San Bao School – Qigong Courses

On Demand Qigong Courses

Qigong courses for beginners & Intermediate Practitioners

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Qigong Basics

This Qigong course covers all of the basics for successful practice. Including: –

  • An explanation of the terms used.
  • A glossary of common Qigong terms.
  • The stances  used in Qigong.
  • Abdominal breathing.
  • A Qigong exercise (Broaden the Chest, from the Taiji Shibashi) to get you started. It this lesson you will be taught what meridian and what Acupoints you should be focusing on and building the awareness of Qi in them.
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The Embroidered brocade

Although having similar names, the Embroidered Brocade and the Eight Pieces of Brocade (AKA the Ba Duan Jin) are two entirely different sets. The Embroidered Brocade is a set of seven Qigong exercises that were developed by Taiji masters to promote good health as well as the ability to root your weight and sink your Qi.

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Connecting Heaven and Earth (5 Elements)

Connecting Heaven and Earth is an exercise that can be practiced in three different ways. As a Five Elements exercise, as an Exceptional Vessels exercise, or as what’s known as an Internal Alchemy exercise. In this course you’ll be learning the Five Elements version. At the end of this course you’ll be able to practice the exercise and, through continued practice, maintain balance in your meridian system.

The Taiji Shibashi online Qigong course
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Taiji Shibashi Qigong

The Taiji Shibashi Qigong course contains everything you need to practice this set as true Qigong. This is probably one of the most practiced qigong on the planet but 99.9% of people practicing it are not doing Qigong. They are moving their arms and legs about in the manner of slowed down aerobics………….. They are not moving their Qi.

In this course we deal with the Qi.

Des Lawton teaching the Five Taoist Yin Qigong course
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The Five Taoist Yin

Five Taoist Yin is also known simply as the Five Yin Qigong. The name of this set is a bit of a misnomer as there are six yin meridians and these exercises work with all six.  In all, there are nine separate exercises in this course as it also covers variants for some of them.

In this Qigong course, the set being taught as true Qigong. Here we work Internally.

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Makko Ho Qigong course
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Makko Ho

Makko Ho means “the practice of facing things” and the exercises originally developed from temple prostration practice by the Japanese yoga teacher, Nagai Wataru, in the 1930s. They were then further developed by Shizuto Masunaga, the founder of the shiatsu massage system that I practice.

Advanced Qigong Courses

The Microcosmic Orbit course
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The Orbits

The exercises in this course help the practitioner to, tangibly, circulate the Qi in both of the Orbits. To do this successfully there are a number of things that need to be in place. Among these are: –

  • Proper posture.
  • A quiet body and a quiet mind.
  • The Kua (the Energy Gates) must be open.

Meditation, visualization, or imagination is not enough. The Orbits are already there but, because of our lifestyles (bad posture, etc.) they tend to be weak and fragmented. The methods taught in this course are designed to help the practitioner to access them tangibly, to locate any weakness in the flow, any blockages, any sluggishness and rectify them.


Des Lawton teaching the Four Shen Qigong
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The Four Shen Qigong

The Four Shen exercises are Active, Spiritual, Qigong. That is to say that the body movement is one of the tools used to help guide the Qi and the exercises are used to alter states of awareness, giving access to higher levels of being and increasing perception.

  • The exercises involve the Shen, that finer quality of Qi that is connected to our consciousness, our Mind, our Higher Self.
  • They entail raising the vibration of the Shen, and the awareness of self, the Qi of our body and mind.
  • They entail awareness of other as our awareness is expanded beyond our physical body.
  • Finally, they allow access to our Higher Self so that we can have meaningful dialogue and receive guidance.
Des Lawton teaching the Ten Fundamental treasures Qigong
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The Ten Fundamental Treasures

The Ten Fundamental Treasures is an ancient Qigong that is little seen let alone practiced nowadays.  These treasures share, in name, a number of exercises that are in the Ba duan Jin (The Eight section brocade) and the exercises look similar.  However, the focus in the Ten Fundamental Treasures, the emphasis, is not the same.  I practice both of these sets and they are, internally, completely different.

This Qigong course is for intermediate to advanced practitioners and is not really suitable for beginners.  The emphasis, as with all Active Qigong, is on creating internal movement that has been stimulated, in part, by external (that is physical) movement.

Des Lawton teaching the Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong
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The Eight Exceptional Vessels

The Qi in the Exceptional Vessels has a marked difference in quality to that found in the 12 meridians. So, if you have only been practicing meridian Qigong do not expect the same experiences, the same feelings, with these exercises.

The Exceptional Vessels govern three physiological functions: –

· They are likened to reservoirs of Qi. Continuing with this analogy, the meridians can be likened to rivers.

· They store energy for the body by regulating the flow of Qi into the meridians, providing homeostasis.

· They drain excessive energy from the meridians, again with the function of bringing about homeostasis.

The Microcosmic Orbit Qigong
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Connecting Heaven & Earth (8 Exceptional Vessels)

This Eight Exceptional Vessels Qigong is an Advanced Qigong that requires more focus and accuracy than meridian Qigong. A lot more.


We access the Vessels via the Master and Coupled points. You can think of them as gateways to the vessels.
Individual points need to be activated/stimulated/triggered – not the meridians.


Knowledge of the location of these eight points is crucial to attain feedback of any activation. This is covered in the course.

Therapeutic Qigong Courses

qigong for hypertension

Qigong for Hypertension

In Traditional Chinese Medicine there are many recognized triggers for Hypertension and each Qigong exercise in this course deals with a different trigger.
The Qigong here cover five of the most common triggers so least one of them is going to have a beneficial impact. In fact they will all be beneficial but at least one of them will be working on the Hypertension.

qigong for back pain

Qigong for Back Pain

This is a group of Qigong that can assist in ridding sufferers of chronic pain and helping them on the road to recovery. Any chronic pain will also have a psychological impact on the sufferer that can lead to lethargy and depression. Qigong, when practiced properly, increases energy, vitality and mood.

qigong for stress & anxiety

Qigong for Stress & Anxiety

As far as benefits are concerned, I think that the title of this course does not go far enough in getting the message over. Yes, it tells you that the main, the overall, benefit is in overcoming anxiety and stress. But these Qigong can also help you to stop that anxiety, or stress, recurring before it has a chance to get another grip of you.

qigong for fibromyalgia

Qigong for Fibromyalgia

The three exercises shown in the course are among the most common of those that I prescribe and they should provide relief from symptoms. But as everyone is different their Fibromyalgia symptoms can also be different. This means that tailored treatment is more likely to be successful in keeping symptoms at bay and empowering the sufferer, giving them the opportunity to be proactive when dealing with their condition. That said, the three exercises that I have selected for the course should reduce many of the symptoms as they are among those most commonly prescribed.

Qigong for Chronic Fatigue

Qigong for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Practicing true Qigong can have a huge impact on people who are suffering with this ailment. As part of my Shiatsu practice I often teach/prescribe appropriate Qigong for CFS to patients. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (also referred to as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis [ME] or Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease [SEID]) is extremely debilitating and care has to be taken during treatment so that energy is not drained any further. True Qigong, when practiced properly, increases energy, vitality and stamina.