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 Well Is the Single Best Exercise You Can Do for a Healthy Body + a Healthy Mind
Deep Breathing Techniques, Lesson 1 of 6
Breathing exercises can be extremely versatile. They can be used in many ways: to open up the insides of your body, increase blood flow and cultivate life-force energy, and as an internal organ massage, doorway into meditation and vehicle for making the body conscious. One of the most practical functions of deep breathing techniques is releasing the nerves to prepare your body for your exercise, which will optimise your training results. Even if you do not have a regular exercise practice, you can use deep breathing techniques just a few minutes each day to start improving your current state of health.
I often call the Marriage of Heaven and Earth Qi Gong “healing qi gong” because it’s so effective at healing joint injuries, especially to do with the neck, back, spine, shoulders and arms. Also, as pulsing techniques (i.e open-and-close nei gong) is traditionally taught in Heaven and Earth, this incredibly single-movement health system is quite remarkable at relaxing the nerves and helping students to let go.
I have studied Heaven and Earth Qi Gong since 1995, and I’m a Senior Energy Arts Instructor/Re-certifier Level 2. I teach Heaven and Earth classes throughout Europe. Continue reading →
Many people wonder, “What is the correct posture”? In this how-to video, I’ll show you how to find the right alignment of the body to prevent back and knee injuries, power up your energy arts practice (e.g. qi gong, tai chi and bagua) and maintain a healthy spine. By improving posture, you can not only protect your body from injury, but also generate more energy to support your overall health and well-being.
Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body Qi Gong is a foundational, Water Element Qi Gong set (a part of the Energy Arts System). The five exercises that comprise the Energy Gates set help to connect the body into one integrated piece, making whole-body motion possible. While the Outer Dissolving technique stabilises the downward flow of energy and sets the foundation for more advanced meditation exercises, providing the ultimate safety net for training energy arts.
Most people naturally gravitate towards either movement or stillness practices. In the world of the Tao energy arts, movement practices include qi gong, bagua and tai chi, while Tao meditation arts practices include standing, sitting and yoga. Whether you move or basically hold some sort of static posture, you can develop incredible internal power for health, martial arts and meditation.