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.
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.
Diaphragm Breathing Techniques are at the Heart of Health + Well-being
Deep Breathing Techniques, Lesson 2 of 6
Breathing well can positively impact your health and well-being more than any other single exercise. However, there are many misconceptions about breathing–most of which start with the belief that the lungs are responsible for oxygenating the body. In actuality, the diaphragm is the engine of the breathing cycle.
In this article, we’ll consider how we can enhance breathing through techniques that target the diaphragm. Once you have some practice, you can then move on to the following three articles that will further help you develop a whole-body, deep breathing for a healthy body and a healthy mind.
I’m certified by my teacher, Taoist Master Bruce Frantzis, to teach Dragon and Tiger
Qi Gong Level 3 Energetics. In 1985, Bruce learned Dragon and Tiger Qi Gong from
Zhang Jia Hua, a doctor of Chinese medicine and the former Vice President of the
All China Qi Gong Association.
I learned Tai Chi Circling Hands from my teacher, Wu and Yang Style Tai Chi Lineage Holder Bruce Frantzis. I designed this continuous set sequence to balance the body on both sides and work the circle from different planes of motion.
Click through to learn more about Tai Chi Circling Hands and to see a group video demonstration from my 2010 summer retreat in South France. (I teach regular tai chi courses in Islington, London N1). Continue reading →
Breathing Well Is the Single Best Exercise You Can Do for a Healthy Body + a Healthy Mind
Deep Breathing Techniques, Lesson 1 of 6
Breathing exercises can be extremely versatile. They can be used in many ways: to open up the insides of your body, increase blood flow and cultivate life-force energy, and as an internal organ massage, doorway into meditation and vehicle for making the body conscious. One of the most practical functions of deep breathing techniques is releasing the nerves to prepare your body for your exercise, which will optimise your training results. Even if you do not have a regular exercise practice, you can use deep breathing techniques just a few minutes each day to start improving your current state of health.