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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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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Peaks + Plateaus of Long-term
Energy Exercise Training

Plateaus are Normal in All Forms of Exercise

The Benefits of Long-term, Tao Arts Exercise Training

As your energy develops through regular and progressively more accurate exercise training, your body becomes stronger, you can concentrate longer, you require less sleep, your libido grows and you can handle stressful situations better. These are among the normal benefits from energetic Tao movement exercises.

However, just like any exercise training programme, many suddenly find themselves hitting a plateau.

Uh-oh! What happened?

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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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