Paul Cavel + Pete Jenkins Practising Bagua Dragon Arm Exercises
Balancing the body is a continuous process as that which is more or less closed now may become more or less open later. This is especially true when you actively engage in the process of unbinding your body. As you focus on any bound place or part of your body and become successful in opening it up, you’ll notice how it becomes looser and relatively more flexible than other body parts.
In qi gong, tai chi and bagua there are many postures where one hand/arm is on top of or in front of the other; for example, Cross Hands in tai chi, several moves in Gods Playing in the Clouds Qi Gong and the Bagua Single Palm Change. These postures are good for establishing balance in your body.
If you’ve been training the spherical material from Lesson 1, then you’re probably beginning to develop some idea about how to open your body in a spherical way. Fully embodying spherical principles in your forms takes years of dedicated practice, so don’t be in a rush.
The trick is to balance the energies that either open or close in the six directions (up, down, forward, back, left and right)—not the physical range of motion. When the energies are balanced you open up the space in the central equilibrium.
Ultimately, Spherical Motion Is Integrated into All Qi Gong, Tai Chi + Bagua Forms
Lesson 1 of 2
When you have embodied the spherical aspect of Tao movement arts, it will naturally appear in every form you practise–whether Circle Walking, bagua, qi gong, tai chi or breathing. Until then, your intent must be focused on creating circularity in your movements.
So this lesson is much more suited to the long-term student. Although beginners could also use the information as a compass, as a directional indicator of where you are heading. 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.