How to Get Real about
Your Energy Arts Practice


In my 2011 Five Element Qi Gong retreat in Crete, I discussed ways to restore balance in and revitalise the body. One method for fretting out imbalances and getting real about your practice is training with a partner, which accomplishes three important goals:

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Qi Gong, Tai Chi + Bagua Training:
How to Balance Your Qi (Video)

Balancing Exercises: How-to Video Lesson 8

All internal enery arts exercise ultimately intends to stimulate qi flow in your body. In fact, one reason external, postural alignments are a main focus in the beginning is to help optimise fluid (such as blood) and qi flow. So now that you have the basics of balancing your outer casing in your form, we’ll look at two primary flows in the body: ascending and descending qi.

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Qi Gong, Tai Chi + Bagua Training:
How to Balance the Upper + Lower Body (Video)

Balancing Exercises: How-to Video Lesson 7

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.

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Qi Gong, Tai Chi + Bagua Training: Balancing Exercises for the Legs, Part 2 (Video)

Balancing Exercises: How-to Video Lesson 6

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!

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Deep Breathing Techniques
for Relaxation in Body, Mind + Qi

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.

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