How to Get Real about
Your Energy Arts Practice

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In my 2011 Five Element Qi Gong retreat in Crete, I discussed ways to restore balance in and revitalise the body. One method for fretting out imbalances and getting real about your practice is training with a partner, which accomplishes three important goals:

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How Much Energy Arts Practice
Is Appropriate for a Beginner?

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Paul Cavel Adjusts a Student’s Bagua Form

The question of how long to train Tao meditation and energy arts is one of the most frequestly asked questions.

I advise all students, but especially beginners to qi gong, tai chi, bagua or meditation, to mind their two-thirds of effort in mind-body-qi, and save 45-minute to hour-long practices for many months (or even years) down the line, once they have a solid foundation in nei gong. Otherwise, you may injure yourself or build up too much internal resistance and stop practising.

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What Beginners Learn at
Tao Meditation + Energy Arts Classes

New to Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Bagua or Meditation?

Paul Offers Qi Gong, Tai Chi + Bagua Classes for Beginners

First and foremost, you are welcome to attend just about any public course I offer–unless prerequisites are expressly stated, which is rarely the case. All of my weekend seminars in London and Stuttgart, as well as my retreats in Spain, include a parallel curriculum for new and beginning students. So we’re ready when you’re ready!

Attending a Class
Although it may sound counterintuitive, beginners learn almost exactly the same material as experienced practitioners because energy arts training is more about what is being emphasised and at what depth than the exercise per se (e.g., a
qi gong set, tai chi style, bagua palm change or breathing technique). So most courses start out with everyone together in one group—whether you are learning or reviewing the theory and fundamental practices that underlie the more in-depth material to come.

The primary difference is that whereas beginners learn body mechanics that develop qi, experienced practitioners learn energetic techniques that develop the body. It’s two different angles on the same game.

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Tai Chi: The Softer Side
of Internal Martial Arts

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Paul Cavel in a Tai Chi Posture

Recently, I posted a blog entitled “Tai Chi: The Art of Softness”, but is it possible to ever say enough about the form’s yielding nature?

Even though tai chi is the youngest of the internal martial arts, it has a quality that is absolutely unique unto itself. The intrinsic yin nature of tai chi allows deep healing to occur while the practitioner executes the form in the most gentle of ways. It is this hyper focus on the soft quality that often leads tai chi practitioners astray.

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Energy Exercises to Contact
Your Subtle Energy Anatomy

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Simple Energy Exercises Can Make You Strong + Healthy

(Part 2 of 2, see Part 1)

Re-educating Your Body

The first step to living pain-free or improving your health is re-educating your body about how to move and perform even minor daily tasks, such as typing on a keyboard. In fact, most people have never received health or physical education that includes information about correct and sustainable body alignments and movements.

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