In this article I will share some thoughts about:
- The value of Qi Gong in today’s busy, overstimulated, and disconnected world
- The how and why I developed the Soma Dao Qi Gong teacher and Medical Qi Gong therapist training programs
- And then I will describe the 200-hour initial Teacher Training program – step by step
The Value of Qi Gong in Modern Life
The most important experiences in your life are felt!
Ecstatic dancing is embodied freedom – the shift from constraint to freedom is felt. This alone can be life-changing.
Every chronic illness is felt, deeply, personally, and existentially.
Your instincts, intuition, and adaptability, are felt with every nerve, muscle, bone, and with every cell and fibre of your being.
Finding belonging, connection, and learning from your egoic self are felt – both emotionally and viscerally.
Your experience of all of those tangible and personal qualities of life, and your guiding authentic self, create the felt sense of your aliveness (or your Qi) – all day, every day.
Qi Gong is incredibly effective at bringing people into presence, calmness, and the perfect environment for exploring and expressing your felt sense, from bliss to existential pain.
Qi Gong practice helps people find the discernment, and personal accountability, to show up for themselves – the way you would for a friend in need. Or the way you would if you wanted to get some exercise, and in some ways, Qi Gong invites you to practice like you are going on a date, with your wounded self and your authentic self.
Making time to celebrate being present, feeling into your body, your energy, and your life.
Qi Gong also explores shifting your State of Being in unexpected ways by playfully and joyfully becoming your body, imitating animals, and exploring the Qi of the seasons and weather.
This inner generosity becomes even more noticeable when you practice in a class, seeing mirrors of your journey all around you.
Local availability of Qi Gong classes could bring this life-changing practice into every city and neighbourhood, and would give everyone a chance to directly experience the benefits of regular complete states of relaxation, states of release, states of flow, and moments of stillness and silence.
From a scientific perspective, the ability to shift your state from distress – to a calming hypnogogic state (a half-asleep and awake state), or into a completely engrossing and transcendent flow state, or a potentially life-changing liminal state – possibly the most powerful experience many people have ever had.
There is an abundance of clinical evidence that mindfulness, conscious breathwork, improving posture, muscle tone and pliability, embodied Somato-Emotional awareness, and conscious state shifting works as well or better than some of the most overprescribed drugs today.
Historically, one of the best measures of the value and benefits of Qi Gong is that it was, and still is, practiced by warriors, monks, and healers.
For thousands of years, Qi Gong has been practiced to help people face the greatest challenges and opportunities of life.