Classes Archives: The Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong

These recordings, from the Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong classes are now available as an added asset to our live classes and the our on-demand courses. In these classes we work at a deeper level and explore the finer details of these Qigong. Some of the classes also have Five Element Qigong so that students can start to appreciate the differences in the qualities of the Qi in the twelve meridians and the eight vessels.

The content listed is a bare outline of the Qigong covered. It cannot cover all the insights that Des brings to these Qigong. Insights, observations and tips that demystify this art. Going by the feedback he has received from, worldwide, students this has made a huge difference to them as they explore their Qi.

If you are new to Qigong please do our Qigong for Beginners course before joining these classes.

The Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong.
#extraordinarymeridians #exceptionalvessels #trueqigong #qigong

The Five Taoist Yin Qigong and the Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong both adhere to that underlying precepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The courses that preceded these classes, as well as the classes, are true Qigong. They work with the Meridians and Vessels Internally because without this they are no longer Qigong.

The Eight Exceptional Vessels

2021.05.18

  • Connecting Heaven and Earth: As an Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong.
  • Where to listen.

2021.06.01

Exceptional Vessels

  • Connecting Heaven and Earth: As an Exceptional Vessels Qigong.
  • Change the Sinews: As an Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong.

Five Elements

  • The Sun and the Moon (from the Embroidered Brocade): As Five Elements Qigong.

2021.06.08

Exceptional Vessels

  • Connecting Heaven and Earth: As an Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong.

Five Elements

The Five Taoist Yin
  • Secondary Fire.
  • Primary Fire.

2021.06.15

Exceptional Vessels

  • Opening and Folding the Hip Kua.
  • Connecting Heaven and Earth: The Eight Exceptional Vessels version.

Five Elements

  • Embroidered Brocade: The Sun and the Moon (Five Elements).
  • Ten Fundamental Treasures: Change the Sinews (Five Elements).
  • Connecting Heaven and Earth: The Five Elements version.

2021.06.22

Exceptional Vessels

  • Connecting Heaven and Earth: The Eight Exceptional Vessels version.
  • Change the Sinews: The Eight Exceptional Vessels version.

Five Elements

  • Weight transferring and sinking the Qi by proper use of the Kua.
  • The Five Taoist Yin: Secondary Fire (Heart Governor).

2021.06.29

Exceptional Vessels

  • Listening and how poor posture affects it.
  • Change the Sinews: The Eight Exceptional Vessels version.

Five Elements

The Five Taoist Yin
  • Metal: Lung meridian.
  • Water: Kidney meridian.
  • Wood: Liver meridian.
  • Primary Fire: Heart meridian.
  • Secondary Fire: Heart Governor meridian.
  • Earth: Spleen meridian (both versions).

2021.07.13

Exceptional Vessels

  • Connecting Heaven and Earth: As an Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong.

Five Elements

  • The Sun and the Moon (from the Embroidered Brocade): As a Five Elements Qigong.
  • Connecting Heaven and Earth: As a Five Elements Qigong.
  • The Five Taoist Yin: Kidney.

2021.07.20

Exceptional Vessels

  • Connecting Heaven and Earth: The Eight Exceptional Vessels version.
  • Change the Sinews: The Eight Exceptional Vessels version.

Five Elements

  • Connecting Heaven and Earth: The Five Elements version.
  • Change the Sinews: The Five Elements version.
  • The Five Taoist Yin: Kidney (Water). Using the Kua properly.

2021.07.27

Exceptional Vessels

  • Change the Sinews: The Eight Exceptional Vessels version.
  • Pressing Palms in Calmness: Working with the Yi.
  • Pressing Palms in Calmness: Working with the Shen.

Five Elements

  • Change the Sinews: The Five Elements version.
  • Blockages: Clearing.
  • Adjusting the physical movements to suit the individual while still working on the same meridian.
  • Adjusting the physical movements to work on different meridians.

2021.08.10

Exceptional Vessels

  • The Eight Exceptional Vessels: Change the Sinews.

Five Elements

  • The Five Taoist Yin – Using the Five Elements Controlling Cycle
  • Metal: Lung meridian (both versions).
  • Wood: Liver meridian (both versions).
  • Earth: Spleen meridian (both versions).
  • Water: Kidney meridian.
  • Primary Fire: Heart meridian.
  • Secondary Fire: Heart Governor meridian.
  • Primary and Secondary Fire together..

2021.08.17

  • The Eight Exceptional Vessels: Exercise 1.
  • Change the Sinews: The Eight Exceptional Vessels version.

2021.08.24

  • The Eight Exceptional Vessels: Exercise 1.
  • The Eight Exceptional Vessels: Exercise 2.
  • Change the Sinews: The Eight Exceptional Vessels version.

2021.08.31

Exceptional Vessels

  • Hip and Sacral Kua.
  • The Eight Exceptional Vessels: Exercise 1.
  • Relationship between the Master Points and the Coupled Points.
  • The Eight Exceptional Vessels: Exercise 2.
  • Change the Sinews: As an Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong.
  • Listening to the Qi in the Vessels.

Five Elements

  • Embroidered Brocade: The Sun and the Moon as a Five Elements Qigong.

2021.09.14

Exceptional Vessels

  • The Eight Exceptional Vessels: Exercise 1.
  • The Eight Exceptional Vessels: Exercise 2.
  • Change the Sinews: As an Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong.

Five Elements

  • The Five Taoist Yin: Lung.

2021.09.21

  • Connecting Heaven and Earth: As an Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong.

2021.10.05

Exceptional Vessels

  • Connecting Heaven and Earth: As an Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong.
  • Change the Sinews: As an Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong.

Five Elements

  • Connecting Heaven and Earth: As a Five Elements Qigong.
  • Change the Sinews: As a Five Elements Qigong.

2021.10.12

Exceptional Vessels

  • Connecting Heaven and Earth: As an Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong.

Five Elements

  • Connecting Heaven and Earth: As a Five Elements Qigong.
  • The Five Taoist Yin: Heart Governor (Secondary Fire).

2021.10.19

Exceptional Vessels

  • Connecting Heaven and Earth: As an Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong.
  • Change the Sinews: As an Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong.

Five Elements

  • Connecting Heaven and Earth: As a Five Elements Qigong.

2021.10.26

  • The Eight Exceptional Vessels: Exercise 1.
  • The Eight Exceptional Vessels: Exercise 2.
  • Change the Sinews: As an Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong.

2021.11.02

  • Listening to the Qi before practice.
  • The Eight Exceptional Vessels: Exercise 1, then Listening to the Qi.
  • Choosing Master Points.
  • The Eight Exceptional Vessels: Exercise 2, then Listening to the Qi.
  • Using posture, tension and intention to accurately open the points.
  • Change the Sinews: As an Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong.

2021.11.09

Exceptional Vessels

  • The Eight Exceptional Vessels: Exercise 1.
  • The Eight Exceptional Vessels: Exercise 2.
  • Change the Sinews: As an Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong.

Five Elements

  • The Sun and the Moon (from the Embroidered Brocade): A Five Elements Qigong.

2021.11.16

Please note that this video is lower resolution as the HD video was corrupted.

Exceptional Vessels

  • Connecting Heaven and Earth: As an Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong.
  • Change the Sinews: As an Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong.
  • Passive Qigong: Using the Yi, alone, to activate the points.

Five Elements

  • The Sun and the Moon (from the Embroidered Brocade): A Five Elements Qigong.
  • Passive Qigong: Working with the Arm Yin meridians, then with the Arm Yang.

2021.11.23

Exceptional Vessels

  • Connecting Heaven and Earth: As an Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong.
  • The Eight Exceptional Vessels: Exercise 1.

Five Elements

  • Change the Sinews: As a Five Elements Qigong.

2021.11.30

  • Connecting Heaven and Earth: As an Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong.
  • Change the Sinews: As an Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong.
  • Working with the connection between Master and Coupled points.

2021.12.07

  • Change the Sinews: As an Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong. Listening to the Qi in the aura.
  • The Eight Exceptional Vessels: Ex 1, then listened
  • The Eight Exceptional Vessels: Ex 2, then listened
  • Connecting Heaven and Earth: As an Exceptional Vessels Qigong.

2022.01.04

Comparing 8EV & 5E

  • CH&E as an 8EV Qigong
  • CH&E as a 5E Qigong
  • Change the Sinews as an 8EV Qigong
  • Change the Sinews as a 5E Qigong

2022.01.11

  • The Eight Exceptional Vessels: Ex1.
  • The Eight Exceptional Vessels: Ex2.
  • The Eight Exceptional Vessels: Change the Sinews.
  • Using Passive Qigong.
  • The Eight Exceptional Vessels: Connecting Heaven and Earth.

2022.03.15

Connecting Heaven and Earth – Eight Exceptional Vessels

  • Basic movements
  • Increased focus
  • Stimulating the Master Points
  • Listening to the results

Individual Vessels

  • Ren Mai
  • Du Mai
  • Listening to the Qi, awareness of the shape of the Vessels, and awareness of the overlaps.

2022.03.22

The Exceptional Vessels

  • Exercise 1: As a continuous Qigong.
  • Exercise 1: With pause, centring at the Dantien, to listen to changes.
  • Exercise 2:
  • Connecting Heaven and Earth:

Five Elements

  • The Five Taoist Yin: Heart Governor.

2022.04.05

Exceptional Vessels

  • Change the Sinews – 8 Exceptional Vessels
  • Connecting Heaven & Earth – 8 Exceptional Vessels
  • Change the Sinews – 8 Exceptional Vessels. Listening to the Coupled points.

Five Elements

  • Change the Sinews – 5 Elements
  • Connecting Heaven & Earth – 5 Elements

2022.04.12

  • 8EV ex 1
  • 8EV ex 2
  • Change the Sinews
  • Using Passive Qigong
  • Connecting Heaven and Earth

2022.04.21

  • Back to basics.
  • Point location.
  • 8EV ex1.
  • Listening to the Qi in the energy body.
  • Change the Sinews.

2022.04.28

  • Master & Coupled point location.
  • 8EV ex1 – hand postures.
  • Gaining awareness.
  • 8EV ex2.
  • Difficulty in describing the qualities of Qi.
  • Change the Sinews.

2022.05.05

  • Qi awareness.
  • Qi projection.
  • Using Qi projection to trigger the Master points in the feet.
  • 8EV ex1.
  • 8EV ex2.
  • Awareness of the energies of the earth.
  • Change the Sinews.

2022.05.12

  • Fire path position.
  • Change the Sinews.
  • 8EV ex1.
  • 8EV ex2.
  • Change the Sinews.

2022.05.19

  • Connecting Heaven and Earth.
  • 8EV ex1.
  • 8EV ex2.

2022.06.02

  • Connecting Heaven & Earth – accessing the Shen.
  • 8EV exercise 1 – Awareness of Chong Mai through the crown.
  • 8EV exercise 2 – Awareness of Chong Mai at Yamen and in the throat.
  • Change the Sinews – Awareness of the Coupled Points in the feet.
  • Overall awareness of the movement created in these Vessels.

2022.06.09

  • Connecting Heaven and Earth.
  • Awareness of the movement of the Qi.
  • Using a Master point to trigger its Coupled point.
  • Change the Sinews.
  • 8EV ex2 – Chong Mai connecting to Yamen & Yintang.
  • 8EV ex1 – Chong Mai extending through Du Mai 20.

2022.06.16

  • Connecting Heaven and Earth.
  • Working with pairs of Vessels.
  • Change the Sinews.
  • Awareness of the Qi that we are immersed in.

2022.06.23

  • Taking time with each Master Point using Passive Qigong.
  • Awareness of the Coupled Points as the Master Points are triggered.
  • Exercise 1 – Trigger Master, listen to Coupled.
  • Removing distractions.
  • Exercise 2 – Trigger Master, listen to Coupled.
  • Change the Sinews – working with paired Vessels.

2022.06.30

  • Going deeper, awareness of the more subtle energies.
  • Connecting Heaven and Earth – awareness before and after.
  • The nature of the Vessels.
  • Change the Sinews – awareness of the Coupled Points.
  • Microcosmic Orbit.
  • Passive Qigong – Triggering one point and listen to its partner.

2022.07.07

  • Q&A What is the difference between Master and Coupled.
  • Awareness of the connections.
  • Change the Sinews.
  • Connecting Heaven and Earth – attention on Chong Mai.
  • Awareness of the Qi movement in the Vessels.
  • Passive Qigong – listening.
  • Change the Sinews – when are the points triggering?
  • Listening to your Qi and noting the differences in location listened to.

2022.07.14

  • Ex1 & 2 as Neigong.
  • Ex 1 – Increased focus and awareness.
  • Ex 2 – Increased focus and awareness.
  • Noting the difference in the awareness of Chong Mai.
  • CH&E – Awareness of Chong Mai.

2022.07.21

  • The aura and how it fits in with Qigong.
  • Listening exercise – awareness of the aura pre Qigong.
  • Connecting Heaven and Earth.
  • Listening exercise – awareness of the aura post Qigong.
  • Working with Chong Mai vessel.
  • Listening exercise – awareness of Qi in and around the head.
  • Change the Sinews – confirming connections.

2022.07.28

  • Change the Sinews – Listening to the Coupled Points.
  • Awareness of the effects.
  • The biggest stumbling block in Qigong.
  • CH&E – Working with Master & Coupled.
  • Exercise 1 – Working with Master & Coupled.
  • Passive Qigong – trigger and then listen.

2022.08.04

  • Attention to Du Mai and Ren Mai.
  • Connecting Heaven and Earth.
  • Letting go of the body, awareness of your Qi.
  • Change the Sinews.
  • Exercise 2.

2022.08.11

  • Awareness of Chong Mai.
  • Awareness of Du Mai.
  • Exercise 1.
  • Exercise 2.
  • Focusing on and listening to the Dantien.
  • Focusing on and listening to Mingmen.
  • Triggering Chong Mai.
  • Change the Sinews.

2022.08.18

  • The functions of The Wei Vessels.
  • Change the Sinews: Listening to both Vessels.
  • Exercise 1: Awareness of Chong Mai.
  • Exercise 2: Awareness of Chong Mai.
  • Passive triggering of the Master Points.

2022.08.25

  • The functions of Chong Mai.
  • Connecting Heaven and Earth.
  • Exercise 2.
  • Change the Sinews.
  • Du Mai and Ren Mai.

2022.09.01

  • The Functions of Dai Mai.
  • Connecting Heaven and Earth.
  • Exercise 2
  • Exercise 1
  • Change the Sinews
  • Listening to the ebb and flow of the Qi.
  • Comparing the effects of each exercise.
  • Triggering Master Points passively.

2022.09.08

  • The functions of Yin Qiao Mai.
  • The functions of Yang Qiao Mai.
  • Exercise 1.
  • Exercise 2.
  • Awareness of Yin and Yang Qiao Mai in and around the head.
  • Pressing Palms in Calmness to move excess Qi from the head.
  • Connecting Heaven and Earth.
  • Awareness of Chong Mai extending downward.

2022.09.15

  • The role of the Shen movement in Connecting Heaven and Earth.
  • The, experienced, route of Chong Mai.
  • Connecting Heaven and Earth – Highlighting the Master & Coupled Points.
  • Exercise 1 – Highlighting the Master & Coupled Points.
  • Change the Sinews – Listening to the response of the Coupled Points.

2022.09.22

A.K.A the Extraordinary Meridians

  • The Functions of Du Mai.
  • Awareness of Du Mai in each exercise.
  • Exercise 1.
  • Exercise 2.
  • Connecting Heaven and Earth.
  • Change the Sinews.

2022.09.29

  • Q: What, if any, of the Exceptional Vessels deals with a gurgley tummy (Rebellious Stomach Qi)
  • A: Chong Mai
  • Connecting Heaven and Earth – extra focus on Chong Mai.
  • Exercise 2 – continuing with additional focus on Chong Mai.
  • Change the Sinews – focus on the Master and awareness of the Coupled.
  • Passive Qigong – Trigger a Master in the foot and awareness of the Coupled in the arm/hand.

2022.10.06

Awareness of the Exceptional Vessels

Using both Master and Coupled Points.
  • Exercise 1.
  • Exercise 2.
  • Connecting Heaven and Earth.
Using Arm/Hand Master Points
  • Change the Sinews.

2022.10.13

Eight Exceptional Vessels Q&A

  • The use of the Shen in Connecting Heaven and Earth.
  • The arm position when accessing Lung 7.

Awareness of the Master and Coupled Points

  • Exercise 1.
  • Connecting Heaven and Earth.

Shen

  • The Shen section from CH&E.

2022.10.20

  • Using Passive Qigong to stimulate the Master Points.
  • Passive Awareness of the Coupled Points triggering.
  • Change the Sinews.
  • Connecting Heaven and Earth.
  • Passive Awareness of the Exceptional Vessels.

2022.10.27

Comparing the Qi experienced in the Exceptional Vessels

  • Exercise 1.
  • Exercise 2.
  • Connecting Heaven and Earth.
  • Change the Sinews.
  • Passive Qigong.

2022.11.03

  • Focus and awareness needed in the Exceptional Vessels Qigong
  • Exercise 1 – Awareness of each Master/Coupled point.
  • Exercise 1 – Awareness of each Vessel.
  • Exercise 2 – Awareness of each Master/Coupled point.
  • Exercise 2 – Awareness of each Vessel.
  • Comparing both Qigong and their impact on Du Mai & Chong Mai.
  • Change the Sinews – Focus on the Master point, awareness of the Coupled point.
  • Change the Sinews – Focus on the Master point, awareness of the impact on each pair of Vessels.
  • Connecting Heaven and Earth – Awareness of each Vessel as the Master point is triggered.

The Extraordinary Meridians

The Exceptional Vessels and the Extraordinary Meridians are one and the same. The reason for the two names is the same reason why so many Qigong have aliases. It is all down to translation from Chinese to English. Exceptional and extraordinary are synonyms. As are Vessels and meridians.

Why use the term “Extraordinary Meridians” now? It is so that practitioners who use the term and are not familiar with “Exceptional Vessels” can find these classes.

2023.01.25

Extraordinary Meridians Qigong

  • Briefly through Wuji stance.
  • The location of the Master points in the arms and hands.
  • Change the Sinews.
  • Listening to the effect of Change the Sinews.
  • The location of the Master points in the feet.
  • The Eight Exceptional Vessels Ex 1.
  • Listening to the effect of Ex 1.

2023.02.01

Extraordinary Meridians Qigong

Arm Master Points
  • Location and awareness.
  • Change the Sinews.
  • Awareness of the Vessels and the effects of Change the Sinews.
Foot Master Points
  • Location and awareness.
  • The Eight Exceptional Vessels Ex 1.
  • Awareness of the Vessels and the effects of Ex 1.
  • Overall awareness of the movement of the Qi in the Vessels.

2023.02.08

Extraordinary Meridians Qigong

  • The importance of Wuji.
  • Change the Sinews. The four Master Points in the arms and hands.
  • Connecting Heaven and Earth. All eight Master Points.

2023.02.15

Extraordinary Meridians Qigong

  • Change the Sinews – using the four Master Points of the hands and arms to trigger the four Coupled Points in the feet.
  • Connecting Heaven and Earth – introducing the work with the Shen.
  • Exceptional Vessels exercise 1.
  • Exceptional Vessels exercise 2.

2022.02.22

Extraordinary Meridians Qigong

  • Connecting Heaven and Earth (using Shen). Working with all 8 Master Points.
  • Change the Sinews. Working with the 4 Master Points of the arms and the 4 Coupled Points of the feet.
  • Eight Exceptional Vessels Exercise 1. Working with all 8 Master Points.
  • Eight Exceptional Vessels Exercise 2. Working with all 8 Master Points.

2023.03.01

Extraordinary Meridians Qigong

  • Exceptional Vessels – Exercise 1: Awareness of the path of Chong Mai.
  • Exceptional Vessels – Exercise 2: Awareness of the path of Chong Mai.
  • Washing the Face & The Eagle Spreads its Wings: Working with the Shen.
  • Connecting Heaven and Earth.
  • Change the Sinews.

2023.03.08

Extraordinary Meridians Qigong

  • Connecting Heaven and Earth: Attention to Yin Wei Mai & Yang Wei Mai.
  • Change the Sinews: Using the Master to trigger the Coupled.
  • The Exceptional Vessels ex 1:
  • Passive triggering of the Master points.
  • Awareness of the movement in the entire energy body.

2022.03.15

Extraordinary Meridians Qigong

  • Delving deeper, appreciating more.
  • Focusing on triggering all of the Master Points.
  • Awareness of the change in experience as we do so.
  • Awareness of the effect that a Master Point has on its Coupled Point.
  • Awareness of the overall movement of the Qi in the Vessels.
  • Awareness of the ebb and flow of the Qi in the individual Vessels.
  • Awareness of the textures and density of the Qi.

2023.03.22

Extraordinary Meridians Qigong

  • The Exceptional Vessels exercise 1.
  • The Exceptional Vessels exercise 1.
  • Change the Sinews.
  • Connecting Heaven and Earth.
  • Working with the Master and Coupled Points.
  • Awareness of the effect of the Master Points on the Coupled Points.
  • Awareness of the changes occurring in each Vessel as the Master Point is triggered.
  • Awareness of the qualities and movement in the Vessels. 

2023.03.29

Extraordinary Meridians Qigong

Connecting Heaven and Earth:
  • Building awareness of the effect that each Master Point has on its Coupled Point.
  • Working with the individual pairs of Vessels.
  • Building awareness of the qualities of the Qi in these Vessels.
Change the Sinews:
  • Using the four Master Points in the arms and hands to trigger the Coupled Points in the feet.
  • Building awareness of the individual pairs of Vessels.
  • Building awareness of the qualities of the Qi in these Vessels.
Passive Qigong:
  • Triggering one pair of Master Points at a time and using Listening Jing to discern the different qualities that are highlighted.

2023.04.12

Extraordinary Meridians Qigong

  • Using the Master Points of the feet to trigger the Coupled Points in the arms and hands.
  • Eight Exceptional Vessels exercise 1.
  • Eight Exceptional Vessels exercise 2.
  • Connecting Heaven and Earth.
  • Change the Sinews.

2023.04.19

Extraordinary Meridians Qigong

  • Triggering the Master Points using Passive Qigong.
  • Exceptional Vessels exercise 1: Triggering the Master and awareness of the Coupled.
  • Exceptional Vessels exercise 2: Triggering the Master with awareness of the Coupled and the Vessels.
  • Change the Sinews: Triggering the Master with awareness of the Coupled and the Vessels.