Instructor Certification

The Long White Cloud Qigong certification program is modular. You are able to study and gain certification in a variety of different qigong practices according to your interests. On successful completion and testing for each module, you are issued with a certificate for that course and are able to start teaching those practices. In addition to this, when you have completed the required courses you are able to register as a level one, two, three, or four Qigong Instructor with Long White Cloud Qigong.

Details of the individual modules available and of the requirements for each level of certification are listed further down on this page.

There are two modes of study available for certification.

  1. Online training: This mode allows you to study and gain certification from wherever you are in the world. This combines use of the Long White Cloud Qigong online course material with weekly Q&A and additional instruction for course participants via email and additional video recordings.
  2. Intensive live trainings: From time to time instructor certification is available through intensive live training supplemented with at home practice to deepen your understanding.

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Testing:

On completion of each course there is comprehensive testing to ensure suitable standards of knowledge and practice have been attained. This testing includes written, demonstrated, and oral components.

Obtaining certification in each course allows you to teach classes and sessions based on these courses and to be listed as an instructor on the Long White Cloud Qigong website by maintaining your annual instructor registration.

Individual Certifications Available:

  • Qigong Foundation Practices: This course teaches a set of qigong exercises for each of the twelve organ meridians in the body. Through these practices you gain an experiential understanding of how the meridians work and the interconnection between thoughts and emotion, posture, and organ function. The exercises can then be used to balance all of these and to strengthen the whole body
  • Between Heaven and Earth: This course teaches exercises for activating the extraordinary meridians and prepares the way for a stronger connection to the energy of heaven and earth. This then strengthens and fills the energy field, making us more resilient to handle both physical and psychological upset more easily.
  • Enter The Flow: This course teaches exercises to help you to feel the flow of qi energy in all of your movements. When we can feel the qi flowing freely we know that we are moving efficiently and taking care of our bodies. We cause less wear and tear, are less likely to injure ourselves, and overtime by creating healthy habits can allow our bodies to heal from old injuries or habits of misuse of our bodies. Whats more, when we learn to feel the qi flow in our movements, every activity can become a type of moving meditation, and even the most mundane tasks can become highly pleasurable and enjoyable.
  • Qigong Meditation: This course provides an introduction to qigong meditation. Starting with simple practices to calm your mind and become aware of your body, and continuing through a series of meditations to take you to a place of sublime peace and stillness.
  • Qigong Walking: This course teaches a series of walking qigong practices that help to bring awareness of energy into your daily life and develop healthy habits of maintaining the flow of energy through your body during your daily activities, and to maintain your energy field at all times. Qigong Walking is an easy way to integrate regular qigong practice into your everyday life.
  • Release The Power Of Your Breath: This course teaches a fundamental understanding of breathing and how this affects our mind and body. It includes practices for developing a complete natural breath, relaxation, mental alertness, energy and physical performance. This course will also help you to understand the role that different types of breathing play in your qigong practice.
  • Qigong Theory and Practice: This course helps you to think more deeply about your qigong practice and how the different exercises actually work. It helps you to take in the bigger picture of the role that qigong plays in your life.

Pre-requisites for certification in this course: Twelve Rivers Qigong, Between Heaven and Earth, Enter The Flow, Qigong Meditation

  • Movement In Stillness: This course introduces the practice of Zhan Zhuang or ‘Standing Post’. In these powerful still practices, we find that the movement of energy becomes much stronger. The course will teach you how to avoid some of the common mistakes made in Zhan Zhuang so that you can get the most out of this powerful practice.

Pre-requisites for certification in this course: Twelve Rivers Qigong, Between Heaven and Earth, Enter The Flow, Qigong Meditation

  • Wild Animal Play: This course teaches qigong practices based on the movements of five animals. The Tiger, Snake, Crane, Leopard, and Dragon. This type of practice traces its roots back to the earliest days of qigong development, when villagers would return from their days labours and dance around the fire, mimicking animals to fight off aches and pains and illness. This course will also give a nuanced understanding of the five element relationships with each of the animals, and help you to gain the strength of the Tiger, the flexibility of the Snake, the balance of the Crane, the agility of the Leopard, and the power and confidence of the Dragon.

Pre-requisites for certification in this course: Twelve Rivers Qigong, Between Heaven and Earth, Enter The Flow, Qigong Meditation

  • Introduction To Qigong Healing: This course provides an introduction to healing with qigong. While it may be interesting for people new to qigong to experiment with some of these techniques, to be truly effective you need to have already developed a good awareness and level of skill with your own energy before working with the energy of others. As such it is important that students have completed several of the other Long White Cloud Qigong courses before they can become certified in this area.

Pre-requisites for certification in this course: Twelve Rivers Qigong, Between Heaven and Earth, Enter The Flow, Qigong Meditation, Release The Power Of Your Breath, Movement In Stillness

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Requirements For Instructor Level Certifications:

Level I: This level requires 200 hours of study and completion of the following courses

  • Qigong Foundation Practices
  • Between Heaven and Earth
  • Enter The Flow
  • Qigong Meditation

Level II: This level requires 150 hours of additional study bringing the total to 350 hours, and consists of the following courses

  • Qigong walking
  • Release The Power of Your Breath
  • Qigong Theory and Practice

Level III: This level requires 150 hours of additional study bringing the total to 500 hours, and consists of the following courses

  • Movement In Stillness
  • Wild Animal Play
  • Introduction To Qigong Healing

Level IV: This level requires 500 hours of additional study bringing the total to 1000 hours, and consists of the following courses

Compulsory Courses:

  • Environmental Qi Practices
  • Sound Qigong
  • Exploration of Qigong Styles and Systems
  • Personal Style Development

Elective Courses*:

  • Advanced Qigong Meditations
  • Advanced Qigong Healing
  • Advanced Environmental Qi Practices
  • Qian Yuen Dao – The Thousand Circle Way
  • Qigong for Combat
  • Advanced Qigong for Combat
  • Research Topics in Qigong

*This list of elective modules is not exhaustive, but these are examples of possible module topics.

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