Welcome to Soma Dao Qi Gong!
In this video and article, I am going to introduce you to what we will learn and practice together in Level One.
I have included the following combination Qi Gong Skills and practices in Level One to ensure you have some experience in as many aspects of Qi Gong as possible.
Level One of the Soma Dao Program includes the following skills and practices:
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 lot going on. Also, there is a mirror of the universe seeking balance, vitality, and inner peace.
These exercises include basic stretches, moving meditations, emotional and energetic awareness practices, and many opportunities to release tension and mobilize stuck or stagnant qi.
Seated Qi Gong
When seated, you may choose to practice more careful versions of the standing qi gong exercises, or you could find yourself deeply immersed in breathwork and inner awareness practices.
We begin our seated practice with breathwork, Daoist rocking meditation, tension and trauma release practices, and an introduction into Nei Gong and your three Dan Tian.
Traditional Practice Routines (Forms)
Most Qi Gong classes spend some time dedicated to learning and practicing “traditional forms”. Forms are a series of pre-choreographed movements that can take 5 to 45 minutes.
In level one, we will be learning some elements of some forms, developing the movement skills and body awareness to prepare for the many Qi Gong forms that are taught in the following levels of the Soma Dao Program.
The subtle qualities of each breath is an invitation into meditative presence and energetic healing.
In level one, you will learn Natural Breathing, Reverse Breathing, Incremental Breathing, and begin to learn Daoist Embryonic Breathing.
The earliest form of Qi Gong was Called Dao Yin. Dao Yin is a part of an embodied healing system created by the Indigenous people of Asia. This ancient version of Qi Gong focuses on how illness, trauma, and chronic distress can be held in your body as an imprinted embodied memory.
Finding and releasing these energetic wounds or painful thought-forms is the foundation of Dao Yin and Daoist Shamanic Healing.
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.
Core strength is especially important in today’s world of living in chairs. Keeping your core muscles toned and active is a great way to feel and look younger, it is also an important part of having a safe and thorough Qi Gong practice and experience.
Flexibility is a sign of youthful vigour and a happy body.
Regular stretching can improve your circulation, promotes complete tissue repair, and helps stimulate nerve growth.
Meditation can be experienced almost anywhere.
In Qi Gong practice, there are Seated, Standing, Lying, and Walking forms of meditation. Some encourage stillness, while others play with rhythmic movement.
In Level One you will be introduced to the Shaolin Chan tradition – which is the origin of Zen Buddhism. We will combine our breathwork training with this very focused practice.
You will also be introduced to Nei Gong – inner cultivation practices of Daoism. We will combine some shamanic breathwork with the reawakening of your three dan tian (energy centers).
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 Soma Dao training, you will learn a great deal about Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shamanic Healing, and the Indigenous Wisdom of Daoism.
What is Practicing Qi Gong like?
As you develop these skills and understanding, you will be guided and supported in creating a daily or regular personal Qi Gong practice.
I am going to share how I was taught to organize my practice. After 35 years of dedicated practice, I am still inspired and surprised by what I experience.
In a classic standing and moving qi gong class, I was taught to attend to 10 relationships or as many as I could in every practice.
- Consciously open to your practice – bringing awareness to a sacred opportunity and an awareness of entering a form of spiritual ceremony.
- Connect with the universal energies around you. This ancient practice began as a way to connect to the land, sky, seasons, and weather. As you enter deeper into your practice you can enter deeper into your experiential relationship with SPIRIT and the EARTH
- Connect with your present internal energetic state (called De Qi). This is a process of sensing in and accepting your present inner physical, emotional, somatic, and existential experience.
- Explore and express your energetic state – moving meditations that explore communion, prayer, and healing. These Qi Gong practices focus on reorienting your present inner physical, emotional, somatic, and existential experience.
- Specific exercises to stretch, tone and challenge every joint and muscle in your body, bring more Qi Awareness to old wounds and to places that need more vitality.
- Dao Yin – How to open and release stubborn tension, trauma, and ancient karmic wounds.
- Nei Gong – the gradual progression of many stages of internal energetic awareness and cultivation.
- Wu Ji/Taiji – a conscious ending to your practice that includes honouring your unity with all things and becoming attentive and alert to the world around you.
10 Benefits of Qi Gong
- Pain Relief. Deep Relaxation causes the release of endorphins, which reduce the experience of pain.
- Tissue healing happens faster. As your body becomes more active and toned – higher human growth hormone and nitric oxide level improve tissue repair.
- Mobility and Posture. Flexibility and good structure happen from head to toe.
- Meditative Stillness. A calm and centred mind improves your adaptability to stress, your memory, and your experience of life.
- Hormonal Balance. Regular practice regulates stress hormones, inflammation, and other hormones, improving sleep, mood, fertility, and sex drive.
- Metabolic Adaptability – Fit and toned muscles improve blood sugar regulation, weight management, and overall energy levels.
- Mental Clarity. Qi Gong improves focus, creativity, and mindset. This gets better the more you practice in nature!
- Trauma Release. Bringing awareness to your embodied experience and traumatic holding patterns can help you release any instinctual embodied memories.
- Improves Longevity. – Qi Gong comes from Daoism and Daoism celebrates the gift of life through longevity practices like Qi Gong, fasting, esoteric meditation practices, and herbal tonics.
- Spiritual Connection. An awareness of your body, breath, truth and life, invite a more tangible connection with nature and other universal forces.
Does the Qi Gong Experience Inspire you?
I would be honoured to help begin your Qi Gong journey.
I have practiced for many years and have had the good fortune to train with several high-level masters so far.
I have a lot to share and I love to teach.
I also have over 20 years of post-secondary teaching experience – so I can assure you that the progress, pacing and content are easy to follow, enjoyable, fun, and the skills and healing experiences build on each other in a gradual and organic way.
Level One Soma Dao Online Training Includes:
16 Weekly Video Lessons
Guided Meditations (Audio)
Access to the Recordings for 2 years
2 Live – Personal Video Lessons – Q&A
Tuition can be applied to any of the Teacher Training Programs
If you are interested in this opportunity and have more questions send me a message.