ON-LINE TRAINING COURSE & CERTIFICATION F.A.Q.
WHEN CAN I START THE ON-LINE TRAINING COURSE? You can start now! The course is live.
HOW DOES A COURSE WORK?
One YOQI On-line Training Course module is comprised of two parts. Part 1 is the Introduction Series. Part 2 is the Six Phases of Qigong Flow which are split into six series. Each series contains between 5-10 practice videos, corresponding lectures, audio meditations and a printed manual. This allows you to practice in your home, at your own pace, on your own time.
Part 1: Introduction Series is an in depth study of Qigong history, theory and basic practices. This portion of the course, including the review questions, is required for all aspiring Associate and Certified Instructors to finish before they attend a live immersion.
One 30-minute private on-line session with Marisa is included in the course.
A YOQI Live Immersion is a seperate eight-day retreat training set in beautiful natural locations such as Thailand, Costa Rica, Italy, Netherlands, San Louis Obispo (CA) and San Diego (CA).
IS THE ASSOCIATE INSTRUCTOR INTRODUCTION COURSE AND THE ONLINE COURSE THE SAME? Yes they are the same, but the Introduction Course is comprised of only Part 1: Introduction Series and is a 6 month subscription (that also includes 6-months access to the YOQI Video on Demand library). The Online Course is Part 1 and Part 2 which consists of much more extensive material. It is ‘unlimited viewing’ and includes a 1-year subscription to the YOQI Video on Demand library.
*As a live immersion participant, In the case that you want to transfer the Associate Instructor Introduction Course over to the full 7 Series Online Course after attending the live immersion you are still eligable purchase the unlimited viewing Module 1 Online Course with a 30% discount.
CAN I BECOME A CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR BY COMPLETING ALL THE ONLINE MODULES BUT NOT ATTENDING AN IMMERSION TRAINING?
No, to become an Associate Instructor or a Certified Instructor you must attend a live immersion. Anyone is welcome to participate in the live immersions or online trainings without becoming certified.
To become a YOQI Qigong Flow Associate Instructor one must attend the Module 1 Live Immersion and complete the Introduction Series reflection assignments including home practice (total 100 hours)
To become a YOQI Qigong Flow Certified Instructor one must attend the Module 1 Live Immersion and complete the full Module 1 Online Coursework + 1 video presentation. (total 200 hours)
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE OF WORK BETWEEN AN ASSOCIATE INSTRUCTOR AND CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR?
An Associate Instructor and Certified Instructor have the same criteria except for the completion of the Online Course/practice hours and final testing. An Associate Instructor (100 hours) will only complete the Introduction Series while a Certified Instructor (200 hours) will complete all 7 Series and have final testing. Both must participate in the live immersion and practice the 9 core practices.
WHAT ARE THE 9 CORE PRACTICES? There are nine core practices to be familiar with in the Video on Demand library before joining a live immersion:
The Inner Smile Meditation (Located in Online Course M1.1-6))
Dantian Activation 1 (Located in Online Course M1.1-5)
WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF BECOMING A CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR VS. AN ASSOCIATE INSTRUCTOR?
Both Associate and Certified instructors can teach all the practices in the Module 1 Course except for Iron Shirt, the Hologram Palm Empowerment and Body of Light Fusion (until tested either by live video or live instruction). Both Associate and Certified Instructors can submit their contact information on the YOQI Instructor Directory page (coming soon!).
A Certified Instructor has additional benefits such as:
The opportunity to assist Marisa during 8-day live immersions with paid income
Usage of the ‘YOQI Certified Instructor’ logo
For Yoga Studio or Holistic Healing Studio owners only, usage of YOQI brand name on class schedule
50% off tuition for a repeated Module 1, 8-day immersion
15% off YOQI workshops or short online courses and webinars (For example: Qigong for Women, Healing Love, Aroma Qigong)
Access to purchase Certified Instructor YOQI workshop teaching materials at discount prices, such as bean bags, clothing, manuals and PowerPoint lecture presentations
Access to private sessions with Marisa for business mentor or practice guiding
Live testing for advanced practices (Iron Shirt, the Three Forces Standing Meditation and Hologram Palm Empowerment and Body of Light Fusion)
HOW DOES THE YOQI INSTRUCTOR DIRECTORY WORK? The YOQI Instructor Directory is a way for people to find YOQI instructors in their communities around the world. It is also a great way for YOQI instructors to connect to one another in the same city. The Instructor Directory also includes a private instructor forum where you can write questions, comments and exchange ideas with all YOQI Instructors. To be on the instructor directory, you need to be an Associate or Certified Instructor and must continue to participate in an elective YOQI Course (either webinar, live workshop, module course or mini online course) at least once/year. To add your information to the directory simply fill out the form and attach a photo of your certificate. (Directory will be available soon)
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE ONE ONLINE COURSE MODULE?
Purchasing one Online module gives you unlimited access to that On-line program. The program is designed to be a resource of information that you can always return to refresh your knowledge and practice. The suggested time to complete one module is six months to one year. Some people who have more time may complete one module in three months. It takes time to digest and assimilate energy. We do not advocate rushing.
WHAT ARE THE TRAINING HOURS OF THE ONLINE COURSEWORK?
One module contains 7 Series ( Introduction Series + Six Phases) for a total of 50+ video training hours and lecture.
One Online module (50+ hours of instruction & practice) + 8-day live immersion (50+ hours of instruction & practice) is a total of 100+ hours of course work, plus self- practice hours. The suggested study/practice time for each series is one month.
HOW MUCH TIME DO I NEED TO ALLOCATE TO STUDY PER WEEK?
To complete one module in a six-month period, it will take and estimated 3 + hours per week. This could be 30-90 minutes of daily practice and study. It's up to your lifestyle. Practice involves one dynamic yang practice and one seated yin meditation or yin yoga practice, watching lecture, manual study and reflection.
The course is designed in a way that will guide you through the practices. It is not recommended to mix more than four different practices from one series in one week. Choose four videos in a series and stick to them during the week. It's recommended to choose one core practice and do it at least three times per week for three weeks straight and add on other complimentary practices around that core practice throughout the three-week period. This is all explained in the coursework.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY DOCUMENTED HOURS? The On-line training course requires 100 hours (A.I.) or 200 hours (C.I.) of practice per module. These hours can be accrued through the live training (50 hours), on-line training program videos, video library videos, meditations and self-practice. The course provides reflection assignments and home practice assignments that need to be completed to become a certified instructor. To document your hours is simple. Just keep a log of your home practice hours with the date, name of practice and whether it is a video or self-practice on your own (for example: 10/1/2019 1 hour, video Autumn Purge, 10/2/2019 30 minutes, self practice Inner Smile). Turn in this log with the assignments. This is also explained in the course manual.
DO I HAVE TO MAKE A VIDEO TO DOCUMENT MY HOURS? Not to become an Associate Instructor. Yes to become a Certified Instructor. The alternative option is to teach a live class to a YOQI senior instructor.
I AM ALSO TAKING A COURSE WITH ANOTHER QIGONG INSTRUCTOR. CAN I USE THAT COURSE AS DOCUMENTED PRACTICE HOURS? No. The self practice hours for the YOQI program reflect home practice, not group training hours with another system or instructor. The reason for self-practice is to master the forms on your own without being dependent upon a video or instructor, so they should include both video practices and self practices without videos. In this way you can learn through your own experience and internal wisdom. You can also take your time and move at your own pace. Also the YOQI program self practice hours are specifically regarding YOQI practices. Although there may be some exercises that are the same or similar between YOQI and other qigong styles or teachers, the hours should reflect YOQI practices.
WHAT ARE ASSIGNMENT QUESTIONS?
Throughout each module you will be asked useful assignment questions that correspond to the coursework. This is not a research paper or serious thesis! Assignment questions are a way to integrate the learning, reflect on your own experience and track the development of your practice. You can make them as creative, visual, academic, descriptive or simple as works for you! Please use your own words and do not copy answers from the PDF manual. Since I wrote the manual, I know my own voice and I really want to hear yours. Also, included in the assignment for each series is an exercise to design your own Qigong Flow Classes. Often students use the classes they have designed when they start teaching others. Guidelines to Submit Assignment Questions:
· Assignment questions should be submitted for each Series before you begin the next series. For example, submit the Introduction Series Questions before beginning Attune Series.
· Save your document as a WORD file (not a PDF) so that comments by instructor can be easily made and sent back to you.
· Save the name of document file with your name, assignment, and Series. For example: SusanAssignmentAttuneSeries.doc
WHAT IS A REFLECTION JOURNAL?
A reflection Journal is for you to write down your experiences during training. For many people writing an energetic experience helps to integrate the subconscious mind and the conscious mind. Throughout the course there will be optional reflections assignments that are for your own personal use.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO ATTEND A FULL IMMERSION TEACHER TRAINING WHERE EVERYTHING IS TAUGHT LIVE? At the moment the immersion trainings are 8 days trainings per module. In the future we may combine modules into longer training periods, but it would be a lot to digest. All the practices can’t be covered extensively in one 8-Day Immersion. This is why the corresponding On-Line Training Course is designed to support the immersion and to review the practices after the immersion. It is possible to only attend the immersion without the On-Line Course, but studies show that repetition is the best form of learning.
DO I HAVE TO ATTEND ONE LIVE IMMERSION PER MODULE? To become certified, yes
WHY DO I HAVE TO ATTEND THE LIVE IMMERSION TO BECOME A CERTIFIED YOQI INSTRUCTOR?
Qigong is learned through experience. It is important to attend the live immersions to become an instructor because we will do hands on adjustments, qi transmission and partner work. YOQI team instructors are there to give feedback and corrections. Training with a group energy is also different from training alone and for many people can empower their practice and take it to another level.
HOW MANY LIVE IMMERSIONS DO I HAVE TO DO TO COMPLETE A MODULE? I LIVE OUT OF THE COUNTRY, SO IN OTHER WORDS, HOW MANY OVERSEAS TRIPS DO I NEED TO MAKE?
One live immersion per module. That would be one trip per module- totally four trips including the teacher training module.
WHAT IF I ONLY WANT TO TEACH QIGONG FLOW, BUT NOT YOGA?
Once you complete Module 1 and the Module 1 Live Immersion, you will be certified as a YOQI Associate Instructor to teach Qigong Flow. These are only the “fundamental practices” in Module 1. Module 2 & 3 are a qigong and yoga fusion, so they are not only yoga. They include more advanced qigong practices not taught in Module 1.
WHEN WILL MODULE 2 AND MODULE 3 BE AVAILABLE?
In 2020 & 2021. We are currently focused on Module 1 Instructors.
DO I HAVE TO HAVE PRIOR YOGA EXPERIENCE TO TAKE MODULE 2 AND MODULE 3?
I AM ONLY INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CERTIFIED YOQI YIN INSTRUCTOR. DO I HAVE TO TAKE MODULE 1 BEFORE TAKING MODULE 2?
Module 2 builds on Module 1, so it is required to become an Associate Instructor of Qigong Flow (M1) before taking Module 2. You do not have to be a M1 Certified Instructor before taking Module 2.
I AM ALREADY A CERTIFIED YOGA INSTRUCTOR. DO I NEED TO TAKE MODULE 2 AND MODULE 3 TO BE FULLY CERTIFIED?
Yes, YOQI is different from the way Hatha Yoga is traditionally taught and these modules incorporate more advanced qigong practices not taught in Module 1.
DO I NEED TO FINISH ALL THE SERIES IN THE MODULE 1 ONLINE COURSE BEFORE I PARTICIPATE IN THE LIVE IMMERSION? No, but it is highly recommended to complete, at the least, the Introduction practices and the Attune Series portion of the On-Line Training Course. This will take about 2-3 months to complete.
CAN I PURCHASE MODULE 1 AND SEE IF I LIKE THE PROCESS AND THEN DECIDE WHETHER TO CONTINUE?
CAN I GET CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT WITH YOGA ALLIANCE BY TAKING A YOQI COURSE?
We are currently working on this. Hopefully by 2020.
WHAT CREDIBILITY DOES A YOQI CERTIFICATION GIVE ME TO TEACH?
After completion of Module 1, the student will receive an ‘YOQI Qigong Associate Instructor Certification’. This gives them the ability to start teaching Module 1 (Qigong Fundamentals). A Certified YOQI QIgong Instructor has completed more hours of training.
After completion of the course work and live immersion and for all 3 Modules and the final Teacher Training Immersion, the teacher in training will be a ‘500 Hour YOQI Certified Instructor’. Combining yoga and qigong makes qigong more accessible and can be easily integrated into yoga studios which gives you a greater opportunity of locations to teach at.
We are currently working on forming the Qigong Healing Alliance, a nonprofit association representing the qigong community to which you will be able to receive further accreditation status. YOQI is quickly growing and we are in the process of publishing and making YOQI a well known qigong style.
WHAT WOULD THE NEXT BE STEP AFTER I AM A CERTIFIED YOQI TEACHER?
You will be certified to teach YOQI at yoga studios, healing centers, private, spas etc... In the Teacher Training Immersion we talk about how to structure a business and build your brand as a teacher. Private coaching sessions by Marisa are also available for your personal branding, how to make videos, take photos, social media, travel to teach, set up your business etc...
CAN ONE PAY BY INSTALLMENTS AND STILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE OVERALL DISCOUNT?
One On-Line Training Module can be paid over a three month period. The 30% discount code can’t be used on the YOQI website payment plan due to technical reasons. If you would like to pay in installments with the discount code, you can arrange to pay through Pay Pal to firstname.lastname@example.org.