in advance.
Since this review is from a personal experience, it is not a medical/scientific article and must not be treated as such.
There are no physical products of this program.
Do not do this program, particularly the meditations, when you’re driving or in any potentially dangerous situations.
- Legit, experienced tutor/author that we can find anywhere on the internet
- The ability to do this at our own pace
- Available price reduction (via scholarships)
- More practices than meditation, which help a lot with relaxation
- Truly for beginners
- Great, easy to follow instructions or guides
- Downloadable contents and available mobile apps
- Flexible—we can do it at our own pace
- Can be a tad repetitive for some people
- Not for serious health issues that are not stress-induced
- Essentially, it’s similar to other stress-relieving programs