Are you feeling called to teach Qi Gong?
If you are, I invite you to begin a life-changing journey of self-exploration, self-awareness, and personal growth through the practice of Qi Gong. This inward journey could also become a career by sharing your skills and experience with others.
This ancient practice is sourced from Daoism, Buddhism, and the Indigenous Healing Traditions of Asia. Qi Gong is a path of dedicated and playful practise that reconnects you with your body, breath, nature, your authentic conscious self, and perhaps the mystery of life.
This ancient and contemporary practice is spreading worldwide and needs more well-trained and highly competent teachers.
If you already have a personal practice and are looking for new skills, there are 10 levels to this training program. If you are not sure if you want to teach, take your time and learn to tools first.
If you are a clinician and want to include any of the scientifically proven skills and benefits into the way you practice, this course is based on the training I developed when teaching a 5-year Doctoral level program in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
If you are a patient with any form of chronic disease, but especially Autoimmune Disease, unresolved trauma (PTSD), and/or Addiction, Qi Gong has many clinically proven benefits. The first level of this program would give you the most important tools and skills to approach your health and state of mind in a new and authentic way.
If you feel called to teach Qi Gong, this 3 Phase and 10 Level program covers every aspect of Qi Gong practice, focusing on exercises that improve the flexibility and strength of every joint and vertebrae in your body – safely. Most of these exercises are sourced from the Monastic traditions of Daoism and Shaolin Buddhist, as well as the Indigenous Healing practices that go back at least 7,000 years. These traditions have in-depth meditative, breathwork and shamanic practices to help you become more present, adaptable, playful, and conscious to life.
And so much more…
What is Qi Gong?
Qi Gong (Chi Kung) is an embodied healing and spiritual practice that involves gentle and rhythmic movement, deep stretching, focused breath-work, whole-body relaxation, meditative awareness, and prolonged immersive stillness. With regular practise, most people reawaken a subtle ‘energetic’ awareness of their somatic, physical, emotional, and instinctual experience.
In Chinese Medicine, Qi Gong is considered to be the most potent form of healing!
This practice originated with the Indigenous people of Asia about 7000 years ago, as a form of healing, prayer and communion with nature. At present, Qi Gong is practiced all over the world as a method of healing oneself and others, enhancing athletic and martial arts capabilities, as well as cultivating Spiritual awareness and a deeper connection with nature.
Also called Chinese Yoga, Qi Gong is world-renowned for its low impact exercise, gentle and scientifically proven health benefits. In the last two decades, increased availability of instructors has made it possible for many people to cultivate this life-enriching practise and to transform their day-to-day lives.
There are thousands of different styles and lineages of Qi Gong. There are just as many purposes and unique intentions in this vast resource of practical wisdom.
This program combines modern Qi Gong with the original Daoist practice called Dao Yin. This approach focuses on a gradual exploration of your instinctual embodied experience and vitality, your intuition and ‘energetic’ sense of the world, your relationships, and your existential journey of finding a balance of meaning and mystery in your spiritual life.
Why Become a Qi Gong Instructor?
I have studied and practiced Qi Gong for over 40 years.
It began as a part of learning martial arts. Quickly, Qi Gong became my closest ally in EVERY other part of my life. This ancient Indigenous practice is as important to my sense of self and my experience of well-being as eating, sleeping, fitness, adventures, and sex.
If you are looking for a career helping people come home to their bodies and improve the quality of life, Qi Gong is a great choice!
As a front-line clinician, I have seen Qi Gong reverse the process of many chronic illnesses. Today especially, people rarely have time for their bodies. Just like Yoga, meditation, and fitness, Qi Gong is becoming a respected and popular approach to wellbeing, vitality, fertility and longevity.
Imagine being able to help people improve their energy level, mood, fitness, mindfulness, adaptability, and patience. Imagine being a part of the groundswell of professional level Qi going teachers.
Qi Gong Teachers are Needed now!
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. Regular Qi Gong practice, along with the fundamental principles of Traditional Chinese medicine, are profoundly beneficial in keeping practitioners more healthy, fit and happy.
This program includes practices for deep relaxation, gentle therapeutic exercise, traditional forms, shamanic communion with nature, strength training, preventative medicine, fertility and longevity practices, and hands-on healing. You will also learn about ancestral nutrition, and folk Daoism.
If you are looking for professional, experienced, and dedicated instruction, let’s have a conversation.
Are Qi Gong and Yoga the Same?
Since the 1960’s Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Kung Fu, Meditation, Breathwork, and Yoga have become normal parts of modern culture for most of us in some way.
It is abundantly clear that movement, stretching, stillness, breathwork, and meditation are experiences that people need to be happy and healthy. Both Qi Gong and Yoga are embodied Spiritual practices.
Both call us to presence, connection, intention and peaceful abundance. Yoga, for the most part, focuses on Asanas, or fixed postures with endless opportunities for deepening subtleties of awareness and practice. Qi Gong also has this practice, although Qi Gong tends to focus more on repetitive, flowing and circular gestures, stretches, and postural rehabilitation. These repetitive and rhythmic opportunities help carry people into deeper states of relaxation and meditative awareness. These symbolic and tangibly emotive movements are often combined into larger choreographed series of movements called ‘forms.’
In my experience, an “Embodied Spiritual Practice” is the same opportunity no matter what we call it.
Can You Learn Qi Gong Online?
Yes, I think Qi Gong can be learned, to a certain extent, online.
Given the technology so many people have access to, and the level of interaction possible, a person could learn enough online to have a very deep personal practice. Of course, like any art, the more you interact with other artists, especially those with more experience than you, the better an artist you will likely become.
When access to video recording and sharing was first easily available, most of my very traditional Gong Fu (Kung Fu) and Qi Gong Masters would give me a tape of what we were learning. Usually half of the tape would be them demonstrating and the other half was them giving me specific corrections. I thought we were breaking some rule and then I realized that each of them had spent their lives training Olympic level athletes.
These exercises are safe, easy to learn (mostly) and deeply enjoyable. If you are looking for some basic exercises to get you started there are many free videos on social media. I sometimes choose a Qi Gong practice and find someone demonstrating it on YouTube. It is always fun to follow another person through a form you have practiced for years.
I am amazed at how many unique perspectives are out there!
If you are looking for a complete paradigm of practice, an ancient lineage to carry and a family of practitioners, teachers, healers and warriors, then I invite you to join me in a life-changing journey into the practices, benefits, and traditions of Qi Gong.
The Three Phases of Becoming a Qi Gong teacher
Becoming an Experienced and confident Qi Gong teacher takes a few years.
You will have access to the content for life, so you can always review the exercises when you need to. When you feel that you have the experience, expertise, and clarity with the content to begin teaching, then Welcome to the team!
The best way to learn to teach is to teach! If you plan to teach, then I will do my best to help you get there!
There are three phases to this training. I recognize that some people only want to learn the essentials, some are only interested in the clinical or therapeutic application, while others feel called to learn a complete tradition and carry it forward into the future.
Fundamental Practices and Principles Instructor
200 Hours – 1-2 years
Everyone starts here!
Whole body stretching and strengthening
Qi Gong and Daoist Principles
Once you have completed this phase of your training you will be prepared to teach in your own studio, a local studio, a recreations center, a Senior’s center, a corporate retreat, or other retreat or gathering. Phase One includes Level One to Level Three – see below.
If you have some experience and practice often you could complete this training in one year.
Qi Gong for Health, Fertility, and Longevity Instructor
350 Hours – 2-3 years
Graduates of Phase One can continue on and learn:
Daoist Lying Qi Gong (Inner Work)
Shaolin Strength Training
Somatic Mindfulness Qi gong
Trauma Release Breathwork
Core and Hip Rehabilitation
Shamanic Reconnection with Nature
Opening your Meridians, Energy Centers, and Energy Gates
Inner Purification Breathwork
Bone Marrow Cleansing
Longevity and Fertility Qi Gong
Ancient and Modern Preventative Medicine
At this level of training you could easily work in (or run) an Integrative medicine clinic. It would be easy to build an online brand as a Qi Gong for Fat Loss, Fertility, and/or Longevity expert. You could consistently fill up specialized weekend seminars, with this level of knowledge.
The Shaolin Qi Gong is highly sought after in many martial arts schools.
Phase Two covers Level Four – Level Seven – see below.
Professional Qi Gong Instructor
500 Hours – 3-5 years
If you feel called to follow your Qi Gong Journey to the end, Welcome to the final phase of your training.
Advanced Shaolin Qi Gong
Advanced Daoist Shamanic Qi gong
Reintegration of all previous training
Advanced Monastic Breathwork
Advanced Visionary Breathwork
Daoist Ontology, Cosmology, and Indigenous Wisdom
Shaolin Buddhist Rites of Passage
Contemporary Quantum Spirituality
Hands on Healing
Trauma Release Bodywork
A professional level Qi Gong teacher, in my opinion should know all of the Qi Gong that a doctor of Chinese medicine should learn – as well as some aspects of Daoist and Shaolin Buddhist monastic training.
Traditionally, a Qi Gong expert was also a healer. You are not required to help others in this way, but you may want to share those skills some day. If you are excited to learn the oldest form of healing in the world, you will have skill that can heal others and support you long into your retirement.