I often call the Marriage of Heaven and Earth Qi Gong “healing qi gong” because it’s so effective at healing joint injuries, especially to do with the neck, back, spine, shoulders and arms. Also, as pulsing techniques (i.e open-and-close nei gong) is traditionally taught in Heaven and Earth, this incredibly single-movement health system is quite remarkable at relaxing the nerves and helping students to let go.
I have studied Heaven and Earth Qi Gong since 1995, and I’m a Senior Energy Arts Instructor/Re-certifier Level 2. I teach Heaven and Earth classes throughout Europe. Continue reading →
Many people wonder, “What is the correct posture”? In this how-to video, I’ll show you how to find the right alignment of the body to prevent back and knee injuries, power up your energy arts practice (e.g. qi gong, tai chi and bagua) and maintain a healthy spine. By improving posture, you can not only protect your body from injury, but also generate more energy to support your overall health and well-being.
Most people naturally gravitate towards either movement or stillness practices. In the world of the Tao energy arts, movement practices include qi gong, bagua and tai chi, while Tao meditation arts practices include standing, sitting and yoga. Whether you move or basically hold some sort of static posture, you can develop incredible internal power for health, martial arts and meditation.
I’ve written a lot about deep breathing techniques and offered several guided breathing practice sessions because we do it all day, every day. Learning how to breathe well therefore gives you the power to shift your state of mind and reinvigorate your body’s systems whenever you choose.
However, breathing well can go far beyond a little relaxation and peace of mind, and take health and well-being to the next level by boosting the results of any exercise programme. Starting with a few minutes of rhythmic, smooth and measured breathing can warm up the body and oxygenate the cells that comprise your muscles. While ending an exercise session by bringing your focus back to deep breathing can help you cool down and transit into your daily activities with a calm state of mind. Maintaining deep, diaphragm breathing throughout exercise helps generate relaxed power and stamina.
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.