Qi Gong, Tai Chi + Bagua Training: Balancing Exercises for the Legs (Video)

Balancing Exercises: How-to Video Lesson 5

In the previous lessons, we’ve balanced the arms in symmetrical and asymmetrical postures, as well as while turning the body. Now we will look at balancing the legs.

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Tai Chi Training: Balancing Exercises for Asymmetrical Movement (Video)

Balancing Exercises: How-to Video Lesson 3

The last two lessons covered methods for balancing symmetrical movement, but many times in tai chi and bagua, the form calls for non-symmetrical movement. Even when one side of the body does not mirror the other, you still seek to create stability and continuity between both halves.

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Tai Chi Circling Hands:
Tai Chi for Beginners (Video)

I learned Tai Chi Circling Hands from my teacher, Wu and Yang Style Tai Chi Lineage Holder Bruce Frantzis. I designed this continuous set sequence to balance the body on both sides and work the circle from different planes of motion.

Click through to learn more about Tai Chi Circling Hands and to see a group video demonstration from my 2010 summer retreat in South France. (I teach regular tai chi courses in Islington, London N1). Continue reading

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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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