The Eight-fold Patterns
of Tai Chi & Bagua

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Paul Cavel Teaches Tai Chi Classes in North London

Paul Cavel Teaches Tai Chi + Bagua Classes in Islington, London

The very fabric of Tao arts is weaved from nei gong threads that intertwine to create the internal structures and external forms of qi gong, tai chi and bagua. The exact same nei gong threads can be weaved in very different ways to generate radically different arts and training results.

However, the nei gong system itself is split into two categories, which yields eight yang and eight yin methods. That is to say each nei gong component naturally develops either the yang or yin qi of the body and, as a whole, every thread contributes to an intimate and delicately balanced lattice.

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Follow Your Heart:
Healing from Cardiovascular Disease with Qi Gong Exercise

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energy-exercise-therapyCardiovascular diseases (CVDs) include hypertension (high blood pressure), coronary heart disease (heart attacks), cerebrovascular disease, peripheral artery disease, rheumatic heart disease, congenital heart disease and heart failure.

Heart Disease: Why Your Cardio Health Matters

The World Health Organization reports that “An estimated 17 million people die of CVDs, particularly heart attacks and strokes, every year”. Along with smoking, poor diet and lack of activity are among the top three primary causes.

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Tai Chi Yields, Bagua Changes

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Tai Chi + Bagua Master Bruce Franztis with Senior Instructor Paul Cavel

Tai Chi + Bagua Master Bruce Franztis with Senior Instructor Paul Cavel

Although both tai chi and bagua develop softness and strength, each individual student is typically drawn to one side. Most people are either more yin or more yang in their personalities and approach to life. In the West, we naturally gravitate towards our strengths, which means we tend to develop that which is dominant in us and leave behind anything that is lacking or weak. This can create further imbalance—the opposite of what tai chi and bagua practice aims to achieve. Training tai chi helps you develop softness inside bagua, while training bagua helps create more flexibility in tai chi. In turn, greater flexibility from bagua further allows you to access a softer operation of tai chi, while a softer execution of tai chi allows you to generate more strength in bagua. This positive feedback loop continues on many levels throughout your practice over years and decades as you refine and hone your skills on ever-deeper layers.

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Mind + Body Exercises:
Creating + Using Space in
Your Body to Reduce Stress

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Qi Gong Exercises Reduce Stress + Tension

Mind and Body Exercises: Lesson 3 of 4

In my last two posts on creating and using space in your body (review Lesson 1 or Lesson 2), I took you through two individual and distinct processes for increasing your body’s capacity, and releasing stress and tension. Once you’ve practised each thread separately and regularly for some time and with good result, then you can integrate the two streams into one exercise to upgrade potential health benefits.

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