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Qi Gong


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 Buddhism and the Indigenous Daoism Healing Traditions of Asia.

Qi Gong is a path of dedicated and playful practise 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 spreading worldwide and needs more well-trained and highly competent teachers.

If you already have a personal practice and are looking for new skills, forms and advanced principles, there are 10 levels to this training program.

If you are not sure if you want to teach, take your time and learn from these powerful experiences 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 initially 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 three levels of this program will 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, muscle and nerve in your body – safely.

Most of these exercises are sourced from the Monastic traditions of Daoism and Shaolin Buddhism, 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 your life and all life.

And so much more…

Start with these Questions…

Qi Gong (Chi Kung) is an embodied healing and spiritual practise that involves: Gentle and Rhythmic Movement, Deep and Slow Stretching…


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 that and EVERY other part of my life. Teaching Qi Gong is the most rewarding ‘work’ I have ever done…


Since the 1960’s Qi Gong, Taijiquan (Tai Chi), Gong Fu (Kung Fu), Meditation, Breathwork, and Yoga have become normal parts of modern culture for most of us in some way.


Yes, I think Qi Gong can be learned, to a certain extent, online. Given the technology so many people have access to every day, 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 (even online), especially those with more experience than you…



“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.

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.

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.

Jackie S

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

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.

Everyone starts here!

Whole-body Stretching and Strengthening

Dynamic Flexibility

Meditative Awareness

Traditional Forms

Healing Breathwork

Qi Gong and Daoist Principles


Therapeutic Exercise

Daoist Lying Qi Gong (Inner Work)

Microcosmic Orbit

Trauma Release Breathwork

Opening your Meridians, Energy Centers, and Energy Gates

Inner Purification Breathwork

Longevity and Fertility Qi Gong


Advanced Shaolin Qi Gong

Advanced Daoist Shamanic Qi gong

Hands-On Healing

Advanced Monastic Breathwork

Advanced Visionary Breathwork

Daoist Ontology, Cosmology, and Indigenous Wisdom

Shaolin Buddhist Rites of Passage


Learning Qi Gong Online

In this video I share a story about learning Qi Gong through a language barrier.

I am confident that I can communicate and demonstrate these skills through video. We will have several live Q&A sessions for each level of the training.


  • Teacher Training – After an interview, you can train and be certified as a Qi Gong Foundations Instructor, a Qi Gong for Health, Fertility, and Longevity Instructor, or a Fully certified Professional Qi Gong Instructor.

  • Personal Practitioner – If you already enjoy a personal practice and are looking for a specific skill set or more Qi Gong styles to explore, you can participate in most of the teacher training classes as they become available.

  • Clinicians – If you are a clinician or healer and want to include Qi Gong as a part of your resources, you are welcome to take any of the courses that are offered if you have the prerequisite experience.

  • Patients – If you are presently suffering from chronic illness, Trauma, or Addiction, you are welcome to join the training from the beginning. I recommend taking the first four levels of the training to ensure that you have all of the tools, skills, and resources that you need to improve and maintain better health.


The 500 Hour, Professional Level Qi Gong Instructor program is meant to prepare you to be an expert in all aspects of Qi Gong Practice, Theory, History, Cosmology, Ontology, and Shamanic Healing practices.

If you choose, you could teach at all of the above institutions, as well as travel internationally as a representative of the Soma Dao Process, or as a solo Qi Gong expert.

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 someday. If you are excited to learn the oldest form of healing in the world, you will have a skill that can heal others and support you long into your retirement.

500 Hour Program

350 Hour Program

Once you have completed your 350 Hours of training, you will be a Fertility and Longevity Qi Gong Instructor.

People with this level of training usually teach at Integrative Medicine Clinics, Chinese Medicine Colleges, and at retreat centers.

 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.

350 Hour Program

One Year Intensive

The One Year Intensive is the best way to learn the basics and begin your journey into the deeper practices of Qi Gong.

This course includes the first three levels of the Profesional Level Qi Gong Teacher Training.

If you are interested in teaching Qi Gong at a Foundational level, or are more interested in cultivating your personal practice, or focusing on your inner healing journey, the 200 Hour program was designed specifically for you.

200 Hour Program

The first level of the Soma Dao Qi Gong process is a comprehensive introduction to this ancient practice. This 4-month training will help you loosen all of your muscles and open all of your joints.

You will learn walking, standing, and seated Qi Gong, several forms of meditation and breathwork, and the worldview that developed this profound method of healing.

Foundations Course

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