Online Qigong: Eight Exceptional Vessels

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

Online Qigong: Eight Exceptional Vessels

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

Discount price: £19.99 (Normally £39.99)
Purchase, using the link below, before 27/01/2021 and get one month free access to one of our online classes (Terms and Conditions).
Book here – Online Qigong: Eight Exceptional Vessels

Recent reviews

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

    More reviews below

What Will I Learn?

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


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


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

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

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

Online Qigong: Eight Exceptional Vessels – Reviews

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

Questions asked by students about these Qigong exercises

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

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

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

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

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

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