Qigong is a worldwide health and exercise system that is steadily growing in popularity.
What is Qigong?
Qi = energy, life force, universe energy
Gong = work, skill, practice
Qigong = The skill or practice of working with the energy called Qi to foster harmony of mind and body.
Qigong has been present in China for several thousand years and it is at the root of the development of China’s traditional medical health system. Enduring to modern times qigong is a worldwide health system of exercise that is used for both prevention and treatment of diseases.
Qigong consists of exercises, either practiced individually or in short sets. Some qigong forms are as simple as opening and closing your hands together, and some forms are rather complex requiring concentrated learning effort. Genuine qigong contains three vital ingredients: awareness of your body posture-standing, sitting, stationary or moving; correct breathing coordinated with body posture and breathing at certain depths of awareness, e.g. dantian breathing, fetal breathing or whole body breathing; and full engagement of the mind, whether focused on the physical body or the mind submerged in imagination of the cosmic healing potentials of the universe. When these three ingredients are all in harmony, then that is qigong, and that is the state of maximum healing potential.
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Qigong Certification: I have developed a basic qigong 100 hour course for those who want to go deeper into qigong for personal health reasons, or because they want to accomplish professional skills as a Qigong Teacher. I have developed two additional levels for those who want to achieve qigong mastery.
Qigong Certification Course
New Features in Course-see below
One of the strengths of the 100 hour course is that students are taught over 40 different exercises, some of which are absolutely unique to this program and not found elsewhere.
This course is an interactive program (not an online course) whereby students are given the core study material and supplement it with their own purchased books on qigong and related topics. Students have reading and writing assignments on the subjects, viewing of DVD’s on qigong, and unlimited email contact with me for questions, support and professional guidance.
The structure of the program is divided into four main study areas. Each area has reading assignments or DVDs to view. Questions accompany each study area which have to be answered in writing.
- Foundation studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine: Five Elements Theory, Organs and Meridians, Three Treasures, Qi, and the Dantians.
- Medical Qigong: A core group of exercises (over 40 exercises) are presented in DVDs which provide a solid foundation in qigong, including external qi healing, self-massage, stationary and dynamic movements, etc. Some of the forms are rare to find, like the Pre-Heaven Taiji Ruler, Primordial Wuji Qigong, Compassionate Buddha Qigong, or Qigong Circle walking.
- Daoism and Daoist Meditation: To study qigong without an introduction to Daoism and Daoist meditation is only to partially study qigong. The course will introduce the student to important Daoist concepts and practices, especially a core meditation practice called Zuowang, literally meaning to sit and forget. Students are required to purchase at least one book for this section.
The 100 hour level is $700 for local students and $600 for distance students. The 200 hour level is $900 for local students and $800 for distance students. The 350 hour level is $1100 for local students and $1000 for distance students.
Students may enroll in the 100 hour level, and later add on the other levels.
Distance learners receive the same information as the local learners. The fee is payable in full at start of program, and is non-refundable. Students from throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, England, Italy, Chile, Australia, Switzerland, The Netherlands, France, Israel and elsewhere have taken the course. Upon finishing the program, the student receives a Certificate of Completion stating that the person satisfactorily completed a course of qigong studies with me. For local students this certificate is generally recognized by the National Qigong Association (www.nqa.org) as a valid course of training for their Professional Qigong Teacher’s Certification program. Distance students will need additional contact with me to receive a letter of recommendation to the NQA for their certification. Students may enroll in the certification program at any time.
More about how it works:
Student progress is monitored through frequent emails, personal contacts for local students (50 classes and 2 one hour private sessions), and completion of the training questions. Progress is evaluated via these questions, and there is no final exam. Note: This is not an online course. In addition, students receive a set of five DVDs, and a very complete set of relevant articles, and information sheets. The following are the required texts to read.
- Roger Jahnke, The Healing Promise of Qi
- The teacher’s book, A Daoist Practice Journal: Come Laugh With Me
New Feature of course: Private, unlisted You Tube movies are now available to certification students on my current qigong practices.
The program can be completed in 6 months to a year. The average student often takes a full year to finish the course.
At completion of studies, the student will receive a certificate of completion for the 100 Hour course of qigong studies with Michael Rinaldini, Director of Qigong & Daoist Training Center, Sebastopol, CA. Students will also be granted the title of Qigong Teacher, Entry Level.
Paying by Paypal: Contact me via email if you wish to pay by credit card or Paypal, and I will send you a Paypal Request Bill for the different program options. Note: Extra fees apply for Paypal Processing fee.
New Qigong Certification Option
These two qigong certification levels include all the features of the 100 hour program, plus more. A special requirement for these levels is to attend a weekend residential retreat in northern California. 200 hours of qigong training qualifies for the Level One NQA Qigong Teacher’s Certification. [Please note, final approval for these NQA certifications comes from the NQA Certifications Committee.]
The residential training will take place during Shifu Michael’s annual Qigong & Daoist Meditation retreat in or near Sebastopol, CA. Details for a possible Fall 2014 retreat for qigong certification students will shortly be posted on the Retreats link. And details for the 2015 retreats will be added as planning is completed.
Contact me if you are interested in these advanced options: Lichangdao@gmail.com
945 Dorthel St., Sebastopol, CA, USA 95472