The blog of Paul Cavel, Founder of The Tai Chi Space London
Category Archives: Bagua & Circle Walking
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.
I always find watching students of the internal arts develop, grow and eventually graduate to becoming instructors as a source of encouragement in my own practice. It’s particularly rewarding when those new instructors are your students albeit humbling since however much you may give of yourself as a teacher, ultimately a student’s accomplishments are a product of their own efforts—hundreds of practice hours and effectively using the tried and true methods of the nei gong system.
My friend and long-term student, Mir Ali of Bedfordshire, has recently started offering bagua classes for beginners. He has trained the Energy Arts System since 2001 and became certified as a bagua instructor of our teacher, Lineage Holder Bruce Frantzis, in 2009. Mir discusses his personal odyssey through neigong training and why he finds bagua to be a special art worthy of sharing in his article that follows. —Paul Cavel
All internal enery arts exercise ultimately intends to stimulate qi flow in your body. In fact, one reason external, postural alignments are a main focus in the beginning is to help optimise fluid (such as blood) and qi flow. So now that you have the basics of balancing your outer casing in your form, we’ll look at two primary flows in the body: ascending and descending qi.
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!