Introduction to Qi Dao

Qi Dao - Tibetan Shamanic Qigong: The Art of Being in the Flow
You probably know how much the practice of Qigong can provide you with greater energy, self-knowledge and spiritual revelations, which may make your life even happier. (Yeah, of course, you already live a happy and healthy life; but isn’t there always a place for improvement?) Due to many inquiries about the style of Qigong that I teach, I would like to give a brief overview of Qi Dao, my family style of Shamanic Qigong. Within the vast universe of wellness systems, Tibetan Shamanic Qigong, traditionally known as Qi Dao, is one of the most ancient traditions being practiced throughout the world. As you probably know, the world of Qigong is roughly divided into six main branches: Daoist, Buddhist, Tantric, Confucian, Therapeutic and Martial Arts Qigong. Nowadays, most Qigong styles seem to belong to at least one of these branches, following the steps of their famous founders. Historically, all styles developed at one time or another from a primordial foundation of Qigong that was deeply rooted in Shamanic Medicine Dances. Qi Dao represents the “missing link” between the modern wellness disciplines and ancient Shamanic healing practices working with all the aspects of the human being.
Qi Dao teaches to develop quite a unique attitude, encouraging its students to be in the flow of life as it unfolds moment by moment. Its approach to movement and bodywork is also deeply rooted in the archetypal field of human consciousness, our inner nature. It allows the true nature to reveal itself spontaneously through the fluid and natural movements of the physical body. With practice, the students learn to perceive the energy flowing through the body and simply go with the flow, which brings forth a profound sense of harmony and well-being. After experiencing and anchoring that feeling of being in the flow, the students learn to pay attention to the whole spectrum of spontaneous processes occurring in their bodies and consciousness. Entering an altered state of mind, aptly coined “Qigong State,” offers them an opportunity to suspend discriminating logic and judgmental reasoning. In such a meditative state of mind, the students are more aware of their own true nature and receptive to their inner guidance directing them in the process of natural healing.

When people encounter a symptom (chronic pain, for example) they habitually tend to focus their attention on the feeling of suffering, perceiving their symptom as a problem, or an energy block. Qi Dao teaches to shift attention from the block to the flow of energy streaming somewhere around the block, just like water flowing around an obstacle in its way. Qi Dao students learn to accept every single experience as a lesson, rather than a problem. They are coached to explore the process of manifesting the dream of being healthy and pain free for each and every part of the human being. This process has to do with resolving the inner question: “If I were dreaming about having pain like this, what would be the meaning of such a dream?” This empowers the students to learn to integrate all the parts of the body, mind and spirit in order to embody vibrant health and wellness.

As they receive Qi Dao Coaching, the students get the benefit of harmonizing their personalities, which affects their relationships with themselves as well as the world around them. This far-reaching holistic tradition not only addresses the issues on the physical, emotional, and spiritual levels, but also balances all these levels. It allows the students to break through the lifetime of their old habits and programmed patterns of behavior and body awareness. It offers profound experiences in dynamic meditation and creative visualization, promoting deep peace and receptivity to the inner guidance. Awakening the healer within them, Qi Dao Coaching empowers them to transform the very sources of their somatic as well as psychosomatic issues in order to resolve them. Promoting holistic and natural living, Qi Dao is well poised to become a revolutionary method for experiencing and exploring the qualities of human consciousness that are usually dormant in the conditions of modern life.

About the author

Lama Somananda Tantrapa is the holder of the lineage of Qi Dao that has been fostered in his clan for 27 generations since 1224 AD. He has over 30 years of experience in Qi Dao and other internal martial arts. After pioneering Qi Dao Coaching in 2000, he has provided wellness, peak performance and life coaching to hundreds of clients from all walks of life. His coaching has inspired many professional athletes, speakers, dancers, singers, writers and actors to open up to the infinite source of power that exists within everyone.

Lama Tantrapa authored the book and DVD entitled “Qi Dao – Tibetan Shamanic Qigong.” Being an avid speaker and presenter, he appeared on many radio and TV programs in the US, Guam and abroad. He currently serves on the NQA Board of Directors. For more information about Qi Dao Coaching, workshops, retreats, and long-distance learning opportunities, visit


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