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.
The cohesiveness, smoothness and optimal running of prototype and racing cars is a direct result of the level of detail paid to each and every one of the component pieces. Therefore, these fine-tuned machines are repeatedly taken apart and put back together not only to fix that which breaks down, but also to upgrade components and maximise overall performance. Your Tao movement arts practice and your body for that matter operate in much the same way as these superior vehicles.
However, when training qi gong, tai chi and bagua, the majority of students rarely, if ever, break down complete exercise sets or forms into their component pieces and rebuild them. If a racing team adopted this strategy, they wouldn’t win for long because it creates a glass ceiling and prevents the potential of the car from be realised. The same principle applies to training Tao movement arts.
Bagua Zhang Lineage Holder Bruce Frantzis with Senior Bagua Instructor Paul Cavel
Bagua & the I Ching–
Bagua (also pa kua and ba gua) is a pure energy art widely practised by those interested in the I Ching—having been derived as a physical manifestation to realise the teachings of the I Ching (Book of Changes). That is, bagua is an embodiment of the eight universal principles of change.
Today, many high performers also find bagua training a great way to get a total body workout and a powerful way to obliterate stress with advanced training tenets advocating rigorous aerobic internal exercise that releases tension from the body and develops your vital life-force energy.