Physical or Energetic?

In Qigong, questions regarding whether our actions are physical or energetic, whether they are External or Internal, crops up regularly. Here are two such cases, the first has been raised on numerous occasions, the second is a new one for me.

Is your Qigong mindset physical or energetic?

Case 1

While taking part in a course that involved energetic healing a student was instructed to take their shoes off so that they could “Connect with the earth”. The student complied with the instructor’s wishes but, quietly, questioned the reasoning. Later, I was asked for my opinion on the matter………. Firstly, I had some questions:

  • Were the shoes flat, stable and comfortable?
  • Did the student have socks on?
  • Was the session being held indoors?
  • Was there a carpet?
  • What level/floor of the building was the lesson being held?

A lot of questions that led to the student smiling. Their suspicions had just been confirmed. To comply with the teacher’s rationale to “Connect with the earth” they would need to remove all the barriers between their feet and the earth. If a shoe is a barrier then so are socks, carpets, floor boards and foundations.

The connection is twofold. There is the physical connection, the rooting, that provides a stable platform and allows the body and mind to quieten. This gives greater access to and greater awareness of the Qi. If the student had been wearing unstable, uncomfortable, footwear then removing it would have been recommended.

There is also the energetic connection, the sinking of the Qi. We guide our Qi through Kidney 1 (the Bubbling Spring) to “connect”. It is the same point that is used for the physical rooting and it is this that can lead to some confusion. What are we connecting to? Go on, ask yourself that question……… What are you connecting to?

Physical or energetic - Connecting to the universal Qi
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We are human. We are physical. We live on a planet and are attracted to it by gravity. We are bipedal so that connection is through our feet……………… rooting.
We are energy. We exist in the universe (to be more accurate, we exist in the Tao). There is no gravity attracting our Qi. We are surrounded by it and are an integral part of it. The connection to it is always there but the awareness of the connection is not. Using Qigong, we increase that awareness and we “connect” through the feet is because it is easier to focus through the same point for both purposes. Our Qi connection IS NOT limited to connecting to the planet. Think about it…………

Using Kidney 1 is not the only method used in Qigong, and in other energetic systems to connect with the universe. It is used because it is convenient. As your Qigong journey continues this will become apparent and you will realise that the term “Raise the Shen and sink the Qi” refers to many things.

Case 2

“When you talk about the tip of the tongue touching the palate….   Well.. should I be removing my full upper denture in order to actually touch the physical palate?    Or is it more an energy connection that will work “through” the denture material? 
I know it seems a silly question, but it is nagging me to no ends.”

There are actually three different positions that are used in Qigong with this being the most used. The positions, through practice, determine the direction of flow and what Vessels are being used.

The position of the tongue is rather like the postures, stretches and tensions we use to help guide the Qi. By using this position we are “programming” our Yi to guide the Qi along the microcosmic orbit, flowing up Du Mai (Governing Vessel) and down Ren Mai (Conception Vessel).

As in Case 1, there is the physical aspect as well. This is the natural resting place of the tongue and, when breathing nasally, it keeps the mouth moist. Neither over or under salivating and removing the distraction that both of these can cause.

It is a misconception that the tongue needs to be in this position to create a bridge between Du Mai and Ren Mai. This misconception is the result of thinking physically rather than energetically. Both cases are examples of being tied to the physical. Physical or energetic………………… don’t mix them up.

Online Qigong: The Taiji Shibashi

The Taiji Shibashi Qigong is probably one of the most practiced qigong on the planet but the vast majority of people practicing it are not doing Qigong. They are moving their arms and legs about in the manner of slowed down aerobics………….. They are not moving their Qi.

Qigong is about moving Qi. It is the art, the skill, of moving the Qi the Yi (brain), using willpower. It is not a physical exercise. It is an Internal exercise that uses physical movement as one of its tools.

In this course you will learn:

  • How to move the Qi.
  • Where it is supposed to be moving.
  • How to “listen” to the Qi, have passive awareness of it.

It is through that passive awareness that you can go on and become more efficient at moving the Qi. That is how the practitioner builds up the skill of Qigong.

If you just want to learn how to move your arms and legs about in slow motion this is not the course for you. If you want to learn Qigong. If you want to learn to move the Qi, how to appreciate that movement and how to gain from that movement………….. This is where you want to be.

Online Qigong: The Taiji Shibashi

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This course includes:
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Access on mobile and TV
Certificate of Completion

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Reviews

  • “have been doing taichi for 40 years and shibashi for 30 including some teaching this course is easily the best thought out and presented i have seen, well done les” [sic] R.S.
  • “This is by far the most beneficial online learning that I have ever done. The volume of content and credentials of the instructor outweigh hundreds of other options on this, and other platforms. It has the potential to cheer you up and change your life, let alone your day! I hope that either the Summary, or the final move (18) can be viewed as a preview here, so that laymen can appreciate what is inside this piece of work. A follow on course by the same teacher, on Acupressure points would be a real boon.” S.H.

What Will I Learn?

  • The stances used in the Taiji Shibashi: Wuji Stance, Horse Riding Stance, Bow Stance and Empty Stance.
  • The proper breathing technique.
  • Kua opening exercises.
  • The physical movements of the 18 exercises.
  • The Internal movements of the 18 exercises.
  • Listening exercises (passive awareness of Qi)

Requirements

  • No previous knowledge of Qigong required. This course is suitable for all levels.
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Description

The tuition is structured:

  • Wuji Stance and breathing.
  • Kua opening exercises.
  • Each exercise taught in the order of: Stance, physical movement, breathing pattern, Qi movement, listening, common errors and transition from the previous exercise.
  • Each exercise lesson also has a follow me video.
  • Three videos, each of a six-exercise follow me.
  • A transitions video.
  • Listening exercises.

Questions asked by students about these Qigong exercises

  • Q: Stances
    Am I losing any benefits by remaining in Wuji, or even sitting?
    Here & elsewhere in the set, is it an acceptable modification to remain in Wuji Des?
    Does horse-riding stance provide additional benefits? S.H.

    A: Using Horse Riding stance can help with the opening of the Kua and will also help you to gain a better understanding of rooting and sinking. That said, you can do these exercises in Wuji………… and they can also be practiced in a seated position.
    The instruction for Horse Riding stance is clear in that it is not about bending your legs to get as low as you can. It is about relaxing into the stance and that means that it will be higher when that relaxation is not as pronounced. Des
  • Q: Doe-Eyed Cows
    Hi Des,
    Thank you for this course. I can’t think of a nicer project to lead us into 2021. I really love the ancient alternative name that you point out for ‘Turning to Gaze at the Moon’. I was wondering if you can recall any other historical names for any of the movements? I can’t seem to get enough of these names and, rightly or wrongly, they often bring about visualisations when I practice.  The more metaphorical names I discover, the more I can enjoy this aspect of practice, often inviting and enhancing a very nice state of homeostasis.
    Once again, thank you for sharing so much knowledge with this wonderful set. S.H.

    A: There are numerous variations in the names given to some of the exercises that I teach. It is not always easy to know which of the names, given to a particular exercise, is the older/oldest but the original names almost always give guidance on how the exercise should look. That is to say how the physical movements look.

    Here are a couple of examples: –
    From the Embroidered Brocade we have the exercise called “The Billowing Sail” that is also known as “Catching a Ball” and both describe the physical part well.

    I believe that “The Billowing Sail is probably the newer name as, when you look at the size of China, not everyone will have seen a ship in sail. However, using the name “Catching a Ball” can be problematic because people make the mistake of linking the name with the Internal movement and imagine/create a ball of Qi. This detracts from the exercises as it fails to produce the intended Internal action.

    From the Shibashi we have “Holding a Ball in Front of the Shoulders” that has been renamed (in some schools) “Offering up a Peach”. The original name sets out the instructions of the arm position with the emphasis on holding a ball. This also helps with the shape of the palm, etc.

    “Offering up a Peach” goes some way towards this but, in practice, what I have observed is that there is also a stretching out of the arm to make this “offer”.

    It is not always easy to get an accurate translation of the early texts on these exercises (where the texts exist) and a large amount of what is being churned out in Qigong books is a regurgitation of previous, poorly translated, information. Des
  • Q: Punching With Outstretched Arms
    Hi Des, about punching with fist, why is it on the inbreath please as most other hands moving forward is done on the outbreath? R.S

    A: When learning Qigong we use the breath to help us guide the Qi (at an advanced level this is no longer necessary). Some Qigong exercises have very similar, or exactly the same, physical movement but are completely different Internally.
    “Punching With Outstretched Arms” (from the Shibashi) and the forward punch in “Holding the Fists Tightly and Staring with Glaring Eyes” (from the Ten Fundamental Treasures) is almost identical physically but the breathing is different. The former uses inhalation while punching, the latter uses exhalation. This helps create a different movement/focus in the Qi.
    With “Punching With Outstretched Arms” there are a lot of different facets but I will focus on the one aspect here that answers your question. We start by positioning the hands at the Mu points. As we punch we use the inhalation to draw Qi to the Mu points. The exhalation and replacing the hand at the Mu point consolidates that.
    There are many other Qigong where variation to breathing pattern exist. I have witnessed a few debates (sometimes heated) where one practitioner tells another that they are “doing the Qigong incorrectly” because their breathing is back to front. None of these debates would occur if one simple question was asked……….. “What Qigong are you doing?”

    I hope this is of help. Des
  • Q: Waving Hands Like Clouds
    Hello from Thailand Des.
    Throughout Waving Hands Like Clouds, I feel a slight weight transfer across the ‘bubbling springs’ (with no lifting of heel or toe at all). Is this okay, or should both sides remain rooted throughout? Thank you.🙏🏽 S.H.

    A: It is a common misconception that rooting the weight through KD1 and sinking the Qi through KD 1 are the same thing.
    By moving the body/weight from side to side there will be a resultant change in physical pressure at KD1.
    If you are “sinking” from side to side these subtle changes in pressure are more noticeable and so is the Qi connection.
    If you push from side to side you will find that the weight is directed away from KD1 and the Qi connection is interrupted.
    Rooting = physical
    Sinking = Internal
    It appears that you are getting things correct and that your body/mind has quietened enough for you to pick up the start of these subtleties. Des

  • Q: Number of repetitions
    Hi Des, another question from Thailand. I see that in painting rainbows and pushing to the diagonals you do 3 to each side then in the second series you do 6 to each side is there a reason for this please? R.S.

    A: The simple answer is fatigue. As this is a beginners’ course I knew that newcomers to Qigong may not have the physical stamina to hold their hands in the air (Painting Rainbows) for four, or eight, repetitions to each side. Likewise with Pushing to the Diagonals as beginners tend to find holding that stance is physically stressful. By, initially, reducing the number of repetitions it promotes “listening” at an early stage. If your muscles are screaming you will never hear the whisper of Qi. By the time we get to the lecture “Twisting the Waist….” I expect that the stamina levels have increased enough to hold the posture for six reps.
    The Follow Me lectures are there for students who no longer need to listen to my verbal instructions and, again, I expect that their stamina will have increased enough for six reps.
    Regarding the number of repetitions (I’m sure that I cover this in the Summary)………… During your personal practice, if you are counting the number of repetitions you are not fully focused on the Qigong. You are more focused on counting. In my live classes I usually (depending on the length of the class) do six, or eight reps and I’m keeping count and pace so that the students can focus on the Qi. Des

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Many paths to the same destination

Many paths to the same destination

In the any journey there can be many paths and the route chosen depends on a number of things including: The starting point, the end point, the terrain, the mode of transport, obstacles to be overcome, etc. Navigation too! Sometimes we find ourselves going in circles, covering the same ground over and over again until we find the next section that carries us forward. Here, I want to look at two modes of transport that, on the face of it, are different but are the same.

The Tibetan Buddhist sand mandalas are extremely intricate patterns that are produced, by the monks, from calcite sand that has had dyes added to it. The goal of the process is not the beautiful mandala, it is the transformation that occurs within the monks. It is the achievement through letting go of the physical, of connecting with the consciousness……… connecting with the Qi.

Many paths to the same destination - Sand mandala
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The process begins with the collecting of the calcite rock that lies scattered across the mountainside, this is the start of the meditative process. It moves on to the crushing of the rock, firstly into gravel and then into sand………….. going deeper into meditation. The dyes are added and the monks, using different coloured sand, start to create the mandala grain by grain. The concentration is such that, eventually, they become the process, losing self and attaining oneness. The connection with the Qi and the universe.

Within Shen Qigong we do not have the rock, the rock to grind, the dyes to add, or the mandala to create but we use the same process. We have posture, movement, breath, focus and listening. We gradually collect the rock through learning the posture. We grind the rock by refining the posture. We add the dye by adding the breath. We go through the process of creating the mandala by adding the movement. As the process continues we continue to refine all of these until they are no longer noticed and all that is left is the listening. It is then that we are connected to the Qi and, therefore, the Tao. It is then that facets of the Tao are revealed. It is then when we can really start to explore.

Des

Shen Experiences

Shen Experiences – What students are saying

I have uploaded some of the Shen experiences that, in their own words and diagrams, students are having while practicing and as a result of practicing the Four Shen Qigong. It takes time and focus to gain access to the awareness and perception that these Qigong can develop. However, some benefits are quick to attain.

The first Shen Qigong – The rooting and connecting experienced.

Shen experiences - the rooting and grounding that can be felt tangibly.
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The first Shen Qigong – The expansion experienced.

Shen experiences - The, tangible, expansion of awareness felt.
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“Think being screwed into the ground stops the lift off! Very fizzy feet for a while afterwards. I’ve been blaming the 10 fundamentals for opening up more smell and sound (extra access via right ear) but this one would probably blow those out the water….”

From the initial exposure to Shen exercise 1

  • “I found the Shen exercise we did today very interesting and felt quite mentally settled after it. I feel this might be a very good exercise to do before my morning meditation – I usually do some form of qiqong, but this one seems particularly appropriate. Will try it out and see.”
  • “I enjoyed learning the shen qigong today. It has left me feeling calm and centered, like I would after meditation.”

Comparing exercises 1 & 2

  • “Hi Des, Here’s my feedback on the exercise we did: On the first one (with hands facing inward), I felt a great expansion within my body, so I felt like my whole body was filled and energised on the inside and my 3rd eye had expanded outward. On the other one (with hands facing out) I felt a great expansion outside my body. So I felt incredibly expanded so that I almost didn’t know where my body began or ended. Very hard to explain!”

    Yes, very hard to put into words that have, up till now, only been used to describe the physical. The outward expansion can often lead to your awareness being a single point that is both infinitely small and infinitely big at the same time. A real paradox of an experience when the body “disappears” as the barriers between physical and energetic are removed.
    Des

The first Shen Qigong – The awareness and experience deepens.

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The second Shen Qigong – The initial awareness from this exercise.

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Garden musings

My garden musings

I often spend time gazing into my garden pond and, when I do, my garden musings occur as my brainwave pattern drops into Alpha. These garden musings provide me with insights into myself and my direction as my brain gets sidelined and my higher self (consciousness) takes centre stage.

Hedgehogs are amazing!

Gardening is like any other skill and there are many levels from the gardener who cuts the grass and does the occasional weeding to the topiary expert who can give you the Latin names for every plant in their garden. I’m somewhere in the middle. I enjoy working in the garden even though it is often reasonably hard work. I enjoy looking at the garden and knowing that I had a hand in how it has developed and matured.  There was no grand plan, just a general direction that often changed and changed again. I grew as the garden grew.

Plants get moved around, cuttings are taken, plants are given and accepted as gifts, and nothing tends to be thrown away. Today it was a cover that I had made to hide the water filter for one of my ponds. It never really worked well in that role and drew your attention for all the wrong reasons….. It was not pretty. With a better disguise on the filter, the old cover was destined to be dismantled and the wood used as fuel. It lay, upside down, for weeks and it was only as I turned it over that I realised I had built the perfect hedgehog refuge.

garden musings - hedgehogs are amazing
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With a smile on my face and a newly positioned hedgehog hotel, I thought about the many cul de sacs that my Qigong (and Taiji) journey had visited. Like the filter cover, each of them seemed to have proved to be of no further use…………… at that time. Every time this happened I left these “wrong” concepts behind me and moved on to find the correct path. It was quite some time before I was led to the realisation that I had been on MY path, the correct path for me, all along. The cul de sacs were such only because of my lack of understanding and experience at the time.

It was an afternoon spent with Master Bell that brought about that realisation. He wanted to instil in me the understanding that attainment of Qigong was not a linear journey and he could always get the message over, no matter what that message was, by making me think for myself. That afternoon I was given this to ponder.

We are walking down a country lane with hedges either side of the lane. Use your imagination as we walk and we will see what you observe. How dense is the hedge? What plants are on the verges?

As we walked it became easier for me to describe what I was seeing and the strides became more confident. Then he stopped me.

What did you think about the wee hedgehog? (It’s easy to figure out what triggered this musing.)

What hedgehog?

The one we passed about 100 yards ago. You had better go back and have a look.

On the way back I noticed a gate that I had missed. Had it been there before? We walked past the gate to the hedgehog. After spending a bit of time watching it rummaging we turned to continue the walk…….. but the lane had changed. It was greener and full of birdsong. I stopped at the gate. Should I go through it? Master Bell invited me to go and have a look. From this vantage point I could see rolling hills and then mountains in the far distance.

Back in the lane, this process was repeated a few times.

What about the big tree? What about the bramble bushes? Etc.

Each time I turned and walked back I saw more, understood more. Then, on recommencing the journey this was enhanced.

Every cul de sac on your Qigong journey has something to offer………….. you just don’t understand it at the time. Later on, when you achieve the level when they are needed for progress, what was learned in these lessons will be understood.

It can feel frustrating (I know because I went through that frustration early in my journey) taking two steps forward and then on step back……… Then three steps forward and two back. Embrace the “backward” steps and they will enhance your Qigong.

Getting back to the gardening, it has parallels with me teaching Qigong. Sometimes it can be hard work but it is always a pleasure. There is also an immense pleasure in knowing that I had a hand in how someone’s Qigong has developed and matured.

My own Qigong journey continues and I’m still heading towards those mountains.

In Qigong, be yourself

garden musings
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After teaching the class this morning my mind drifted in the direction of a coffee and a gaze into the giant nature television……. also known as my garden pond. I have had many insights while letting my mind wander, unfocused, as I watch the goings on of the frogs, newts, etc. Today, an ancient Chinese saying crept into my mind’s ear. It is attributed to Lao Tzu……..

“If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be truly fulfilled.”

I am pretty sure that I know what triggered this as I had been talking to students about Qigong not being a group activity. The exercises may be learned in a group but Qigong is Internal and very personal. It can only be practiced alone, with focus and with a body/mind that is quiet enough for you to listen to your Qi.

In groups there is a tendency for people to judge themselves against the, apparent, “expertise” of others. How elegant they look. How low they can “sink”, how peaceful they look, etc. That is what is going on with the observed but what is happening Internally with the observer? Not a lot! They are too engrossed with others to be Qigong.

In a class you need to listen to what your teacher is telling you. You need to follow the guidance given. You need to pay close attention to all the subtleties and nuances that are brought to your attention and explained……………….. Then practice and practice more. Move through the stages of learning the exercise, doing the exercise then having Qigong. When you achieve Qigong you can move the Qi with the body following rather than leading.

Can you learn Qigong exercises in a class? Of course you can. Can you do Qigong exercises in a class? Yes, if you ignore what everyone else is doing and do your own exercise. Can you have Qigong in a class? When you have Qigong you will be so immersed in the flow of Qi that you will be alone, a single point in time and space, totally here and now, in a state of Wuji.

Remember, “If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be truly fulfilled.” Lao Tzu knew it………………. Now so do you.

Can You Learn Qigong Online?

Is it possible to learn Qigong online?

Because of the enforced Covid-19 lockdown my students asked if they could learn Qigong online. I have plenty of experience in teaching Qigong in one-to-one sessions online but I was not sure how well a class would work. Since starting these classes I have discovered is that the participants are reacting as though it was a one-to-one session and, with the exception of the occasional Zoom glitch, they are listening more and delving deeper into the Qi exercise being practiced.

When I teach Qigong classes I always remind students that a class is not the place to do Qigong. It is the place to learn the exercises and to be guided deeper into the Internal work that is being done with these movements. In most classes everyone is compromising so that they stay in step with the teacher and the other students. The teacher is compromising in order that the students can do the Qigong without forcing their breathing too much.

In order to focus on where you want to move the Qi, and listen to the effect that the particular movement is having on you Internally you need a quiet body and mind. You spend a lot of time perfecting Wuij and the other stances to do this. So there you are with your quiet body and mind….. or are you? In a class situation there can often be too many distractions to count.

Qigong is not a group activity. It is a solo activity where the practitioner follows their respiration, whether it is fast or slow, and it is the speed of this that dictates the speed of movement. Some movements are large and this dictates faster movement while others are small with slower movement. The respiration remains the same but the speed of varies according to the size of the movement.

The benefits of learning online

learn Qigong online. The Five Elements Dance.
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Less distraction, more focus, working at your own pace, in your own environment, only hearing the teacher……… These are some of the positive things that I have found. I also think that there is a higher probability of online students taking their Qigong seriously and practicing through the week rather than just doing the one, or two, sessions at the classes they attend.

As the feedback from the classes has been so positive and uplifting, I intend to continue to reach out to those who are serious about attaining Qigong because you can learn Qigong online………….. and I will enjoy every minute of it!

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I’m on my soapbox

I’m on my soapbox……….. Why? Well it is something that affects me directly as I sell my Qigong courses online and I am being ripped off. I have just seen a sickening example of this from a course I have on Udemy. The course sells at £64.99 but by the time that Udemy and third party sellers have taken their slice I have been paid $2.14 and that is a whopping £1.71 before currency conversion charges.

Each time you buy through the Google Store, ITunes, etc. you are handing them the profit and often handing the seller a loss.

Say, for example that you were selling an item that cost you $100.00 dollars to produce and you had a mark up of 30%. The cost to the buyer would be $130.00. Each time you sell, from your website you have a gross profit of £30.00

Now if your item is sold via the Google Store, or through ITunes, the story is different and here is how it pans out. Google Store and ITunes take an immediate 30% off the top. 30% of $130.00 is $39.00 and that leaves you with a loss of $9.00 on every sale that goes through them. They get $39.00 for f**k all!

Ok, so I can hear you thinking “Why are you letting them sell your product if it causes you to make a loss?” The simple answer is that they do not ask for permission and they will just keep doing it no matter how many times you ask them to stop. They are a law unto themselves and that is why their owners are billionaires.

The same applies to Just Eat, etc. Do you think that they provide their “service” free of charge? How long do you think it will take before your favourite carry out is no longer available because the majority of their custom is coming via Just Eat and the business is no longer financially viable?  Get on the phone directly, or use the restaurant website, and stop giving money to these companies. Is it any harder to order over the phone?

PLEASE STOP BUYING MY COURSES VIA THIRD PARTIES. Please buy them from pro-holistic!

If you value the person, or the company, that is selling you something online, please don’t buy via either of these………… or any other third party. Go direct to the seller.

Makko Ho Exercises Online Course – enliven your Qi (Ki)

Makko Ho Exercises Online Course

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Our Makko Ho exercises online course teaches this self healing technique. Makko Ho means “the practice of facing things” and the exercises originally developed from temple prostration practice by the Japanese yoga teacher, Nagai Wataru, in the 1930s. They were then further developed by Shizuto Masunaga, the founder of the shiatsu massage system that I practice.

The Makko Ho work by allowing the practitioner to both sedate and tonify the meridians through specific stretches that were developed to improve the flow of Qi. There is a stretch for each pair of meridians and, as they are based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, they should be done in the sequence taught (i.e. Metal, Earth, Primary Fire, Water, Secondary Fire, and Wood). Begin the Makko Ho exercises by grounding yourself through relaxed, regulated, abdominal breathing, while you focus on centring the Qi within the Dan Tien. The Japanese name for this area is known as the Hara. Keep centred throughout the exercise. It is important that you settle into the stretches on exhalation and that nothing is forced. Hold each stretch as you inhale, being aware of tension (whether through excess or deficiency) that you feel along the meridian path. Do not force yourself into positions that you find uncomfortable – pain is not the goal, letting go of tension is. As with Qigong exercises, the emphasis with the Makko Ho is not so much on the physical stretch but on opening up and moving the Qi (Ki). It is therefore vital that you focus on the breathing and that you are aware of the changes going on within you during each stretch – this includes physical, emotional, and consciousness (Body, Mind, Spirit).

Makko Ho Exercises Online Course Details

The Makko Ho Exercises | Udemy This course includes

  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
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  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion

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The Earth stretches from the Makko Ho exercises
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  • “This is my second course with Master Des Lawton and I am still amazed at the amount of information and detailed explanations. At first , I was a bit lost at not having any cueing for the follow-me portions of the course and my neck was getting sore trying to follow.. But then I realized that if I followed the rhythm of my own breath .. it was a whole lot easier to internalize the instructions . A few times I just was not sure I was doing it right. .. So I went back to the instruction video and paid closer attention .. It is really helpful to have a short instruction video for each of the movements. So much better than trying to find the right spot on a 20 or 30 minutes lecture. Thank you for your knowledge and a well constructed course Cordially, 🙂 Lorraine”
  • “It was a great discovery to me.” I.A.
  • “I am so glad I chose this course. It is set at a pace I can work with and each movement clearly explained. The illustrations are helpful and the two views make errors less likely. I also appreciate being able to practise along with the instructor in the sections where the movements are repeated. Des Lawton is an impeccable instructor.”
  • “Very informative and deeper than anything I have yet come across. This is what I have been looking for: a more in depth approach. I thank you!”
  • “A great Teacher of Qigong, it was a privilege to take this course! I could feel the Qi moving while performing each exercise. Quick response to questions asked, much appreciated! I look forward to taking more courses in the future. Humble thanks!”
  • “Excellent instructor! Beautiful material!”
  • “This was a fantastic course that went into great detail in the subject. I would highly recommend this course for those that want to work specifically on the Eight Exceptional Vessels. Very good course!”

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What Will I Learn?

The course covers all six exercises as well as any alternatives. It also covers all the compensation exercises.

Discount price: £19.99 (Normally £39.99)
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Online Qigong – Reviews

  • “I have been doing qigong and taichi for years, and I find the course simple and at the same time meticulous. Structured in a simple way to learn and at the time for thanks to the different sections.”
  • “Great class this my third video with Des,I always learn something.”
  • “Really enjoyed course. Have been meditating on the eight exceptional vessels for awhile and now having the movements to work with as well is ‘exceptional’ . Thank You.”
  • “Loved the flow of these exercises and the feeling of peace as I carried them out. Found the focus points after the exercises particularly helpful. Thank you for another great course!”
  • “The course is easy to follow, and the instructions are clear and detailed. I also like the instructor’s style of teaching.”
  • “Excellent explanation of the subtleties of wu ji. I felt an immediate shift while practicing under the guidance in this video. Alot of these subtleties are overlooked, but here they are explained with great clarity. Thank you for creating this course!”
  • “Clear instruction and demonstrations. Feel the chi when do the movements. Each movement has multiple parts. Plenty of follow along repetitions and tips to get the patterns. Thanks.”

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The Five Spirits that make us human – Taoist belief

The Five Spirits

In Chinese tradition there are Five Spirits that, together, make us human. The Shen (consciousness), the Yi (reasoning mind, the brain), the Po (the body), the Zhi (willpower), and the Hun (ethereal soul). Each has its own role in making us human.

The Shen 神

  • Is the human spirit, the consciousness.
    • It is our higher self, beyond the brain, beyond ego, non-judgmental, the source of true wisdom.
    • The quality of our Shen governs our awareness.
    • It can be seen in the energy flowing through our eyes.
    • One indication of balanced Shen is clear, sparkling and receptive eyes.
    • When the Shen is healthy, the awareness and perception is high.
    • Resides in the Heart.

The Yi 意

the five spirits of Taoism
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  • Is the cognitive, reasoning, mind. It is the brain.
    • It is the intellect.
    • It is involved in planning, thought and reasoning.
    • It is the capacity for conceptual thought.
    • Unbalanced, it can manifest as internal chatter.
    • Balanced, it manifests as intelligence and understanding.
    • Resides in the spleen

The Po 魄

  • Is described as “body spirit”, or “animal spirit”. The corporeal soul.
    • It is the physical vitality.
    • It tends to be associated with our immediate or more fleeting desires.
    • The Po keeps the physical body alive.
    • The Po is still present when someone is brain dead, or in a coma.
    • When it departs, the body is dead.
    • Resides in the Lung.

The Zhi (Jing) 志

  • This is the willpower.
    • It is the function of the Zhi that allows us to carry out the actions that originate in the Yi. “When intent Yi 意 ) becomes permanent, we speak of will (Zhi 志 ). “
    • It provides the perseverance needed for successful spiritual practice.
    • In Taoism, the Zhi is needed in order for the practitioner to harmonize with the Tao.
    • Resides in the Kidney

The Hun 魂

  • Is often described as the human soul (not quite in the same way as seen by Judaic religions, etc.).
    • It is the spirit that detaches during dreams. This movement of the Hun is often experienced as the feeling of floating up, down, or to the side and is sometimes accompanied by the physical body jolting, or twitching.
    • It is the essence of humans that persists after physical death.
    • Resides in the Liver.

The Five Spirits and more

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Online Shibashi Qigong classes – Learn the Shibashi at home

Online Shibashi Qigong

Our online Shibashi Qigong classes (Zoom) now include five days of on-demand viewing where you can use the recording of each class to further your practice.

You can join this class at any point in the block on a pro rata basis. Beginners are also welcome but I recommend that you do our Basic Shibashi course (Udemy) and learn the stances and the basic movements first.

Intermediate and Advanced class

  • Next block: 10 session block commencing Wednesday 25th November till Wednesday 3rd February 2021.
  • You can join the current block at any time on a pro rata basis (paying for the remaining classes in the block). Please contact us if you wish to do this.

I was asked to set up an online Shibashi Qigong course. Asked…………. more like pressurised! The lock down from the Covid-19 pandemic has prompted me to take action and the class is already a roaring success! Are you interested in joining us? Would any of your friends like to take part? Pass the word, share the link, just let people know about it.

Online Shibashi Qigong
#trueqigong #shibashi

What you will be taught is the 18 Posture Taiji Qigong (the Shibashi) as true Qigong. You will be taught the proper focus that makes these exercises Qigong, without that focus they are no more than physical movements.

The basic movements are relatively easy to learn in an aerobic manner. But to get the most out of the Shibashi other things are needed………patience, practice and experience. With the help of an experienced teacher (with knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Meridian system) they can be taught over a 10 week course. This should include the listening skills that will allow you to experience the Qi flowing, turning aerobics into true Qigong.

Once this basic level has been reached, it is through constant, focused, practice that the real work begins.

The classes will be taught on the Zoom conferencing platform. Please note that the video recording form Zoom is low quality (640X360) and the live stream is much higher quality.

Check out the reviews from the online courses that we have on Udemy. They will give you an insight into the calibre of tuition.

Next 10-session block

Next block starts on Wednesday 25/11/2020 and runs till 03/02/2021 on the following dates: 25th Nov till 23rd Dec, then from 6th Jan till 3rd Feb.
Times – 19:00 till 20:00 London
Recordings – On-demand viewing for the five days following each class.
Cost – £70.00 You can join the block at any time on a pro rata basis (paying for the remaining classes in the block). Please contact us if you wish to do this.

Once payment has been received we will send you out a registration link for the class. On completion of registration, you will receive an email, from Zoom, containing the class URL, Meeting ID and the password for the block booked.

Shibashi Qigong online classes

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Online Qigong Classes – Learn Qigong at home

Online Qigong Classes - Working with the Yin Meridians - Fire
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Online Qigong Classes

Our online classes now include five days of on-demand viewing where you can use the recording of each class to further your practice.

We took the decision to create online Qigong classes because of the onslaught of the Covid-19 virus and the lock down that has been, necessarily, imposed by governments. The idea was that they can help to keep you active, healthy, and maybe stop you getting cabin fever. However, as the positive feedback has been overwhelming, we will be keeping them as a regular feature…………. and will be adding more online classes.

Each of the classes commenced with a different set of Qigong but eventually each class will have covered all of the Qigong on the syllabus. On the next block we will be covering: –

  • Monday at 13:30 – Focusing on the Embroidered Brocade with reminders of The Five Elements Dance and the Eight Exceptional Vessels.
  • Tuesday at 09:00 – Connecting Heaven and Earth as a 5 Elements exercise, as an 8 Exceptional Vessels exercise and its use in having a more profound awareness of raising the Shen and sinking the Qi. Time permitting we will revisit some of the other Five Elements Qigong (Five Elements exercises from various Qigong sets).
  • Tuesday at 18:30 – This class is solely Shibashi Qigong for beginners and focuses on the stances and the basic movements.
  • Wednesday at 19:00 – The Taiji Shibashi for intermediate and advanced practitioners. Listening to the effects that each exercise has on the meridian system and working with variations that alter the Primary meridian pair that is being worked on.
  • Thursday at 18:45 – The Five Taoist Yin along with Five Elements Dance and the Ten Fundamental Treasures.

We have kept the cost of the classes as low as we can so that as many people as possible have the opportunity to take part. Please note that the offer of three classes for the price of two cannot be split over blocks and the classes chosen cannot be changed mid block.

Our Qigong classes include: –

  • The Shibashi (The 18 Posture Taiji Qigong)
  • The Five Taoist Yin
  • The Eight Exceptional Vessels
  • The Ten Fundamental Treasures
  • Connecting Heaven and Earth
  • The Four Shen
  • The Embroidered Brocade
  • The Ba Duan Jin
  • Dao Yin – Opening the Energy Gates

Monday – Online Qigong Classes details: –

Next 4-week block

Next block starts 18/01/2021 and runs till 08/02/2021

In this block: Focusing on the Embroidered Brocade with reminders of The Five Elements Dance and the Eight Exceptional Vessels.
Times 
– 13:30 till 14:30 London
Recordings – On-demand viewing for the five days following each class.
Cost – £20.00 (£5.00 per class on a four-week block basis). You can join the block at any time on a pro rata basis (paying for the remaining classes in the block). Please contact us if you wish to do this.
Book two and get the third class free!
Book hereMonday lunchtime Qigong

Once payment has been received we will send you out a registration link for the class, or classes. On completion of registration, you will receive an email, from Zoom, containing the class URL, Meeting ID and the password for each block booked.

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Tuesday – Online Qigong Classes details: –

Next 4-week block

Next block starts on Tuesday 19/01/2021 and runs till 09/02/2021

In this block: Connecting Heaven and Earth as a 5 Elements exercise, as an 8 Exceptional Vessels exercise and its use in having a more profound awareness of raising the Shen and sinking the Qi. Time permitting we will revisit some of the other Five Elements Qigong (Five Elements exercises from various Qigong sets).
Times 
– 09:00 till 10:00 London
Recordings – On-demand viewing for the five days following each class.
Cost – £20.00 (£5.00 per class on a four-week block basis). You can join the block at any time on a pro rata basis (paying for the remaining classes in the block). Please contact us if you wish to do this.
Book two and get the third class free!
Book hereTuesday morning Qigong

Once payment has been received we will send you out a registration link for the class, or classes. On completion of registration, you will receive an email, from Zoom, containing the class URL, Meeting ID and the password for each block booked.

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Thursday – Online Qigong Classes details: –

Next 4-week block

Next block starts Thursday 21/01/2021 and runs till 11/02/2021

In this block: The Five Taoist Yin along with Five Elements Dance and the Ten Fundamental Treasures.
Times 
– 18:45 till 19:45 London
Recordings – On-demand viewing for the five days following each class.
Cost – £5.00 per class on a four-week block basis. You can join the block at any time on a pro rata basis (paying for the remaining classes in the block). Please contact us if you wish to do this.
Book two and get the third class free!
Book hereThursday evening Qigong

Once payment has been received we will send you out a registration link for the class, or classes. On completion of registration, you will receive an email, from Zoom, containing the class URL, Meeting ID and the password for each block booked.

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Qigong for Hypertension – Lower your blood pressure

The reason that I created this Qigong for Hypertension video course is that as part of my Shiatsu practice I prescribe appropriate Qigong for Hypertension sufferers and each of them has told me that they have benefited from practicing these exercises. Not everyone has access to a Shiatsu practitioner, or can afford regular treatment sessions, but most now have access to the internet.

Qigong for Hypertension

qigong for hypertension
#trueqigong #medicinalqigong #hypertension

In this course you will learn five of the Qigong exercises I prescribe and teach for the alleviation of Hypertension, although normally not all at the one time. In Traditional Chinese Medicine there are many recognized triggers for Hypertension and each Qigong exercise in this course deals with a different trigger. This means that, as a therapist, I determine the trigger (or triggers) and prescribe the appropriate Qigong. However, I cannot do this within a course but what I can do is teach you five Qigong in the knowledge that at least one of them is going to have a beneficial impact. In fact they will all be beneficial but at least one of them will be working on the Hypertension.

At the end of the course you will have all the Qigong tools necessary to lower your blood pressure and, through continued practice, keep it low. Each exercise has two videos. The first is the tuition video where all of the focus points are highlighted along with the movements. The second is a follow me video. There is also a follow me video of the entire sequence.

Qigong for Hypertension – The Benefits

As well as the benefits for dealing with hypertension I have included some of the other benefits that can be gained from practicing these Qigong. The five exercises in this set each work on different pair of meridians. In Traditional Chinese Medicine these meridians are grouped into five qualities. These are known as the Five Elements. In additition to the five exercises, Wuji stance also has a beneficial effect.

  • Exercise 1 works with Kidney meridian, Heart meridian and Heart Governor meridian.
    Heart 7 reduces hypertension and helps to calm stress, anxiety and irritability.
    Heart Governor 6 is another important acupuncture point for the treatment high blood pressure. It aids the proper functioning of the heart and the circulatory system.  The benefits include relieving anxiety, nausea, and motion sickness.
  • Exercise 2 works with the Stomach meridian and the Spleen meridian.  It can be used to treat hypertension and circulatory disorders.  It rejuvenates the Qi and the blood as well as treating digestive disorders, general weakness, lower leg pain, PMS symptoms and insomnia.
  • Exercise 3 works with the Large Intestine meridian and can help reduce Hypertension. Further benefits include relieving toothache in the upper jaw, eye problems, tension headaches and sinus problems.
  • Exercise 4 disperses any Qi that is stuck in Gall Bladder. Gall Bladder 20 is one of the more potent acupuncture points for high blood pressure treatment. This Qigong also alleviates headaches, neck pain, shoulder and upper back pain and neck tension.
  • Exercise 5. Hypertension is closely connected to blockages, or sluggishness, in Liver meridian. This Qigong also helps alleviate eye problems, menstrual issues, nausea and vomiting, indigestion, anxiety, irritability, and insomnia.

Booking onto the course

Further details can be found in the free previews

Discount price: £15.99 (Normally £34.99). Offer ends 27/01/2021
The course is hosted on the Udemy learning website and is covered by the Udemy lifetime access guarantee.
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– Qigong for High Blood Pressure

Further reading about Qigong for Hypertension

The therapies provided by Pro Holistic are of a Complementary nature. You are advised, in the first instance, to consult a medical practitioner in order that you receive a medical diagnosis. Self-diagnosis is not recommended and internet-based advice is no substitute for a face-to-face visit with a medical practitioner.

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Opening the Kua – Some Simple Exercises

The word Kua means gate and within Qigong and Taiji it refers to the energy gates that are located throughout the body (in the joints, between the vertebrae, etc). The one that is mentioned most and referred to simply as the Kua are the hip crease gates. This is rather like the Lower Dantien being referred to as the Dantien when there are actually three of them.

Opening the Kua

#trueqigong #neigong #daoyin

If you practice Qigong it is always beneficial to practice these exercises for opening the Kua (along with the stimulation of some of the acupuncture points, prior to doing your Qigong (Neigong, Dao Yin, etc.) exercises.

The sequence for opening the Kua starts with Wuiji stance, working from the feet upwards. However, the gates do not always open in this order and some of those higher up in the body may open before those below them. Attaining this posture, by starting at the feet and working towards the crown, will eventually open all of the associated gates.

We then move on to opening some of the other gates in the torso, as well as those in the arms, by doing the loosening exercises. There are various loosening exercises used by Taiji & Qigong lineages but they are all there to perform the same function.

Wuji Stance: –

  • The Bubbling Spring – KD 1
  • The Ankle gates
  • The Knee gates
  • The Hip gates
  • The Chest Centre gate – Ren Mai 17
  • The Spirit Pathway gate – Du Mai 11
  • The Shoulder Nest gate
  • The Armpit gate
  • The Palace of Wind gate – Du Mai 16
  • Heavenly Prominence gate – Ren Mai 22
  • The Hundred Meetings gate – Du Mai 20

ADDING TO THOSE OPENED BY WUIJI STANCE

Sinking forward and backward with relaxed arms: –

  • The Shoulder Nest gates
  • The Centre of the shoulder blade gates
  • Elbow gates
  • The Wrist gates
  • The Finger gates

Wind-milling the arms:-

  • The Shoulder Nest gates
  • The Centre of the Shoulder Blade gates
  • The Armpit gates
  • Elbow gates
  • The Wrist gates
  • The Finger gates

Knocking at the Gates of Vitality: –

  • Ming Men – Du Mai 4
  • Spine Centre gate – Du Mai 6
  • The Shoulder Nest gates
  • The Centre of the Shoulder Blade gates
  • Elbow gates
  • The Wrist gates
  • The Finger gates

Opening the Gates (Hip Kua): –

  • The Pelvis gates
  • Ming Men – Du Mai 4
  • Spine Centre gate – Du Mai 6
  • The Shoulder Nest gates
  • The Centre of the Shoulder Blade gates
  • The Elbow gates
  • The Wrist gates
  • The Finger gates

Closing [Folding] the Gates (Hip Kua): –

  • The Pelvis gates
  • Ming Men – Du Mai 4
  • Spine Centre gate – Du Mai 6
  • The Shoulder Nest gates
  • The Centre of the Shoulder Blade gates
  • The Elbow gates
  • The Wrist gates
  • The Finger gates

Opening the Spine: –

  • Ming Men – Du Mai 4
  • Spine Centre gate – Du Mai 6
  • The Spirit Pathway gate – Du Mai 11
  • Wind Palace Gate – Du Mai 16
  • The Hundred Meetings gate – Du Mai 20
  • All of the minor gates along the length of the spine

The Sequence

Opening the Kua
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Online course of the exercises for opening the Kua

I am currently working on this and it should be available by mid April. Information on all of our other, online, Qi (Ki) exercises courses can be found here – Online Qigong courses

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Questions about the Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong

Questions about the Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong
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Over the decades I have had the opportunity to answer many questions about the Qigong that I teach, including questions about the Eight Exceptional Vessels (AKA the Extraordinary Meridians) Qigong that have been asked by my students. I’m sure that there are plenty of other questions out there and that some practitioners may already be asking some of the same questions so I thought that it would be a good idea to add them to the Pro Holistic blog. That should, in theory at least, give practitioners who are not my direct students the chance to find the answers that they seek. If you have a question, or can add to an answer, please use the comments box.

Questions about the Eight Exceptional Vessels

Question from Jeni

When you mention the posture tests, it is not clear what the results mean…
How do you “Listen” to the Qi?
Not getting stuck just not sure how you listen to Qi. I can feel the Qi but I certainly can’t hear it or I am not sure how to listen to it?

Answer from Des

Hello Jeni,
Listening Jing (Listening to Qi) involves passive awareness.  By that, I mean that you are, tangibly, aware of the Qi and paying attention to what it is doing……………. what you are experiencing.
One method that I use to help students understand what this means is that I get them to imagine that they are standing in the middle of a forest, Standing silently and still…………… That is when the forest becomes alive with sounds, with smells, with observation of the flora and fauna.  If you go tramping about, making lots of noise, you trample the flora and scare off the fauna.

During Qigong there are two processes being used with Qi.
1. One is to direct the Qi (using the movements, focus, etc.).
2. The other is being quiet, having no input, not tramping about and reaching out to “feel” it. Initially this is done after performing an exercise but with experience you can “listen” to the effect as you do any Qigong.

The Active (moving) Qigong exercise is the cause……………. Take time, in stillness, to be aware of but not disturbing the effect. The quieter your body/mind the more you will experience. 
If you always feel Qi in the same way it is probably because your mind is moulding it in that fashion.  In that case you are not “listening” you are reaching out, having input,and shaping the result.

I hope that this goes some way to explain what “listening” means.

Reply from Jeni

This was really helpful. Thanks

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Question from Willem

Good day,
is there a comparison between this course and the 8 Brocades?
regards,
Willem

Answer from Des

Hello Willem,
The 8 Brocades works with the 12 Meridians (Heart, Small Intestine,Heart Governor, Triple Warmer, Spleen, Stomach, Lung, Large Intestine, Kidney, Bladder, Liver & Gall Bladder). These vessels can be likened to streams, or rivers.
The Eight Exceptional Vessels enhances the Qi in the Extraordinadry Meridians (Governing Vessel, Conception  Vessel, Bridge Yin Vessel, Bridge Yang Vessel, Thrusting Vessel, Belt Vessel, Yin Linking Vessel & Yang Linking Vessel). These vessels can be likened to storage reservoirs.

Regards
Des

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Question from Vinay

Hello Master,
Excellent course.Have a few questions (please dont mind it might be silly questions). From India and concept of Chi is unheard still.

1. Am currently doing exercise 1, how many minutes a day should i do it?
2. Do you recommend learning one  by one , or first learn all three of them.
3. I am currently focusing on the point when you refer to chi how is to feel (heat in the point etc).

Regards
VInay 

Answer from Des

Hello Vinay,
It is good to hear from you.  One thing that I have learned on this journey is that, if they exist, I have asked very many silly questions about Qigong.  Were my questions silly?  On reflection, I now realise that each was necessary for my growth. So, don’t be shy………… ask as many questions as you need to.
Remember that Qi is just a word. It is the Chinese word for the energy that is named “Prana” in India.

Q.  Am currently doing exercise 1, how many minutes a day should I do it?
A.  To begin with you will be concentrating on the sequence and in this type of practice you can take 15 minutes, or so. Once you have progressed beyond that point and you start to focus on activating the points and “listening” to the Qi. I would, normally, only repeat each exercise about eight times.

Q.  Do you recommend learning one by one, or first learn all three of them?
A.  In a live class I would teach exercises 1 & 2, letting the student become intimate with them before teaching exercise 3.  However, in a course (Where I only get to work with the students over one or two days) I would teach all three.  The main point is that there is no rush, no cutting corners, and that the student has to learn at their own pace.

Q.  I am currently focusing on the point when you refer to chi how is to feel (heat in the point etc).
A.  The experience of Qi (how it manifests) is different in each of us, different within each exercise (dependent on what Element is being worked), different within an environment. These qualities will only be truly appreciated if you “listen” (be passively aware……. not reaching out for, or expecting, a particular sensation). During any Qigong you should focus on the areas, or points, that the particular exercise requires…………….. Then (To begin with, this is easier after you have completed the exercise) be still, be quiet, and “listen” to what your body/mind is telling you. It is then that you will experience the vastness of Qi.  It is then that you will find the difficulty of expressing those experiences in words.

I hope that this helps.
Des

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Qigong – a personal insight into what Qigong means to me.

Over the past three decades, plus, my personal insight of Qigong is has changed over the years. It has done so because my experience and understanding have both grown and have come to understand what my Master meant when he talked about being a “Qi man”.
(I am sticking with Qigong and deliberately not mentioning the many other names that are used to describe what is now referred to as Qigong. There are many spelling variants – Qigong, Qi Gong, Chi Gong, Chi Kung.)

Qigong – a personal insight.

Qigong – a personal insight

I will start by explaining what Qigong isn’t. This has long been a bugbear of mine and I am sure that my students are fed up of hearing this…………… Qigong is not the act of physical movement no matter how beneficial that physical movement is. Ask any prospective teacher what is happening Internally during these movements. Do not accept vague answers that talk about colours, smiles, or generalisations. If they cannot answer it means they either do not know, or they are withholding the information. Either way they are no use to you as a teacher.

It is only when Qi is involved that it becomes a Qigong exercise. To be a true Qigong exercise you use various tools to guide the Qi, to be tangibly aware of the movement of the Qi and to appreciate the changes that have occurred as a result.

  • In Active Qigong we use the stance, the movement, the breath, the eyes, the focus and Listening Jing.
  • In Passive Qigong we use posture, the focus and Listening Jing.

However, this is still not Qigong!

There are almost as many definitions on the Internet as there are styles. Here are a few that I gleaned within five minutes of searching: “life-energy cultivation”, “energy work”, “internal work”, “mastery of your energy”, “vital energy skill cultivated through steady practice”. The last of these comes closest, in my opinion, to the truth. Qigong exercises are just that…………. they are exercises that, given years of diligent practice, can lead to the practitioner attaining Qigong. Attaining “vital energy skill cultivated through steady practice”.

Qigong is an achievement that is earned through the practice of true Qigong exercises and the guidance, where available, of someone who has attained that level. It is not something you will achieve by merely attending a one-hour class every week

Some of our true Qigong courses

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Qi changed my life and set me on a big adventure

My first experience with energy healing was when I had a serious injury healed. That night, Qi changed my life.

After an accident, where I injured my lower back, I was on sick-leave for almost four months and then on “light duties” (no lifting of heavy objects) for a further 18 months. The prognosis was not great and I was informed that I was developing (quite rapidly, it seemed) scoliosis, that nothing could be done, that I should continue taking the painkillers and that I was to expect it to get worse.

This was rather devastating as I had always been active and it meant that I would never get back to practicing martial arts (Karate and Hapkido). But I knew that I could not lie down and have self-pity so I joined a Taiji class in the hope that the gentle movements would help. Having watched Taiji, I thought that the art looked effortless……………. I would soon learn the real story.

Anyway, during one of the classes we were visited by martial arts Master (Capitalised for all the right reasons), Master Joseph (Joe) Bell, from another Chinese Internal system (Huang Kung Shou Tao). For some reason, one that I still do not understand, our teacher had the Taiji class doing press-ups…… All except me. The visiting Master inquired why I was not doing the exercise and my back injury was explained to him. This Master had a reputation of being able to manipulate the Qi and to have healing hands. At that time of my life I knew that this was a load of b*ll*ks…………. If it was not physical, it did not exist!

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To cut a long story short, he asked if he could examine my back. I had nothing to lose. It was not a “hands on” examination although he did touch my back a few times. He was moving his head towards my back as though he was listening for something. Then he held one of his hands in front of me and one behind (about 10” off my body) and I still thought it was a load of nonsense until I was microwaved The heat started from deep inside me and radiated outward. It was VERY strange.
After the 5 minute treatment, I was told that I should feel a difference but that if my back became sore again he would revisit and treat me again.

For the next month I was asked the same question at each class “How is your back?” Still being unsure of what had happened and having my skepticism levels rising again I lied and said that it was still a bit sore. It was not until six, or seven, weeks had passed that I admitted to myself (and my teacher) that the pain had gone on that night and had never returned.

The change of life thing? It set me off in a completely unexpected direction (the right direction) and I was to spend the next ten years investigating and experiencing Qi through Qigong and then Shiatsu. Then, as a result of three “coincidences” and a couple of lucid dreams, I was fortunate enough to meet with the Master again. I asked to become one of his students and he promptly refused………………. I was “not ready”. However he did agree to work with me to see if I could attain his level of acceptance. Almost two years of monthly, intense teaching, sessions passed before I was told that I had been accepted and even more fortunate to be accepted as “inner sanctum” and taught on a one to one basis. I have all but given up teaching martial arts but I am passionate about continuing my Qigong journey while teaching Qigong and Taiji as well as practicing Shiatsu and Healing Qigong.

It’s strange to think that one of the most fortunate incidents in my life was an accident!

See – Mayo Study Finds External Qigong Relieves Chronic Pain

Qigong for Stress and Anxiety – Find and maintain calmness

The Qigong for Stress and Anxiety course is based on the exercises that I teach and prescribe to patients who are suffering from either.

Qigong for Stress and Anxiety

Anxiety and Stress are so prevalent nowadays that I find myself dealing with these conditions as often as physical ailments. Seeing a therapist on a weekly basis is often not affordable for many people whether that is financially or time-wise. My goal is and has always been to make a difference, not make a fortune. So to enable and empower my patients, I teach them these Qigong. The benefits are plain to see from the positive results gained and the amazing feedback received.


At the end of this course you will be able to practice these exercises. Exercises that, when practiced properly, will empower you and help you win back your life.

The course is structured to in exactly the same way that I teach my patients. You need to adhere to that structure to gain the benefits. Please follow that structure as it provides all the information you need in order to do the Qigong properly.

If you suffer with anxiety or stress, enrolling on this course can be your first step to finding calmness, maintaining that calmness and reclaiming your life.

Reviews

  • “Don’t be put off by the instructor’s seemingly “nonchalant” personality. He knows his stuff and gives you excellent explanations and encouragement. He is Scottish, so his accent is quite pronounced, but it seemed to me that for French speakers, it is quite understandable. Moreover, you can use the subtitles … Follow its slow pace, see hypnotic, it will be all the more positive for your practice. I feel great benefits from the first viewing!
    Thank you so much for your explanation about the Mudras, witch you present as an “anchor” (that’s the term in French) and not as a “magical position for the hands :-). It was a revelation to me ;-)!
    Lots of explanations given, just two exercises, but extremely effective, to do every morning!” – B”Thank you so much for this excellent course, Des Lawton! I took Qigong courses before, but this one has a totally different quality. I have to say that doing the exercises not totally relieves me from anxiety, but also takes me back to the calm and blissful side of life. Thank you again!” – K.R.
  • “I have found this course to definitely be worthwhile to do. I came across this course by chance and I have come to realise it is a ‘shinning gem’ which once put into daily practise becomes undeniably a means of calming the mind. The instructor, Les Lawton is an experienced and knowledgeable teacher who clearly and succinctly explains and demonstrates how to the perform Qigong exercises. I look forward to doing his other courses.” – J.P.
  • “I thought the course was easy to learn from the detailed instructions and demonstration of the various movements involved in this qigong set. I would certainly recommend this course to all those who may suffer from the common ailments of anxiety and stress.” – R.D.

Qigong for Stress and Anxiety – The Benefits

  • As far as benefits are concerned, I think that the title of this course does not go far enough in getting the message over. Yes, it tells you that the main, the overall, benefit is in overcoming anxiety and stress. But these Qigong can also help you to stop that anxiety, or stress, recurring before it has a chance to get another grip of you.
  • These exercises can home in on the root cause of your stress and anxiety, whether it is spiritual (by that I mean the consciousness), whether it is communication, or whether it is emotional. Sometimes it is a combination of all three.
  • These Qigong can relieve insomnia. If your sleep pattern is poor your, physical, energy levels will be low. Exhaustion can, all by itself, cause low mood, distress and anxiety. It affects our cognitive processes and causes foggy thinking, poor efficiency and frustration. This leads to increased stress and anxiety levels. It is a cycle that needs to be broken.
  • By dealing with any insomnia, these Qigong will also increase your physical energy levels.
  • As your anxiety drops, or your stress level lowers, your feeling of well-being and positivity increases.
  • They can dispel the negative thoughts and patterns that are often associated with anxiety, or stress.

The, free preview, Introduction lesson explains the course in depth. It is now up to you whether you take that first step.

Booking onto the course

The Qigong for Stress and Anxiety course is based on the exercises that I teach and prescribe to patients who are suffering from either.
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Further details can be found in the free previews

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– Qigong for Stress and Anxiety

Further reading about Qigong for Stress and Anxiety

The therapies provided by Pro Holistic are of a Complementary nature. You are advised, in the first instance, to consult a medical practitioner in order that you receive a medical diagnosis. Self-diagnosis is not recommended and internet-based advice is no substitute for a face-to-face visit with a medical practitioner.

Interested in Qigong? Why not join our Qigong community on Facebook. We are a group of friendly practitioners who are keen to share their experience! Click here to request to join – San Bao Qigong

The Functions of the Yin Meridians within Qigong

When practicing Qigong, once the functions of the Yin meridians are understood the practitioner will have a deeper understanding of what benefits each Qigong brings. In this article I will cover both the classical TCM functions and those attributed through the art of Zen Shiatsu.

FIRE – Heart

Functions of the Yin meridians - Heart meridian
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TCM Functions of the Yin meridians

  • It controls the blood and the blood vessels.
  • It houses the Shen (consciousness)

Zen Functions

  • Represents compassion and governs the emotions and Spirit.
  • Controls blood circulation.
  • Adapts external stimuli to the body’s internal environment.



FIRE – Heart Governor

Functions of the Yin meridians - Heart Governor meridian
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TCM Functions of the Yin meridians

  • It protects the heart.
  • It governs the blood .
  • It houses the Shen (consciousness)

Zen Functions

  • Assists the heart in controlling circulation.
  • Governs the vascular system.
  • Protects the heart

EARTH – Spleen

Spleen meridian
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TCM Functions of the Yin meridians

  • It governs Transformation and Transportation.
  • It controls the blood, i.e. Keeping it within the blood vessels and making blood from food.
  • It controls the muscles and the limbs.It controls the rising Qi (maintaining a balance with Stomach’s role in the controlling of descending Qi).
  • It houses the thought (Yi): thinking, studying, and concentration.

Zen Functions

  • It governs the digestive secretions.
  • It governs the reproductive hormones relating to the breasts and ovaries.

METAL – Lung

Lung meridian
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TCM Functions of the Yin meridians

  • It governs Qi and respiration.It controls the circulation of Qi in the blood vessels and meridians.
  • It controls the dispersion and descending of Qi.
  • It regulates the water passages (through the dispersing and descending functions).

Zen Functions

  • It governs the intake of Qi and elimination of gasses through exhalation.

WATER- Kidney

Kidney meridian
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TCM Functions of the Yin meridians

  • It stores the Jing, governing birth, growth, development and reproduction.
  • It produces bone marrow, thus governing the bones, brain and blood production.
  • It governs Water, and the flow of body fluids.

Zen Functions

  • It governs the endocrine system, controlling spirit and energy to the whole body.
  • It governs resistance to mental stress through the control of the hormonal secretions.
  • It detoxifies and purifies the blood.

WOOD – Liver

Liver meridian
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TCM Functions of the Yin meridians

  • It stores blood.
  • It maintains harmonious and unobstructed flow of Qi, allowing good body function, especially in relation to; (a) emotional activities, such as anger and mental depression; (b) In promoting the flow of energy to the other organs (c) In producing bile and affecting the secretion of bile.

Zen Functions

  • It stores nutrients and energy.
  • It governs the distribution of energy.
  • It cultivates resistance against disease.
  • Supplies, analyses and detoxifies blood to maintain physical energy.

Qigong for Chronic Back Pain – Get moving again

Practicing Qigong properly, guided by the tuition in our online Qigong for Chronic Back Pain course, could have a massive impact on your life. If you are suffering with chronic back pain, whether that is sacral, lumbar, thoracic, or cervical these exercises can help reduce that pain and increase your mobility. They are done in a seated posture and gently, very gently, increase the muscle tone while simultaneously increasing your range of movement.

Qigong for Chronic Back Pain

Qigong for Chronic Back Pain course
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I believe in empowering my Shiatsu clients who suffer with chronic ailments such as back pain. To do this I often teach and prescribe the appropriate Qigong that can assist in ridding them of chronic pain and helping them on the road to recovery. Any chronic pain will also have a psychological impact on the sufferer that can lead to lethargy and depression. Qigong, when practiced properly, increases energy, vitality and mood.

The feedback that I have received regarding the effect of Qigong has led me to create a series of online courses for people who are suffering from chronic ailments. Not everyone has access to a Shiatsu practitioner but most people have access to the internet and this course should be of real benefit to them. I am now starting to receive feedback from those who are using this facility and gaining from it.

Reviews

  • “Because Dez Lawson [sic] knows how to teach qigong and the qigong methods that he teaches provide results. After doing just one of his qigong for back pain exercises the lower back pain that I had been hampered by was significantly healed. I never expected such fast results. The healing has continued thru the completion of this brief course and I am so indebted to Des Lawton for returning my back to full functioning and eliminating the pain.” S.M.
  • “This is a good practice for me. The movements are simple and allow me to listen to my body.” C.B.M.

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“Qigong does not produce quick fixes but, through time and practice, it has a cumulative effect on health and well being. How long it takes is dependent on many factors, the biggest two being frequency and quality of practice.
If you follow Des’s guidelines in this course I feel sure that you will notice a difference……… but try to be patient with yourself and give the Qigong (and yourself) a chance.”
N.D.

In this course, each of the seated Qigong exercise will be broken down into two lessons: The instructions, including movement, breathing and focus and then a follow me video that is filmed, for more clarity, from two angles.

These three exercises are those that i teach and prescribe for chronic back pain. When practiced on a daily basis they can gradually increase mobility, strength and stability in the back.

Booking on to the course

Further details can be found in the free previews
Discount price: £15.99 (Normally £34.99). Offer ends 27/01/2021

The course is hosted on the Udemy learning website and is covered by the Udemy lifetime access guarantee.
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– Qigong for Chronic Back Pain

Interested in Qigong? Why not join our Qigong community on Facebook. We are a group of friendly practitioners who are keen to share their experience! Click here to request to join – San Bao Qigong

Further reading about Qigong for Chronic Back Pain

The therapies provided by Pro Holistic are of a Complementary nature. You are advised, in the first instance, to consult a medical practitioner in order that you receive a medical diagnosis. Self-diagnosis is not recommended and internet-based advice is no substitute for a face-to-face visit with a medical practitioner.

Online Qigong: Eight Exceptional Vessels

the eight exceptional vessels qigong
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The Qigong exercises in the Online Qigong: Eight Exceptional Vessels course work with the Qi that is stored in the Eight Exceptional Vessels (aka the Extraordinary Meridians). These vessels are often likened to reservoirs that store Qi and blood while the Meridians can be likened to rivers that carry the Qi.

Online Qigong: Eight Exceptional Vessels

This course includes:
2 hours on-demand video
1 article
4 downloadable resources
Full lifetime access (covered by the Udemy lifetime access guarantee)
Access on mobile and TV
Certificate of Completion

Discount price: £19.99 (Normally £39.99)
Purchase, using the link below, before 27/01/2021 and get one month free access to one of our online classes (Terms and Conditions).
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Recent reviews

  • “Every bit of this course is well worth your attention. There is so much knowledge shared here. I went through this course earlier than I initially intended and earlier than Master Des would suggest himself because I wanted to know what this set does, the information about affected master points etc. Inspired by a few of his courses I had taken, I knew there would be more valuable discoveries here. Truly exceptional and I recommend this course (and others by Des Lawton) to anyone who wants to practice authentic Qigong.” S.K.
  • “Super! This course is well structured and contains a lot of information. Des explains the course material very well and thorough. He also offers illustrations and additional material to make it easier to understand the movements and the intention behind it. I am looking forward for the next course. Thank you!” S.P.
  • “I am so glad I chose this course. It is set at a pace I can work with and each movement clearly explained. The illustrations are helpful and the two views make errors less likely. I also appreciate being able to practise along with the instructor in the sections where the movements are repeated. Des Lawton is an impeccable instructor.”
  • “Very informative and deeper than anything I have yet come across. This is what I have been looking for: a more in depth approach. I thank you!”
  • “A great Teacher of Qigong, it was a privilege to take this course! I could feel the Qi moving while performing each exercise. Quick response to questions asked, much appreciated! I look forward to taking more courses in the future. Humble thanks!” T.C.
  • “Excellent instructor! Beautiful material!” L.Mc.
  • “This was a fantastic course that went into great detail in the subject. I would highly recommend this course for those that want to work specifically on the Eight Exceptional Vessels. Very good course!” W.A.
  • “I found this course to be well organized and well presented, by an instructor who clearly embodies the Qigong he has learned. The content is excellent. Thank you. One thing I would hope to be included in the course is a pdf of the points the instructor references as the protocols are taught.” M.H.

    More reviews below

What Will I Learn?

  • Create a quiet body/mind by using Wuji stance.
  • Practice three Qigong exercises that work specifically with the Extraordinary Meridians, the Exceptional Vessels.

Requirements

  • No previous knowledge of Qigong required. This course is suitable for all levels.

Description

As well as using the Yi (that is the brain), the eyes and the breath to guide the Qi, these exercises also make use of the Master Points and the Coupled Points.

The quality, essence, of the Qi of the Exceptional Vessels is tangibly different to that of the Twelve Meridians. These exercises will open out an opportunity for you to experience this for yourself.

Discount price: £19.99 (Normally £39.99)
Purchase, using the link below, before 27/12/2021 and get one month free access to one of our online classes (Terms and Conditions).
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Online Qigong: Eight Exceptional Vessels – Reviews

  • “informative – easy to understand – deep – applicable – wonderful” G.L.
  • “I have been doing qigong and taichi for years, and I find the course simple and at the same time meticulous. Structured in a simple way to learn and at the time for thanks to the different sections.” x.
  • “Thanks Des-I’ve been ‘practising’ Tai chi and qigong for many years and not been taught properly and was confused by the flowery language that often seemed more like poetry than guidelines.Your two current online courses turn theory into application and precise practice in very effective ways for me.I look forward to absorbing this knowledge at a gentle pace;so it’s great to have it available whenever I need it.” F.W.
  • “Great class this my third video with Des,I always learn something.” D.R.
  • “Really enjoyed course. Have been meditating on the eight exceptional vessels for awhile and now having the movements to work with as well is ‘exceptional’ . Thank You.” J.Z.
  • “Loved the flow of these exercises and the feeling of peace as I carried them out. Found the focus points after the exercises particularly helpful. Thank you for another great course!” C.W.
  • “The course is easy to follow, and the instructions are clear and detailed. I also like the instructor’s style of teaching.” S.H.
  • “Excellent explanation of the subtleties of wu ji. I felt an immediate shift while practicing under the guidance in this video. Alot of these subtleties are overlooked, but here they are explained with great clarity. Thank you for creating this course!” B.B.
  • “Clear instruction and demonstrations. Feel the chi when do the movements. Each movement has multiple parts. Plenty of follow along repetitions and tips to get the patterns. Thanks.” D.D.
  • “Great courses – already have completed one from this teacher.” S.J.

Questions asked by students about these Qigong exercises

  • Q: Listening
    How do you “Listen” to the Qi? Not getting stuck just not sure how you listen to Qi. I can feel the Qi but I certainly can’t hear it or I am not sure how to listen to it? J.Mc.

    A: Listening Jing (Listening to Qi) involves passive awareness.  By that, I mean that you are, tangibly, aware of the Qi and paying attention to what it is doing……………. what you are experiencing.
    One method that I use to help students understand what this means is that I get them to imagine that they are standing in the middle of a forest, Standing silently and still…………… That is when the forest becomes alive with sounds, with smells, with observation of the flora and fauna.  If you go tramping about, making lots of noise, you trample the flora and scare off the fauna.
    During Qigong there are two processes being used with Qi.
    1. One is to direct the Qi (using the movements, focus, etc.).
    2. The other is being quiet, having no input, not tramping about and reaching out to “feel” it. Initially this is done after performing an exercise but with experience you can “listen” to the effect as you do any Qigong.
    The Active (moving) Qigong exercise is the cause……………. Take time, in stillness, to be aware of but not disturbing the effect. The quieter your body/mind the more you will experience. 
    If you always feel Qi in the same way it is probably because your mind is moulding it in that fashion.  In that case you are not “listening” you are reaching out, having input,and shaping the result.
    I hope that this goes some way to explain what “listening” means. Des

  • Q:Practicing the exercises
    Hello Master,
    Excellent course.Have a few questions (please dont mind it might be silly questions). From India and concept of Chi is unheard still.
    1. Am currently doing exercise 1, how many minutes a day should i do it?
    2. Do you recommend learning one  by one , or first learn all three of them.
    3. I am currently focusing on the point when you refer to chi how is to feel (heat in the point etc).
    Regards V.

    A: It is good to hear from you.  One thing that I have learned on this journey is that, if they exist, I have asked very many silly questions about Qigong.  Were my questions silly?  On reflection, I now realise that each was necessary for my growth. So, don’t be shy………… ask as many questions as you need to.
    Remember that Qi is just a word. It is the Chinese word for the energy that is named “Prana” in India.
    Q: Am currently doing exercise 1, how many minutes a day should I do it?
    A:  To begin with you will be concentrating on the sequence and in this type of practice you can take 15 minutes, or so. Once you have progressed beyond that point and you start to focus on activating the points and “listening” to the Qi. I would, normally, only repeat each exercise about eight times.
    Q:  Do you recommend learning one by one, or first learn all three of them?
    A: In a live class I would teach exercises 1 & 2, letting the student become intimate with them before teaching exercise 3.  However, in a course (Where I only get to work with the students over one or two days) I would teach all three.  The main point is that there is no rush, no cutting corners, and that the student has to learn at their own pace.
    Q:  I am currently focusing on the point when you refer to chi how is to feel (heat in the point etc).
    A:  The experience of Qi (how it manifests) is different in each of us, different within each exercise (dependent on what Element is being worked), different within an environment. These qualities will only be truly appreciated if you “listen” (be passively aware……. not reaching out for, or expecting, a particular sensation). During any Qigong you should focus on the areas, or points, that the particular exercise requires…………….. Then (To begin with, this is easier after you have completed the exercise) be still, be quiet, and “listen” to what your body/mind is telling you. It is then that you will experience the vastness of Qi.  It is then that you will find the difficulty of expressing those experiences in words.
    I hope that this helps. Des


  • Q: Repetitions & Pauses to Listen to the Qi?
  • Could you kindly remind me of the traditional way to practice the entire set of movements i.e. Is there a recommended number of repetitions as per Shibashi (6 times for the majority and 12 for 3 of the movements)?
  • Also, is it generally okay, (or even recommended) to stop at any chosen place and just listen to the Qi?
  • Thank you very much. I really am enjoying how the set is unfolding for me when I practice it.
  • A: As with all Qigong, I do not recommend counting the number of repetitions. Just practice until you feel like stopping, or moving to another exercise. If you are counting you are not focused on the Qigong.
  • Once familiar with the exercises you should be listening to the Qi throughout. Think about it like driving a car………….. you are inside the car, in control of the car, but your awareness must also be outside in order to drive safely. With listening it is not about safety (but that is also a reason for listening). As a beginner it is easier to listen before and after so that any differences can be observed.
  • As an advanced practitioner, you can stop and listen without losing the thread of the exercise. Indeed, there should always be a pause that is just long enough to acknowledge the triggering/opening of the Master and Coupled points in the feet.

Interested in Qigong? Why not join our Qigong community on Facebook. We are a group of friendly practitioners who are keen to share their experience! Click here to request to join – San Bao Qigong

Online Qigong: Four Shen Qigong – open the mind

four shen qigong
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The Online Qigong: Four Shen Qigong course contains exercises that are Active, Spiritual, Qigong. That is to say that the body movement is one of the tools used to help guide the Qi and the exercises are used to alter states of awareness, giving access to higher levels of being and increasing perception.

Online Qigong: Four Shen Qigong

This course includes
2 hours on-demand video
2 downloadable resources
Full lifetime access (covered by the Udemy lifetime access guarantee)
Access on mobile and TV
Certificate of Completion

Discount price: £19.99 (Normally £49.99)
Purchase, using the link below, before 27/01/2021 and get one month free access to one of our online classes (Terms and Conditions).
The course is hosted on the Udemy learning website and is covered by the Udemy lifetime access guarantee.
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– Online Qigong: Four Shen Qigong

Recent Reviews

  • “The attention to detail in this course is helping me to understand how to do the practices properly and get a deeper experience of the benefits of qigong. I have a deeper understanding of how to work with Qi.”
  • “Good videos, well structured teaching and more detail than you will find in most places. I’ve enjoyed all of Des’s courses I have taken.” S.D.

Requirements

  • This Online Qigong course is for people who are already serious practitioners of Qigong, people who want to continue on their Qigong journey and take their practice a higher level.
  • Participants need to be familiar and comfortable with Wuji stance and horse riding stance. They should be adept at sinking the Qi and raising the Shen.

What Will I Learn?

  • These are, Spiritual, Qigong………Spiritual in the sense that they work with the consciousness, the Shen…….. They can, among other things, take you to a place of tranquillity where answers can be found, often without questions needing to be asked.

Description

  • The exercises involve the Shen, that finer quality of Qi that is connected to our consciousness, our Mind, our Higher Self.
  • They entail raising the vibration of the Shen, and the awareness of self, the Qi of our body and mind.
  • They entail awareness of other as our awareness is expanded beyond our physical body.
  • Finally, they allow access to our Higher Self so that we can have meaningful dialogue and receive guidance.

Online Qigong: Four Shen Qigong – Benefits

These, Spiritual, Qigong can provide the practitioner with a place of respite, an internal quite that removes them from the chaos of daily life.  The first three are from a discrete set and are used to guide you to the centre of the cyclone. The cyclone of egos that life creates and that causes turmoil and stress. It is a place of tranquillity where answers can be found even without questions being asked.

Within this space, the practitioner’s awareness of Qi, of energy, begins to develop. Awareness that can lead to: –

  • Increased tangibility of the Qi and awareness of it throughout the body/mind.
  • The ability to see Qi (energetic body, etc).
  • The ability to taste
  • The ability to smell
  • The ability to hear

In most cases the practitioner will find that they have a dominant sense.

  • Exercise 1 facilitates the Inward journey, the awareness of self.
  • Exercise 2 facilitates the Outward journey, the awareness of other.
  • Exercise 3 raises the vibration of the Shen while strengthening the practitioner’s rooting of the Qi.
  • Exercise 4 is used to open dialogue with your Higher Self, your Shen, or Consciousness.

Discount price: £19.99 (Normally £49.99)
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– Online Qigong: Four Shen Qigong

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Online Qigong: Ten Fundamental Treasures

Online Qigong: Ten Fundamental Treasures - Harmonizing Stomach & Spleen
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The Online Qigong: Ten Fundamental Treasures is an ancient Qigong that is little seen let alone practiced nowadays.  These treasures share, in name, a number of exercises that are in the Ba duan Jin (The Eight Section Brocade) and the exercises look similar.  However, the focus in the Ten Fundamental Treasures, the emphasis, is not the same.  I practice both of these sets and they are, internally, completely different.

Online Qigong: Ten Fundamental Treasures

This course includes
3 hours on-demand video
3 downloadable resources
Full lifetime access (covered by the Udemy lifetime access guarantee)
Access on mobile and TV
Certificate of Completion

Discount price: £19.99(Normally £49.99)
Purchase, using the link below, before 27/01/2021 and get one month free access to one of our online classes (Terms and Conditions).
The course is hosted on the Udemy learning website and is covered by the Udemy lifetime access guarantee.
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Recent Reviews

  • “Detailed, thorough and inspiring.”

Requirements

  • This course if for intermediate and advanced Qigong practitioners who wish to expand their experience of Qigong.
  • This course has some exercises that can be, physically, challenging so a reasonable level of leg strength and flexibility is required.

What Will I Learn?

  • Some of the Ten Fundamental Treasures have different levels and some have alternative methods. In this course you will learn the ten exercises, including all of the levels and alternatives.
  • You will also learn about the proper stance, posture, and focus that is required.

Description

This Online Qigong course is for intermediate to advanced practitioners and is not really suitable for beginners.  The emphasis, as with all Active Qigong, is on creating internal movement that has been stimulated, in part, by external (that is physical) movement.

Any physical raising, or lowering of the Wuiji stance should secondary.  It is the raising and lowering of the Qi that is important.

Online Qigong: Ten Fundamental Treasures – Benefits

The numerous benefits of these exercises include:

Uphold the Heavens

  • Strengthens the function of the Three Burning Spaces. That is the Upper Heater, that benefits the Respiratory System. The Middle Heater affects the Digestive System. Finally, the Lower Heater aids Sexual function.

Harmonising Earth

  • Promotes and maintains Qi flow in both the Stomach and the Spleen meridian.
  • Helps relieve digestive disorders of an emotional nature.
  • Has a calming effect on both the Yi (reasoning mind) and the Shen (consciousness).

Looking Backward

  • Promotes the healthy flow of Qi in Lung meridian and its partner, Large Intestine.
  • Promotes  Qi flow in the Gall Bladder meridian the Liver meridian.

Pulling the Bow to Shoot the Hawk

  • Beneficial to Liver and Gall bladder Qi.
  • Beneficial to Lung and Large Intestine Qi.
  • Helps clear blockages at Big Bone and LU1.

Shaking the Head and Waving the Tail

  • Stimulates the Digestive System and the circulation.
  • Removes excess heat from Heart meridian, and cools and tonifies the blood.

Holding the Fists Tightly and Staring with Glaring Eyes

  • Strengthens Liver Qi.
  • Strengthens the metabolism.

Abdominal Lift

  • Stimulates the internal organs.

Spring with the Toes

  • Benefits the blood vessels in the lower legs.
  • Stimulates the Du Mai GV and Ren Mai CV meridians.
  • Stimulates Chong Mai, the Thrusting Vessel.  This is one of the Eight Extraordinary Meridians.

Hold the Toes and Strengthen the Kidneys

  • Stimulates Kidney Meridian.
  • Promotes healthy Qi flow in Bladder & Kidney.

Change the Sinews

  • This is a Five Element exercise that balances the Yin and Yang energies as it encourages Qi flow throughout the entire meridian system.
  • It assists the body’s homeostasis, maintaining the natural equilibrium of the metabolism and physiology.
  • Brings physiological, psychological, and spiritual balance.

Discount price: £19.99 (Normally £49.99)
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Online Qigong: Embroidered Brocade

Online Qigong: Embroidered Brocade
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The exercises in the Online Qigong: Embroidered Brocade course are multi-layered in that the more you practice them the more you will get from them. Initially they work on your structure/posture and gradually increase your understanding of the fundamentals of Wuji stance, Horse Riding stance and Empty stances. This is done through the sinking of Qi while, simultaneously, raising the Shen.


Online Qigong: Embroidered Brocade

This course includes
2 hours on-demand video
2 downloadable resources
Full lifetime access (covered by the Udemy lifetime access guarantee)
Access on mobile and TV
Certificate of Completion

Discount price: £19.99 (Normally £39.99)
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Online Qigong: Embroidered Brocade – Recent Reviews

  • “Thank you for another incredible course. You are very generous sharing this knowledge with us. The teaching method is perfect – I’d say even the teachers presence is there while practicing along with the videos. All the best.” S.C.
  • “Precise Teaching, Great course!” C.W.
  • “I enjoyed the course very much. My awareness of the Qi has increased significantly, since the instructor drew our attention to the sensation of it in our bodies, particularly the hands, which I found amazing!” G.H.
  • “Excellent instruction and pace. The pointers before each movement practice are great.” M.C.
  • “A very well thought through and comprehensive course. It was very well explained.” L.J.R.
  • “I am interested in learning about how qi works and this instructor is doing a good job of explaining it.” K.S.
  • “This is my second course on Udemy with Des and once again he delivers brilliant material. Really clear instruction with a level of detail that is great for beginners and more experienced Qi Gong practitioners alike. While I am hugely enjoying my Heaven and Earth practice, a recent injury to my lower back led me to this course and it is very good indeed. Audio and video top notch, and Des has a huge amount of knowledge. Previously I had a 1:1 Skype lesson with Des to check-in on my progress, which was even more helpful than the Udemy course alone, as it provded real-time feedback. Can’t recommend this highly enough.” M.S.
  • “A informação transmitida é extremamente relevante e apresentada de forma bastante clara. A lamentar as pontuais falhas de sincronia entre as falas do instrutor e as respetivas legendas, no entanto, dado o meu conhecimento da língua, isso não representou um entrave à perceção. De louvar o foco atribuído ao verdadeiro Qigong, que me fez mudar a minha perspetiva do mesmo e a forma como vou passar a ensinar. Um sincero obrigado! Parabéns pelo trabalho desenvolvido e pela partilha!” Nuno
    Translation: “The information transmitted is extremely relevant and presented very clearly. To regret the occasional mismatches between the instructor’s speech and his subtitles, however, given my knowledge of the language, this was not a hindrance to perception. To commend the focus on the true Qigong, which made me change my perspective and how I will teach. A sincere thank you! Congratulations on your work and sharing!”

 

What Will I Learn?

  • In this course you will learn the seven exercises that make up the Embroidered Brocade.
  • You will also learn about the proper stance, posture, and focus that is required.

Requirements

  • No prior knowledge of Qigong required. This course is for all levels.

Description

Although having similar names, the Embroidered Brocade and the Eight Pieces of Brocade (AKA the Ba Duan Jin) are two entirely different sets. The Embroidered Brocade is a set of seven Qigong exercises, namely: Folding Over, the Circle of Light, the Billowing Sail, the Sun and the Moon, the White Crane, the Snake, and the Taiji Walk.

Benefits

The numerous benefits of these exercises include:

  • Stimulating Qi flow in the Yin and Yang meridians of the legs.
  • Stimulating Qi flow in the Arm Yin & Yang meridians.
  • Opening Ming Men and Dazhui (Du Mai 14). AKA “Big Bone” this is the first thoracic vertebra, where the Qi can often get stuck.
  • Bringing awareness of and building the skill of sinking the Qi while raising the Shen.

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Questions asked by students about this set of Qigong

  • Q: Billowing Sail vs. Turning the Wheel of Heaven
    i already do billowing sail slightly different as turning the wheel of heaven but here the breathing is opposite i am used to breathing out as i sink forward and in as i sink back what is the reason for this please des? R.S.

    A: Before I can give you an answer can you tell me if you practice “Turning the Wheel of Heaven”, with the front foot peeled and lifted off of the floor in the same way? Or do you practice with the feet kept on the floor but with the front toes and rear heel lifting alternately? Des

    Reply: the version i do is from robert pengs 8 cycle chi qong sit back toes from floor not lifting foot completely and sit forward back heel lifted the breathing is from traditional tai chi out moving forward in sitting back yours is great teaching back your post awarness and listening are priceless incidentally udemy seems to have a virus any lesson i click on is already completed and i have too reset everything also the last 2 questions i have had to post twice as they are not coming up hope you get this one? R.S.

    A: Externally, these exercises are similar but internally they working differently. However both are, primarily, working with Water (the Kidney and Bladder meridians).

    Billowing Sail: The Qi is drawn up through KD1 in the rear foot on the inhalation. On exhalation it is guided down to KD1 in the front foot. The lifting/flexing action of the front foot stimulates the Bladder and Kidney points in the ankle. Why draw up and then expel? Even without using visualization (you can augment this if you wish by using visualization) you are circulating your Kidney Qi, drawing in fresh Qi and getting rid of stale Qi.

    Turning the Wheel of Heaven: When practiced properly this exercise sinks the Qi through KD1 in the front foot before sinking it through KD1 in the rear foot. Again, the flexing of the feet stimulates the Bladder and Kidney points in the ankles.
    Where this exercise often goes wrong:-
    Over-extension of the forward and rearward movement means that the physical root is not through KD1 and that impedes the practitioner’s ability to sink the Qi through this point.
    Pushing down on the rear toes to lift the ankle (usually caused by too long a stance). The ankle should peel off of the floor as a result of the sinking into the front foot.
    Both feet flexing at the same time.

    To summarise:-
    Billowing Sail circulates and replenishes KD Qi as well as enhancing the practitioner’s ability to sink the Qi.
    Turning the Wheel of Heaven enhances the practitioner’s ability to sink the Qi and also stimulates KD Qi.
    Des



  • Q: Areas of focus – additional information?
    Another superb quality course, thank you so much!
    Just out of curiosity – in addition to increased awareness of Qi and all the Qigong goodness these exercises do for us, are there are any more areas of focus for the exercises within this set, such as awareness on particular acupoints, meridians, gates, and any additional detailed information regarding their benefits? If so, would you be able to provide this information here or direct me to some reference articles etc.? Thank you. S.K.

    A: Folding Over – The focus is on using the hands to trace and stimulate the three Yin meridians and the three Yang meridians in the legs.
    Circle of Light – The focus is on the Yang meridians in the arms. It is the hand position (pinkie fingers/outside edge of the hand floating upwards and outwards) that does this.
    You can experience this if you stand in Wuji with the palms facing inward (as in Snake) and Listen to where the Qi is most intense. It should be on the inside of the arms. Then adjust the hand posture until you feel that intensity move to the outside of the arms and into the Yang meridians.
    Billowing Sail – The focus should be mainly on KD1 as the weight is rooted and the Qi sunk into the rear foot. Then focus on the separation, the disconnection, and re-connection of KD1 in the front foot. The focus remains in KD1 (front foot and the weight is rooted and the Qi is sunk. Remember that the Qi continues to sink beyond the rooting.
    Focus on the crown should not be compromised throughout the exercise.
    Additionally, all the Kidney points and Bladder points in the ankle are being stimulated (opened).
    The Sun and the Moon – Constant attention on sinking the Qi through KD1 while raising the Shen (This keeps the Kua between the vertebrae open). Also focus on keeping the Kua at the hips crease and in the shoulders open.
    The White Crane – The same focus as Circle of light but with the addition of focusing on HG8 (on inhalation, when the palm is facing rearward) and on HT9 (on exhalation, as the hand lifts).
    The Snake – The focus is on the Yin meridians in the arms. It is the hand position (palms facing inwards) that does this. You can also focus on Liver meridian (LV8 is usually the first point to open) by adjusting the angle that the foot is turned out at before sinking.
    The Taiji Walk – focus on sinking the Qi and raising the Shen, then connecting both at the Lower Dantien before attempting to move. As soon as any of these is lost, stop, repeat and start again.

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Online Qigong: Five Taoist Yin – enhance your Qi

Online Qigong: Five Taoist Yin. Working with the Yin Meridians - Water
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The set being taught in the Online Qigong: Five Taoist Yin is also known simply as the Five Yin Qigong. The name of this set is a bit of a misnomer as there are six yin meridians and these exercises work with all six.  In all, there are nine separate exercises in this course as it also covers variants for some of them.

Online Qigong: Five Taoist Yin

This course includes:
2 hours on-demand video
23 downloadable resources
Full lifetime access (covered by the Udemy lifetime access guarantee)
Access on mobile and TV
Certificate of Completion

Discount price: £19.99 (Normally £39.99)
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Online Qigong: Five Taoist Yin – Recent reviews

  • “The course is absolutely wonderful! Very detailed which I really enjoyed. The teacher talks at a good pace. The supplemental PDFs were very useful.” I.E.
  • “Yes, this course is fantastic! My energy level spiked after only a couple of days of doing the first three exercises. I’m going to polish them up and can’t wait to get into Dez’s other courses!” E.
  • “I recently completed the Five Taoist Qigong on the Udemy platform (although it’ll take awhile to master them, of course). It was recommended by my therapist, who is a Taoist, to help with my recovery from complex PTSD.
    The course is OUTSTANDING and one of the few things that’s actually providing relief… so thank you!” E.R.
  • “Precisamente o que estou a obter: Competência e praticidade.” J.S.
    (Translation: “Precisely what I am getting: Competence and practicality.”)
  • “Very impressive! Professional, encouraging and enjoyable as a doorway to Qigong for a regular daily practice. I do appreciate the high quality of this Qigong course and the friendly, clear presence of Des. It was perfect for me to learn online at home without too much doubting whether I will do wrong movements. Every detail of the moves is explained thoroughly so I was able to follow it easily. Thank you!” H-A. G.
  • “I really love this course, I just started to learn those exercises a few weeks ago, and I am enjoying practicing this qigong in the morning before work. The instructions for each exercises are clear, and the teacher, Mr Lawton is very good at demonstrating and explaining the movements. It is a beautiful set of qigong, I especially like that there are not to many movements to learn for a beginner, and that I can focus on just a few movements done well with feelings. Thank you Mr Lawton.” G.L.
  • “Professional course with fair bit of detail – by FAR the best information I have been able to find on the Daoist Yin Qigong moves. I’m reasonably experienced in taiji and qigong, and found this helpful, including the repetition of the basics (you really can’t get enough of that).“ S.D.
  • “This is my fifth course with Master Des. Such depth, clarity and authenticity in teaching Qigong are very difficult to find elsewhere. Thank you!” – S.K.

    More reviews below

What Will I Learn?

  • How to work with all the Yin meridians.
  • The best way to get the most benefit from these exercises.
  • The variant exercises for three of the Elements.

Requirements

  • No prior knowledge of Qigong required. This Online Qigong course is for all levels.

Description

The Five Taoist Yin Qigong, like many other sets, has gone through a few transformations as teachers emphasize different aspects of the exercises. With three of them, that is Earth, Metal and Wood, along with the original exercise, I will be showing you alternative methods that are equally valid, that move the Qi in the same way, and I’ll let you choose whether you prefer one or other. In my own practice, I tend to use both and just flow into the one that my body mind leads me to. Heart and Heart Governor meridians can be worked either individually, or together.

The course contains
  • Fire: Heart and Heart Governor – This exercise is done in three different ways, to do three different tasks, and you will learn all three.
  • Earth: Spleen – You will learn two variants of this exercise, each working with the meridian but having slightly different uses.
  • Metal: Lung – You will learn two variants of this exercise.
  • Water: Kidney.
  • Wood: Liver – Again, you will be taught two variants, each with slightly different qualities.

There are also downloadable files that contain information pertinent to the course

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Online Qigong: Five Taoist Yin – Reviews

  • “Fantastic. I feel brand new with a new health toolbox. Many thanks Desmond.” J.M.
  • “This is one of the best courses I have ever taken part in. A lot of information is offered ,, and since we cannot absorb it all at once, i will need to revisit it again and again. … and each time there will be new stuff for me to learn. It is so much better than just a “regular class” .. I am looking forward to practicing. and coming back for more tweaking. .. Thank you so very much :)” L.R.
  • “Enhance health and expand consciousness. The instructor is easy to understand and he presents clear explanations for the movements and their benefits.” D.T.
  • “I really like the emphasis on the subtlety of movement. This is something I’ve felt lacking in other Qiqong courses I’ve done. I also appreciate all that Des has said prior to doing any of the movements and how important it is to get the stance right.” V.F.
  • “This is the second of Des’s courses I have completed – I have another waiting – and the more I do of these the more I appreciate the way Des tells you everything you need to know and guides the through each stage carefully, sensitively, and in a friendly way. All in all you learn Qigong in great depth with it being a thoroughly enjoyable experience.” R.M.
  • “Yes often times Qi Gong Courses are too pricey and give you little explanation. As a practitioner of Chinese Medicine, it is nice to have something in line with what I know is true.” J.P.
  • “The Five Taoist Yin Qigong course offers detailed instruction and explanations regarding both internal and external aspects of the practice in addition to the instructor modelling poses, often shown from two angles and with arrows and lines added to highlight key areas of attention in posture and activation of qi: Des Lawton demonstrates teaching-integrity and respect for his students, and knows how to facilitate student understanding, awareness and true progress, encouraging the students’ desire to learn. I’ve taken other courses from people who may know how to go through the outer movements with good form themselves and have impressive “temple” credentials and an exotic nationality, but they lack the ability to impart knowledge which is the essential attribute of a teacher and also calls into question their own depth of understanding. Other aspects of this course that lead to more rapid personal growth are paradoxically the emphasis on 1) form and awareness versus speed and 2) cultivation of listening jing, which both initially require an exercise of patience. The course supplemental materials are helpful, including the subtitles, and it is also a tremendous resource that Mr. Lawton makes himself available to answer questions.” L.A.
  • “clearest Wuji stance definition I’ve ever received :)” T.H.
  • “Yes. It delivered fast effective results in a short amount of time.” S.E.
  • “Very clear and expert instruction” J.D.
  • “I like the instructors openness with regard to his own experiences and his aims for the course. The lessons which he intends to impart will lead to a truer understanding of Chi.” M.H.
  • “A great wealth of detail presented in a very clear way. Following the instructor as he carries out the exercise gives me a chance to experience the ‘Chi’ flow. Setting and quality of the recording (picture and sound) is excellent.” L.R.
  • “The best, most detailed, course in everything-important tai chi. The teacher is sincere in striving to relate all the nuances. LOVE this course and very much appreciate!” M.C.
  • “Very good explanations and contextualisation; the subtitles reinforce the very valuable content.” M.
  • “Excellent course and detailed instructions as to how to do the movements – in particular the Wuji stance is explained in detail and very thoroughly. This stance has such a lot of different and confusing explanations online and in Qigong/Tai Chi books.” R.L.
  • “Very detailed and useful. I feel that this is authentic qigong with all the benefits that go with it.” K.L.

Questions asked by students

  • Q: Safety
    How safe are these Qigongs? If we don’t get them exactly right, are we jeopardizing our Qi? Is there any particular Qigong to be more cautious about? P.S.

    A: These exercises are safe to practice. The very worst you could do is, through lack of proper focus, enhance your Qi in another meridian.
    There are other Qigong that can be dangerous if practiced improperly by someone with limited experience. These are Inner Sanctum and I only teach them  face to face, on an individual basis. As these will never be taught online by me and as I am not aware of all the Qigong (including faux qigong) that is being broadcast on Udemy I cannot answer this further. Des


  • Q: The optimum duration of practice
    What is the optimum duration of practice singly as well as in sequence? K.H.S.

    A: I would normally teach each exercise for eight respirations. With Fire and Earth that means eight respirations to each side. However, with personal practice I don’t count but it probably averages out the same. Des


  • Q: Rotating the hands
    For the Metal / Lung exercise is there are correct way to rotate the hands? Do that rotate around the thumb, around the centre longest finger, around the baby finger). These all feel different to me so was wondering if there are any guidelines or suggetions.

    A: For the Lung exercise:-
    * Just turn the palm upwards without the need to focus on any particular axis (this is the same when you turn the palm downward). Your focus should already be on the thumb as you do this.
    * Then “extend” through the thumbs as you open the arms. By this I mean that you slightly stretch the thumbs physically (as though you were giving directions and pointing with the thumb) and, more importantly, guiding the Qi to LU11 and through it.
    * By having awareness of LU1 opening as you are conscious of the Qi extending through LU11 you will appreciate the connection between the two and gradually your experience of the entire energy field (meridian) will become more substantial.
    Regards, Des


  • Q: Knees
    Thanks a lot for the fantastic Qigong classes on Udemy.
    I’ve got a question regarding the horse stance. I was told that the knees need to be over the feet to prevent knee injury as they are not weight bearing but weight transferring joints. It doesn’t look like that from your demonstration. Could you please explain a bit more? Thanks a lot.
    Kind regards, R.

    A: When doing/learning most Kung Fu it is correct that if you are in a low horse stance the knees should be above the feet. But the emphasis there is on building physical strength in the legs as well as stretching the Adductor muscles. In most cases, people tend to push too far and there is a fair bit of discomfort……….. The term “No pain, no gain” seems to be the anthem.
    In Qigong, in the Taoist Qigong that I was taught, the emphasis is on quiet stability that allows you to be aware of the Qi flow rather than on the pain of a stretch. Even so, if you stand with your feet double shoulder width apart and let your body sink through relaxation and have an outward intention for the knees (thinking outwards continually realigns the knees) you will find that when you finally achieve a low horse stance (if this is your goal) your knees will be over your feet.
    As a teacher I am fully aware that students will try to follow my breathing pattern, my stances, etc. so I am careful to start at the most comfortable for them and then watch them progress.
    Regards, Des

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Online Qigong: Connecting Heaven & Earth

Online Qigong: Connecting Heaven & Earth
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The stand alone exercise in the Online Qigong: Connecting Heaven & Earth course is for people who are serious about Qigong, no matter what their current level of experience is. It is for people who want to practice true Qigong, to work Internally, rather than practicing slowed down aerobics.

Online Qigong: Connecting Heaven & Earth

This course includes:
2 hours on-demand video
1 article
1 downloadable resource
Full lifetime access (covered by the Udemy lifetime access guarantee)
Access on mobile and TV
Certificate of Completion

Discount price: £19.99 (Normally £39.99)
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Online Qigong: Connecting Heaven & Earth – Recent Reviews

  • “I felt immediate benefit from the contents and presentation of this course, and intend to practice it many, many more times before moving deeper into Qigong for health practices. Des gives excellent advice and leaves no stone unturned (even reminding us not to review it before completing it, which is a bad habit of mine). SO, all the reviews you see here are genuine and seem to be highly rated. To sum up, the practice is bottomless and is presented as well as it possibly could be, with experience and love for the practices. Great job, great value to those who don’t mind spending a bit to improve themselves.” S.H.“A clear structured course with many useful details and hints also for the more experienced Qigong practitioners. Thank you very much.” – M.D.
  • “Very professional and thorough. I truly enjoyed it and planning to watch it again. I would definitely recommend it.” P.K.
  • Exactly what I wanted and presented in a clear, easy to follow and understand manner. Very much appreciated in this when we need the most healing. I instantly purchased another course from this instructor with more to follow. Thank you!” E. Mc.
  • “Yes, it was exactly what I was seeking. Finding a gigong teacher with understanding of the energetics is unusual. Yet, that was why gigong was created in the first place. Desmond Lawton is an exceptional teacher and very detailed. I have recommended him to other people who report becoming adherents as well.” E.B.
  • “I felt immediate benefit from the contents and presentation of this course, and intend to practice it many, many more times before moving deeper into Qigong for health practices. Des gives excellent advice and leaves no stone unturned (even reminding us not to review it before completing it, which is a bad habit of mine). SO, all the reviews you see here are genuine and seem to be highly rated. To sum up, the practice is bottomless and is presented as well as it possibly could be, with experience and love for the practices. Great job, great value to those who don’t mind spending a bit to improve themselves.” S.H.

More reviews below

What Will I Learn?

  • The importance of creating a quiet body/mind through the use of Wuji stance. Poor posture creates distraction, noise, that interferes with the focus needed to guide the Qi.
  • How to make use of the subtleties within the movements and postures to accurately guide the Qi.
  • You will learn how to use the breath to guide the Qi and to help change the brainwave pattern from Beta wave to Alpha wave.
  • What listening jing is and how to use it in order to gain tangible awareness of the Qi and the changes produced during Qigong. If you do not know what it is that you are meant to be guiding how can you guide it?

Requirements

  • No prior knowledge of Qigong required. This course is for all levels.

Description

This Online Qigong: Connecting Heaven & Earth course is for people who are serious about Qigong, no matter what their current level of experience is. It is for people who want to practice true Qigong, to work Internally, rather than practicing slowed down aerobics.
Qigong is an Internal skill with the function of enhancing the practitioner’s Qi (energy) and the flow of Qi within the meridian system and energy body.
The movements and postures that Qigong uses are NOT Qigong in its entirety. They are one of the tools used to guide the Qi………………. just ONE of the tools.

Discount price: £19.99 (Normally £39.99)
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Online Qigong: Connecting Heaven & Earth – Reviews

  • “I really enjoyed this course, the attention to details is one of the things that make this course so interesting and well done. The movements themselves are simple and easy to learn, and this was important to me, I find it hard sometimes to learn complicated moves. This is my third courses from Des Lawton and they are all very well done and inspiring. Also in the past I had some questions for Des and he was quick at replying my emails and at answering my questions, and that made me feel like the instructor really cared. Thank you Mr Lawton for a great course.” G.L.
  • “A beautiful course from a humble master. Honestly the best I have ever experienced. Fantastic detail, guidance, clarity – I will hold on to this master for my QiGong learning!”
  • “Excellent information and, rarely shared insight about the subject!”
  • “Excellent course. Great explanation of theory and good, clear instructions. Well paced. Highly recommended”
  • “I really enjoyed this course. It was very detailed and the description of the effects of each movement was very helpful. Usually you are taught just the movements but not about the meridians etc. I thought Des was very patient and seemed to explain just about every question which could be raised. Very highly recommended.”
  • “This course has given me a wonderful foundation to start from. Des provides detailed fundamentals and easily digestible instructions for the course provided.”
  • “After many courses, I found this method related to my needs exactly. Relaxed, and clear.”
  • “A great Teacher of Qigong, it was a privilege to take this course! I could feel the Qi moving while performing each exercise. Quick response to questions asked, much appreciated! I look forward to taking more courses in the future. Humble thanks!” “A thoroughly enjoyable, well presented and comprehensive course during which very thorough explanations and demonstrations were given. I particularly found being able to see the positions performed both from a front and side view very helpful and also the information given on the points on the meridians affected in each of the positions. This course really is as close to one to one tuiton as you can possibly get on line. Thank you, I loved it!”
  • “I have been doing qigong and taichi for years, and I find the course simple and at the same time meticulous. Structured in a simple way to learn and at the time for thanks to the different sections.”
  • “Great class this my third video with Des,I always learn something.”
  • “YES”
  • “The descriptions of the movements; external and internal are so clear. The discussion on what to focus on after learning the movements helped me immensely. Extremely well taught.”
  • “This Qigong course is so applicable and well done–a real treasure to add to your toolbox for promoting wellness. Instructor Des Lawton of “Connecting Heaven and Earth Qigong” is an adept teacher of ancient and complex material, whose method transmits the essentials to students, allowing them to achieve a meaningful practice immediately, creating the foundation for continued study. There was emphasis on developing self-awareness and attunement to the mind-body connection which is helpful in all aspects of improved quality of life. An example of this was the lesson on posture that through practical exercises brings to light awareness of one’s body’s habitual balance developed over a lifetime so that the student can develop correct stance and connection to maximize energy flow and centering. Another amazing asset is that unlike many other online course instructors in this discipline, Mr. Lawton is personally accessible and answers questions, truly caring about providing each one of his students an engaging, rewarding experience. I look forward to learning more from this gifted and professional teacher!”
  • “This is the best Wuji stance explanation I’ve found. Very very good teacher. I am happy and grateful that I found him. He explains all in detail and slowly. It is exactly what you need when you are new to this.”

Questions asked by students about this Qigong exercise.

  • Q: Full Exercise
    So unlike other Qigongs I have done in the past, we are supposed to practice the full cycle of movements many times as opposed to repetitions of the an individual movement…. In other Qigong programs they would have you do “raise hands” 6 times in a row and then move on to “sliding hands down mirror” 6 times in a row etc. until the end G.M.

    A: Yes. If you follow the instructions in the course you will see that all six movements, in the order that they are taught, makes up one exercise.
    As explained in Lecture 11, the videos of each component are there to help you understand each and then perform them as a sequence/exercise as shown in Lecture 18.
    CH&E, as taught in this course, is a Five Element Qigong. What you appear to be describing, from your past experience, are Qigong that work with one meridian, or one pair of meridians.

    I hope this helps. Des



  • Q: Dan Tien meditation
    Great course! At the end of the exercise movements you tel us to be still and listen to our Qi.. At the end of alot of Qigong teachers say to focus and meditate on breathing in to the Dan Tien to bring the qi back and store it there….. should we do that for this exercise ? G.M.

    A: The last movement of Connecting Heaven and Earth is doing just that………….. it is drawing Qi to the Dan Tien. Each cycle (from Raising the Hands to Saying a prayer) should be practiced as an individual exercise…………. What I mean by that is do not just flow from Saying a Prayer into Raising the Hands without acknowledging the end of one cycle and the start of the next. This helps keep you focused and helps build up that reserve of Qi.

    Why spend time “listening” to your Qi? How else are you going to appreciate the changes that are occurring during the practice of and as a result of any given exercise.
    I’m really glad that you have enjoyed the course. Des


  • Q: Lung meridian
    Hi Des, Thank you for this amazing course. I’ve been learning the movements and inner workings, but i’m wondering if I have to focus on both lung meridians points during raise hands or only the one on the right? Besides that what is the max time you can do the exercises?
    Regards, A.R.

    A: You focus on both sides (by getting the hands and arms in the correct position) with all of the movements.
    Regarding the maximum time, or number of repetitions: –
    Don’t count as this means that you are counting rather than doing Qigong.
    Immerse yourself in the exercise as long as you are comfortable.

    My own experience is that it is such a calming and beneficial exercise that I set an alarm if I have other tasks to do that are time oriented. That was through the experience of bein late for appointments because my “let’s do this for around 10 minutes” turned into half an hour………. Des


  • Q: What qualities of Qi
    What types of Qi are being stimulated during the sliding hands down the mirror and saying a prayer positions, please? C.W.

    A: There are actually three answers to your question. CH&E can be used as a Five Elements, an Eight Exceptional Vessels, or Qi/Shen Qigong.

    As a Five Elements exercise, in Sliding Down a Mirror your awareness should be focused on Gall Bladder Meridian. This awareness builds during the last part of the raising of the hands when you position the arms so that you feel a slight stretch across the lateral rib cage during the last part of the upwards arc. Doing this promotes Qi flow from GB21 to GB25 and once you are aware of this you guide the Qi down the legs using the Yi, the breath, and the movement of the hands.
    Saying a Prayer is used to close the exercise by drawing the Qi to the Dantien.

    As an Exceptional Vessels exercise, in Sliding Down a Mirror you are activating Heart Governor 6 (Neiguan) and Lung 7 (Lieque).
    In Saying a Prayer you are activating Small Intestine 3 (Houxi).

    As a Qi/Shen (AKA “Inner Alchemy”) both of these movements are used as part of the mechanism to raise the Shen, raising the awareness above the head so that the awareness is beyond the physical body. I have not covered the Inner Alchemy version in this course as it is too advanced and requires close monitoring until the student is adept enough to be safe. Des



  • Q: Next course
    I have just learned Connecting Heaven and Earth and I would like to know how long should I wait until I then add the next course that I selected, The Embroidered Qigong? I plan to do both of them as part of my daily qigong practice. S.M.

    A: You can practice both in tandem as they are complementary. By doing this you should start to be aware of the differences in the Qi flow and the quality of the Qi from each. The Embroidered Brocade, practiced properly, will develop good posture and a quiet body/mind as well as providing the benefits from healthy Qi flow.
    I know that there are a lot of “qigong” exercises being taught and it can be frustrating when there is a lack of progress. You might become more physically flexible and strong but there is no advancement with regards to your Qi. Take your time with the Qigong that I am teaching. Be diligent in your daily practice. Take time to listen to the Qi.
    Through inexperience, I thought that I knew the Embroidered Brocade once I had learned the physical movements………. I hadn’t! I was doing slow aerobics. It took me a long time to understand the need for quiet. It took me a long time to truly experience Qi. In these courses I am guiding students so that they do not experience all the dead ends that I did before I found the right master, one who provided me with the compass I needed.
     I “learned” the Embroidered Brocade over thirty years ago and I learned Connecting Heaven and Earth Qigong twenty odd years ago………… and I am still learning from them and from the other Qigong that I practice. Treat your Qigong as an adventure, keep an open mind, keep a quiet body, and enjoy. Des



  • Q: Crossing the arms/hands
    I notice that in the embrace then washing the face you have first the left then the right hand inside is there a reason for this please by the way the best description of listening jin i have heard. R.S.

    A: I am often asked this question, or similar questions, relating to the hands crossing in Qigong. There are two schools of thought……………… two answers……………….. but one of them can impede on your Qigong.
    The first method is to alternate with each repetition. So it would be left, right, left, right, etc. This, like counting off exactly how many repetitions you are doing, takes your focus away from the Qigong. It weakens the Qigong. This is why I never use, or teach, this method.
    The second is to let the hands/arms cross naturally. They will alternate to suit the needs of your Qi (not in a left, right, left, right pattern but they will alternate to maintain balance) as your consciousness guides the movement. This is when the Shen works in tandem with the Yi.
    With no need to keep count, or to keep note of what way we are crossing the arms, we can focus the Yi on guiding the Qi. This is best practice for Qigong.
    I hope that this is of help. Des


  • Q: The Embrace
    You say in the set-up to cross the wrists as you link with CV-17. Are you using the inner and outer gate points (PC-6 and TW-5) at the same time you are moving the qi along the CV or is there some other reason you crossing at the wrists instead of say aligning the lao gung? Thank you, C.A-M.

    A: There are two functions happening during this part of the exercise, both working with Chong Mai (the Thrusting Vessel).
    Firstly, by crossing the wrists at HG6 (Nei Guan), you are activating Chong Mai.
    Secondly, you are strengthening the connection between the Heart Chakra (Ren 17) and the Solar Plexus Chakra (Ren 12).  Ren 12 is the gate, or connection, between the heavens (spiritual) and the earth (physical). This connection must be strong so that the heavens can meet the earth at the Dan Tien.

    I know that different traditions have their own point from which they connect to the universe and I am not contradicting any of them. However, I was taught that we root through the feet because of gravity……….. rooting being a physical act.  We also tend to use this direction when sinking the Qi. But at a more advanced level Ren 12 is used to connect with the universe (the Tao) with that connection radiating out in all directions. Des

    Reply to answer: This is a vital answer and information like this is needed to appreciate what the simple postures of this form are really doing for us. I would like to see a section added to the end of this course where Des describes what each posture is doing for us in terms of stimulating energy points and how that effects us. Without this information the student upon learning the form is still left wondering why he would want to continue doing the form. In other words, what am I supposed to be getting out of this? Knowing the benefits could be a great tool for motivation. S.M.

    Reply: It is understood that the Universe links us all (I don’t want to get too flowery here) and your message appears to be additional proof of that. Less than 48 hours ago I was covering CH&E during the Qigong section of a class. I was explaining just how versatile, beneficial and powerful it is (No need to explain its beauty or the peace it brings as everyone who practices it experience that quickly). I went on to explain some of the movements and what they are producing in relation to opening points and stimulating Qi flow.

    Some of the students had already experienced and acknowledged a few of these “triggers” but I could see their faces light up as other points of focus (“triggers”) were brought to their attention and they became aware of the changes in the Qi that were occurring.
    So, as we finished, I thought it would be a good idea to add a short video to the online course………………… However, it would need be added to the end of a long list that I am working on…………… Your message has promoted it and I will try to get it filmed next week.
    Thanks for the prompt! Des


  • Q: Wuji Stance
    When you mention the posture tests, it is not clear what the results mean… You say one of two things will happen – a reaction against (and tester removed finger) or a tipping off balance. I assume the reaction is healthy and the tipping is not? Or are both indicative of bad posture?

    A: Both results, the tipping backward and the stumbling forward then the pressure/push is quickly removed, are signs of a faulty stance. The tipping backward results from the person having their weight on the heels and they are, therefore, already leaning back slightly.
    As for the reaction that causes a forward stumble……… The natural reaction when someone pushes against you is for you to push back. If that push is quickly removed your body still has that impetus to push forward (hence the stumble). If the posture is good the force of that push/press is diverted downwards and through the feet. In Wuji stance there is no need to push back. This means that when the finger is removed there is no movement in the body of the person being tested.
    As soon as I get time I will make a short video of how the posture test works.
    Regards, Des


  • Q: Awareness
    Hi Des, just a question regarding where i should keep my awareness during the exercise. Should my mind be focusing on guiding the qi throughout the meridians mentioned on each exercise or should I just keep my mind empty and focus on listening/feeling where the qi goes during the exercise.
    Thanks, J.O.

    A: Initially, as in the vast majority of Qigong exercises, you should focus on guiding the Qi through the meridians. In CH&E this is done by making sure that the postures are correct for you to open/activate the acupoints/meridians. Also by using the focus to actively guide the Qi along the meridians. Once you have practiced this way for a while you can move on to keeping the mind empty and “listening” to the Qi flow.
    Most students find that the transition from guiding to listening is done incrementally as they guide, then listen to make sure that they are accurate in the guidance. Des



  • Q: Sequence
    Hi, Des. I really like your courses and your teaching method. My question right now is, in this series, Connecting Heaven and Earth, the excercises are done according to the control cycle, rather than the creation cycle. Why is that? Also, I’ve noticed that for the wood and earth elements we work with the yang meridians, whereas we use the yin channels in the rest. Is there a particular reason for this? G.V.

    A: Five Elements exercises use both of the Cycles and there are also some that do not follow either. I have given an example of each: –
    * The Five Elements Dance follows the Creation Cycle, starting with Fire, and also has two movements that utilise Chong Mai.
    * Connecting Heaven & Earth follows the Control Cycle, starting with Metal, and also has a specific closure that centres the Qi (using Chong Mai).
    * Change the Sinews, from the Ten Fundamental Treasures follows a mixture – Water, Fire, Metal, Earth & Wood.
    Five Elements Qigong is more beneficial (more efficient) for keeping balance in the Qi rather than attaining that balance. So, if there was a chronic/long lasting imbalance I would deal with that by using an exercise, or exercises, that would feed or control to bring about that balance. Then use a Five Elements exercise because it is better at maintaining that balance. My personal choice would be to practice a Qigong that followed the Creation, or the Controlling, Cycle.
    Regarding whether the Yin or the Yang meridian is worked on………… As they are intrinsically linked, working on one will affect the other. I believe that the development of any Qigong will have gone through many changes (sometimes by more than one Master) in order to create an effective, flowing, exercise. This would mean that, dependent on the final choice of movements, it was the movement that dictated which meridian would be focused on. At some point during its development it must have been decided that Connecting Heaven and Earth would be performed in Wuji stance. This effectively stops the practitioner from being able to apply focus to Liver meridian, or Gall Bladder meridian, in the legs. This left those parts of the meridians in the upper body to place the focus.  Likewise for access to Stomach and Spleen meridians.

    I hope that this goes some way to explain. Regards, Des


  • Q: What to ‘look’ for?
    Hi Des. I’ve been practising the first three movements daily now (am slowly adding more each week). I have two questions that are related that I wonder whether you can help with. Firstly, I know you elude to this in an earlier part so the course, but what is it that I should be ‘looking’ for in feeling Qi? Secondly, should you do the exercises with eyes open or closed? The reason I ask, and the next bit might sound daft, but with my eyes closed, after a few minutes of the first movement, I get a pretty consistent ‘tingling’ for want of a better word (a bit like goosebumps but without the bumps?) from around my right knee that appears to travel upwards. With eyes open this doesn’t happen. Sorry, having written and now re-read it, it sounds rather mad, but I’m curious.
    By the way, I love the clear and simple directions, along with the theory to back up the movements – great stuff. S.

    A: Not mad at all………….. They are questions that I get over and over.
    “………………..what is it that I should be ‘looking’ for in feeling Qi?” You are “looking” for two things………. nothing and change. This might appear to be an ambiguous answer. It is anything but! Qi is experienced in many, many, ways and a common error that is made by practitioners is that they look for, or feel for, the same sensation/manifestation every time they practice. By using “Listening Jing” and being passively aware you open up your opportunities to experience the vast array of Qi. You experience these by noticing change……… The experiences of the subtle changes that occur in the Qi are almost always impossible to describe to your satisfaction and (when it is the Qi that you are describing) you find yourself saying things like “It is a bit like…..” “……… It kind of reminds me of………” Do you recognise that difficulty in description?  It can get very frustrating if you are trying to describe what you are experiencing because you are fettered by language that describes the physical as you try to describe the energetic.
    “should you do the exercises with eyes open or closed?” Open or closed eyes are dealt with in stages. Initially the eyes should be open as this assists you to guide the Qi during the movements. Once you start to become aware of the Qi (and you are) you can close your eyes and “Listen” to how it moves and changes. For beginners, having the eyes closed can be a disadvantage and slow progress. However, as I have said, once you start to be aware of the Qi there is an advantage in closing the eyes as this removes visual distraction and you are then using the Yi (cognitive mind) to guide the Qi while getting the feedback (experiencing the changes and movement) using “Listening Jing”.
    “The reason I ask, and the next bit might sound daft, but with my eyes closed, after a few minutes of the first movement, I get a pretty consistent ‘tingling’ for want of a better word (a bit like goosebumps but without the bumps?) from around my right knee that appears to travel upwards. With eyes open this doesn’t happen.” When you are closing your eyes your body/mind is becoming quiet. With your eyes open your surroundings, what you are seeing, is creating “noise”.
    It is great to hear of your progress! I hope that this helps. Des

    Reply to answer: Hi Des, thanks, your reply is much appreciated. In fact this morning I experienced that same feeling running along the neck and side of face whilst performing ‘Sliding down the mirror” – more or less along the same path as noted in the introductory notes there.
    Best wishes, S.

  • Q: Where to next?
    Hi Des, I’ve recently joined your Qigong course, Connecting Heaven and Earth and now practice daily. I’ve really enjoyed learning this form and would like to learn more. I note you have some other courses and I was wondering if you might suggest another to try or perhaps a sequence in which to take the courses on? I would also like to develop some knowledge of the theory behind the forms. Could you recommend a book perhaps that would give some theory regarding the points that are mentioned and perhaps how different movements relate to the body and health.
    I also practice Wing Tsun which is focused externally. At a recent seminar I cam across Qigong and the tangible reality of internal arts fascinated me and started me on this path. I am now very keen to learn more. Connecting Heaven and Earth has been wonderful, so I would be delighted if you could offer some further advice.
    Regards, H.H.

    A: Given your Wing Tsun background, I recommend the Embroidered Brocade as your next course. As well as being excellent Qigong these exercises really make you work on posture, rooting the body and sinking the Qi………… All of which are necessary in Qigong. But they will also have an effect on your Kung Fu as they were developed, in part, to increase Peng. They were the first Qigong that I learned and I still practice them regularly over thirty years on. Testiment to their quality.
    Regarding books. I do not know of any that are Qigong specific (a project that I have been wrestling with for many years) but there is a book on general TCM called “A Tooth from the Tiger’s Mouth” by Tom Bisio that is well worth having in your reading list.
    I’m really pleased that you enjoyed CH&E and that your Qigong journey is well and truly started. Des


Q: The Eagle Spreads Its Wings
For ‘eagle spreads its wings’, should the fingers be spread  as wide for both the upward and downward movement?

A: Yes, you need to keep the fingers spread for both movements.


Q: Crossing the wrists/hands
When crossing your hands either at the heart, or at the third eye does it matter which hand is closest to the body for each move? L.L.

A: No it does not really matter. You could focus on alternating left and right but this is an additional distraction. What you will probably find is that your arms will start to cross in an apparently random manner as the Yi guides them, subconsciously, to maintain balance in the Qi. Des


  • Q: Male / Female?
    As we do ‘The Embrace’ and ‘Washing the Face’, does the hand that is on the outside vary depending on male or female practitioner?
    On other Qigong sets, and with other teachers, I have repeatedly been told ‘for males the right hand is on the outside’ and vice-versa for females. Is the aspect relevant for Connecting Heaven and Earth?

    A: No, it does not matter. What you will find is that it starts to alternate, naturally, without you thinking about it.
    This “rule” of Qigong where the placement of the hands is guided by male/female adds an unnecessary complication to Qigong (as do some of the other rules that were added to give this natural, experiential, art an air of academia).
    It does not take into consideration the person’s sexuality, or whether they are right-handed or left-handed, etc.
    Qigong is the art of working with Qi, not the art of waving our arms in pretty patterns. It is the Yi that guides the Qi and, initially, we use the breath, the eyes, subtle tensions and stretches, and the movement as additional tools to do this.
    With Connecting Heaven and Earth there are three ways in which you can use the exercise, using exactly the same physical movements, by changing the focus. In this course it is taught as a Five Elements exercise but it can also be practiced as an Eight Exceptional Vessels exercise, or as an “Inner Alchemy”exercise.
    In the Five Elements version, the action of Washing the Face is drawing Qi up along Kidney meridian, from KD1 to KD27 as the hands are raised to the forehead.
    I hope this helps. Des

    Reply to answer: It helps enormously, largely by removing doubt. It also removes discrimination (which is prevalent in many ancient traditions). I wholeheartedly agree with you that a wonderful synchronicity comes quite naturally when the hands alternate naturally. And thank you, as usual for such a timely response. It shows your passion for the topic. S.H.

  • Q: Dominant hand
    Is it helpful to use your dominant hand as the ‘receiving’ hand, or vice versa?

    A: Most people usually use their dominant hand for transmitting Qi. However this is not really necessary and you can use both hands for both tasks.  It is, actually, only the Yi that gets in the way……….. the brain, and old thought patterns, making things difficult.
    Many years ago, I had the opportunity to work with a lady who was a healer who worked with Qi on a daily basis, and who had real control over its transmission.  She never called it Qi, but Qi is only a word.  Anyway, her lineage taught that women transmitted with the left hand and received with the right.  Men were the opposite.  My martial arts background had taught me to transmit and receive with both…………… so we just kept working that way.
    It’s a case of whatever floats your boat 🙂 ………….. Dogmatically following rules closes the mind and restricts your growth. Des
  • Q: The Eagle Spreads Its Wings
    Why do we splay the fingers slightly for eagle spreads its wings and then keep them closed for saying a prayer? K.B.

    A: The hands are opened like this so that the acupuncture point, Heart Governor 8 is opened/activated.  The point is in the centre of the palm.
    The fingers are relaxed for Saying a Prayer so that the attention is taken from Fire (Heart Governor, Triple Warmer, Heart & Small Intestine) and your attention is on guiding the Qi (in general) to the Dan Tien. Des


  • Q: Saying a Prayer
    When guiding the Qi down towards the Dantian is it 3 dimensionally through all meridians in the body or should I be guiding the Qi through a linear channel like chong mai, ren mai or just between the hands or a different specific pathway? 

    A: The focus is between the hands.  The intention is the Dan Tien.
    With the intention on the Dan Tien, the Qi starts to accumulate there even before the hands start to lower.  The lowering of the hands enhances this attraction to the Dan Tien and the accumulation of the Qi.  Even though the hands, the physical part of the exercise, are downward the Qi is drawn from all directions to your “centre”. This, effectively and efficiently, guides the Qi through all the meridians and extra vessels.
    NB. For beginners. You are not drawing ALL your Qi to the Dan Tien (not possible).  You are, for want of a better description, putting newly earned cash in the bank.
  • Q: Connecting the shoulder
    I was wondering if you could clarify the method used to keep shoulders dropped and connected during raise hands and sliding down a mirror movements, are there any visualizations that can be used to train the correct movement in the shoulder joint? CMc.

    A: The method of visualization that I prefer is to have “heavy” elbows.  By that, I mean that the elbows are always hanging down, that the shoulders are not strong enough to lift them.  Even when the hands are above shoulder level, or above the head, the weight of these “heavy” elbows keeps the shoulders down………….. and connected. Des

  • Q: Qualities of Chi/Qi
    If you are constantly ‘sinking the chi’ in Wuji, what distinguishes this from guiding the chi along the various channels? Is there a different quality to the Chi that sinks and the Chi that is being guided, or is it being divided in some way? L.R.

    A: Short question……………. Longer answer!  This is going to take me a while to get the wording right (or as correct as my vocabulary will allow).
    I’ll answer the last bit first…………. No, you are not dividing it. You are connecting it……… sort of. That is to say that, through the action of sinking the Qi and raising the Shen, YOU are consciously connecting to your energy body.  Although we are looking at this, thinking about this, in a two dimensional manner…………. Up and down……… the expansion of our awareness of the energy body is in ALL directions (even though we might not be aware of this initially).
    This action is only possible when our body/minds are quiet (I know that I keep on repeating this but it is crucial) and it is through this expansion of awareness that you become, truly, aware of your Qi. This awareness goes beyond the physical body.
    All of these essences, these qualities are always connected (ie. They are always interacting and communicating) with these connections explained in the Five Element Theory.
    The distinction that you ask about is that the sinking of the Qi and the raising of the Shen expands your awareness of self, of the energy body as well as the physical body.  You are then using this awareness to guide the Qi to various points and in various directions, depending on the accuracy of your Qigong. During this guiding you will experience the quality of the Qi that you are working on.
    Additionally, how you experience the sinking Qi and raising Shen, and how you experience the Qi of the meridians (How your brain interprets what it is “feeling”) will not always be the same. This is because of what is known as your “condition”, the effect that your environment and life in general is having on you, affects the flow and the qualities of the Qi. Des

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Qigong for Fibromyalgia

Qigong for Fibromyalgia – Empower yourself to health

The reason that I created the Qigong for Fibromyalgia online course is that as part of my Shiatsu practice I often teach and prescribe appropriate Qigong for Fibromyalgia sufferers and, from the feedback that I have received, each of them has benefited from practicing these exercises.

Discount price: £15.99 (Normally £34.99). Offer ends 27/01/2021

The course is hosted on the Udemy learning website and is covered by the Udemy lifetime access guarantee.
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  • “Des explains the underlying processes and principles of Qigong in a way that is easy to understand and acceptable. I hope to be able to use what he has passed on in the course in order to help others who come to me to learn.” L.R.
  • “The instruction is very clear for basics, resources are helpful, and the instructor’s attitude is encouraging and gives hope of improvement.” D.K.

In this course, each Qigong exercise will be broken down into two lessons: The instructions, including movement, breathing and focus. Then a follow me video.

The three exercises shown in the course are among the most common of those that I prescribe and they should provide relief from symptoms. But as everyone is different their Fibromyalgia symptoms can also be different. This means that tailored treatment is more likely to be successful in keeping symptoms at bay and empowering the sufferer, giving them the opportunity to be proactive when dealing with their condition. That said, the three exercises that I have selected for the course should reduce many of the symptoms as they are among those most commonly prescribed.

Using Qigong is a slow, gentle, process that gradually reduces pain, increases mobility and increases stamina. However, it is not a quick fix but, with daily practice, these benefits grow and stabilise.

Qigong for Fibomyalgia – the Benefits

  • The first exercise works with the Yin and Yang meridians in the legs. It increases overall energy, it increases flexibility and it reduces pain.
  • The second exercise works with the Gall Bladder and Liver meridians. It increases flexibility in the joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles. It also reduces pain.
  • The third exercise increases flexibility in the hips and the lower back. It also reduces upper back pain, lumbar pain, hip and thigh pain.
Qigong for fibromyalgia - wuji stance
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Further details can be found in the free previews


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Further reading about Qigong for Fibromyalgia

The therapies provided by Pro Holistic are of a Complementary nature. You are advised, in the first instance, to consult a medical practitioner in order that you receive a medical diagnosis. Self-diagnosis is not recommended and internet-based advice is no substitute for a face-to-face visit with a medical practitioner.

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The Functions of the Yang Meridians within Qigong

When practicing Qigong, the functions of the Yang meridians are often overlooked, or misunderstood. In this article I will cover both the classical TCM functions and those attributed through the art of Zen Shiatsu.

FIRE – Triple Heater / Triple Warmer

TCM Functions of the Yang meridians

Triple Heater meridian. the functions of the Yang meridians
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Combined, the Triple Heater has a general function of transportation (via the water passages) and heat distribution throughout the body. it is also connected to the Lymphatic System (Defensive Qi).
“The Triple Heater is in charge of the correct direction of movement of all types of Qi in all parts of the body”
It is related to the “Three Burning Spaces”. That is the heart, the solar plexus and the Dantien.

Upper Heater

Is described as being “like a mist”.  It comprises of the Heart and Lungs and transports the Qi, in the form of vapour, to all parts of the body.  It controls the outward movement of Defensive Qi to the skin.

Middle Heater

Is described as being “Like a foam”.  It is like soaking things in water to cause decomposition.  It comprises of the Stomach and Spleen and is in charge of digesting food, transforming it and transporting it, in the form of Food Qi, to the Lungs and Heart.  It controls the movement of Nutritive Qi, moving ST Qi downwards and SP Qi upwards.

Lower Heater

Is described as being “like a swamp”, acting like a channel for water.  It comprises of the Liver, Kidney, Bladder, Large Intestine, and Small Intestine.  It transforms the “clean” food for use by the body, excreting the waste substances and fluids.  It has a downward function/movement to facilitate urination.

Zen Functions

  • Controls Spirit and Organs, circulating Qi to the whole body via the Three Heaters.
  • Protects the body through the functioning of the Lymphatic System.
  • It is the body’s thermostat, producing and regulating heat.

FIRE – Small Intestine

Functions of the Yang meridians - Small Intestine meridian
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TCM Functions of the Yang Meridians

  • Separates the pure from the impure. That is to say, sorting and absorbing.

Zen Functions

  • Digesting and assimilating food, governing the total body energy.
  • Absorbs mental anxiety, emotional excitement, and shock.



EARTH – Stomach

Functions of the Yang meridians - Stomach meridian
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TCM Functions of the Yang meridians

  • Controls the rotting & ripening of food.
  • Controls the transportation of food essences.
  • Controls the descending of Qi.
  • Is the origin of fluids.

Zen Functions

  • Governs the functioning of the digestive passages, especially the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum.
  • Governs the reproductive, lactation, ovary, and appetite mechanisms.  It also governs the menstrual cycle.

Metal – Large Intestine

Large Intestine meridian
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TCM Functions of the Yang meridians

  • Governing Qi and respiration.
  • Controlling the circulation of Qi in the blood vessels and meridians.
  • Controlling the dispersion and descending of Qi.
  • Regulating the water passages (through the dispersing and descending functions).

Zen Functions

  • Intake of Qi and elimination of gasses by exhalation.

WATER – Bladder

TCM Functions of the Yang meridians

Functions of the Yang meridians - Bladder meridian
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  • Transformation of fluids by Qi (i.e. storage and excretion of the urine).

Zen Functions

  • Governs the autonomic nervous system, especially in relation to reproductive and urinary functions,
  • Related to the mid brain and assists the Kidney in relation to the hormonal system.
  • Purification and elimination of urine.



WOOD – Gall Bladder

Gall Bladder meridian
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TCM Functions

  • Stores bile and secretes it into the duodenum to break down fats.
  • Assists Liver with the distribution of Qi.

Zen Functions

  • Distributes nutrients and balances total energy through the action of the digestive fluids (hormones, saliva, gastric acids, etc).

Yin & Yang and their relationship

Yin & Yang and their relationship is the Chinese concept of two complimentary yet opposing qualities of Qi and therefore everything in the universe can be described in terms of Yin or Yang. The literal translation of Yin is “The shaded side of the valley” and Yang is “The sunny side of the valley”. Yin/Yang is both a way of thinking and a description of the way in which Qi works. For each there is an opposite: Hot/cold, up/down, hard/soft, material/spiritual, etc. The continuous flux of Yin and Yang give impetus to the development of everything, “Yin and Yang are the law of Heaven and Earth, the outline of everything, the parents of change, the origin of birth and destruction….”

Yin and Yang cannot exist independently as they are mutually dependent. There can be no extreme, within Yin there is Yang and within Yang there is Yin. Each can be further sub-divide as within Yin there is also Yin; they are used to provide a reference point for description of phenomena- low, lower, and lowest. Yin within Yin within Yin. When one reaches an extreme it becomes the other.

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The now world famous Taiji symbol shows the two aspects of Yin and Yang as though they were two fish swimming round in a tight circle, chasing each other. This shows the relationship between the two – balancing each other, opposing each other, and becoming each other. If observed closely it can be seen that the white fish has a black eye and vice versa, showing that each contains a seed of the other. However if the eye of the fish were magnified it would become another Taiji symbol ad infinitum.

My Qigong Master gave the best description I have come across of the inter-dependency of Yin, Yang and Qi. He posed his students many questions, one of which was “How many sides does a coin have?” The usual answer he received was “Two”. He would then send his student away to ponder on the deeper meaning. After a while he would laugh and explain that the coin has three sides, the Yin and Yang were the two faces, and the Qi, which holds both together, was the edge. Yin and Yang are but perceptions of the quality of the Qi.

Yin and Yang represent the two opposite aspects of everything and the implicit conflict and interdependence of these aspects. Generally, anything that is moving, ascending, bright, hot, hyperactive, including functional disease of the body, relate to Yang. The characteristics of stillness, descending, darkness, degeneration, hypoactivity, including organic disease, are related to Yin.

The terms Yin and Yang were coined to try to understand the dualistic nature of the Universe……………. What do I mean by that? Well, in order to describe anything we MUST have something to compare it with. Yin or Yang cannot exist independently………….. You cannot have the concept of “up” without that of “down”, or that of “hot” without cold, etc.

There is a broadly held misconception about Yin and Yang where people, or things are described as one or the other. If I was to describe anything as Yin, it would be meaningless unless I had something else to compare it with.

For example, if we look at Yin & Yang and their relationship, using Yin and Yang as a description of height you can see that:

  • Your ankle is Yin to your knee or your hip.
  • Your knee is Yang to your ankle but Yin to your hip.
  • Your hip is Yang to both your knee and your ankle.

So, to describe one thing as being Yin, or Yang, you need to have a point of reference.

Five Taoist Yin Instructor Course

Five Taoist Yin Instructor Course – Autumn 2020

2020.07.20 – Please note that this course is now fully booked.

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The Five Taoist Yin Instructor course is now online! As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic I began streaming Qigong classes and with so much positive feedback like “The online classes felt more like one-to-one tuition” I made the decision to continue these classes indefinitely and to expand the streaming to include Instructor courses. The fact that participants were able to focus more made this an easy decision.

The live course is run over three full day workshops but, as this is impractical online, we have decided to trial it as twelve two-hour workshops with a live assessment. as with the live course, it is limited to ten participants.

The Five Taoist Yin Instructor course is only suitable for experienced practitioners. Please visit the Five Taoist Yin Qigong if you only wish to learn these exercises without the assessment, or if you wish to gain experience of this set before joining the course.

The Five Yin Qigong enhances the Qi flow in the Yin meridians. This Instructor course provides an in depth, experiential, understanding of the Five Taoist Yin. It also includes all the tools and information needed to teach these exercises as true Qigong (Certificated by the San Bao Martial Arts School). As with any Qigong, anyone can mimic the movements of these exercises and perform them as a physical exercise. However, without knowledge and experience of the Internal workings they are not doing Qigong.

Although named the Five Taoist Yin, this set works with all six Yin meridians and, as there are variants of four of the exercises there are actually ten exercises in total.
Metal: (Lung) has two variants.
Wood: (Liver) has two variants.
Earth: (Spleen) has two variants.
Fire: (Heart and Heart Governor) has three variants.

Course content

  • 24 hours tuition.
  • Access to downloadable recordings of the workhops
  • Diagrams of the Yin meridians and focus points.
  • Assessment.
  • Certificate of successful completion on passing the assessment.

Syllabus

  1. Opening the energy gates & Wuji stance. Lung and Kidney.
  2. Opening the energy gates & Wuji stance. Reprise of the Lung & Kidney exercises. The Liver exercise.
  3. Opening the energy gates & Wuji stance. Reprise of the Lung, Kidney & Liver exercises.
  4. Opening the energy gates & Wuji stance. Reprise of the Lung, Kidney & Liver exercises. The Heart Governor (Pericardium) exercise.
  5. Opening the energy gates & Wuji stance. Reprise of the Lung, Kidney & Liver exercises. The Heart exercise.
  6. Opening the energy gates & Wuji stance. Reprise of the Heart Governor & Heart exercises. Working with both meridians simultaneously
  7. Opening the energy gates & Wuji stance. Both versions of the Spleen exercise. Reprise of LU, KD, LV, HG & Ht.
  8. Reprise of all the exercises.
  9. Q&A. Variants for the Lung and Liver meridian exercises.
  10. Q&A. The Heart Governor and Heart exercises in more depth.
  11. Q&A. Teaching practice.
  12. Q&A. Teaching practice.

The assessment is based on the ability to perform and explain: –

  • Wuji stance.
  • Horse riding stance.
  • Both versions of the Lung exercise.
  • The Kidney exercise.
  • Both versions of the Liver exercise.
  • The Heart Governor (Pericardium) exercise.
  • The Heart exercise.
  • Both versions of the Spleen exercise.

Depending on numbers, the assessment may be done in small groups

Participants requirements

  • Access to broadband that is capable of streaming video.
  • A webcam and microphone, where the camera can see the entire body. This is necessary for me to be able to see if you are doing the exercises correctly and also for the assessment.
  • Enough space to do the exercises.

2020.07.20 – Please note that this course is now fully booked.

Five Taoist Yin Instructor course details:

  • Location – Streamed from Zoom
  • Dates – 21/09/2020 till 07/12/2020
  • Time – 18:00 – 20:00 (London)
  • Cost – £350.00
  • Assessment date – 12/12/2020
  • Assessment location – East Kilbride, Scotland
  • Details – Focusing on the postures, the focus, and gaining awareness of Qi flow in these exercises.
  • Instructor – Des Lawton
  • Guidelines – Can be viewed here
  • Further information – ‘Phone Des on 01355266011 or use the form on the Contact Us

A deposit of £50.00 is required, with the balance to be paid on or before 24/08/2020. Bookings made after 24/082020 must be paid in full.

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The functions of the Yin Meridians

Lung Meridian

  • Governing Qi and respiration.
  • Controlling the circulation of Qi in the blood vessels and meridians.
  • Controlling the dispersion and descending of Qi.
  • Regulating the water passages (through the dispersing and descending functions).

Spleen Meridian

  • Governs Transformation and Transportation.
  • Controls the blood, i.e. Keeping it within the blood vessels and making blood from food.
  • Controls the muscles and the limbs.
  • Controls the rising Qi (maintaining a balance with Stomach Meridian in the role of controlling of descending Qi).
  • Houses the thought (Yi): thinking, studying, concentration.

Heart Meridian

  • Controls the blood and the blood vessels.
  • Houses the Shen (consciousness).

Kidney Meridian

  • Stores the Jing, governs birth, growth, development and reproduction.
  • Produces bone marrow.
  • Governs the bones, brain and blood production.
  • Governs Water, and the flow of body fluids.

Liver Meridian

  • Storing blood.
  • Maintains harmonious and unobstructed flow of Qi, allowing good body function, especially in relation to; emotional activities, especially anger and mental depression.
  • Promotes the flow of energy to the other organs.
  • Produces bile and affects the secretion of bile.

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Working with the Yang Meridians

Working with the Yang Meridians in Qigong

Working with the Yang Meridians, through the medium of Qigong has a beneficial effect on health and well-being. Each Element has its own qualities and governs certain aspects of our being. Therefore they have an impact on ailments that are associated with the things that they govern.

This article is a follow up to the one on the Yin Meridians but this time I am concentrating on the Yang. Again, the benefits listed are only an example of what a Yang Qigong can be used for.  Please note that as even though a Qigong exercise is described as working on a particular Meridian it may not have the same effect as another. Some are more efficacious than others for particular ailments. Due to their intrinsic connection, when focusing on the Yang Meridian of any pairing you are also influencing its Yin partner.

In these examples of working with the Yang Meridians the exercises shown are from the Eighteen Posture Taiji Qigong (the Shibashi) and the Embroidered Brocade Qigong.

Fire (SI & TW)

Traditional Chinese Medicine functions: –

Small Intestine

  • Separates the pure from the impure. I.e. sorting and absorbing.

Triple Warmer

Upper Heater
Is described as being “like a mist”. It comprises of the Heart and Lungs and transports the Qi, in the form of vapour, to all parts of the body. It controls the outward movement of Defensive Qi to the skin.

Middle Heater
Is described as being “Like a foam”. It is like soaking things in water to cause decomposition. It comprises of the Stomach and Spleen and is in charge of digesting food, transforming it and transporting it, in the form of Food Qi, to the Lungs and Heart. It controls the movement of Nutritive Qi, moving ST Qi downwards and SP Qi upwards.

Lower Heater
Is described as being “like a swamp”, acting like a channel for water. It comprises of the Liver, Kidney, Bladder, Large Intestine, and Small Intestine. It transforms the “clean” food for use by the body, excreting the waste substances and fluids. It has a downward function/movement to facilitate urination.

Zen functions: –

Small Intestine

  • Digesting and assimilating food, governing the total body energy.
  • Absorbs mental anxiety, emotional excitement, and shock.

Triple Warmer

  • Controls the Spirit and Organs, circulating the Ki to the whole body via the Three Heaters.
  • Protects the body through the functioning of the lymphatic system (conserving the balance of the fluids in the body, removing bacteria and toxins, and conserving protein in the cells. It is a major factor in our immune system).
  • It is the body’s thermostat, regulating and producing heat.

The Circle of Light, from the Embroidered Brocade (an Arm Yang Qigong). According to Traditional Chinese Medicine the benefits of working with Small Intestine and Triple Warmer Qi include:-

Circle of Light - From the Embroidered Brocade Qigong
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  • Muscular and tendon stiffness in the upper back especially for GV, BL & SI meridians.
  • Stiff neck, occipital headache, earache and giddiness.
  • Clears the mind (Shen), gives clarity to make difficult decisions.
  • Shoulder pain, frozen shoulder, intercostal neuralgia.
  • Allays depression and mood swings caused by Liver stagnation.

Earth (ST)

Traditional Chinese Medicine functions: –

  • Controls the rotting & ripening of food.
  • Controls the transportation of food essences.
  • Controls the descending of Ki.
  • Is the origin of fluids.

Zen functions: –

  • Governs the functioning of the digestive passages, especially the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum.
  • Governs the reproductive, lactation, ovary, and appetite mechanisms.
  • It also governs the menstrual cycle.

Twisting the Waist and Pushing Palms, from the Shibashi. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the uses and benefits of working with the Stomach Meridian exercise include:-

Working with the Yang Meridians - Twisting the Waist and Pushing Palms
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  • Sinus & nasal congestion, trigeminal neuralgia, nosebleeds, and upper toothache.
  • Lactation problems, stimulates the ovarian hormones.
  • Pain in the abdomen, heartburn, thirst, menstrual pain, mental irritation, and anxiety.
  • Tonifies deficient Qi & blood, strengthens the body & mind.
  • Regulates defensive Qi.
  • Low libido, loss of appetite, indigestion, nausea, and any stomach disorder.
  • Tiredness in the legs, knees, or wrists.
  • Used to treat phlegm and damp conditions, mucus, etc.
  • Calms the mind (Yi).

Metal (LI)

Traditional Chinese Medicine functions: –

  • Governing Qi and respiration.
  • Controlling the circulation of Qi in the blood vessels and meridians.
  • Controlling the dispersion and descending of Qi.
  • Regulating the water passages (through the dispersing and descending functions).

Zen functions: –

  • Intake of Qi and elimination of gasses by exhalation.

Broaden the Chest, from the Shibashi. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the uses and benefits of this Metal exercise include:- 

Working with the Yang Meridians - Broaden the Chest, from the Shibashi

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  • Pain relief in the head, face and upper teeth.
  • Stimulates the intestines, constipation, takes energy down the body.
  • General well-being, strengthening and eliminating tiredness in the upper body, pain in the upper body and abdomen.
  • Reduces heat, diarrhoea, abdominal distension, cystitis, eczema, psoriasis, hives.
  • Frozen shoulder, neuralgia of the arm and shoulder, hemiplegia.

Water (Bl)

Traditional Chinese Medicine functions: –

  • Transformation of fluids by Qi (i.e. storage and excretion of the urine).

Zen functions: –

  • Governs the autonomic nervous system, especially in relation to reproductive and urinary functions,
  • Related to the mid brain and assists the Kidney in relation to the hormonal system.
  • Purification and elimination of urine.

Rowing a Boat, from the Shibashi.According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the uses and benefits of this Water exercise include:- 

Working with the Yang Meridians - Rowing a Boat, from the Shibashi.

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  • Eye problems, red eyes, blurred vision, headaches behind the eyes, facial paralysis.
  • Occipital headache, stiff neck, stimulates the memory, eye & nose problems, and nasal congestion.
  • Acute, or chronic, lower backache.
  • Calf spasms, sciatica, pain on the sole of the foot.
  • Painful periods with dark clotted blood, dysmenorrhoea, and menhoragia.
  • Dizziness, insomnia,and aching lower extremities.
  • Used for clearing heat, good for cystitis.

Wood (GB)

Traditional Chinese Medicine functions: –

  • Stores bile and secretes it into the duodenum to break down fats.
  • Assists Liver with the distribution of Qi.

Zen Functions: –

  • Distributes nutrients and balances total energy through the action of the digestive fluids (hormones, saliva, gastric acids, etc).

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the uses and benefits of this Wood exercise include:- 

Painting Rainbows, from the Shibashi. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the uses and benefits of this Wood exercise include:- 

Working with the Yang Meridians - Painting Rainbows, from the Shibashi.

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  • Dry & painful eyes and conjunctivitis.
  • Temporal, or frontal, headache.
  • Sinus congestion.
  • Dizziness, vertigo, and tinnitus.
  • Clears heat in the Lower Heater, Tonifies Qi & blood, and also tonifies KD Yang (Bladder).
  • Hip & leg pain, sciatica, lumbar pain, and lumbago.
  • Pain & spasms in the legs & knees, ankle pain, and weakness in the legs.
  • Promotes the flow of Liver Qi.

Summary of Working with the Yang Meridians

Remember that when working with the Yang Meridians the more you put in the more you get out, but this does not mean that you overdo things. Take your time as Qigong must be practiced on a regular basis, it must be practiced properly and practiced before any benefits can be gained. Remember that Qigong is the art of working with Qi, it is Internal and the important thing is that you work with Qi, focusing on it.

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