Qigong Fundamentals – online self-guided Course


Welcome to the Qigong Fundamentals Course. This emerged out of a challenge that the team at Insight Timer presented to me, which was to put together a 10-part Course that was only done in audio and every Lesson had to be only 10 minutes long.  That was their format, and I appreciated the challenge.  I actually needed 14 Lessons – and even that was tough as I really wanted this to be a meaningful offering… and after nearly 1,000 people took the Course and it maintained a 5-star rating, I felt it met my intention. Here at CommunityAwake, we’ve added video components to support the audio Lessons so the offering has gone deeper with visual demonstrations and exercises presented by Francesco.

Click on the Curriculum link above (the cube icon) to see everything involved in this exciting Course, and once you sign up, each link will become active.

It’s original title was “Qigong for Beginners and Yogis” as that fit the Insight members, so you will hear some references to Yoga here and there, but I feel it is all helpful. The key here is that this Course covers important fundamentals in Qigong as I feel it, and we all can use an embrace of the foundation of this important practice, whether we are just getting started, or have been practicing for a long time.

That this Course is meaningful for you is what is most meaningful to me… I present complex topics that take Qigong into realms that are essential and touch at the core of the practice and its ancient intention. Modern terminology and science can help to uncover these truths, many of which run counter to what is normally taught by Qigong instructors. What is common to these sometimes radical concepts is that they are in fact freeing… and deeply empowering. They free us of the shackles of duality and limitations that have been imposed by the conditioned, modern mind – even if those minds are the minds of Masters and supposed experts.

If you also feel this it means that you are listening with your Intuitive Mind, and thus, your Heart… This is key to true freedom and to tapping into the healing and transformative gifts available in Qigong practice.

I’ve been practicing both Qigong and Yoga for nearly 30 years… and teaching around the world for the past 25, so I know in my Heart,,, and in my bones – how Qigong has helped to transform my body, mind, and spirit. In this 14-part Course we do our best to share the basics of what it means to become sensitive to our core energy through breath, gentle movement, and awareness… and then guide you through beautiful concepts that will inspire you to remember the truth of who you are through this empowering practice.

Together we’ll explore the ways Qigong and Yoga principles overlap and, through its gentle movements and intention-setting, see where Qigong offers an added dimension focused on healing and transformation. The amazing elder teachers I studied with in China and India inspired me to realize that getting older only meant getting better …on so many levels. This Course will take you through breathing, grounding and centering techniques, and explore ancient concepts such as Energy Meridians, Dan Tians (which are similar in some ways to Chakras), Jing, Qi, and Shen, and the Five Elements model…

My intention is to share all this in practical ways that you can apply to everyday life. I invite you to go on this journey with me, to discover the benefits of Qigong for your physical health, for your healing and rejuvenation, and also how this practice can build your energy and confidence on emotional and spiritual levels… To me, these challenging times remind us of the importance of a meaningful personal practice… one that makes intuitive sense, is simple to learn, and focuses on real and lasting transformation. If that resonates with you, we trust you will benefit from this Course whatever your experience level is and we invite you to go on this journey together.

“Are you speaking directly to Me? …and I feel that others will feel the same way as I do. For those new to Qigong, this collection of lessons is a way to connect with the heart of Qigong. Francesco you have gifted the listener with practical core concepts to explore as they develop and engage within their practice…and have introduced the possibility that they are more than physical body by inviting them to explore their energetic body.

Those with an experienced practice… it’s a reminder of our true nature and an invitation to look within our “established” practice through rose colored glasses, the eyes of the heart.”

                                                                                                                        H.R., Florida

Course Features

  • Lectures 18
  • Quizzes 0
  • Skill level All levels
  • Language English
  • Students 1140
  • Assessments Yes
  • Video Overview 0/1

    This is Francesco's welcome and overview video of this Course. Enjoy!

    • Lecture1.1
      Course Overview Video by Francesco 03 min
  • Qigong Fundamentals 0/14

    This Course curriculum is presented in 14 Lessons, each containing an audio presentation that is 10 - 15 minutes long. Videos by Francesco accompany this Course to help demonstrate various exercises that are best seen and explained visually. We suggest you take this Course in the Lesson order below as the Course material builds on the previous Lesson. Once you've completed the Course, feel free and go back to review any way you wish. Enjoy!

    • Lecture2.1
      Our Energy Body – Qi and Prana: Essence of Energy in Qigong – Breath as entry point of activation – Activation vs Collecting 10 min
    • Lecture2.2
      Breath, Movement, Visualization: Abdominal Taoist breathing – Gentle, slow, postures in motion -Yi – focus and intention 10 min
    • Lecture2.3
      Conduit vs Container: Channeling vs Storing – Transcending Limits 11 min
    • Lecture2.4
      Grounding and Centering: Earth Qi Alignment – Visualizing the Torus 10 min
    • Lecture2.5
      Sensitivity Training: Essence of Qigong – Interoception 10 min
    • Lecture2.6
      Movement from the Heart: Lao Gong Palm Points: Wei Qi Energy Field: Heart Resonance 10 min
    • Lecture2.7
      Dan Tians and Chakras: How are they alike – Upper, Middle, and Lower 11 min
    • Lecture2.8
      Energy Meridians: How to be aware of them – Stretching and Activating 11 min
    • Lecture2.9
      Wei Qi Field: Its role in your life – Immune System – Protection 10 min
    • Lecture2.10
      Activating the Vagus Nerve: Deep breathing – Heart Rate Variability (HRV) – Hypercapnia 11 min
    • Lecture2.11
      Five Elements: Five Elements – Five Organ Systems 10 min
    • Lecture2.12
      Jing Qi Shen: Body, Mind, and Spirit – Past, Present, and Future 10 min
    • Lecture2.13
      Emotion Alchemy: Five Organs, Five Emotions – Transforming at Heart Resonance 10 min
    • Lecture2.14
      Organ Cleansing & Strengthening: Organs as Physical, Meridans, and Energy – DNA-level Yi 10 min
  • Video Support Lessons 0/3

    The following Lessons are videos that will help demonstrate and further explain the Lessons above presented in audio.

    • Lecture3.1
      Support Video 1 – Breathing and Qi Activation 13 min
    • Lecture3.2
      Support Video 2 – Grounding and the Energy Torus 16 min
    • Lecture3.3
      Support Video 3 – Dan Tians and Clearing Moves 24 min
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  1. ginserhel
    February 8, 2022

    “It is to me incredible to have all these different aspects, which are the roots of our practise, so clearly elaborated.
    So much work. It is empowering as a practitioner, as practitioners. We are so blessed to have these at our disposal… Grazie Mille!”

  2. Pauline Reid
    February 27, 2022

    Wow! I just finished the Qigong Fundamentals course. Thank you for laying out the fundamentals in clear, digestible segments. I have heard you speak about the quantum field, the torus, ‘forget gathering and storing’ several times now at live NQA and other Zoom events and felt a bit overwhelmed…so much information, new ideas and concepts, so much to think about in a short period of time. All wonderful, but no time to take it in and start digesting it. These short audios and videos are perfect. It is so helpful to be able to take my time, repeat parts, pause when I want to think upon a concept you expressed. I will be exploring these fundamentals further, starting with going through the course again, there is so much there. How Francesco sees, experiences, and describes qi and qigong feels freeing and expansive within my heartmind. Whether you are a beginner or have studied/practiced for years, this is an excellent course to begin or deepen your qigong journey. Thank you Francesco for sharing your thoughts, insights and passion with us.

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