What Happens in a Qi Gong Class?
A Qi Gong class is like going dancing.
The experience depends on the music that is playing.
Almost all Qi Gong classes are going to flow to the music of the following specific opportunities to learn and ways to practice.
Standing Qi Gong
The foundation of Qi Gong is standing with your knees bent, leaning, turning, stretching and making repetitive fluid gestures. On the outside, most of these exercises look easy, but on the inside, there is a mirror of the universe seeking balance, vitality and inner peace.
Seated Qi Gong
When seated, you may find yourself doing more careful versions of the exercises you have learned standing, or more often, you will find yourself deeply immersed in breathwork and inner awareness practices.
Traditional Practice Routines (Forms)
Another part of most Qi Gong classes is dedicated to learning and practicing “forms”. A traditional practice routine, or form, is a series of movements that are pre-choreographed and always practiced from beginning to end, much like a song or a story. They are usually practiced standing or sitting.
Every gesture in a traditional form has layers and layers of subtlety. Practicing traditional forms can also be considered a sacred ritual or a form of prayer.
The subtle qualities of each breath is an invitation into meditative presence and energetic healing. There are many forms of breathwork that Qi Gong relies on to guide you through blockages, heal chronic illness, and transcend mundane reality.
The earliest form of Qi Gong, Called Dao Yin, was a part of an embodied healing system created by the Indigenous people of Asia. This aspect of Qi gong focuses on how illness, trauma, and chronic distress can be held in your body as and Instinctual, Visceral or Existential memory.
Finding and releasing these energetic wounds or painful thought-forms is a form of Shamanic Healing.
Flexibility is a sign of youthful vigor and a happy body. Core strength is as necessary as the number of hours you spend sitting in a chair.
In both Qi Gong and Yoga, a lot of time is spent on the floor, sitting and stretching or holding postures that tone the muscles of your core.
Meditation can be experienced almost anywhere. I Qi Gong practice, there are Seated, Standing, Lying, and Walking forms of meditation. Some encourage stillness, while others play with rhythmic movement.
Theory and Principles
Qi Gong has been around for at least 5,000 years. If you want a deep and complete understanding and experience of Qi Gong, there are some theories, concepts and terminology that you will need to explore. As you progress through your training, you will learn a great deal about Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shamanic Healing, and the Indigenous Wisdom of Daoism.
200 Hour Qi Gong Teacher Training Program
Beginning Spring 2021
This course is for those who want to study the Foundations of Qi Gong and are considering becoming Professional Qi Gong instructors.
If you are looking to train for a new career, studying Qi Gong is a process of entering deep states of meditation and instinctual readiness, emotional acceptance, and spiritual reunion. Skills we all need in modern life.