Chi Health Institute
The CHI Health Institute (CHI) is a non-profit association that is dedicated to promoting health through the Taoist movement arts transmitted by the Ni Family. Inspired by the teachings of the Integral Way by Grandmaster Hua Ching Ni (a.k.a. OmNi) and the current Master of the Ni Family Taoist Tradition, Dr. Mao Shing Ni, the Institute offers professional-level education and certification in the following movement arts: Dao-In, Eight Treasures, Harmony Tai Chi, Tai Chi Sword, Self-Healing Qigong, Crane Style Qigong, Taoist Meditation, and Cosmic Tour Ba Gua.
Our programs are designed to develop CHI-certified instructors to carry forward the rich tradition of the Ni Family movement arts and feature a progressive, systematic approach that nurtures understanding, facilitates skill development, and promotes self-growth.
The movement arts practices of the CHI Health Institute are part of the Integral Way tradition. The Integral Way is a modern Taoist way of life as transmitted by the Ni Family. Integrating the best of classic Taoist practices with useful modern developments, the Integral Way teaches practices for achieving health, happiness, harmony, longevity, and spiritual independence. In the Taoist understanding, these "goals" are attained through the conservation, cultivation, and refinement of the "qi" (chi) or energy of the body, mind, and spirit. The Integral Way Tradition is comprised of 8 areas or groups of energy practices which touch all aspects of life:
1) Integral Wisdom - Taoist teachings as transmitted, interpreted &
elucidated by the Ni Family Tradition
2) Movement Arts - Tai Chi, Qigong, Dao-In, Bagua, Spiritual swordsmanship
3) Heavenly Way Ethics - classic Taoist moral teachings
4) Meditation - Taoist meditation techniques
5) Integral Nutrition - Chinese Nutrition integrated with useful modern,
6) Integral Medicine - Traditional Chinese (Taoist) Medicine
7) Advanced Energy Practices - Internal Alchemy, etc.
8) Forecasting Sciences - I Ching, Feng Shui, Chinese Astrology, Face-
A person living the Integral Way Lifestyle lives a modern, productive life which includes various energy practices from these eight areas according to one's needs. Since each person is a unique "tai chi" or "integration" of energy at a different point along the Path of Life, the Integral Way Lifestyle is different for each person.
The Integral Way lifestyle is a holistic, individualized path of refining one's own personal energy. It may be said to be "spiritual" in that "spirit" is the most refined of our energies, but it is not "religious" or dogmatic. It does not promote blind faith or spiritual dependence. Everything offered in this Tradition is to be experienced and "proven" for oneself. The Integral Way is a refreshing approach to life that provides tools, such as the movement arts of tai chi and qigong, that help one develop health, happiness, longevity, and spiritual harmony and independence.
BECOME CERTIFIED TO TEACH
YOU CAN BECOME CERTIFIED to teach tai chi, qi gong, or meditation in order to guide yourself, your loved ones, or people in your community toward a life of health, fulfillment, and spiritual peace.
Certification in an Integral Way movement arts form:
- Deepens and continues your self-cultivation
- Improves your health and spiritual understanding
- Allows you to teach others and to be of service
- Provides a source of additional income
SIX STEPS TO BECOMING A CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR
If you are interested in becoming a Certified Instructor in one or more of the Ni Family movements, just follow these six steps under the guidance of a Senior Instructor:
1. Learn the form. Take the class from a Certified Teacher (In-Person or Online.) Notify your teacher that you are interested in becoming a Certified Teacher and they will connect you to a Senior Instructor and he/she will Mentor you through the Certification process. It is advisable at this time to start the ‘Introduction to Spiritual Self-Development Course Part 1,” as it can take 6-8 weeks or more to complete. (See #3 below)
2. Refine the Form Some of the Long Forms you should practice for a year or more. Some of the Short Forms have less practice requirements. Contact a Senior Instructor for details.
3. Successfully Complete the "Introduction to Spiritual Self-Development Course, Part I, The Integral Way of Life,” (you only have to take Part I) Click on the link to the online registration page: The College of Tao home study programs This course is waived for YSU students who have passed Fundamentals of Taoism course.
4. Take Teacher Training Intensive, $80. ($50. for YSU students) Upon successful completion of your Teacher Intensive, the Senior Instructor will send a “pass” confirmation to College of Tao and your Senior Instructor will schedule your Practical Exam.
5. Pass the Practical Exam. You must teach a course to a Senior Instructor, One-On-One (In-Person or Online.) Cost: $50. payable to Senior Instructor, (current YSU students pay $35.)
6. Complete the Application & Pay Fees
A.) New Application Fee, $85. Every time you apply for a new Chi Health Movement Form or Meditation Certification you have to pay this application fee.
B.) To maintain your Certification/s you must pay the Annual Chi Health Certification Renewal fee, which is $95. or $8. per month. The first year may be less because it is prorated and based on the date of your Certification. Current Yo San students pay an annual renewal fee of $70.
There are three ranks of Ni Family movement arts instructors: Certified Instructor, Senior Instructor, and Master Instructor.
The first rank is Certified Instructor. A new instructor starts off at the Certified Instructor rank. The Certified Instructor knows the form and has the basic tools to teach the form in classes, workshops, and private lessons. They may also help students prepare for teaching certification. However, they cannot give the Practical Exam or the required Instructor Training Intensive to Certified Instructor candidates. A person may remain at this rank for as long as they like or they may choose to seek elevation to the rank of Senior Instructor with additional training and experience. Certified Instructors are required to pass the Introduction to Taoist Self-Cultivation Course, Part I. Read more here.
The second rank is Senior Instructor. Senior Instructors can do everything the Certified Instructor can do, but they can also administer the Practical Exam and offer the required Instructor Training Intensive to Certified Instructor candidates. Senior Instructors have a deeper level of knowledge regarding their movement art, more than one year’s teaching experience in their form, greater maturity in teaching and practice, and additional training in the form of having taken the required Senior Instructor Training Intensive. A person may remain at this rank for as long as they like or they may choose to seek elevation to the rank of Master Instructor with additional training and experience. Senior Instructors are required to be Mentor of the Integral Way. Read more here.
The third and highest rank is Master Instructor. Master Instructors can do everything the Senior Instructors can do. However, Master Instructors know the entire curriculum for their movement art including all of the deeper spiritual and energetic aspects. They can offer the required Senior Instructor Training Intensive for those Certified Instructors seeking elevation to Senior Instructor rank. Prior to their elevation as Master Instructors (i.e., as Senior Instructors), they have examined at least 10 successful candidates for teaching certification. They have attained a high level of mastery and maturity in their teaching and practice and are judged by the Master of the Tradition to have attained the level of Master Instructor. They are required to be a Mentor of the Integral Way Tradition. Read more here.