Becoming a Professional 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. This level of training iw for those who feel called to learn a complete tradition and carry it forward into the future.

The Ten Levels and Three Phases of the Soma Dao Process

Phase One

Fundamental Practices and Principles Instructor

(200 hours/1-2 years)

Everyone starts here!

Whole-Body Stretching and Strengthening

Dynamic Flexibility

Meditative Awareness

Traditional Forms

Postural Rehabilitation

Instinctual Coordination

Healing Breathwork

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 recreation 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.

Phase Two

 Health, Fertility, and Longevity Qi Gong Instructor

(350 hours/2-3 years)

Graduates of Phase One can continue on and learn:

Therapeutic Exercise – Injury, Stroke, Coma Recovery

Daoist Lying Qi Gong (Inner Work)

The Microcosmic Orbit

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)


Phase Three

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 skills that can help others and support you long into your retirement.

Ten Levels of Qi Gong Practice, Theory, and Healing

Level One

Fundamentals Of Movement, Posture, and Breath

We will begin your training by gently stretching and toning every muscle in your body.
As you become more flexible and fit, you will begin to explore the essentials of Breathwork.
You will notice changes in your postural alignment and Energetic Awareness very quickly.
It is always a good idea to try new things carefully, especially if you are new to exercise, have any chronic health concerns or have any previous injuries.
You will also be guided into meditative states and experiential opportunities to become more coherent and adaptable with your awareness.
This shift into more conscious movement will improve your coordination and change how you embody distress, fatigue, and tension.

Level Two

Traditional Qi Gong Forms

In Level Two you will explore two traditional Qi Gong forms.
First, you will learn the famous Eight Pieces of Brocade (Ba Duan Jin).
Second, you will Learn the subtle Balancing Heaven and Earth (Tian Di He Yi Fa).
Your Breathwork practice will evolve with the Deep Healing Flow.
Forms are repetitive and choreographed routines and are an essential aspect of Qi Gong practice.
With the skills and experience you have from Level One, you can now begin a thorough exploration of your biomechanics, your breath and your connection with Nature.

Level Three

Deep Stillness and Precise Coordination

Level Three will challenge and augment your dexterity and aligment
We will begin with a Qi Gong Warm-Up for Martial Artists
You will open the vast treasure chest of Standing Meditation. This is the most effective practice to bring anyone back into their body.
You will also be guided into the Essentials of Chan (Zen) Seated Meditation practice. An ancient doorway into patience, focus, and compassion.
An Introduction to Transformational and Shaolin Breathwork will empower you heal your body, release trauma, and reconnect with your intuition.
To challenge your coordination and patience you will also study the classic Chan Si Jin – Silk Reeling Exercises. This is one of the most unique and powerful aspects of Qi Gong and martial arts practice.
EVERY athlete and dancer would benefit from this level of coordination!

Level Four

Therapeutic Movement and Shamanic Healing

Level Four focuses on therapeutic exercises, dynamic and safe flexbility, core strength and postural rehabilitation
We will begin with Taking Care of Your Body with Qi Gong – a self massage and energy clearing seated practice.
You will learn the world renouned 18 Therapeutic Exercises – (Lian Gong shi Ba Fa). Qi Gong that is specifically for people recovering from severe injuries, stroke or a coma.
One of the simplest ways to inmprove your posture, mood and metabolism is to Re-Charge Your Core strength. This easy to learn group of very safe exercises will reconnect every muscle between your ribs and your knees.
If you are into sports and other intense activities, you will love what happens when you Re-Awaken Your Pocket Muscles. This basic martial arts power development practice will help with everything physical, especially dancing.
Flexibility is essential but cannot be forced.
The Deep Stretching Flow series is safe and yet dynamic enough to help your nervous system adjust to many new positions. The focus is not on touching your toes as much as it is on rewiring the way your muscles and bones talk to each other.
Qi Gong began as a Shamanic practice. The Great Reunion with Nature – Tai Li Fa will be your next immersion into connecting wth the forces of nature. This powerful 4-minute routine is also an amazing way to clear your mind and come into being with wholehearted intention.
We will complete our rehabilitation training with some Postural assesment skills. There are some fundamentals to postural rehabilitation that EVERYONE should learn in school.

Level Five

Shaolin Temple Qi Gong

The Shaolin Monastery is considered the birthplace of modern Kung Fu and Chinese Buddhism.
You will begin your Shaolin training with the life-changing Muscle Tendon Change (Yi Jin Jing).
The essentials of the advanced practice called Bone Marrow Washing (Yi Jin Xi Sui Jing) will also be covered.
As a celebration of getting halfway, you are invited to join the 49-Days Mindfulness Rite of Passage yearly event.

Level Six

Opening Your Meridians and Energy Gates

To deepen your awareness of Qi Gong practice, you will need to learn about the fundamentals of meridian theory from Traditional Chinese Medicine.
You will learn the Daoist ‘Willow Dance,’ a Shamanic way to explore and open your Meridians (Jing Luo) and Energy Gates (Dan Tien) one at a time.
In order to encourage a playful way to cultivate Awareness and Harmony in your Mind, you will also learn a modern practice called Inner Dialoguing.
WARNING! – Actively opening your Meridians and Mind can have unexpected results…

Level Seven

Yang Sheng Fa – Nourishing Health Principles

This course is for Teachers, Healers, and Practitioners who love to learn both leading edge and ancient approaches better Vitality and Longevity.
This is actually a university-level Chinese medicine course on Yang Sheng Fa – The Methods of Cultivating Vitality.
As a ‘soon to be Qi Gong teacher’, you will feel more confident answering questions about general health with this training.
In the modern world of drugs and surgery, some traditional Folk Medicine can go a long way.
This course will also introduce the principles of Evolutionary and Function Medicine.

Level Eight

Advanced Daoist and Shaolin Qi Gong

Self Quantification with Qi Gong (Jing, Qi, and Shen)
The Shaolin Nei Jing Gong – Inner Purification
History, Lineage and Overview
Shaolin Nei Jing Gong – Step-By-Step
Harmonizing Heaven and Beings – Tian Ren He Yi Fa
Harmonizing Earth and Beings – Ren Di He Yi Fa
Qi Gong as a Ceremonial Practice

Level Nine

Daoist, Buddhist, and Indigenous Wisdom Teachings

Qi Gong is a way of life, and a good life needs Wisdom, Philosophy and Connection.
Level Nine will introduce you to the Daoist teachings on Cosmology, Ontology, Walking in a Good Way, Feng Shui and Seasonal Attunement.
We will explore modern Buddhism and embrace the Four Noble Truths and develop an experiencial relationship with Karma
We will also explore the Medicine Wheel teachings and practices from my Indigenous Elders and Relations.
This part of the program will also guide you through your 100-day Rite of Passage.
You will also learn Tortoise Breathing, the Daoist Shamanic Breathwork for Trance Work.
We will also take a deep dive into Quantum Physics, Indigenous Fractal Consciousness, Epigenetics, and the Neuro-science of Breathwork.
One of the Seasonal Gatherings will be Review of the Classic texts of Daoism and Qi Gong

Level Ten

Hands-on Healing

As a Qi Gong Teacher, you will be asked to guide your students towards better Health.
In your final level of training, you will be taught an Ancient form of Hands-On Healing.
If you choose, you could also begin to practice as a Healer.
Imagine helping others with everything from sports injuries to Cancer.
These skills are sourced in Temple Healing Arts and Indigenous Healing Ceremonies that I have inherited in a traditional way.

Online Training

Consistent and Spontaneous Support

In my experience, mentoring is always about Guidance, Evaluation, and Support. For an Athletic, Qi Gong, Meditation, Shamanic or Medical Student to feel confident, they naturally require consistent opportunities to connect, share, inquire and explore whatever skills and knowledge they are trying to master.

Successful learning and the building of confidence rely on support as much as anything.

This program includes three forms of live, interactive and essential support.

Weekly LIVE Webinars

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

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

EVERY WEEK, (or two) we will focus in on the most essential, foundational and tangible principles of Qi Gong practice, Step-By-Step, Level By Level.

These live webinars will help you stay focused and inspired on your journey, while ensuring that you get to ask questions and refine the skills of your practice.

If you cannot participate, you are invited to email a question which will be answered during the class. The recordings are usually available within 24 hours.

Monthly Group Collaborations

The second form of support is Monthly LIVE group co-teaching, Q&A, sessions, and seasonal webinar events.

Every Month we will gather as a goup and take turns teaching and sharing – when you are ready.

EVERY MONTH, we will focus on the best tools and tricks to teaching modern Western people a complete Qi Gong practice.

EVERY SEASON, we will learn how the seasons effect your Qi Gong practice. We will also share some tea eplore what we are learning about our selves.

Private Personal Mentoring

The third form of live and in person, (or in e-person) connection will be your Private Review, Evaluation and Guidance sessions.

These Bi-Monthly One-on-One sessions will give you a chance to demonstrate what you are learning, ask questions, share breakthroughs, and get some feedback on the subtle details of your practice.

These ‘serious and scary‘ exams usually include a lot of laughing and personal growth.

I am committed to helping others share Qi Gong with the world.
Keep in mind that this is a 3-5 year long commitment to learning and practicing an ancient and beautiful art.

During those many months of guidance, you will be asked to practice for at least 500 hours – mostly solo – under the full moon or at sunrise – or anywhere you like.

With each exercise you will have to ask, am I sure that this is right, can this hurt anyone? Can I teach this exercise in a playful and gentle way?

By the end of your training, you will have learned a new language for staying healthy, fit and aware of your deeper self for the rest of your life.

How Much Does This Training Cost?


If you are not certain how deeply you are invested in this practice or the information available in this program, please look into my shorter and more specific programs.

LEVEL ONE – The Foundations of Movement, Posture, and Breath
200 Hour Qi Gong Teacher Training

If are already a Qi Gong student or practitioner and are certain that you want access to the essential skills, theory and knowledge base but are uncertain if you want to become an instructer, this training is still a great value.

If you feel drawn to becoming a professional Qi Gong teacher, I can say with absolute confidence that this program is the best online training available today.

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Michael Smith, Dr.TCM

Martial Arts and Qi Gong Expert

Michael began his training in Martial Arts and Qi Gong at 10 years of age, which was 40 years ago.

He has had the good fortune to learn from some of the highest level Masters in the Western world.

As a Martial Artist, he has taught civilians, Law Enforcement, Corrections Officers and members of the Military for over 25 years.

Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Dr. Smith studied Traditional Chinese Medicine in a Daoist Oral Lineage as a part of his journey to becoming a Lay-Priest in the Huan Yuan tradition of Daoism.

Michael is a co-founder of the prestigious Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences (ACOS), the first five-year full-time school of Chinese medicine in Canada.

He is presently the Medical Director at Integrative Health Solutions and is the Clinic Supervisor for the Doctoral Candidates at ACOS.

Professor, Author, and Speaker

Michael is constantly learning, researching, writing about and teaching all things health, mindset, lifestyle, and Spirituality.

He has a Blog, a Podcast, a youtube channel and plans to publish at least one book a year for the next decade.

His first book, Returning to an Ancestral Diet, has helped MANY people recover their health.

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Helping others learn to Move, Relax, Meditate, and Pray is the most REWARDING ‘work’ I have ever had!

During your training, you will have many opportunities to grow as a person and get your feet wet as a uniquely qualified kind of fitness trainer and health coach.

If you are completely new to Qi Gong practice, I encourage you to give yourself the time you need to feel familiar and confident with your practice before sharing it with orthers.

If you have enough experience and feel ready, I encourage my students to start a volunteer ‘practice with’ group in your second year of practice.

This is basically a chance to show a few people (for free) what you are learning. Imagine taking some friends and curious strangers through a 40 minute well organized and inspiring experience. Every week.

You don’t get paid, but you get a chance to shake off any nervousness and work out any bad habits before you start asking for money. In your third year of training AND teaching, you will be asked to teach a regular class. As a teacher in training, you can offer this by donation.

In your final year you will offer a weekend workshop. If you charge a moderate fee you wil recover your investment for this training.

If you are consistent in your teaching efforts, you could pay for this course AND very likely change your life.

And the lives of every student you teach and touch.

Training Begins February 10th, 2020

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