Qi Gong


Are You Feeling Called to Become a Qi Gong Teacher?

Or a Medical Qi Gong Therapist?

If you are, I invite you to begin a life-changing journey of exploring your Self-Awareness, Conscious Embodiment, Breathwork, Meditation, Energetic Sensitivity, and Spiritual Renewal, through the practice of Qi Gong.

Your inward journey can also become a Full Time or Part Time Career, as you learn the most effective ways to share your skills and experience with others.

This ancient practice is sourced from Shaolin Buddhist Monastic training and the Indigenous Daoist Healing Traditions. Qi Gong is a path of dedicated and playful practice that reconnects you with your body, breath, the natural world, your authentic conscious self, and perhaps the mystery of life.

This ancient and contemporary practice is becoming as popular as Yoga.

The world needs more well-trained and highly competent Qi Gong Teachers and Healers.

If you already have a personal practice, or are teaching Qi Gong and are looking for new skills, forms, and advanced principles, there are 10 levels of unique practices and knowledge to learn from in the Soma Dao program. If you are not sure if you want to teach, take your time and learn from these powerful experiences as you decide.

If you are a clinician and/or want to become a Qi Gong Therapist, this training includes and focuses on many of the scientifically proven skills and benefits of Qi Gong. The Medical Qi Gong (500 Hour) Program is based on the training I initially developed for teaching a 5-year Doctoral level program in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Medical Qi Gong.

If you feel called to to train for a new career, studying teach Qi Gong, thewho want to study Qi Gong at a professional capacity.

If you are looking Imagine being able to help people improve their energy level, mood, fitness, mindfulness, adaptability, and patience.Qi Gong is a process of entering deep states of meditation and instinctual readiness, emotional acceptance, and Spiritual reunion.

In this time of high stress, economic insecurity, spending more time at home, working, socializing, and learning online, becoming a Qi Gong teacher makes a lot of sense. Given the terrifying health statistics of the 21st Century, people everywhere are looking for guidance on how to manage stress and how to live a healthier life. This is especially true of the ‘Baby Boomer’ population. The epidemic of Obesity, Diabetes, Cancer, Autoimmune Disease, Infertility, and Alzheimer’s Disease are all serious warnings that modern life is out of balance.

Qi Gong Teachers are Needed now!

Imagine being a part of the groundswell of professional-level Qi going teachers. Society needs more Qi Gong teachers to help people heal and to have a regular embodied practice. Many people who have enjoyed Yoga for years are now being turned on to the unique qualities and benefits of the Qi Gong experience.

My mission is to teach as many people as possible how to heal themselves, and to heal others from chronic illness, Trauma, and Addiction, through a combination of traditional Shaolin and Daoist Lineage Qi Gong, a healthy ‘Ancestral’ lifestyle, and Somato-Emotional Release practices.

As a potential Qi Gong teacher, your opportunities to create and deliver your courses are only limited by your imagination, and by how much of this life-changing practice you choose to learn and share.

Are You New to Qi Gong?

If you are, consider this,

As a sentient being, who lives in a body, much of your existence is, and always will be, felt.

Feel into your spine right now. If your spine could talk, what would it say?

How you feel physically, somatically, intuitively, instinctually, and existentially is who you are. How you feel in your Body and Being, can determine your adaptability and all of the ways you face and experience, the world.

As a potential Qi Gong teacher, your career and training will focus on helping people relax, breathe, slow down enough the feel into their lives, find inner balance, and celebrate the gift of Life.

Qi Gong is one of the oldest living Healing traditions and Spiritual practices in the world!

Qi Gong is a Conscious Embodiment, Healing, and Spiritual practice, that involves:

  • Gentle and Rhythmic Movements
  • Deep and Slow Stretching
  • Transformational Breathwork
  • Profound Immersive Stillness
  • Cultivating Spiritual awareness
  • Whole Body Relaxation
  • Cultivating Awareness
  • Meditative Presence
  • Reunion with the Natural world


The Flow of a Gong Class

Most Qi Gong classes and solo practice sessions are going to flow to the ‘rhythm’ of the following specific opportunities of your practice.

  • Arriving and Connecting with Qi
  • Standing Qi Gong – for Alignment and Flexibility
  • Traditional Practice Routines 
  • Breathwork and Meditation
  • Embodied Healing – Dao Yin 
  • Floor Work – similar to Yoga


Learning  Qi Gong Online

Yes, Qi Gong can be learned online. You, as the student, will have to:

  • Commit 3-5 hours per week to study and practice
  • Have regular skill development sessions
  • Gain experience by sharing your teaching style with your peers
  • Become certified to teach, step-by-step 


Your Guide and Mentor

Dr. Michael Smith

Creator of the Soma Dao Process and Online Training Programs

Michael is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Author, Speaker, Podcaster, as well a professional Martial Arts, and Qi Gong teacher.

As a clinician and teacher, he focuses on patients with Autoimmune conditions, Complex Trauma, and Addiction, using a combination of Ancient and Modern Healing methods, Qi Gong, and Meditation.

Dr. Smith has studied in traditional lineages of Qi Gong,

Martial Arts, and Daoism for over 37 years.

Learn about Michael’s Qi Gong Journey

What Students are Saying…

“This has been a game-changer in my day-to-day life.”

I am a first-time student of Qi Gong.  Dr. Michael Smith is a teacher and guide, with incredible knowledge, patience, great dedication, and passion.  Soma Dao Qi Gong Teacher Training so far for me has been a beautiful deep learning experience that has changed my life.  A gift to learn the depths of my being in this way has been a game-changer in my day-to-day life.  I so love the instructional videos, I can go back to any class at any time.  This course, from my perspective, is greatly recommended.

“The value of what you will learn is priceless.”

“I’ve benefited so much from participating in this qigong class on a personal and professional level.  It adds to my sense of calm and well-being as well as connection with Self and the Universe.  Michael is very committed to sharing his years of experience and depth of knowledge.  Your time is well spent and the value of what you will learn is priceless.”

Lucy Mei Lee, R.Ac.

The online experience is richer than I have experienced with other courses

I have been a student of Dr. Michael Smith’s for 20 years and still learn something new every class.

I have studied qi gong with several other teachers over the years and I have to say the Soma Dao program is the most comprehensive work in Qi Gong that I have come across so far. Mike is such a creative and descriptive teacher and has an immense amount of wisdom/knowledge to share.  His writing and video content are also extremely prolific in addition to the core course material, which makes the online learning experience richer than I have experienced with other courses.  The depth of study one can achieve in this program is endless if one is willing to put in the work and there is a lot of support available when needed.

Tanya S.

Michael is a very competent, kind, and humorous teacher.

I am now in level 3 of the Qi Gong teacher training and I enjoy the process a lot. The training is highly experiential and moves through different aspects of Daoist training such as traditional standing and movement forms, breathwork, and floorwork.

Michael is a very competent, kind, and humorous teacher.

Matti B.

Every Journey Begins with a Single Step…

The complete Soma Dao Qi Gong program has Three Phases.

Depending on how much of the program you want to commit to at this time.

The First Phase is a commitment to learning the necessary skills to become a Traditional Qi Gong Instructor.

Phase Two offers an additional 2 years of more advanced and therapeutically specific aspects of Qi Gong practice. This will certify you as a Profession Qi Gong Teacher and Consultant.

If you want to commit to learning Phase One and Two now, you can purchase them together with a $500.00 discount. 

After completing both of those programs, you can continue your studies with Phase Three and become a Medical Qi Gong Therapist or Practitioner.

If you feel committed to Becoming a Qi Gong Therapist (3 – 4 years) and are ready to learn Phase One, Two, and Three consecutively, you can purchase the entire Soma Dao program with a $1500.00 discount. 

All Training Programs include:

LIVE – Online Classes
LIVE – Group Sharing and Learning
In-Person review and refinement with your Mentor
Recordings of EVERY class, skill, theory, and practice

Become a Traditional Qi Gong Instructor

Everyone starts here!

A Traditional Qi Gong teacher has gained the skills and knowledge necessary to guide individuals and groups through the most essential aspects of this ancient art. Including:

Whole-body gentle fluid stretching and toning movements.

Dynamic Flexibility

Meditative Awareness

Traditional Forms

Healing Breathwork

Qi Gong and Daoist Principles of Longevity


Become a Professional Qi Gong Teacher and Consultant

A Professional Qi Gong Instructor and Consultant has been trained extensively in the skills and knowledge necessary to support individuals and groups with more specific health concerns or those interested in higher-level Qi Gong practices. Including:

Therapeutic Exercises 

Self Healing practices (Nei Yang Gong)

Lying Qi Gong

Daoist Nei Gong (Inner Work)

Microcosmic Orbit

Trauma Release Breathwork

Muscle Tendon transforming Qi Gong (Yi Jin Jing)

Opening your Meridians, Energy Centers, and Energy Gates

Inner Purification Breathwork

Longevity and Fertility Qi Gong


Become a Medical Qi Gong Therapist

A Medical Qi Gong Therapist has been trained in the necessary healing skills to support people suffering from chronic illness, trauma, and addiction. To be  certified as a Therapist, you will need to attend two in-person clinically focused weekend seminars

If you are not interested in clinical certification or that does not apply where you live, then you can become a Medical Qi Gong Practitioner.

Learning to become a Qi Gong Healer Includes:

Advanced Shaolin Qi Gong

Advanced Daoist Shamanic Qi Gong

Hands-On Healing

Understanding Chronic illness, trauma, and addiction

Advanced Breathwork

Daoist Ontology, Cosmology, and Indigenous Wisdom

Shaolin Buddhist Rites of Passage


Therapeutic Qi Gong

New Course Spring 2022

Join us on a 10-month journey of healing with Therapeutic Qi Gong, Breathwork, and Somatic Trauma Release

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