About Paul Cavel

Paul Cavel is the founder of Tao Arts London, editor of the monthly Tao journal, Inner Quest, life coach and senior Tao meditation arts teacher. Since 1987, Paul has studied nei gong science, the I Ching and Lao Tzu’s Water tradition of Taoism in-depth, including qi gong, tai chi, bagua zhang, Taoist breathing, Taoist yoga, qi gong tui na energy healing and meditation.

Bagua Training: Balancing Exercises for Asymmetrical Postures (Video)

Balancing Exercises: How-to Video Lesson 4

In the last lesson, we looked at balancing exercises for non-symmetrical movement in tai chi. Now we’ll apply the same principles to asymmetrical bagua postures with the goal of equalising the body’s halves, creating even stretches and maintaining the left-right balance. Continue reading

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Deep Breathing Techniques
to Engage the Ribcage

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Paul Teaches Breathing Exercises

Deep Breathing Techniques, Lesson 3 of 6

The exercises offered in this blog follow on from my previous article, “Deep Breathing Techniques: The Diaphragm Is the Engine“.

As we discussed, the chest should not rise and fall while breathing. Many of my students have commented, “Surely, if the chest doesn’t move it’ll become stagnant and blocked”! Well, just because the chest doesn’t rise and fall doesn’t mean it does not move! The classic Chinese phrase is, “One part moves, all parts move.”

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Tai Chi Training: Balancing Exercises for Asymmetrical Movement (Video)

Balancing Exercises: How-to Video Lesson 3

The last two lessons covered methods for balancing symmetrical movement, but many times in tai chi and bagua, the form calls for non-symmetrical movement. Even when one side of the body does not mirror the other, you still seek to create stability and continuity between both halves.

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Qi Gong, Tai Chi + Bagua Training: Balancing Exercises for Turning (Video)

Balancing Exercises: How-to Video Lesson 2

In this lesson, we continue balancing exercises by looking at turning in the internal energy arts. Turning is a component of most qi gong sets and all bagua and tai chi styles. So stabilising and equalising your turn (and weight shift into either leg) is a fundamental prerequisite to achieving a truly internal practice, as well as the benefits that come from it.

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Qi Gong, Tai Chi + Bagua Training: Balancing Exercises (Video)

Balancing Exercises: How-to Video Lesson 1

All internal energy arts training is rooted in balancing exercises that seek to bring about harmony in body, mind and qi energy. In the beginning, balancing exercises are concerned with redressing any physical imbalances, such as left-right, upper-lower body and while moving through various types of postures–whether in qi gong, tai chi or bagua training.

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