The blog of Paul Cavel, Founder of The Tai Chi Space London
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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.
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.
The cohesiveness, smoothness and optimal running of prototype and racing cars is a direct result of the level of detail paid to each and every one of the component pieces. Therefore, these fine-tuned machines are repeatedly taken apart and put back together not only to fix that which breaks down, but also to upgrade components and maximise overall performance. Your Tao movement arts practice and your body for that matter operate in much the same way as these superior vehicles.
However, when training qi gong, tai chi and bagua, the majority of students rarely, if ever, break down complete exercise sets or forms into their component pieces and rebuild them. If a racing team adopted this strategy, they wouldn’t win for long because it creates a glass ceiling and prevents the potential of the car from be realised. The same principle applies to training Tao movement arts.