Mind + Body Exercises:
Creating Space in Your Body to
Improve Posture + Reduce Stress

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Paul Cavel in the Hug-a-Tree Qi Gong Posture

Mind and Body Exercises: Lesson 1 of 4

Many events in life close people down in some way or another, especially because, in this age of technology, time pressures and repetitive micro-tasks have become the norm. They can leave your body and mind feeling condensed, hard and tense at the end of a day. Learning how to make space in your physical body is an excellent tool for reversing the cycle of compounding tension, so you can relax, empty your mind and become present to the here and now.

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Neck, Shoulder or Back Pain?
A Simple Trick to Help Relieve Pain (Video)

The most common area that people hold stress and tension is undoubtedly the neck, shoulders and upper back. If you need some comic relief, just take a look at the way some people drive with their shoulders up around their ears while they hold on to the steering wheel for dear life!

However, it’s not only moments of intense, accute stress that causes this reaction, but all the micro-movements in reaction to minor inconveniences and setbacks while we stare at computer and television screens.

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Four Simple Techniques to
Reduce Stress + Pain in the Eyes

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Easy Energy Exercises Can Reduce Stress + Tension in the Eyes

I don’t have to tell you that during the day, stress and tension have a way of building up. In our extremely visual world—with books, television, signs, mobile phones, computers and all kinds of gadgetry—a lot of that tension gets stuck in our eyes and nervous system. I’ve got a few exercises that will help you recognise when your eyes are becoming overloaded and what to do about it.

Easy Energy Exercises for the Eyes
In most activites, e.g. seated at a desk in front of a computer, you turn, bend, stretch and/or move around your space in one way or another. As you do, your eyes involuntarily focus on objects in your field of vision. They remain fixed there until they jump to the next object.

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How to Get Real about
Your Energy Arts Practice

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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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How Much Energy Arts Practice
Is Appropriate for a Beginner?

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Paul Cavel Adjusts a Student’s Bagua Form

The question of how long to train Tao meditation and energy arts is one of the most frequestly asked questions.

I advise all students, but especially beginners to qi gong, tai chi, bagua or meditation, to mind their two-thirds of effort in mind-body-qi, and save 45-minute to hour-long practices for many months (or even years) down the line, once they have a solid foundation in nei gong. Otherwise, you may injure yourself or build up too much internal resistance and stop practising.

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