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Qigong with Robin

Since I was a girl, I've loved moving, breathing, playing and making sounds.  Practicing qigong offers a way to do all of these things -- gently, freely, and with powerfully healthy effects. 

Learn more about qigong, and get started on your own qigong practice by enrolling in my virtual  classes. 

Robin Carnes
MBA, YOQI™ Qigong Flow Associate Instructor, Certified Yoga Therapist, and Certified iRest™ Meditation Instructor

What is Qigong?


QI =Animating Energy or Life Force Energy

GONG =  Skills or Work

Based on the same model as acupuncture, ie., Traditional Chinese Medicine, Qigong is a life-supporting approach from ancient China. It involves easy, playful movements, self-massage, sounds, and meditations that  improve our overall mental & physical  health.


Qigong is appropriate  and accessible for almost any body, that is, it’s powerful without being strenuous.


Classes will focus on a Qigong practice that is grounding to the nervous system, increases vitality, and enhances longevity. 

The research on qigong indicates it is helpful in:

  • Increasing energy level and stamina

  • improving balance and flexibility

  • improving immune function

  • decreasing pain

  • increasing range of motion in joints

  • improving sleep

  • lessening anxiety

  • processing and releasing emotions

What to Expect from Qigong with Robin

Classes consist of simple, rhythmic movements for all levels of flexibility, fitness and experience. 

Flexible Schedule

Attend live virtual classes
3 days a week (M, W, F 8:27am-9:00am EST), and enjoy access to recordings of all classes and additional pre-recorded resources. 

Busy schedule?
Easily catch up on missed
live sessions or revisit your
favorite classes!

Click on the registration button below for more details:

Easy on the Body

Movements are playful, easy to follow, and gentle on the body. Movement sequences correspond to the seasons, helping our bodies thrive in response to the  changing world around us. 

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A Practice to Fit Your Life

Get the benefits of an in-person class from the comfort and privacy of your home! 

During sessions, students can ask questions.  

No participant's video is ever recorded, and students are welcome to leave video and microphones off if desired.


Feel free to do class in your pajamas!

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Student Testimonials

The office of my general practitioner offered a sample class presentation by Robin as a resource for health. I found it intriguing and signed up for her classes. I have learned so much about how energy flows in my body - both how to promote more good energy and how to calm excessive energy through movement, sound and intention. 

-Lucille Miller

Robin Carnes is an outstanding teacher. Her deep knowledge, physical embodiment, detailed instruction and concern for her students is clear. Robin shares it all with a playful attitude. “Don’t try too hard—Be gentle with yourself” is her motto. 

-Rev. Dr. Mary Mason

I started taking classes earlier this year with Robin Carnes. Her approach is accessible, friendly, non-competitive and deeply insightful. Oh, and uniquely supportive of each student's needs!!

-Michael Kanter


About Robin 

Robin Carnes, MBA, YOQI™ Qigong Flow Associate Instructor, Certified Yoga Therapist, and Certified iRest™ Meditation Teacher and Trainer


Robin has practiced and taught qigong since 2007. Her teachers include Stephen Michael Pague, Yinong Chong, Shaun Cartwright, Annie Johnstone, Peggy Li, and Master Nianzu Li. She is currently studying with Marisa Cranfill. Dr. Richard Miller, developer of iRest™, has been a valued mentor of Robin's since 2005. 


Robin is well-recognized as a pioneer and innovator in the field of mind-body therapies for mental health, trauma and related conditions. Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, Woman’s Day Magazine, Yoga Journal, and Army Magazine, The Huffington Post,, and Yoga International.  In 2013, The Smithsonian Institute recognized Robin for bringing evidence-based yoga and meditation to military communities.

Since 2012, she has had a private yoga therapy practice, working mainly with civilians who suffer from trauma, anxiety, insomnia, depression and chronic pain, as well as continuing her work with veterans through the non-profit she co-founded in 2009, Warriors at Ease. 


Robin started her career as a management consultant and trainer. Her book, Sacred Circles: A Guide to Creating Your Own Women’s Spirituality Group was published by Harper San Francisco in 1998. 

She lives in Silver Spring, MD with her husband and dog. She loves to volunteer with her registered therapy dog, Otis, in local schools. She also sings in a rock and roll cover band, Close Enough.

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