Ba Gua is a Taoist practice referred to as the elder brother to Tai Chi and is the physical manifestation of the I-Ching (Book of Changes).
It is an aerobic exercise that involves precise footwork, whilst walking in a circle, during which you repeatedly change direction. This changing of direction develops circular, spherical and spiralling movement. The focus of Ba Gua is to unify the movement of mind, blood, nerves, breath and the sinking of your chi. It is also a meditative practice that has a strong emphasis on relaxing and releasing held tension (stress) in the nervous system. Modern age is trying to rev up your nervous system which develops stress related illnesses. Ba Gua is an antidote to modern living.
The benefits of Ba Gua are:
- Aligns the body preventing wear and tear on the joints
- Lengthens the fascia, muscles, ligaments and tendons
- Gives a cardiovascular workout
- Enhances the flow of fluids through the body – blood and lymphatics
- Calms the nervous system
- Calms the mind
- Energises the body and mind
- Gets the body to function more efficiently to enhance your health and increase vitality
For more information about Ba Gua and classes at West Hill Hall please visit www.brightonbagua.co.uk or phone Peter Jenkins on 01444 455309.
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