Certified Qigong Instructors

The Rising Lotus Qigong (TRLQ) certified instructors have been trained in qigong "exercises" and are qualified to teach in group or individual settings.

These individuals are of the highest quality and ethical standard in the qigong community. Each and every instructor certified by The Rising Lotus Qigong has exceeded the standards set in the category they are certified for. We highly recommend them for a safe and enjoyable experience of Qigong.


Level 3 Certification: Instructors at this level of certification lead safe group and private qigong classes, give seminars, and live the qigong principle of 'harmony with nature'. They may also teach other branches of qigong healing as well as martial arts or other complementary modalities.These instructors show mastery in the experience of qigong at the highest level (neidan). The ability to seamlessly integrate mind, body, and spirit in the qigong class; leaves participants feeling centered, energized and ready to experience the world with a new awareness. Emphasis at this level is the experience of harmony, balance, and healing for the group or individual.

Laoshi Christina J. Barea-Young, DP, MMQ - Atlanta, GA
J. Peyton Young, BP, MMQ - Atlanta, GA

Level 2 Certification: Instructors at this level of certification lead safe group or private qigong classes and may teach seminars. These instructors go beyond the foundational principles and can guide participants through an experience of intermediate concepts in a qigong practice (neigong). These instructors have a commitment to the practice and development of qigong and have a strong personal practice as well as participate in complementary activities such as Taichi. Emphasis at this level is to lead classes by infusing them from their own experience for whole person healing.

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 Level 1 Certification: Instructors at this level of certification can lead a safe group qigong class. These instructors have the foundational principles needed to guide groups or individuals in experiencing the movement of qi following these three key concepts: Body, Breath, and Intention. They are able to modify exercises for specific populations and those with injuries or disabilities. Experts in communicating foundational skills, these persons are true leaders in the profession of qigong instruction.

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InstructorStateCityYear CertifiedActive?Contact
Cindy AshcraftGeorgiaGainesville2013YesFoundation Taiji
Shahida J. BaigGeorgiaAcworth2014YesSynergy Spa
Diane BeiringVirginia2013Yes
Diane BoyerVirginia2013Yes
Mathew BranstetterKentucky2013Yes
Paula BrantonGeorgia2013Yes
Stephen CadleyGeorgia2014Yes
Michelle DoyonGeorgia2013Yes
Lucinda EllisonGeorgia2013Yes
Mark FarringtonVirginia2013Yes
Daniel HammondGeorgia2014Yes
Daniel HarrisVirginia2013Yes
Jeff HarveyFloridaNew Port Richey2014Yes1(850)281-8313
Mary JahntzGeorgiaAtlanta2013YesAtlanta Healing Arts
Melanie JoetteGeorgia2013Yes
Scottie JohnsonGeorgiaAtlanta2013YesDancing Dragon Qigong
Carol KemkerGeorgia2013Yes
Ilias KhidhrAlabama2014Yes
Christy KosterTennessee2013Yes
Michael KrengelGeorgiaMarietta2014YesTailgate Qigong!
Tara LavoieSouth Carolina2014YesBlossoming Soul Yoga
Tonya LegerKentucky2013Yes
May LiaoVirginiaCharlottesville2013YesThree Qi
Lynn MackGeorgia2014Yes
Candace McCannGeorgia2014Yes
Garnett MellenVirginiaCharlottesville2013YesGarnettMellen.com
Sa Heq NeruGeorgiaAtlanta2014Yes
Tori OwensGeorgiaDahlonega2014YesEmail Tori
Mary Lou PowersSouth CarolinaGreenville2013YesQi Works Studios
Ronald C. PlanteGeorgia2014Yes
Kathleen RehlingGeorgia2014Yes
Vivian RoblesVirginiaCharlottesville2013YesLifeIsEnergy.com
Tony SaladinoGeorgiaNorcross2013YesFoundation Taiji
Matthieu SchmitterVirginiaCharlottesville2013YesThree Qi
Claudia SencerVirginia2013Yes
Gilda SeelkeVirginia2013Yes
Tedra SheppardGeorgia2013Yes
Kelli SlaterGeorgia2013Yes
Carol VenclikGeorgia2014Yes
Dustin WilliamsVirginia2013Yes
Matthew WagnerVirginia2013Yes