Unfolding the Eight Energies of
Tai Chi & Bagua

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bagua-yin-yangAlthough many books on tai chi assign the eight internal energies of peng, ji, lu, an, lieh, tsai, kao and jou to the eight trigrams, they are not manifestations of the trigrams themselves, otherwise bagua—the art form of the I Ching—would employ that methodology. In bagua’s palm changes, all eight internal energies are used in each palm and yet each palm develops the energy of a single trigram.

Likewise, in tai chi, you stream through the eight internal energies as you practise your
form and yet your focus remains on developing the energy of a single trigram. When
practising a form or any section that is highly familiar to you, your focus is placed on the trigram of your choice, the energy behind the symbol. You then attempt to make the jump
and contact that particular primordial energy.

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The Crux of the Bagua
Single Palm Change (Video)

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In this how-to video from my 2011 bagua intensive in Cologne, I explain four factors that contribute to a fine-tuned, well-oiled Bagua Single Palm Change, including:

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Circularity: The Heart + Soul
of Tao Meditation + Energy Arts

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Circularity in Tai Chi Circling Hands

Circularity in Tai Chi Circling Hands

Circularity is regarded as one of the primary training tenets of Tao energy arts because circular motion is the mechanism by which continuous rather than intermittent motion can be realised, giving birth to a myriad of positive health benefits. The massive gap that lies between understanding the concept of a circle or circularity as a mental construct as opposed to integrating circularity into the body’s motion is one of the main hurdles to overcome. As a result, many practitioners fall prey to visualisations and all sorts of mental gymnastics instead of actually developing and eventually embodying the true nature of circularity. For dedicated practitioners, the solution can be found by tuning into the kinesthetic of any neigong technique, that is to feel what your body does rather than what your mind thinks about it.

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Bagua Zhang Palm Changes:
Water + Heaven Palms (Video)

In this 2008 video, I demonstrate Bagua Heaven + Water Single Palm Changes on the Island of Crete. I have learned all Eight Mother Palms from my teacher, Bagua Lineage Holder Bruce Frantzis, training bagua publicly and privately with my teacher since 1995. I teach as one of only five Senior Energy Arts Bagua Instructors Level 2.

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Bagua Zhang: Why Train This Old & Obscure Art?

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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.

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