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As the foremost Western expert in Wu style tai chi and Yang style tai chi, holding direct lineages from China, Bruce Frantzis teaches six powerful qigong sets, as well as bagua zhang and hsing-i from the martial, health, and meditation perspectives.
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State of the Tao 2021
Very Happy Lunar New Year greetings to you all! In keeping with our annual tradition at Energy Arts and The Tao Space, I’d like to say a few words to reflect on the year that has passed and look ahead towards what is to come. Year of the Metal Ox 2021 is the year of...
Heaven and Earth Qigong: Mind and Qi Become One
Part Two of Two (Click here for Part 1) By Paul Cavel Wood Element Qigong In China it is quite common to find many different forms called the same or very similar names because it’s the underlying methodology that provides the basis for the reference–not a set of...
Heaven and Earth Qigong: Heal Your Body and Awaken Your Qi
Although internal arts practice and the process of embodying ever-deeper layers of nei gong is a lifetime pursuit for the most dedicated practitioners, at each increment of advancement, the associated health benefits increase significantly. Many students will sacrifice content for form, but it is the internals that supercharge qigong, tai chi and bagua forms—that which makes all the power-generating and health benefits possible.
State of the Tao 2020
State of the Tao 2020 Although the Tao is beyond time and space, this year represents a new beginning in Chinese astrology. New beginnings are exciting and can also be a time of uncertainty and chaos. To thrive in times of great change it is important to be...
Taoist Eight Energy Body Theory
The Eight Energy Bodies 1. The flesh of the physical body. 2. The chi body, which fuels the physical body. 3. The emotional body, which gives rise to your emotions, both positive and negative. 4. The mental body, which causes thoughts to function, whether with...
Qigong Secrets Part 1
Here are the first three Qigong Secrets in our new series. Watch our for more Qigong Secrets to come!
State of the Tao 2019
State of the Tao 2019 Welcome to The Year of the Earth Pig which is the end of the 12-year Lunar Zodiac cycle. In this State of the Tao, we will focus on one of Earth Pig’s important qualities: stability. This year offers an excellent opportunity to increase your...
Taoist Sexual Meditation Q & A
Readers submitted around three hundred questions about the Taoist Sexual
Book. About 95% of these questions are answered
in great detail within the book. I created some additional videos to expand on some of the major
questions. I hope that these videos are useful to you.
Advanced Meditation Practices
As you progress and continue your practice of meditation, your first four energy bodies (physical, etheric, mental and emotional) will start to stabilize. Developing and working with these first four energy bodies provides you with a solid foundation to go deeper and...
Tai Chi for Martial Arts
I want to share with you some of my perspectives on using tai chi as a martial art. I know many of you mainly practice tai chi for health, but many others want to know how to use tai chi as an effective martial art and for self-defense. I have seen a lot of comments...
The Empty Vessel Interview With B.K. Frantzis
The following is an interview with Bruce Frantzis originally printed in The Empty Vessel, A Journal of Contemporary Taoism, Summer 1998 B. K. Frantzis began training in martial arts, Oriental healing and meditation in 1961. Fluent in Chinese and Japanese, he spent 15...
Kumar Frantzis: An Informal Discussion on Taoist Meditation – Part 1
Taoism in the United States is known primarily through an understanding of certain of its pragmatic arts. The art of taiji (tai chi) is fairly well known. The Taoist martial arts are getting more exposure. As time goes on, qigong is becoming of interest. To a certain...
Bagua and Tai Chi: Unbeatable Health and Fitness Exercises
Western and Taoist Concepts of Exercise Western paradigms mistakenly lead people to believe that the only way to improve health is through high-intensity, high-impact aerobic exercises. Many doctors and health websites advocate aerobics for strengthening your heart...
Tai Chi Disco Dance
During the Chinese New Year of 1986, almost 25 years ago, around February, I was asked, along with my wife, if we would do something for China National Television on their English Sunday program. At the time, this program was approximately an hour long and it was...
Energy Cross-Training Part 1/3: The Real Purpose of Yoga
The term 'cross-training' is used frequently in the West. Sometimes it refers to cross-training an employee but more often than not it is in relation to increasing athletic performance. A standard definition is: In fitness and sports, cross-training is the practice of...
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