Advanced Tai Chi + Bagua Exercises: How to Create Central Equilibrium in Body, Mind + Qi

Paul Cavel demonstrates the Eighth Palm Change

Advanced Balancing Exercises in Tai Chi + Bagua

Lesson 2 of 2

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.

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How-to Qi Gong, Tai Chi
+ Bagua Exercises:
Engaging + Balancing the Sphere

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

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