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.
Breathing Techniques for a Healthy Heart + Kidneys
Deep Breathing Techniques, Lesson 4 of 6
Deep, internal breathing has many dimensions and benefits as I discuss in my feature article on Tao diaphragm breathing, which I recommend reading before moving on to these more advanced breathing techniques that target the kidneys and upper back. Everything you have learned so far remains in the programme: the diaphragm, belly and sides of the body are active, and now we’ll add a nice massage for the kidneys and back of the heart. The exercises that follow will not only help relax and calm any anxieties but, when practised over time, can also contribute to a healthy mind and body.
As we discussed, the chest should not rise and fall while breathing. Many of my students have commented, “Surely, if the chest doesn’t move it’ll become stagnant and blocked”! Well, just because the chest doesn’t rise and fall doesn’t mean it does not move! The classic Chinese phrase is, “One part moves, all parts move.”
Diaphragm Breathing Techniques are at the Heart of Health + Well-being
Deep Breathing Techniques, Lesson 2 of 6
Breathing well can positively impact your health and well-being more than any other single exercise. However, there are many misconceptions about breathing–most of which start with the belief that the lungs are responsible for oxygenating the body. In actuality, the diaphragm is the engine of the breathing cycle.
In this article, we’ll consider how we can enhance breathing through techniques that target the diaphragm. Once you have some practice, you can then move on to the following three articles that will further help you develop a whole-body, deep breathing for a healthy body and a healthy mind.
I’m certified by my teacher, Taoist Master Bruce Frantzis, to teach Dragon and Tiger
Qi Gong Level 3 Energetics. In 1985, Bruce learned Dragon and Tiger Qi Gong from
Zhang Jia Hua, a doctor of Chinese medicine and the former Vice President of the
All China Qi Gong Association.
I learned Tai Chi Circling Hands from my teacher, Wu and Yang Style Tai Chi Lineage Holder Bruce Frantzis. I designed this continuous set sequence to balance the body on both sides and work the circle from different planes of motion.
Click through to learn more about Tai Chi Circling Hands and to see a group video demonstration from my 2010 summer retreat in South France. (I teach regular tai chi courses in Islington, London N1). Continue reading →