Paul Cavel is a senior bagua teacher of lineage holder Bruce Frantzis. He offers how-to articles and videos on the monastic and bagua zhang traditions for power development, health, healing and meditation.
So far we’ve been practising exercises for balancing the left and right sides of the body with a focus on the legs, the arms and the turning of the body. Now we’ll look at balancing the upper and lower body in qi gong, tai chi and bagua.
Now that you’ve reviewed the basics of balancing the legs, let’s look at how to balance the legs while in a forward-weighted stance. Many practitioners find that when assuming tai chi or other postures where the front leg carries the bodyweight, the legs, especially the knees, become compressed.
You definitely don’t want to programme this position into your body memory because, over time, you will cause more harm than good. And you definitely want to avoid knee injuries at all costs!
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 →
In 2009, I had a little play at my teacher’s bagua zhang instructor training. All of the palm changes demonstrated were taght to me directly by my teacher, Bagua Lineage Holder Bruce Frantzis. I have trained bagua publicly and privately with my teacher since 1995, including all Eight Mother Palms. I am one of only five Senior Energy Arts Bagua Instructors Level 2.