Become a Professional Qi Gong Teacher and Consultant

Additional 350 Hours

 (over 2 – 3 years)

If you feel called to take your Qi Gong journey to the next level, there are a lot of choices.

Are you more interested in your Physical fitness, your ability to relax, directly healing your body, or improving your fertility and sexual energy?

Are you committed to living a long and vibrant life?

Are you interested in cultivating your abilities for Healing others?

Do you want to learn about ancient and modern Nutritional and Preventative Medicine strategies from around the world?

Are you curious about the experiences of a committed Meditation or Nei Gong practice?

Professional Level Qi Gong Teacher can not only teach all of the Traditional Qi Gong skills from the 200 Hour Program, as well as also demonstrate, teach, lecture on, or offer individual consultations on some, if not all, of the following Qi Gong practices and Healing opportunities.

The word professional comes from, ‘To Profess to have the ability to solve a specific problem.’

A professor, ‘Professes the ability to teach another to solve a specific problem.’

After completing the Traditional Qi Gong Teacher Training, you can also learn:

Joint Rehabilitation Qi Gong

Tissue Repair Qi Gong

Qi Gong/Dao Yin Self-Massage

Trauma Release Qi Gong

Internal Organ Healing Qi Gong

Microcosmic Orbit Qi Gong

Qi Gong for Cultivating Qi Awareness and Sensitivity

Dan Tian Opening Qi Gong

Energy Clearing Qi Gong

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Nutrition

Strength Training Qi Gong

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Longevity

Bone Density Qi Gong

Shaolin and Daoist Meditation

Fertility Qi Gong

Shaolin and Daoist Breathwork

Shamanic Reunion Qi Gong

Shaolin and Daoist Spiritual Practice

Meridian Opening Qi Gong

Five Element Qi Gong

A Professional Level Qi Gong Teacher will be able to teach all of the above  Traditional Qi Gong Teacher skills, and also demonstrate, teach, lecture on, or offer individual consultations on most of the above Gong practices and Healing opportunities.

The word professional also brings Professor to mind. Depending on your interests and what you feel like becoming skilled at next, you will help a lot more people with public speaking, webinars, seminars, weekend workshops, residential retreats, and maybe even writing a book one day.

Most of the Professional Qi Gong Teachers that I train, or meet in the world, also offer private consultations and Qi Gong lessons. A person may need support with a shoulder injury, a traumatic childhood, addiction, or a chronic illness. Or they may want to maximize their vitality and study the intricacies of more advanced Qi Gong practices with you one-on-one.

If you are looking for a career change, are comfortable with higher-level education, love to move, dance, breathe consciously, and be still, as well as love interacting with people, the world needs more Professional Level Qi Gong teachers.

Learning Qi Gong Online Requires a lot of Support

You will receive the same support as in the 200 Hour Traditional Qi Gong Instructor Program.

The first form of support will be weekly LIVE webinar events.

EVERY WEEK, or bi-weekly, we will focus on the most essential, foundational, and tangible principles of Qi Gong practice. Similar to an in-person class, we will practice together for part of the class, then I will teach a new exercise or skill, demonstrating the correct version and some common errors specifically for learning on a screen.  I will do my best to exaggerate the subtler aspects so that nothing is missed. LEARN MORE…

We will also gather monthly as a group and learn together. For the first few months, I will be going deeper into the principles and theories of Qi Gong. Once the group has learned the essentials and is ready to begin sharing, you will have an opportunity to share an exercise or two, or lead the group through a 20 minute (mostly silent) Qi Gong experience, or enjoy learning from the offerings from your peers.  LEARN MORE…

The third form of support is a Bi-Monthly LIVE and in-person, (or in e-person) connection will be your Private Review, Evaluation, and Guidance sessions.  In these sessions, you will have a chance to demonstrate what you are learning, ask questions, share breakthroughs, and get some feedback on the subtle details of your practice. As you progress through the levels of the Soma Dao process, you and I will develop a familiarity with your good habits and specific challenges. This will help you develop the best personal practice for your present needs, as well as guide you in what you may want to focus on as a Qi Gong teacher.  LEARN MORE…

Over the next few years of your training, we will be spending a lot of time together!

Another form of support will be follow-along audio files and written descriptions of every exercise, skill, theory, or traditional teaching. This part of the program is in development. The course manuals will be available ASAP. Keep in mind that Qi Gong is an embodied practice. You will learn much more from watching the instructional videos, watching others practice online, or from practicing with people in person.

Please read the Student Resources and Application Package for clarification of commitments and responsibilities, especially with respect to note-taking.

Each level of the 350 Hour Professional Teacher and Consultant Program

takes you deeper into the journey of Embodied Awareness,

Somatic Healing, Mindfulness, Vitality, and Daoist Inner Cultivation.

Level Four

Therapeutic Qi Gong

Vitality, Healing, Fertility, and Longevity

As a future Qi Gong Professional, and/or very personally engaged practitioner, you are now embarking on the journey of learning more specific forms of Qi Gong to help yourself and others with more personalized, and possibly more challenging healing intentions.

The more abundantly Qi functions, the more you will have a sense of Aliveness,’ and the more overall Life Force you will have available to help your health in countless ways. Level Four Includes:

  • Dao Yin Self-Massage
  • Internal Organ Healing Qi Gong (Nei Zang C’an Qi Fa)  This practice can be done seated, standing, or lying down.
  • Five Elements Qi Gong (Wu Xing Li Qi Fa) and connected with the Five Phases of Qi.
  • Cultivating Qi and Dan Tian Awareness
  • Shamanic Healing Qi Gong (Tai Li Fa)– long ago, Qi Gong began as a Shamanic practice.
  • Trauma Release and Progressive Relaxation (Ting Li Dao Yin)
  • Injury Recovery Qi Gong (Lian Gong Shi Ba Fa)
  • Primordial Qi Gong for Fertility and Inner Cultivation (Hun Yuan Qi Gong)
  • Nei Gong – Inner Cultivation for Spiritual Reunion.

When you find the right combination of powerful tools and innate personal connections, you will do a great deal of good in the world.


Level Five

Shaolin Warrior Qi Gong

Core Tone, Strenght, Fascial Tensegrity, Functional Flexibility

The Shaolin Monastery is the birthplace of modern Kung Fu (Gong Fu) and Chinese Buddhism. Before Buddhism came to China, the Shaolin tradition was one of Chan (Zen) meditation, higher university learning on many subjects, Qi Gong, and Martial Arts. Over time, and for many reasons, the Shaolin monks became some of the most effective warriors in the history of the world.

Shaolin Warrior Qi Gong is a very effective and enjoyable way to strengthen your muscles, nerves, and bones, as well as ensure you do not lose your muscle mass as you age. If you think of your Qi and Meridians, like electricity and the thickness of a wire, the more abundant your ‘wires’ the stronger the Qi you can experience. This is especially true if you are a Healer. Your meridians are made of and do many things. The vaster amount of what your meridians physically become and what limits their function is your muscles, tendons, blood vessels, and fascia. Lengthening and strengthening all of these tissues equally and simultaneously is one of the healthiest forms of Qi Gong for the health of the structural aspects of all of your meridians.  Level Five Includes:

  • Restore Your Core Qi Gong
  • Muscle Tendon Change (Yi Jin Jing)
  • Shaolin Warrior Strength Training 
  • Bone Marrow Washing (Xi Sui Jing) will be introduced and combined with other forms and practices you already know.
  • Shaolin and Daoist Breathwork – is going to become the backbone of your deeper Dao Yin and Nei Gong practice.
  • 49 Day Chan (Zen) Seated Practice.

At this level of practice, and with a focus on the specifics, Qi Gong often becomes a more Seasonally focused endeavor.

  • In Winter build your bones marrow, Brain/Mind, and Jing.
  • In Spring build your tendons and Jin (muscles and fascia contractile capacity).
  • In Summer improve your circulation and Qi Hua (circulation and metabolism).
  • In Fall open your joints and meridians and Jin Ye, fluids and mucous membranes.

Level Six

Opening Your Meridians, Dan Tian, and Energy Gates

If you want to go deeper into the experiential nature of all of your Energy Systems (Organs, Meridians), Energy Centers (Dan Tian, Acupuncture points), and Energy Gates (all of the above – plus special trees, rock, waterfalls, or other places in Nature that you have Sacred Relationship with for Healing yourself and others). It is at this level of interaction that the more ancient Dao Yin and Nei Gong practices become essential.

Nei Gong – Daoist and Shaolin Inner Cultivation

Every embodied, meditative, contemplate, and energetic system of practice in the world agrees on the existence and importance of Energy Centers (Dan Tian丹田) or Chakras. Dan means alchemic substance or practice; Tian means field of cultivation. The Chinese Characters for your Meridians, in general, are Jing Luo 经络, which describe tension and integrity of the warp and weft of a cloth, or, perhaps, the collagen matrix of your structures and membranes.

If you commit to an occasional ‘Monastic Rite of Passage’ with some advanced Dao Yin and Nei Gong practices, you can complete your journey of restoring all of your organs, Meridians, and Energy Centers to their optimal state of Being, Existence, Resourcefulness, and Function.

Below are some opportunities that you should be able to access or create for yourself to go into these higher levels of Qi Gong practice.

  • The Willow Dance – a Meridian Activating and Harmonizing Qi Gong
  • Reviewing all your Joint Opening, traditional forms, and inner refinement and healing practices, with an awareness of your meridians will deepen your practice in many ways.
  • Nei Gong and the Microcosmic Orbit – with a deeper awareness of your Dan Tian, you can safely complete your training with the Microcosmic Orbit and open your Macrocosmic Orbit and all your Meridians.
  • Whole Body Meridian and Dan Tian Regulation (Hun Yuan Qi Gong) – if you are comfortable with becoming your picnic blankets, or becoming the one interacting as your Three Dan Tian,
  • your Six Innate or Unborn Minds (Yuan Shen), then it is time to open your Nine Ancestral Gateways or Nine Ancestral Dan Tian. Although this aspect of Daoist practice is ‘Esoteric’ in nature, these experiences are also an invitation to move beyond process and progress. Being Complete in a Complete Universe is enough.
  • Qi Gong and Nei Gong for Women – at this level of Qi Gong practice, the distinctions between Male/Yang energy systems and Female/Yin energy systems become much more important.
  • Inner Reflection and Inner Dialoguing. Nei Guan 內觀– this is a form of daily practice, self-acceptance, self-reflection, and meditation.

Getting to this level of Qi Gong practice and experience usually takes a few years of dedicated and professionally guided practice. This is as far as most people take their Qi Gong practice in the Western World.


Level Seven

Methods for Nourishing Vitality

Yang Sheng Fa

The Chinese characters for Yang Sheng Fa (養生法) describe feeding your leftovers to your goat, just in case you need to eat your goat to stay alive. Some aspects of Chinese philosophy are very pragmatic. Said another way, Yang Sheng Fa is a lifelong daily practice of self-care that involves all aspects of your life, even the humble and seemingly unimportant things. That may sound a bit serious and obsessive, but this approach to living a conscious and healthy life is more about flow and seasonal alignment. In Level Seven, you will learn about:

  • The Yang Sheng Tradition
  • Chinese Medicine 101 – if you are ill and want to understand how to get healthy, you need to know what went wrong. To understand what went wrong, you need an understanding of how your internal organs, glands, systems, and enzymes work.
  • The Four Constitutions and The Five Taxations 
  • A Seasonal Diet 
  • Metabolic and Spiritual Fasting 
  • Detoxification and Healthy Fat Loss protocols
  • Fertility and Longevity protocols
  • Finding Life, Work, Rest, Play Balance 
  • Seasonal Fitness strategies for young and old
  • Sleep Hygiene 
  • Mental and Emotional Hygiene
  • Conscious Parenting
  • Sacred Intimacy

Becoming a Professional Qi Gong teacher is about both, the ability to be more specific and the ability to speak to the broadest and most impactful challenges of our time. Because I am speaking about becoming a health care professional, even if it is just for yourself, your family, and friends, I want to encourage you to keep learning about health. I have been a clinician for almost 30 years, and every few years a new perspective or protocol comes along that helps solve a specific problem from a new angle or some other new (or very old) approach can help almost everyone in some way.


As a graduate, you will also become a part of a community of people from around the world, dedicated to health, self-awareness, and a more conscious way of living.

Schedule a Phone or Video Interview with Dr. Michael Smith to make sure that this long-term learning opportunity is aligned with your present health status, personal needs, and long-term goals.

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