Are you looking for strategies to relax, increase your state of health, achieve your goals, or simply enjoy a better quality of life?
I’m Paul Cavel, and since 1995 I’ve taught Tao meditation and energy arts to share ancient wisdom that has helped millions of people accomplish these goals and more. The system I teach is based on the pure teachings of the Taoist Water tradition, passed down by Lao Tzu and other lineage masters in an unbroken chain for millennia.
Cultivating the “way of water” is about learning methods for yielding and blending with the one constant in life: change. Through the process, you systematically identify areas for personal development and, once identified, you can then adjust and refine exercises to revitalise and energise your body, mind and qi energy.
My courses are based in North London, although you can find me teaching seasonal retreats in Andalucía, Spain and biannual seminars in Stuttgart, Germany. For those who want more personal guidance to create positive change, I have 19 years experience helping high performing individuals fulfil their potential with one-to-one coaching.
Gods Playing in the Clouds is attuned to the Earth Element with its integrative influence making it possible to weave together all 16 threads of the nei gong system into one, cohesive whole. The energy, power and internal content derived from ongoing Gods training forms the basis for all other Tao arts, such as tai chi, hsing-i, bagua and Tao meditation, making Gods Qi Gong an excellent, well-equipped conduit for taking you down the path of personal development.
Yet many students still ask me, “Am I ready to learn Gods Qi Gong now”? So I’ve put together an overview of what Gods can offer you in consideration of your current state of health and skill level.
Hi Everybody, I get a lot of questions about what to train and when, as well as how nei gong complements in-depth tai chi and bagua practice. So I’m sharing a 30-minute talk I gave on retreat in Crete last year that I hope will help you along your way.
This 10-minute guided breathing exercise was recorded on my 2011 Crete retreat. It’s an easy breathing practice, particularly good for beginners, that covers some of the primary points you want to focus on when you come to sit.
I am a senior Energy Arts tai chi teacher (Level 2) and have taught Wu style tai chi since 1996 with gratitude to and the encouragement of my teacher, Wu and Yang Style Tai Chi Lineage Holder Bruce Frantzis.
How to Activate + Develop
Your Soft Tissues, Fluids + Qi Energy
Although internal energy arts practice and the process of embodying ever-deeper layers of nei gong is a lifetime pursuit for the most dedicated practitioners, at each increment of advancement, the associated health benefits increase significantly. Many students will sacrifice content for form, but it is the internals that supercharge qi gong, tai chi and bagua forms—that which makes all the power-generating and health benefits possible.
Easy Energy Exercises Can Reduce Stress + Tension in the Eyes
I don’t have to tell you that during the day, stress and tension have a way of building up. In our extremely visual world—with books, television, signs, mobile phones, computers and all kinds of gadgetry—a lot of that tension gets stuck in our eyes and nervous system. I’ve got a few exercises that will help you recognise when your eyes are becoming overloaded and what to do about it.
Easy Energy Exercises for the Eyes
In most activites, e.g. seated at a desk in front of a computer, you turn, bend, stretch and/or move around your space in one way or another. As you do, your eyes involuntarily focus on objects in your field of vision. They remain fixed there until they jump to the next object.
Tao Meditation + Energy Arts Reinforce + Multiple the Benefits of Each Other
Tao energy arts are not limited to standing and moving exercises. In fact there are five modes of practice, which also include:
Tao movement and sitting practices form a continuum with each reinforcing the other. Alternating between the two has been practised by dedicated students for millennia to achieve the most in-depth training and corresponding health benefits, as well as pursue spiritual quests.
Improve Your Posture to Prevent Back + Knee Injuries
Posture Exercises for the Back + Knees–
One of the most common pitfalls of any exercise programme, including walking and Tao movement arts, is knee injuries. In order to protect your back and prevent knee damage–among many other potential injuries–you must start with the proper stance.
Align Your Feet + Knees
Stand with your feet parallel and shoulders width apart. First, lock your knees, then take your knees off of lock and bend them just enough to feel the thighs engage to hold up your bodyweight. Make sure that your knees are not forward of your toes.
Bagua Zhang Lineage Holder Bruce Frantzis with Senior Bagua Instructor Paul Cavel
Bagua & the I Ching–
Bagua (also pa kua and ba gua) is a pure energy art widely practised by those interested in the I Ching—having been derived as a physical manifestation to realise the teachings of the I Ching (Book of Changes). That is, bagua is an embodiment of the eight universal principles of change.
Today, many high performers also find bagua training a great way to get a total body workout and a powerful way to obliterate stress with advanced training tenets advocating rigorous aerobic internal exercise that releases tension from the body and develops your vital life-force energy.
Recently, I was asked by Florence Waters of The Telegraph to comment on tai chi as an antidote to stress germane to living in a digital age. When I explain to people that I healed my body from a serious motorcycle accident with nei gong and meditation alone, it often conjures notions of disbelief. However, I’m just one of millions of people throughout the ages who has not only found a path to healing, but also sustained and even amplified that healthy state of being throughout their lifetime from dedicated Tao arts training.