Are You Relaxed or Collapsed?

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Improve Posture in Sitting Qi Gong + Sitting Meditation

An important aspect of sitting qi gong and meditation is the posture you hold during practice. Proper posture makes it possible for your body to relax, open up and let go, whereas poor alignments lock tension in your body and mind. Like all Tao arts training, the process of improving your posture takes place over time, as you become more comfortable sitting and make small yet significant adjustments. As you do, you gain access to the deeper tensions in your body, so you can release them once and for all.

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Opening or Letting Go:
How Do You Know?

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Pulsing Techniques to Open the Body

Pulsing Techniques to Open the Body

Throughout the years, I’ve been asked this question in various forms, and I’ve come to realise that many students who ask it have often reached quite a profound level of practice. Of course, as with any Tao arts training, the answer lies in developing your skill with ever-more refined nei gong techniques, self-reflection and ongoing meditation practice.

To Control or Not to Control,
That Is the Question

The short answer to the question is that opening entails exerting some level of control while letting go does not. To consider the quality of difference yet deeper, we can look to the nei gong from which opening and letting go derive and how each are applied in practice.

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Easy Breathing:
10-minute Guided Practice (Video)

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This 10-minute guided breathing exercise was recorded on my 2011 Crete retreat. It’s an easy breathing practice, particularly good for beginners, that covers some of the primary points you want to focus on when you come to sit.

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Deep Breathing Techniques:
Engaging + Balancing the Sphere

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Breathing Techniques for a Healthy Body + a Healthy Mind

Deep Breathing Techniques,
Lesson 5 of 6

Over the last four articles, we’ve deconstructed deep breathing techniques to activate various parts of the body. If you’ve been practising, it’s now time to integrate everything into one whole, spherical breath for the most effective and powerful potential health benefits.

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Deep Breathing Techniques
to Engage the Ribcage

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Paul Teaches Breathing Exercises

Deep Breathing Techniques, Lesson 3 of 6

The exercises offered in this blog follow on from my previous article, “Deep Breathing Techniques: The Diaphragm Is the Engine“.

As we discussed, the chest should not rise and fall while breathing. Many of my students have commented, “Surely, if the chest doesn’t move it’ll become stagnant and blocked”! Well, just because the chest doesn’t rise and fall doesn’t mean it does not move! The classic Chinese phrase is, “One part moves, all parts move.”

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