Why I Teach Qi Gong
I was first introduced to Qi Gong about 40 years ago as a martial arts student. A few years later, I had the good fortune of meeting and training with a lineage holding master. Since then, Qi Gong has been one of the central themes and core practices in my life.
As a teacher, I encourage people to make an important distinction about each and every practice session.
Are you practicing from the outside in, or from the inside out?
As a part of my advanced training in Qi Gong and Daoism, I committed to the traditional 49 days of living as a hermit and exploring my meditation, breathwork and Qi Gong as deeply as possible every day. It was a life-changing experience. After the seven weeks were over I wanted to stay in the forest for the rest of my life. My practice had transformed in a way that could not have happened in any other way.
At the time I was teaching Qi Gong and Martial Arts and continuing my studies with three of the highest level Masters in the Western world. I had planned to return to my teaching and learning but had made a discovery that I did not want to lose. I had found that not having students and teachers watching my every move, stopped me from trying to get it ‘right’.
When I decided to stay in the forest, a quality of performance for others fell away and began to move in unexpected, but profoundly more effective (for me). Meditation invited me into a completely new dimension of stillness.
I lived that way for as long as possible but eventually had to return to the modern world, my students and teachers. I was nervous that people would complain about the changes I had made to my practice. I expected my students to be upset at having to learn things all over again and my teachers would try and make me go back to old way.
The opposite happened.
One of my primary teachers smiled and said, ‘I see that you have bled into the scrolls.’ i had never heard that expression but it made perfect sense. What I had learned was what I could see and ‘read’ from my teachers. I had learned to imitate them all and had spent thousands of hours getting it ‘right’.
We all have to go through that process. Learning from the outside in.
At some point, those of us who are committed to taking our practice as deep as possible need to practice from the inside out. As a teacher, it has become my passion to help people move in this direction as soon as possible.
Every Qi Gong teacher and student begins with imitating the scrolls – practicing what we can see and understand. Eventually, if you are determined and willing to commit a few years of personal practice, you will ‘bleed into’, or pour your heart and soul into your practice and then it will become yours.
It has always been this way.
As a Teacher…
I have taught Qi Gong for almost 30 years. As a teacher, I am committed to helping my students find that balance. The first few years are about getting the external physical details and principles refined enough that they can teach with confidence.
As soon as I see that a student is ready to shift their focus to their own intuition and understanding, I encourage them to commit to a 49-day solo retreat to poor their heart and soul into their practice. No teachers, no audience, no performance, and no distractions.
I believe that each of us wants to dance to life in our own way.
Qi Gong is the most potent way that I know of to help people find their innate style of movement and expression. Combined with meditation and breathwork that dissolves boundaries, Qi Gong is a path to Self-Awareness, Self Intimacy, and a true sense of personal and Spiritual Autonomy.
I would be honored to help you regain your birthright of playful self expression.
As a clinician…
I have been in clinical practice for 25 years. Mostly learning how little we really know about health and disease. For most of that time I have focused on helping people with Autoimmune Diseases, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Addiction. I also work with people who have more common concerns, but I prefer the challenge of complex and serious conditions.
All too often, people with these conditions are left behind with largely ineffective treatments and passive illness management protocols. In my experience, just managing the symptoms of an illness will never resolve the root cause of any disease or internal disorientation.
As a clinician, I have combined the leading-edge sciences of Functional Medicine and Ancestral Nutrition with the ancient healing wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I have seen this combination of healing modalities help hundreds of people resolve or at least find relief from many of the complex, chronic, and degenerative diseases that plague modern society.
Fifteen years ago I began introducing Somatic Mindfulness, Trauma Release, Neuro Somatic Therapy, Breathwork, and more Personal Mentoring into my practice and my patients responded so profoundly that I have been teaching these practices to other clinicians and Qi Gong teachers ever since.
I encourage all of my patients to engage in meditation, Qi Gong, Yoga, or any other mindfulness practice. I teach some Qi Gong, Breathwork, and meditation to my patients when I can. Clinical medicine is not really designed for that, which has been a motivating force in creating this website and these online courses.
People always get better faster (or worse slower) with a daily embodied awareness practice. Especially if that practice includes a conscious shift of state and narrative, as well as a tangible reduction in physical and emotional tension.
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As a patient…
I have lived with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Coltis for almost 30 years. I admit to feeling frustrated that my Qi Gong practice wasn’t ‘working’ back then. Now I am grateful to be so much more aware of my health, my body, and how much trauma can effect your health.
Like many others, I had a very violent childhood. At first, it was a driving force in my becoming such a serious martial artist. I also had a near fatal rock climbing accident. It took two years to completely recover and be able to train and move effectively.
I am sharing these experiences because I want to shatter the projected beleif that Qi Gong, meditation, and martial arts are about control and perfection.
In my experience, life has many layers and many opportunities. The challenges we face and how we face them is what makes us who we are. Trying to be someone else, perfect, of magically powerful is going to distract any Spiritual seeker from even beginning their journey to becoming their authentic self.
As a patient, I use my Qi Gong practice to stay as healthy, aware, and present as possible. Meditation has become a silent visit with the wisdom of the Elders and Breathwork my medicine for when I need to shift my state and work with the subtle forces of life.
The integration of modern Trauma Release therapies with my other practices have made a profound difference in my life.
If you are living with Chronic Illness, Trauma, and/or Addiction, I encourage you to find a good teacher. It may help you heal in ways that will surprise you.
As a student…
I sometimes go to beginner’s classes to experience another person’s practice.
I learn something new from EVERY practice!
I once heard that wisdom is the combination of knowledge and experience, and that any knowledge is only valid if you are willing to learn you are wrong.
I will always be a student of Qi Gong, meditation, and Martial Arts. My absolute favorite experience to have is an’Ah Ha’ moments of learning something new and meaningful. It is also my favorite experience to share.
I miss having a direct teacher guiding my practice in some ways, in other ways I feel that I have found an aspect of Qi gong to research, devcelop , and teach.
Most of the courses that I offer are for those who plan to teach someday soon. I learn the most from attempting communicate subtle specifics with others. If you want to teach, get really good at what you like the most. Then share it with friends, family, and your community as a volenteer. Learn to explain, and exxagerate, and find your flow, before you start teaching more publically. Use what you are learning about your inner landscape to encourage you to go deeper and try the practices you find challenging.
I had a teacher once who asked me to write down my most favorite and least favorite music. We were getting into some Nei Gong (Inner Cultivation) during some intense private training. The next class he played my favorite music, we danced and laughed and imitated rock and roll singers. Then he showed me why being emotionally invested, playful and curious were so important. I finally got something after months of frustration (for both of us).
Imagine dancing around like a teenager with an 80 year old, world famous Gong Fu (Kung Fu) and Qi Gong Teacher.
In the next class he played the most annoying and ‘nails on a chalkboard’ there is. Well, in my opinion. The amount of focus it took to follow his instructions taught me a great deal about focus and how easily distracted I can be.
As a student, I am greatful that I will continue to learn by doing my best to teach this ancient and life-changing skill through a computer screen.
I look forward to helping you learn and learning together in a playful and focused way.
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 your cultivaing your personal practice or focusing on your inner healing journey, the 200 Hour program was designed specifically for you.
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.
500 Hour Program
The 500 Hour, Professional Level Qi Gong Instructor program is meant to prepare you tobe 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 intsitutions, 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 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.