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.
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.
The kwa is located on both sides of the body, extending from the inguinal ligaments through the inside of the pelvis to the crest of the hip bones. The kwa powers internal movements in qi gong, bagua and tai chi, and is part of the secret behind the effectiveness and qi power in the internal martial arts, including tai chi, bagua and hsing-i.
The Benefits of Long-term, Tao Arts Exercise Training
As your energy develops through regular and progressively more accurate exercise training, your body becomes stronger, you can concentrate longer, you require less sleep, your libido grows and you can handle stressful situations better. These are among the normal benefits from energetic Tao movement exercises.
However, just like any exercise training programme, many suddenly find themselves hitting a plateau.
Qi is life-force energy, which is developed through nei gong exercises like qi gong, tai chi and bagua. The ancient Chinese believed that the more qi you have, the healthier and more content can you be.
You can begin your Tao movement arts practice with good intentions, stay present while opening and nourishing your body, generate a lot of qi, but then throw most of the benefits away simply by finishing badly.
I’ve got three easy steps to help you bank the qi you generate in your practice, so you have more energy for living your life.
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.