Most people naturally gravitate towards either movement or stillness practices. In the world of the Tao energy arts, movement practices include qi gong, bagua and tai chi, while Tao meditation arts practices include standing, sitting and yoga. Whether you move or basically hold some sort of static posture, you can develop incredible internal power for health, martial arts and meditation.
In this how-to video, I’ll show you techniques for deep breathing into your kidneys. In Chinese Medicine, the kidneys are regarded as the door to your life-force energy. If you feel tired or depleted, a few minutes of kidney breathing can be revitalising, and help you clear any stagnant or blocked qi.
Walking the Circle Series: Lesson 4
Most internal energy arts practices are non-aerobic exercise. They can make you healthy, but you won’t get the aerobic workout you would from many Western exercise programmes. Walking fast—using the techniques I’ve been describing for the last three months—combines internal qi energy generation with aerobic exercise to upgrade your body’s systems and make you super fit!
So I’ve got some a three-stage exercise for you to help you develop your ability to Walk the Circle at high speeds for health and fitness.
Walking the Circle Series: Lesson 3
In the last two articles, I’ve written about releasing the nerves, creating a sung body and deepening the internals of your circle walk. Now it’s time to walk in a circle to supercharge your qi energy.
The Enemy of the Internal Arts
Circle Walking, whether heel-toe or mud walking, will give you a method for exercising continuously without interruption. This reduces inertia—the enemy of the internal arts if ever there was one.
I’ve written a lot about deep breathing techniques and offered several guided breathing practice sessions because we do it all day, every day. Learning how to breathe well therefore gives you the power to shift your state of mind and reinvigorate your body’s systems whenever you choose.
However, breathing well can go far beyond a little relaxation and peace of mind, and take health and well-being to the next level by boosting the results of any exercise programme. Starting with a few minutes of rhythmic, smooth and measured breathing can warm up the body and oxygenate the cells that comprise your muscles. While ending an exercise session by bringing your focus back to deep breathing can help you cool down and transit into your daily activities with a calm state of mind. Maintaining deep, diaphragm breathing throughout exercise helps generate relaxed power and stamina.