Two Balancing Exercises
for a Healthy Body + Mind

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.

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Sitting Exercises to Energise
Tao Meditation + Energy Arts

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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:

  • Lying down
  • Sitting
  • 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.

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Kwa Squat Exercises:
How to Improve Core Strength
+ Qi Power (Video)

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.

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Got Qi? Three Easy Steps
to Get More Energy

Standing Qi Gong atop Montsegur

Why Cultivate Qi?

Qi is life-force energy, which is developed through nei gong exercises like qi gong, tai chi and bagua. The ancient Chinese believed that the more qi you have, the healthier and more content can you be.

You can begin your Tao movement arts practice with good intentions, stay present while opening and nourishing your body, generate a lot of qi, but then throw most of the benefits away simply by finishing badly.

I’ve got three easy steps to help you bank the qi you generate in your practice, so you have more energy for living your life.

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How to Improve Posture to Prevent Back + Knee Pain (Video)

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Improve Your Posture to Prevent Back + Knee Injuries

Posture Exercises for the Back + Knees–
One of the most common pitfalls of any exercise programme, including walking and Tao movement arts, is knee injuries. In order to protect your back and prevent knee damage–among many other potential injuries–you must start with the proper stance.

Align Your Feet + Knees

Stand with your feet parallel and shoulders width apart. First, lock your knees, then take your knees off of lock and bend them just enough to feel the thighs engage to hold up your bodyweight. Make sure that your knees are not forward of your toes.

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