Questions about the Embroidered Brocade Qigong

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These are some of the very many questions about the Embroidered Brocade Qigong that have been asked of me over the years and I wish that I had kept a note of all of them. Unfortunately I didn’t but these are some of the Qigong questions and answers that I do have on record. If you have a question, or can add to an answer, please use the comments box and I will add to them

Question from Sebastian

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

Answer from Des

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

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Question from Robert

i already do billowing sail slightly different as turning the wheel of heaven but here the breathing is opposite i am used to breathing out as i sink forward and in as i sink back what is the reason for this please des?
ps great course

Reply from Des

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

Reply from Robert

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

Answer from Des

Hello Robert,
externally, these exercises are similar but internally they working differently. However both are, primarily, working with Water (the Kidney and Bladder meridians).
The Billowing Sail – The Qi is drawn up through KD1 in the rear foot on the inhalation. On exhalation it is guided down to KD1 in the front foot. The lifting/flexing action of the front foot stimulates the Bladder and Kidney points in the ankle.
Why draw up and then expel? Even without using visualization (you can augment this if you wish by using visualization) you are circulating your Kidney Qi, drawing in fresh Qi and getting rid of stale Qi.
Turning the Wheel of Heaven – When practiced properly this exercise sinks the Qi through KD1 in the front foot before sinking it through KD1 in the rear foot. Again, the flexing of the feet stimulates the Bladder and Kidney points in the ankles.

Where this exercise often goes wrong:-

  • Overextension of the forward and rearward movement means that the physical root is not through KD1 and that impedes the practitioner’s ability to sink the Qi through this point.
  • Pushing down on the rear toes to lift the ankle (usually caused by too long a stance). The ankle should peel off of the floor as a result of the sinking into the front foot.
  • Both feet flexing at the same time.

To summarise:-

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

Regards,
Des

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Working with the Yin Meridians

Qigong and the Yin Meridians

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When working with the Yin Meridians, Qigong can have a profound effect on specific ailments and help provide a route back to 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.

In this article I am concentrating on the Yin Meridians and using the Five Taoist Yin Qigong as examples. I will do a follow up for the Yang. The benefits listed are only an example of what a Yin Qigong can be used for and, as the exercises do not all have the same effects, some are more efficacious than others for particular ailments. It must also be understood that when focusing on the Yin Meridian of any pair your are also affecting its Yang partner.

Fire (HT & HG)

TCM functions: –

Heart

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

Heart Governor

  • It protects the heart.
  • It governs the blood.
  • It houses the Shen.

Zen Functions: –

Heart

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

Heart Governor

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

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the uses and benefits of the Fire exercise from the Five Taoist Yin Qigong include:-        

Working with the Yin Meridians - Fire
Working with the Yin Meridians – Fire
  • It can be used to Calm of the Shen (consciousness).
  • It can be used to treat insomnia, night sweats, tiredness, anxiety, irritability, and pre menstrual stress.
  • It can alleviate the symptoms of Angina pectoris, or any feeling of fullness or pain in the chest.
  • It can help alleviate heart palpitations, and reduce high blood pressure.

Earth (Sp)

TCM functions: –

  • 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: –

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

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the uses and benefits of the Earth exercise include:

Working with the Yin Meridians - Earth
Working with the Yin Meridians – Earth
  • It has a calming effect on the Yi (cognitive mind, the brain) and relieving insomnia.
  • It can be used to reduce menstrual problems (especially pain).
  • It might be used in treating reproductive disorders.
  • It can be used to alleviate abdominal distension, constipation, and diarrhoea.
  • Spleen exercises are also used in the treatment of oedema in the legs, and painful/swollen knees.

Metal (Lu)

Classical functions:-

  • 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: –

  • Intake of Qi and elimination of gasses by exhalation.

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

Working with the Yin Meridians - Metal
Working with the Yin Meridians – Metal
  • Used to regulate Lung Qi.
  • It can benefit respiratory ailments such as Heat in Lungs, fever, coughs, asthma, breathing difficulties, chest pains, and shoulder pain.
  • It has a beneficial effect on tonsillitis, thirst, and excessive mucus.
  • It can also be used to alleviate grief and sadness.

Water (Kd)

Classical functions: –

  • 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: –

  • To govern the endocrine system, controlling spirit and energy to the whole body and governing resistance to mental stress by the control of the hormonal secretions.
  • To detoxify and purify the blood.

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

the Yin Meridians - Water
Working with the Yin Meridians – Water
  • Using it to tonify KD Qi
  • It is used for tonifying the Yin and Yang of the whole body.
  • Used for calming the Shen (consciousness), it calms the fire of Heart energy, alleviates insomnia, and regulates sweating.
  • It is also used to alleviate dizziness, deafness, tinnitus, and epilepsy.
  • It has a beneficial effect on the hormone system with regards to menstrual pain, irregular menstruation, amenorrhoea & dysmenorrhoea, and impotence.
  • Kidney Qigong is used to treat chronic pain lower back pain, acute cystitis, and urethritis.

Wood (Lv)

Classical functions: –

  • 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:-

  • Stores nutrients and energy, plans the distribution of energy.
  • Cultivates resistance against disease.
  • Supplies, analyses and detoxifies blood to maintain physical energy.

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

the Yin Meridians - Wood
orking with the Yin Meridians – Wood
  • It promotes the smooth flow of Liver Qi.
  • It can be used to treat migraine headaches, tension headaches, muscular cramps, and tight tendons.
  • It has a calming effect on bad temper.
  • It relieves Damp, urine retention, and burning urination.
  • It can be used to help strengthen the Spleen Qi and eliminate stagnation of the Spleen Qi ( some symptoms of which are distension & belching)

As with anything in life, the more you put in the more you get out. Your Qigong must be regular, and must be properly and diligently practiced for the benefits to be gained. Remember that Qigong is the art of working with Qi and not the art of swinging your arms about while bobbing up and down………….. 😉

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Five Taoist Yin Qigong – Course Feedback

Comments from students

From Dale

“Enhance health and expand consciousness. The instructor is easy to understand and he presents clear explanations for the movements and their benefits.”

From Junior

” 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. “

From Vee

” 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. “

From Guy

” 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.”

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From Shaz

“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). I personally would have liked more focus areas for some of the moves, but as a presumably introductory course this is very comprehensive and the best out there for this set of exercises. Thanks.”

From Marina

“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!”

From Morris

“Yes, taught in a relaxed and thorough manner.”

From Arvind

“A very Good Course! and Useful.”

From Stephen

“Yes. It delivered fast effective results in a short amount of time.”

From Jenny

“Very clear and expert instruction”

From Livia

“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.”

From Lesley

“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.”

From Mike

“I like the instructor’s 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.”

From Kevin

“Very detailed and useful. I feel that this is authentic qigong with all the benefits that go with it.”

From Tanner

“clearest Wuji stance definition I’ve ever received :)”

From Ruth

“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.”

From Mlnaa

“Very good explanations and contextualisation; the subtitles reinforce the very valuable content.”

This is just some of the feedback from our online Five Taoist Yin 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.

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Listening Jing – enhance your Qigong

Without Listening Jing (listening to the Qi) you cannot do Qigong.  Without listening you are merely doing aerobic exercises.

Disconnected piano keys

Listening Jing - Piano hammers and strings
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Imagine a piano where the keys are not connected to the hammers.  Every key sounds the same, the same dull clunk.  It is only when the key is re-attached that the strings can be hit and the note can be heard.  Qigong is like this.  The focus, the movement (in the case of active Qigong), and the breathing act like the hammers in the piano.  They connect the physical to the energetic.  It is only when you have this connection that hear the vibration and listen to the changes that are occurring, in the body/mind/spirit.  The more you listen, the more you connect the keys and hammers, the greater the range of qualities of Qi you will experience.

Using Listening Jing takes your Qigong to new levels……………..

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Course Update – The Exceptional Vessels

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The 2019 courses are all filling (The Five Taoist Yin is already fully booked) earlier than usual. If you are interested in coming to the Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong you had better not wait too long as there are only three spaces left.

The Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong exercises work with the Qi that is stored in the Extraordinary Meridians (AKA the Exceptional Vessels).  The Exceptional Vessels can be likened to reservoirs while the Meridians can be likened to rivers.  Most Qigong exercises concentrate on the Qi flow in the meridian system but these focus on the deeper, almost tidal, energy that make up those reservoires.

As well as using the Yi, eyes and breath to guide the Qi, these exercises also make use of the Master Points and the Coupled Points

Feedback from previous courses: –

  • “…………. It helped me to appreciate it more as an energetic practice with intention and focus on energy flow, as opposed to simply awareness on physical movement.”
  • “……….thank you so much for Saturday. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and I loved your way of teaching. I feel confident and keen to continue practicing what I’ve learned – which was exactly what I was hoping to gain, so much appreciation to 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!”

Course date: Saturday 23/03/2019

Details here – The Exceptional Vessels

Stress and Respiration – Breathe your stress away

Stress and Respiration

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The relationship between stress and respiration is a chicken and egg one.  Which came first? 

  • Psychological stress impacts on respiration.  It often induces shallower, more rapid, breathing.
  • Shallow, rapid, breathing can induce physiological stress that causes physical anxiety.  Those feelings of anxiety that are often described as “butterflies”, the ones that can make you feel sick.
  • Those symptoms of physical stress lead to a deepening of psychological stress.
  • Combined, they set a detrimental cycle in motion.  A cycle that grows in strength unless it is broken.

So it appears that the question of which came first is not really relevant.  What is relevant is that we are empowered to break the cycle by learning how to regulate our breathing.

Stress and Respiration – Where are you placed?

What is your respiration rate?  Breathing at your normal rate, how many times do you respire (breath in and out) per minute?  Go on, test yourself but do not force yourself to breathe slowly………. Breathe at your normal rate. It is not a competition! 12 to 16 respirations per minute is good………. Upwards of 16 is not so good…………….. 20+ and you are heading for the realms of hyperventilation.

Stress and Respiration – Using the cycle beneficially

Qigong exercises utilise relaxed, deep, abdominal breathing to calm the body and the mind.  They are simple and effective, and only take a few minutes to do.  They lower both psychological and physiological stress through the use of biofeedback.

  • The practitioner does the exercise at their own respiration rate (this can be high to begin with).
  • The focus on the breathing and the repetitive movement starts to affect the brainwave pattern, lowering it to Alpha wave.
  • Alpha relaxes the body and the breathing becomes more relaxed and deeper.
  • This, in turn, lowers the brainwave pattern further and induces further relaxation and a feeling of wellbeing.

Practiced on a regular basis, the practitioner’s respiration becomes slower, deeper, and more relaxed.  This can stop the stress cycle from being formed and induces calmness even in stressful situations.

Abdominal Breathing

Before moving on to the Qigong video I would like to give some instructions on how to practice abdominal breathing, using the diaphragm muscle and the abdominal muscles to increase your intake of air. This can be practiced either standing or when lying in the supine (on your back) position.

Stress and respiration - abdominal breathing
  • Place your hands over your lower abdomen and feel for it expanding and contracting. Don’t worry if you do not feel this as you are in the majority. Most adults shallow breathe to the chest.
  • Keeping your hands in the same position, on inhalation gently force that expansion. Gently does it because later on there will be no need for this forcing.
  • On exhalation, let the abdominal muscles relax before applying a small amount of tension to pull up to and slightly under the ribs.
  • On inhalation, relax and let the abdomen expand.
  • Follow this pattern and visualize this expansion getting larger and larger and, before long, you will no longer need to force it as the relaxation becomes enough.
  • Daily, regular, practice will eventually educate your body to adopt this natural, more efficient, way of breathing.

Stress and Respiration – Pressing Palms in Calmness

In this short video I will show you a very simple Qigong exercise called “Pressing Palms in Calmness”. This Qigong has been practiced for thousands of years and it does what it says on the tin as it lowers stress and anxiety. I can vouch for it and it has been tried, tested and given the thumbs up by students and clients.

Then, once you have had a chance to become familiar with the Qigong you can then compare how you feel, and also compare your respiration rate before and after practice.

This video is for demonstration purposes only and is not meant as a teaching tool. It is vital that the Qigong are carried out correctly for their full benefits to be appreciated and to do this the practitioner needs to be aware of, and to make use of, all the subtleties that lie within the movements. This is why this video can only go part way to convey the Internal workings of Qigong and trying to understand what is happening by merely following a video is not enough. However, even by copying the movement and breathing, some benefits may still be felt.

I hope that you find this Qigong useful.
Des

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Feedback from the Embroidered Brocade Qigong course

Feedback from the Embroidered Brocade Qigong course

This is just some of the feedback from Embroidered Brocade Qigong course that we have online. 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.

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From Kevin

” Very well explained and demonstrated.”

From Lesley

” Very clear instructions, easy to follow. Sound and picture quality excellent.”

From James

” It is useful in expanding knowledge of Qigong, It is also a useful reminder if you are a visual learner as its handy to see the moves being done.”

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Thinking About Insomnia Keeps Me Awake!


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Everyone has one of those nights when they cannot drop off to sleep. Insomnia on one of those nights is not a problem but when it runs to two, three,four and more there is most definitely a problem. Our sleeping hours turn into hours of restlessness and the hours when we should be awake and alert we find ourselves half asleep and unable to function properly.

This article is most definitely not anti Western Medicine. I am not saying that one system is better than the other. They both have their place and can, should, be used to complement each other.

From an Allopathic (Western) Medicine viewpoint there are many reasons for insomnia such as: stress, anxiety, depression, worry, grief, anger,chronic pain, neurological conditions, trauma, etc. Each of these causes are treated differently and usually treated with the use of drugs.

I want to focus on the causes of insomnia that are of a mental nature and how Eastern Medicine, in particular Shiatsu and Qigong, can have a beneficial impact. Rather than seeing stress, anxiety, depression,worry, grief and anger as six different causes I want to break the cause of insomnia into two sources. The two causes of overactive thoughts are the brain(the Yi) and the consciousness (the Shen). Each has its own patterns, or symptoms.

  • If your inability to sleep is because you are thinking about particular things (eg. Planning for an event) then it is the Yi,the brain, that is overactive.
  • Is your head filled with random thoughts that jump about, continually vying to attract your attention…………. like a hundred chattering monkeys? Then it is the Shen, your consciousness that is disturbed.

If the incidence of insomnia is recent I would recommend that you use self Shiatsu as a method. Or if it is chronic I recommend that you learn and practice the Qigong on a daily basis as well as using self Shiatsu immediately before going to bed. The need for the self Shiatsu should diminish as the effects of the Qigong become stronger.

Overactive brain – calming the Yi


Self Shiatsu for insomnia

foot Yi points - shiatsu for insomnia

There are a couple of acupuncture points that you can stimulate, using finger pressure, to calm the brain down. The points are Stomach 42 and Spleen 1, both of which are on the feet. You should apply finger pressure for between 10 and 15 seconds, making sure that your entire focus is on applying this.

Qigong for insomnia

There is one exercise that I recommend and teach to my clients, it is called “Pressing Palms in Calmness” and there are two versions. As the written instructions can only go so far in communicating the necessary information to practice Qigong properly and efficiently, it is preferable to learn from a qualified teacher.

With the feet shoulder width apart (in Wuji stance), stand with the arms held in front of the waist. Rest the tip of your tongue on the palate, just behind the front teeth. Breathe through the nose and concentrate your breath on the lower abdomen.

  1. Inhalation – Turn the palms upward so that the fingers are pointing towards each other, and lift the hands level with the forehead.
  2. Exhalation – Turn the palms downward, form a triangle by connecting the two index fingers and the two thumbs, and press down until the hands are level with the lower abdomen (the Dan Tien).
  3. Separate the hands and return to the starting posture.
  4. Repeat.

As a general rule, repeat about eight times although you might want to do more.

Overactive mind – calming the Shen


Self Shiatsu

Heart Governor 8 - shiatsu for insomnia

There is one acupuncture point that you can stimulate this time, again using finger pressure. This point is heart Governor 8 and it is located on the palm of the hand. You should apply finger pressure for between 10 and 15 seconds, making sure that your entire focus is on applying this.

Qigong

With the feet shoulder width apart (in Wuji stance), stand with the arms held in front of the waist. Rest the tip of your tongue on the palate, just behind the front teeth. Breathe through the nose and concentrate your breath on the lower abdomen.

  1. Inhalation – Turn the palms upward so that the fingers are pointing towards each other, and lift the hands level with the forehead.
  2. Exhalation – Turn the palms downward and press down, with the middle fingers pointing towards each other until they are level with the lower abdomen (the Dan Tien).
  3. Separate the hands and return to the starting posture.
  4. Repeat.

As a general rule, repeat about eight times although you might want to do more.

Sleep tight!
Des

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Qigong for Back Pain – Which is Best

I’m often asked which is the best Qigong for back pain. There are a number of exercises that I teach any of my Shiatsu clients who have chronic back pain, each tailored to the individual, and always with the advice that they are practiced to the easy motion barrier (To the point BEFORE it becomes painful). I have listed three of them at the end of this article but first let’s look at the lower back and one of the common problems associated with it.

Your back is more, much more, than just your spine. It is an evolutionary marvel that works 24 hours a day, all year round, even when you sleep, to support your upper body.

Flaws and Problems

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However it is a marvel that is prone to flaws………… One of those “flaws” being hyperlordosis, commonly referred to simply as lordosis.  The S shape of the lower back, known as the lordotic curve, is natural in humans and it is this curve that aligns the upper body so that its weight is carried evenly by the pelvis. It allows humans to be truly bipedal and upright.

If the lordosis becomes exaggerated it can cause excessive strain on the muscles and ligaments as well as tilting the pelvis forward and placing more pressure on the discs. This leads to weakness and the possibility of chronic lower back pain.

Using Qigong to Treat Lower Back Pain

Using almost any Qigong exercise that utilises Wuji stance can help alleviate lower back pain. However for them to work the stance MUST be correct so that hyperlordosis is reduced through relaxation and not through additional tension to allow the coccyx to tuck/roll under. It is fundamental that Wuji is learned and used before the real benefits can be found.

Very often, when the lower back becomes weak, there is a knock on effect and the upper back, the shoulders and the neck tense up as they try to lend support.

Recommended Qigong for Back Pain

This list of Qigong exercises is far from comprehensive but each of them is extremely beneficial in relieving lower back pain, including chronic pain. They work with the meridians and acupuncture points that are associated with lower back pain as well as releasing tension in the muscles while simultaneously increasing their tone.

Qigong for back pain. Embroidered Brocade Qigong - Folding Over
Folding Over – Leg Yang movement

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Embroidered Brocade Qigong Course

Course date:

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic this course has been postponed until further notice.

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This course is suitable for all levels of Qigong experience. On completion of the course, participants will have access to the, basic, aide memoire videos.

Participants who purchase this course before 01/01/2020 will receive a coupon code for free access to the entire online version of the course (with 29 lectures).  This is hosted on the Udemy website – https://www.udemy.com/the-embroidered-brocade-qigong/ Terms and Conditions apply.

Embroidered Brocade Qigong is rooted in the principles of Taiji.  It takes around  20 –30 minutes to do the whole set.

Embroidered Brocade Qigong

Sequence:

  • Folding Over
  • Circle of Light
  • Catching a Ball (aka Billowing Sail)
  • The Five Elements (aka The Sun and the Moon)
  • The White Crane
  • The Snake
  • The Taiji Walk

Folding Over

  • Stimulates Qi flow in the Yin and Yang meridians in the legs.
  • Opens Ming Men.
  • Beneficial to the lower back.

Circle of Light

  • Stimulates the Arm Yang meridians.
  • Helps unblock Dazhui (Du Mai 14) at “Big Bone”.

Catching a Ball

  • Stimulates Qi flow in Kidney meridian.
  • Is a great exercise to find/test both the sinking of the Qi and the raising of the Shen.

The Five Elements

  • Stimulates Qi flow in the twelve meridians.

The White Crane

  • Stimulates Qi flow in Kidney meridian.
  • Stimulates Qi flow in Heart and Heart Governor meridians.
  • Is a great exercise to find/test both the sinking of the Qi and the raising of the Shen.

The Snake

  • Stimulates the Arm Yin meridians.
  • Helps unblock Jianjing (GB21).
  • Stimulates Qi flow in Liver meridian.
  • Strengthens legs.

Taiji Walk

  • Focuses on the Qi in the Dan tien.
  • A real test of sinking the Qi and raising the Shen.

Questions asked by students about this set of Qigong exercises

  • Location – Pro Holistic, East Kilbride G75 9AD, South Lanarkshire – location map
  • Dates – 2021 still to be confirmed
  • Time – 10.00 – 17:00
  • Cost – £70.00
  • Details – Focusing on posture, on learning Qigong, in depth, and gaining awareness of Qi flow.
  • Instructor – Des Lawton
  • Guidelines – Can be viewed here
  • Further information – ‘Phone Des on 01355266011 or use the form on the Contact Us

Participants who purchase this course before 01/01/2020 will receive a coupon code for free access to the entire online version of the course (with 29 lectures).  This is hosted on the Udemy website – https://www.udemy.com/the-embroidered-brocade-qigong/ Terms and Conditions apply.
A deposit of £20.00 is required, with the balance to be paid five weeks before the course commences.
Bookings made after 24/01/2020 must be paid in full.



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Five Elements Dance Qigong Course

The Five Elements Dance

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The Five Elements Dance Qigong is more akin to a small form in that there are steps involved.  With a few modifications , the Five Elements Dance can also be done seated.

This exercise, like so many others, has been tinkered with and embellished over the years.  So much so that the versions that I now see bear little resemblance to the simpler, more straightforward form that I was taught in the mid eighties.  Embellishment can lead to progress and a more potent exercise but I have yet to see a version that is as potent as the original. If it isn’t broken don’t try to fix it!

Like the vast majority of Qigong, the Five Elements Dance requires a quiet body and a quiet mind to listen to the Qi flowing.  Balance, simple movement (physical), focus, and relaxed respiration always produces clearer, focussed, movement of Qi.

This exercise has been a firm favourite, of many of my students, for the last three decades.  It flows beautifully and is easy to learn the pattern so that the energetic journey that it takes you on can be appreciated relatively quickly.

The Five Elements Dance Qigong

  • Secondary Fire
  • Primary Fire
  • Earth
  • Metal
  • Yin/Yang (centring and balance)
  • Water
  • Wood
  • Yin/Yang (centring and balance)

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We are currently organising our 2016/17 courses. 

Workshop details:

  • Location – Pro Holistic, East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire  – location map
  • Dates – to be confirmed
  • Time – 10.00 -16:00
  • Cost – £70.00
  • Details – Focusing on posture, on learning Qigong, in depth, and gaining awareness of Qi flow.
  • Instructor – Des Lawton
  • Guidelines – Can be viewed here
  • Further information – ‘Phone Des on 01355266011 or use the form on the Contact Us

The Five Taoist Yin Qigong Course

Five Taoist Yin – Summer 2021

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic this course has been postponed until further notice.

Cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are currently planning to trial this as ten-week online course that will be followed up with an Instructor course. Numbers will be limited so please let us know if you wish to join the reserve list. Contact us

Five Taoist Yin Course Feedback

  • “……………….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).”
  • “Very detailed and useful. I feel that this is authentic qigong with all the benefits that go with it.”
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Participants who purchase this (live) course before 2021 will receive a coupon code for free access to the entire online version of the course (with 29 lectures).  This is hosted on the Udemy website – https://www.udemy.com/the-five-taoist-yin-qigong/Terms and Conditions apply.

The Five Yin Qigong concentrate on the Qi flow in the Yin meridians.  The course concentrates on using the physical movement, the breath, and the eyes.  It is only with correct posture, relaxed breathing, and accurate focus that the practitioner will progress with any Qigong exercise.

The Five Taoist Yin Qigong

  • Lung Meridian – Metal
  • Spleen Meridian – Earth
  • Heart Meridian & Heart Governor Meridian – Fire
  • Kidney Meridian – Water
  • Liver Meridian – Wood

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.

Questions asked by students about the Five Taoist Yin

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Workshop details:

Cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are currently planning to trial this as ten-week online course that will be followed up with an Instructor course. Numbers will be limited so please let us know if you wish to join the reserve list. Contact us

This course is suitable for all levels of Qigong experience

  • Location – Pro Holistic, East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire  – location map
  • Dates – To be confirmed
  • Time – 10:00 – 17:00
  • Cost – £70.00
  • 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

Participants who purchase this (live) course before 2021 will receive a coupon code for free access to the entire online version of the course (with 29 lectures).  This is hosted on the Udemy website – https://www.udemy.com/the-five-taoist-yin-qigong/Terms and Conditions apply.

A deposit of £20.00 is required, with the balance to be paid on or before 2021

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Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong (aka Extraordinary Meridians) Course

Spring 2021

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic this course has been postponed until further notice.

Course Feedback

  • “I’m really happy with what I gained from the course; an appreciation for the intention and focus of qi gong with regards energy and the points, correct movements, and the confidence to continue practice at home. The website resources are brilliant as a follow up. Thank you very much Des.”
  • “……….thank you so much for Saturday. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and I loved your way of teaching. I feel confident and keen to continue practicing what I’ve learned – which was exactly what I was hoping to gain, so much appreciation to you!”
  • “I didn’t realise until several days later that the reason I think I enjoyed this workshop more than the course is because the stance doesn’t change. It allowed me to stop thinking about what was next and where my feet needed to be so I could just focus on the qigong.”
  • “…………. It helped me to appreciate it more as an energetic practice with intention and focus on energy flow, as opposed to simply awareness on physical movement.”

 


 
These Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong exercises work with the Qi that is stored in the Exceptional Vessels.  The Exceptional Vessels can be likened to reservoirs while the Meridians can be likened to rivers.  Most Qigong exercises concentrate on the Qi flow in the meridian system.

As well as using the Yi, eyes and breath to guide the Qi, these exercises also make use of the Master Points and the Coupled Points to activate the Qi in the vessels.

Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong

  • The quality of the Qi in the Exceptional Vessels is tangibly different to that of the Qi flowing along the meridians.
  • Only two of the Exceptional Vessels have their own, discrete, acupuncture points.
  • All eight connect to the twelve meridians at Master and Coupled Points.
  • Although the Exceptional Vessels do not have direct connections to the organs their intersections with the main meridians (Master Points) provides indirect access.
  • The Exceptional Vessels are akin to reserve batteries as they provide a reservoir for Qi and blood.

This workshop includes three exercises:

The Eight Exceptional Vessels – exercise 1

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Sequence:

  1. Du Mai – Governing Vessel
  2. Ren Mai – Conception Vessel
  3. Yin Qiao Mai – Bridge Yin Vessel
  4. Yang Qiao Mai – Bridge Yang Vessel
  5. Chong Mai – Thrusting Vessel
  6. Dai Mai – Belt Vessel
  7. Yang Wei Mai – Yang Linking Vessel
  8. Yin Wei Mai – Yin Linking Vessel

The Eight Exceptional Vessels – exercise 2

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Sequence:

  1. Du Mai – Governing Vessel
  2. Ren Mai – Conception Vessel
  3. Yin Qiao Mai – Bridge Yin Vessel
  4. Yang Qiao Mai – Bridge Yang Vessel
  5. Chong Mai – Thrusting Vessel
  6. Dai Mai – Belt Vessel
  7. Yang Wei Mai – Yang Linking Vessel
  8. Yin Wei Mai – Yin Linking Vessel

Change the Sinews

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Sequence:

  1. Chong Mai & Yin Wei Mai
  2. Yin Qiao Mai & Ren Mai
  3. Dai Mai & Yang Wei Mai
  4. Yang Qiao Mai & Du Mai

Workshop details:

  • Location – Pro Holistic, East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire  – location map
  • Dates – Spring 2021 (dates to be confirmed)
  • Time – 10:00 – 16:00
  • Cost – £70.00
  • Details – Focusing on correct posture, and experiencing the different qualities of Qi flow in the Exceptional Vessels.
  • 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 £20.00 is required, with the balance to be paid on or before



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Ten Fundamental Treasures Qigong Course

Ten Fundamental Treasures Qigong Course – Spring 2021

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic this course has been postponed until further notice.

Known as the Ten Fundamental Exercises, or the Ten Fundamental Treasures Qigong, this set is beneficial to mind, body, and spirit. “Fundamental”  refers to the action that these exercises have on the health, well-being and vitality of the practitioner.  They can be practised as individual exercises, or as an entire set.  The physical aspects will strengthen, tone and increase flexibility.  The energetic aspects bring about harmonious flow of Qi.

Participants who purchase this course before 24/06/2020 will receive a coupon code for free access to the entire online version of the course (with 39 lectures). This is hosted on the Udemy website The Ten Fundamental TreasuresTerms and Conditions apply.

Course Feedback

  • “Detailed, thorough and inspiring.”
  • “A lot to take in but we were guided through the exercises beautifully. I have been practicing the Ba Duan Jin for many years and I now realise just how superficial my practice has been. I thought that, with the external similarities, the Ten Fundamental Treasures would be exactly the same as the BDJ but Des explained each of the differences succinctly and also showed me where I should be focusing when practicing BDJ. This course has given me deeper insight into Qigong and I wish I had access to it 20 years ago.”

 

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The Ten Fundamental Treasures

  • Uphold the Heavens to Empower the Three Burning Spaces (San Jiao)
  • Harmonising Spleen and Stomach
  • Looking Backward
  • Pulling the Bow to Shoot the Hawk
  • Shaking the Head and Waving the Tail
  • Holding the Fists Tightly and Gazing with Angry Eyes
  • Abdominal Lift
  • Spring with the Toes
  • Hold the Toes and Strengthen the Kidneys
  • Change the Sinews (Yi Chin)

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If you wish to organise a Ten Fundamental Treasures Qigong course, or are interested in any of our Qigong courses for your group, please use the form on the Contact Us page.

Course details:

  • Location – Pro Holistic, East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire – location map
  • Dates – Spring 2021 (dates to be confirmed)
  • Time – 10.00 – 16:00
  • Cost – £120.00
  • Details – Focusing on posture, on learning Qigong, in depth, and gaining awareness of Qi flow.
  • Instructor – Des Lawton
  • Guidelines – Can be viewed here
  • Further information – ‘Phone Des on 01355266011 or use the form on the Contact Us

Participants who purchase this (live) course before 2021 will receive a coupon code for free access to the entire online version of the course (with 39 lectures). This is hosted on the Udemy website The Ten Fundamental TreasuresTerms and Conditions apply.

A deposit of £30.00 is required, with the balance to be paid on or before 2021.
Bookings made after 2021 must be paid in full.

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Taiji Shibashi Instructor Course

Our next Taiji Shibashi Instructor Course (online) – Autumn 2021.

Bookings for this course have closed.

The next course will be in Spring 2022. Please use the Contact Us page if you wish to be kept updated regarding the dates, etc. Those on the reserve list will also be given the option of booking in advance of the booking page being opened.

Congratulations to everyone (Agnes, Kate, Lisabetta, Victoria and Roger) who completed the course and passed the assessment, I am sure that you will all be amazing teachers. This was the first time that the Shibashi Instructor course had been done entirely online and it has been an incredible success. I will be adding the participant’s feedback as I receive it.

Now that the assessment is over, our next course has already started to fill quickly. It will also be online so you can join us from anywhere in the world.

Not everyone does this course in order to become a teacher. Many just want to explore these Qigong at a deeper level and experience the Shibashi as #trueqigong and discovered that this is the course they had been looking for.

Numbers are limited so get booked early !

The layout is:-

  • Fifteen two-hour lessons (via Zoom) on Monday evenings. Commencing on August 23rd 2021
  • The lessons will be recorded and students will have access to these via Pro-Holistic.
  • Course notes will be provided electronically.
  • The, practical, assessment will be online with lessons 13, 14 & 15 making up the assessment.

Dates: –

  • August 23rd & 30th
  • September 13th, 20th & 27th (N.B. there will not be a lesson on the 7th)
  • October 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th
  • November 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th
  • December 6th

Participant requirements: –

  • Access to broadband that is capable of streaming video.
  • A webcam and microphone, where the camera can see the entire body from top to toe.
  • Enough space to do the exercises.
  • If you cannot fulfill these requirements please do not book on the course.

The Taiji Qigong Shibashi Instructor course is designed to provide a profound, experiential, knowledge of the Shibashi as well as all the tools and information needed to teach these exercises as true Qigong (Certificated by the San Bao Taiji & Qigong School). Anyone can mimic the movements of these exercises but without knowledge and experience of the Internal workings they are no more than slow aerobics.

Although this is an instructor course, about half of the people who have joined us have done so in order to deepen their understanding of Qigong, to tangibly experience the inner workings of Qigong and to begin their Qigong journey in earnest. You do not need to be, or want to be, a teacher to enrol on this course.

As most of the “qigong” being taught now is no more than physical movement it increasingly difficult to find genuine tuition. This spread of purely physical qigong has prompted many masters to stop using the term and revert to the older names of Dao Yin and Neigong. What you call these methods is of little importance as long as you are truly working with Qi. That’s what we do……………

The Eighteen Posture Taiji Qigong, also referred to as the Shibashi, is a set of Qigong exercises that utilise Taiji stances and adhere to the rules governing them. These stances are fundamentally important if the practitioner wishes to get the most out of the Qigong.

Since this set of exercises was introduced, in the early 1980’s, in many cases the adherence to the Taiji fundamentals has been lost and their true use as Qigong has been watered down to the point where they are merely slow aerobics. This has led to the depletion of the true beneficial qualities of these exercises. The Yi guides the Qi through focus (Jing) and it is only when this happens that “slow aerobics” become Qigong. Yes the Qi will still move with the watered down versions but Qi moves whatever exercise you do………….. However, this does not make every exercise a Qigong exercise.

A Completion Certificate, from San Bao Martial Arts, will be awarded to participants who successfully complete the course.

Feedback from previous Shibashi Instructor Courses

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  • Did the workshop meet your expectations? – 100% Yes.
  • Did the workshop cover the syllabus? – 100% Yes.
  • Were the methods taught useful? – 100% Yes.
  • Would you recommend this workshop? – 100% Yes.

Did you discover any new insights regarding Qigong?

  • “I have found that the information from the course is going to enhance my therapies from the perspective of movement of energy. Also, although it is a massive subject I realised that it is accessible to all, thanks to Des. It makes me eager to find out more. “
  • “Yes, very interesting working with energy movement rather than physical movement.”
  • “My own energy.”
  • “Yes. The reasoning, the stance.”
  • “Importance of the stance.”
  • “Yes. Internal exercises. Linking the exercises.”
  • “I discovered that qigong was more powerful than I had ever imagined.”

 

Comments

  • “……………… just wanted to thank you for a wonderful weekend.  It was brilliant, I really enjoyed it.  I gained much more than I expected to.  Thanks for opening my eyes.”
  • “I would like to say a massive thank you to Des for passing on his great depth of knowledge in a very accessible way. The videos available to students have been a great bonus and the amount of information on the site reflects Des’ experience. I feel honoured to have had an introduction to such an extensive discipline from someone with such a great reputation all done in a very generous but humble way. “
  • “Really interesting weekend – it has inspired me to continue on my path for which I thank you so much.”
  • “I am so glad that I made the decision to attend a truly inspirational workshop and to have benefited from an introduction to the amazing powers of QiGong. I am aware that we only experienced an ‘insight’ but even so I consider that I am now in a better position to pass on quality teaching to my students, and having been an FE Lecturer for many years, I believe delivering quality is of paramount importance.
    I also thank you (and your wife) for your hospitality in providing delicious lunches and snacks – greatly appreciated!”
  • “I liked Des’ style of teaching, very relaxed but with a huge knowledge base which he was prepared to share with us.”
  • “Attending this Workshop was a very motivational experience; an exercise of discovery providing a brief insight into the amazing power of QiGong. I would recommend this inspirational workshop to all who have an interest in QiGong”
  • “Thanks des. Really exceeded expectations. Will take time to assimilate the information properly before introducing to my classes.”
  • Just thought I should send you a wee message to let you know how much doing the Qigong instructors course has helped me personally. I had just started 4th year at Uni when I came on the course. Uni has been horrendous and a few times it has been bad enough to make me consider leaving but doing Qigong has been a life saver. It has got me through some very tough times.

    Big thank you to you for teaching me this beautiful art. Qigong had definitely came into my life at the right time.”

  • “An excellent weekend and I learned so much more about myself that can be brought into my classes, I now feel more confident that I can deliver qigong more effectively to my students and also enjoy the benefits for myself, thank you so much.”
  • “Learning about Chi and feeling the Chi was an experience.”
  • “Really enjoyed the course, very interesting. Taught at a good pace to let all the info sink in, good to have the notes away to refer back to, and the website for continues support.
    Thanks Des.”
  • “Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.”
  • “Thank you Des. Really enjoyed the workshop and your style of teaching the group.”
  • “Excellent instructor, easily understood, good analysis, some helpful tips and suggestions. Thank you.”
  • “Really interesting course. Made me want to learn more about he background and how move have different effects on the various parts of the body.”
  • “Felt better about the postures and learning to be aware about the postures.”
  • “This has been a truly wonderful course.”
  • “A brilliant training course.”
  • “Looking forward to seeing you and doing the course in November, one of my colleagues in BHQA was with you earlier this year and recommended it to me, to quote her words ‘it was superb’….”

Post Course Feedback

  • “I have some interesting news with regard to Shibashi.  In the course of providing therapies I came across several clients that had experienced vertigo travel sickness and labyrinth syndrome.  Due to [the fact] they all had movement issues and relaxation and peace was difficult to find, my instincts turned to the Shibashi. To start with we only worked on the movements seated.  This had amazing results three individuals found that the dizziness, sickness and motion feeling eased after Shibashi. I am waiting on follow ups with this as there is a support group for these conditions where there is little medically to help other than very invasive treatment.”

Syllabus

 

The Shibashi Qigong Instructor course is suitable for anyone who wishes to learn the Internal workings of these exercises. For those who intend to teach, it is beneficial if you have already gained experience in working with Qi, including: –

  • Taiji teachers/practitioners
  • Qigong teachers/practitioners
  • Reiki teachers/practitioners
  • Shiatsu teachers/practitioners
  • All Energy Work practitioners

Course Instructor

The course instructor, Des Lawton MFHT is a Taiji and Qigong teacher who has been a practicing martial artist for over 40 years, with 35 years focused on Taiji and Qigong . He qualified, in 1997 as a Shiatsu Therapist (becoming a Member of the Register Of the Shiatsu Society) and practitioner of Healing Qigong. Des has been teaching the Taiji Shibashi Qigong since 1989. Through daily practice, and with the in depth knowledge of the meridian system and Five Element Theory that he attained while studying Shiatsu and Healing Qigong, Des has achieved a profound understanding of the Taiji Shibashi.

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Next Shibashi Instructor course: –

Autumn 2021 dates: Commences 23rd August 2021
Times: 19:00 – 21:00 (London)
Location: Online
Cost: £490.00
A deposit of £130.00 is required, with the balance to be paid on or before 26/07/2021.
Bookings made before 05/07/2021 get free access to our online Shibashi Course (Udemy).
Bookings made after 24/07/2021 must be paid in full.
Advanced booking is essential.
Guidelines: Can be viewed here
Terms & Conditions: Can be viewed here

Please fill out our course application form prior to booking as this helps us understand your qigong experience prior to the commencement of the course.  On completion, you will be forwarded to our booking page.

For further information about the Shibashi Instructor course, please use the form on the Contact Us page.

Taiji Shibashi Qigong Course

Taiji Shibashi Qigong Course

Des Lawton teaching the Taiji Shibashi during a Pro-Holistic course
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The Taiji Qigong Shibashi (十八), or the eighteen postures of Taiji Qigong, is a set of Qigong exercises that are based on Taiji stances.  Unfortunately, most of the Shibashi that is now being taught no longer adheres to the basics of Taiji and the Taiji element has been disregarded.  This has led to these exercises being taught improperly, turning them into slow aerobics where the movement of Qi is minimal and weakening their power to heal and bring well-being.

Although this set was brought together in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, most of the exercises were developed from Taiji with others dating back centuries, even millennia.

The purpose of this workshop is to put the Taiji back into the Taiji Shibashi, to put the Qi back into this Qigong set and to put practitioners in touch with their Qi.

The Shibashi Qigong focus on health and well-being, directing and promoting the flow of Qi through the meridians. Although each of them can be practiced individually, or in any variation, the set flows beautifully, from one posture to the next, producing a feeling of inner calmness and wellbeing.

The health benefits from the Shibashi become clear when they are practiced, properly, regularly and, in effect, you are being proactive with your health and well-being. The Shibashi are easy to learn and can easily be practiced in a restricted space where the Taiji forms would be impossible.

Feedback from previous workshops

  • Did the workshop meet your expectations? – 100% Yes.
  • Did the workshop cover the syllabus? – 100% Yes.
  • Were the methods taught useful? – 100% Yes.
  • Would you recommend this workshop? – 100% Yes.
  • Is there anything you would like to see added to the syllabus? “Perhaps guidlines about how best to practice with a view to building confidence to teach others” *This is included in the Instructor Course.

“Really enjoyed this workshop – couldn’t have been better, fantastic day and I feel like I learned an enormous amount and had fun doing it!”
“I really liked that the meridians were mentioned within the exercises and found this useful.”
“I felt very well lead throughout the exercises and supported – thought it was a great course.”

One example of health benefits related to the practice of the Shibashi is: –

PUSHING TO THE DIAGONALS:

This is effective for alleviating arthritis of the shoulder or knee, muscular fatigue of the groin (psoas, etc.), asthma and bronchitis.

The Shibashi Qigong course is suitable for everyone including: –

  • Beginners
  • Taiji practitioners
  • Qigong practitioners
  • Reiki practitioners
  • Shiatsu practitioners
  • Physiotherapists
  • Rehabilitation therapists
  • Exercise instructors
  • Group leaders

This course, which can be used towards our certificated Shibashi Instructor course, provides a firm grounding in the Taiji Shibashi Qigong system.  A Certificate of Attendance is provided for this course.

Course syllabus:-

Workshop 1

  • Dao-yin exercises
  • Stances
  • The first 9 Shibashi Qigong exercises

Workshop 2

  • Reprise of Workshop 1
  • The remaining 9 Shibashi Qigong exercises.

The course instructor, Des Lawton MRSS is a Taiji and Qigong teacher who has been a practicing martial artist for over 35 years. He qualified, in 1997 as a Shiatsu Therapist (becoming a Member of the Register Of the Shiatsu Society) and practitioner of Healing Qigong. Des has been teaching the Taiji Shibashi Qigong since 1989. Through daily practice, and with the in depth knowledge of the meridian system and Five Element Theory that he attained while studying Shiatsu and Healing Qigong, Des has achieved a profound understanding of the Taiji Shibashi.

The Shibashi set is as follows: –

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  • The Commencement
  • Broadening the chest
  • Painting rainbows
  • Circling the arms to part the clouds
  • Pushing to the diagonals
  • Rowing the boat
  • Holding the ball in front of the shoulders
  • Turning to gaze at the moon
  • Twisting the waist and pushing the palms
  • Waving hands like clouds
  • Scooping from the sea to look at the sky
  • Playing with waves
  • The flying dove spreads its wings
  • Punching with outstretched arms
  • The flying goose
  • Spinning wheels
  • Bouncing a ball with steps
  • Pressing down in calmness

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Dates:
Times: 10:00 till 17:00
Location: East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire
Cost: £
A deposit is required, with the balance to be paid on the first day of the course. Advanced booking is essential.
Guidelines: Can be viewed here

If you wish to organise a Taiji Shibashi Qigong course, or are interested in any of our Qigong courses for your group, please use the form on the Contact Us page.