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
  • 13 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion

Further details can be found in the free previews

The Earth stretches from the Makko Ho exercises
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Discount price: £19.99 (Normally £39.99)
Purchase, using the link below, before 31/10/2020 and get one month free access to one of our online classes (Terms and Conditions).

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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

Recent reviews from our courses

  • “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.

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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 six days of on-demand viewing where you can use the recording of each class to further your practice.

Beginners class

This class is suitable for beginners and covers all the basics necessary to perform the 18 Posture Taiji Qigong (AKA the Shibashi) as true Qigong. You will learn the stances and the basic movements and it normally takes between three and four blocks to do this. Once comfortable with the basics you can move on to the Intermediate and Advanced class.

Next 4-week block

Next block starts on Tuesday 15/09/2020 and runs till 06/10/2020
Times 
– 18:30 till 19:30 London
Recordings – On-demand viewing for the six days following each class.
Cost – £20.00 (£5.00 per class on a four-week block basis).
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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.

Intermediate and Advanced class

  • Next block: 10 weeks commencing Wednesday 16th September till Wednesday 18th November.
  • 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
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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-week block

Next block starts on Wednesday 16/09/2020 and runs till 18/11/2020
Times 
– 19:00 till 20:00 London
Recordings – On-demand viewing for the six 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 six 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.

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 14/09/2020 and runs till 05/10/2020
Times 
– 13:30 till 14:30 London
Recordings – On-demand viewing for the six 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 Tuesday 15/09/2020 and runs till 06/10/2020
Times 
– 09:00 till 10:00 London
Recordings – On-demand viewing for the six 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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Tuesday – Shibashi Beginners Classes details: –

This class is suitable for beginners and covers all the basics necessary to perform the 18 Posture Taiji Qigong (AKA the Shibashi) as true Qigong.

Next 4-week block

Next block starts Tuesday 15/09/2020 and runs till 06/10/2020
Times 
– 18:30 till 19:30 London
Recordings – On-demand viewing for the six 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 here – Tuesday evening Shibashi 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 17/09/2020 and runs till 08/10/2020
Times 
– 18:45 till 19:45 London
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

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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: £19.99 (Normally £34.99)
Purchase, using the link below, before 31/10/2020 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.
Book here
– 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.

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

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

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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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Do you have questions about The Eight Exceptional Vessels?

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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!

Qi changed my life
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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

  • “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 exercices 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

Discount price: £19.99 (Normally £34.99)
Purchase, using the link below, before 31/10/2020 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.
Book here
– 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

  • “This is a good practice for me. The movements are simple and allow me to listen to my body.” C.B.M.
  • “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.

Discount price: £19.99 (Normally £34.99)
Purchase, using the link below, before 31/10/2020 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.
Book here
– Qigong for Chronic Back Pain

“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: £19.99 (Normally £34.99)
Purchase, using the link below, before 31/10/2020 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.
Book here
– 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 31/10/2020 and get one month free access to one of our online classes (Terms and Conditions).
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Recent reviews

  • “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.
  • “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.
  • “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 31/10/2020 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

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Online Qigong: Four Shen Qigong – open the mind

four shen qigong
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  • “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.

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: £24.99 (Normally £49.99)
Purchase, using the link below, before 31/10/2020 and get one month free access to one of our online classes (Terms and Conditions).
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– Online Qigong: Four Shen Qigong

Recent Reviews

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: £24.99 (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: £24.99 (Normally £49.99)
Purchase, using the link below, before 31/10/2020 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: £24.99 (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)
Purchase, using the link below, before 31/10/2020 and get one month free access to one of our online classes (Terms and Conditions).
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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.
  • “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.

Discount price: £19.99 (Normally £39.99)
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Questions asked by students about this set of Qigong

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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

  • “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

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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)
Purchase, using the link below, before 31/10/2020 and get one month free access to one of our online classes (Terms and Conditions).
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Online Qigong: Connecting Heaven & Earth – Recent Reviews

  • “A clear structured course with many useful details and hints also for the more experienced Qigong practitioners. Thank you very much.” – M.D.
  • “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!”

    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

  • “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.

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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: £19.99 (Normally £34.99)
Purchase, using the link below, before 31/10/2020 and get one month free access to one of our online classes (Terms and Conditions).
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Recent reviews

  • “The instruction is very clear for basics, resources are helpful, and the instructor’s attitude is encouraging and gives hope of improvement.” D.K.
  • “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.

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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Booking on to the course

Further details can be found in the free previews


Discount price: £19.99 (Normally £34.99)
Purchase, using the link below, before 31/10/2020 and get one month free access to one of our online classes (Terms and Conditions).
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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.

Yin Yang Taiji
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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.

the five taoist yin instructor course
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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.

Interested in Qigong? We have a group of Qigong enthusiasts (on Facebook) that you might want to join that is used by students and teachers to exchange ideas and ask questions. It is part of the San Bao Qigong.

The Art of Healing with Qigong

The Art of Healing with Qigong
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Healing with Qigong (pronounced chee gung) has been used in China for centuries. It is still being used in the 21st century alongside “modern” medicine and that says a lot about its efficacy. It is the art or science of using, working with and cultivating Qi (Chi) “life energy” to enrich one’s life by controlling and strengthening the flow of Qi throughout the body.

This information is written from the point of view of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Please do not be put off by the terminology of Water/Metal imbalances, as these are only ways of describing the illness from a TCM perspective.

Healing with Qigong

Qigong is an art, which is steeped in history, legend and myth, has its roots in ancient China, growing as a healing art over thousands of years. It is the forerunner of, and is therefore based on the same principles as, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Tuina, and Shiatsu.  At present it is still being developed and researched as a cure, and preventative of illness by Qigong masters and by medical establishments and universities in China, America, Russia and Japan. In China, Qigong is often used in conjunction with Traditional Chinese and Allopathic Medicine to increase the healing power/rate – This wonderful system can also be utilised to enhance any of the Complimentary Healing systems as well as being used as a self-development and self-healing system.

Often after giving a treatment we ask ourselves if we could have done more.  We often see people who need frequent/regular treatment but who cannot afford the cost.  One way we can deal with this dilemma is to recommend some form of self-help such as diet, exercise etc.  However one of the most powerful self-help systems is often overlooked, primarily because of lack of experience – Qigong.

Healing with Qigong exercises – Two examples

It is my intention to outline two Qigong exercises which were be used to treat a client. The first deals with an imbalances in Metal, but which also treat other chronic ailments.  The second has a calming effect on the body, the brain and the consciousness. My intention is to show the basic exercise listing pathogenic factors it may be used to treat, then show a modification to the exercise that will enhance it, making it more potent in treating Metal disorders/imbalances.  The beauty of these exercises lies in their simplicity and power.

Qigong promotes the smooth flow of Qi within the meridian system, bringing harmony and balance to the Whole (Body/Mind/Spirit).  Each exercise has both a tonifying and sedating quality (i.e. It can either increase or decrease the amount of Qi within the meridian) and can be prescribed using Five Element Theory or Kyo/Jitsu, as would be done in Shiatsu, etc.

The stances for both exercises are the same; feet are shoulder width apart with the weight evenly distributed, the knees are slightly bent, the coccyx is tucked in slightly, and the head is held upright as though suspended from above.

The breathing should be natural and it is important that the movement follows the breathing and not vice versa.  Breathing should be through the nose and concentrated on the Tan Tien (a point 2 – 3 inches below the navel).  Throughout the exercise, the tongue should touch the palate just behind the front teeth.

BROADENING THE CHEST:

Healing with Qigong - Metal exercise

a) Inhalation – Turn the palms to face each other as though holding a balloon, raise them to chest height while simultaneously raising the stance, then move them laterally/horizontally as though the balloon was expanding.

b) Exhalation – Move the arms medially/horizontally to the original distance apart, lower the stance/arms while turning the palms obliquely downward.

N.B.  Make sure that the shoulders are relaxed and that the elbows are pointed down so that the arms are not “locked”. There should be a harmonious co-ordination between the raising and lowering of the arms/stance and the breathing.  Repeat about six to eight times.

PRESSING PALMS IN CALMNESS:

Following on from the last exhalation:

Healing with Qigong - working with Metal imbalances in TCM

a) Inhalation – Turn the palms upward with the fingers pointing at each other, and lift the hands to eye level.

b) Exhalation – Turn the palms down, again with the fingers pointing at each other, and press down until the hands are level with the hips.

Repeat about six to eight times.

This is good for regulating the breathing and balancing the blood pressure.  It strengthens the function of the Kidney, calms the nerves, can alleviate tinnitus and dizziness, and also has an effect on arthritis of the knee.

As stated, each exercise should be repeated about six to eight times (but do not get too focused on counting) and should be carried out twice a day – morning and early evening.

Using the art of Qigong

Excellent results are achievable but are entirely dependent on the client practising diligently.  One example of how potent Qigong is, is that of a 13-year-old boy with severe asthma.  When he first came for treatment (Shiatsu) he was dependent on daily medication involving three different inhalers.  His treatment consisted of three Shiatsu sessions, which started to stabilise his condition, and he was then prescribed two Qigong exercises.  Eight months later, his mother telephoned me with the news that he had been off medication completely for the previous five months and that he had only had one asthmatic attack in this time.  He had remained calm during this incident and used Qigong to overcome it in a controlled manner.

His mother had viewed this as almost miraculous, but the real miracle was that her son had the discipline to practice his Qigong each and every day – he had been empowered with the ability to heal himself.

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

Course Feedback – The Eight Exceptional Vessels

Eight Exceptional Vessels course feedback

Udemy, where Ihave our online courses hosted, ask all the students to leave ratings and reviews. Here is some of the Eight Exceptional Vessels course feedback that I have received.

From Lynn

” Excellent instructor! Beautiful material! “

From Walter

“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!”

From Ben

“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!”

From Xabier

“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. The teacher seems a bit concerned about his accent: I have not had any problems and I am not a native English speaker. In addition, subtitles can be used if necessary.”

From Dean

“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.”

From Maxine

“I thought the course was well presented and interesting”

From Tracy

“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!”

Eight Exceptional Vessels course feedback
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From Kevin

“Very clear, detailed and authentic.”

From Jake

“Another good course from Des Lawton. From the course introduction and explanation of terms which are nice and clear, to the well structured lessons with lots of detail of what to focus on which enhances the exercises the course is well authored. Des is certainly well versed in Qi gong and has a good presentation manner which makes learning enjoyable. For me this course has enhanced my understanding of the workings of Qi gong and will improve my practice of other forms. I would recommend this course to both beginners and experienced practitioners as it is written and presented in such a way as to be easily followed by either.”

From Gunhild

“informative – easy to understand – deep – applicable – wonderful”

From Frank

“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.”

From Mary

“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.”

This is some of the feedback from our online Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong course. Pro Holistic also runs this course in Scotland as well as providing Qigong workshops for other organisations and schools. Please contact us if you require further details or would like us to teach a workshop, or course, for you.

Interested in Qigong? We have a group of Qigong enthusiasts (on Facebook) that you might want to join that is used by students and teachers to exchange ideas and ask questions. It is part of the San Bao Qigong.