The blog of Paul Cavel, Founder of The Tai Chi Space London
Category Archives: Beginners
New to Tao meditation and energy arts? The following blogs will help you understand my three streams of teaching, including articles on theory, how-to training tips, guided audio practices and video demonstrations. Or, just click on the tabs above to read my pages on energy arts, I Ching arts and meditation.
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.
Paul Cavel Walking the Circle + Performing Various Bagua Palm Changes
Walking the Circle Series:Lesson 2
In the previous lesson, I wrote about walking with a sung body. If you’ve been practising, you’ve probably realised the important role of your postural alignments at this stage of the game. Good posture is important regardless of the activity, but they’re especially noticeable when you try something new.
So in this lesson, I’ll offer you some training tips for improving your posture and upgrade the results you can achieve from Walking the Circle.
Anyone who is dedicated to internal energy arts training is always looking for ways to get in a little extra practice in a day. Addicts like myself look for ways to practice in their normal activities—imbuing them with internal content. Normal, heel-toe walking is one of my favourites! Continue reading →
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.