Online Qigong: Eight Exceptional Vessels

The 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. Learn how to guide your Qi and have tangible Qigong.

This course includes:
Over 2 hours 30 minutes of on-demand video
4 downloadable resources

Price: £40.00
Purchase, using the link below, before 20/01/2022 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.

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: £40.00
Purchase, using the link below, before 20/01/2022 and get one month free access to one of our online classes (Terms and Conditions).
Book here – Online Qigong: Eight Exceptional Vessels

Students’ Questions

Question from Steven

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.

Answer from Des
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.


Question from George

How to perform entire set ?
So, I have learned all 3 exercises. Do we practice thw entire set of exercises by doing 1,2,3 in succession and then repeating that 8 times in a row or do we perfom exercise 1 eight times followed by exercise 2 8x in a row and then 3 8x in a row?  Is it like heaven and earth where we do the entire sequence and then just repeat that ?

Answer from Des
Hello George,
As they were all developed to do the same job, you can do these Qigong individually and do not need to do them as a set.
I usually recommend, to my students, that they practice one exercise a day (with eight, focused, repetitions). By working in this manner it helps to maintain real focus during the Qigong. It also allows you to note the subtle differences.

See all the questions asked by students about these Qigong exercises

Reviews from our online Qigong – Eight Exceptional Vessels course

  • “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.
  • “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.

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