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.
Walking the Circle Series: Lesson 2
In the previous lesson, I wrote about walking with a sung body. If you’ve been practising, you’ve probably realised the important role of your postural alignments at this stage of the game. Good posture is important regardless of the activity, but they’re especially noticeable when you try something new.
So in this lesson, I’ll offer you some training tips for improving your posture and upgrade the results you can achieve from Walking the Circle.
Walking the Circle Series: Lesson 1
Anyone who is dedicated to internal energy arts training is always looking for ways to get in a little extra practice in a day. Addicts like myself look for ways to practice in their normal activities—imbuing them with internal content. Normal, heel-toe walking is one of my favourites!
Tao energy arts are not limited to standing and moving exercises. In fact there are five modes of practice, which also include:
- Lying down
- Partner exercises
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.
Kwa Squat Exercise
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.