So far we’ve been practising exercises for balancing the left and right sides of the body with a focus on the legs, the arms and the turning of the body. Now we’ll look at balancing the upper and lower body in qi gong, tai chi and bagua.
Now that you’ve reviewed the basics of balancing the legs, let’s look at how to balance the legs while in a forward-weighted stance. Many practitioners find that when assuming tai chi or other postures where the front leg carries the bodyweight, the legs, especially the knees, become compressed.
You definitely don’t want to programme this position into your body memory because, over time, you will cause more harm than good. And you definitely want to avoid knee injuries at all costs!
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.
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.