Twisting and larger steps

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Was my primary focus during circle waking today. I am already twisting more inwards than I was last week :D. I still have quite a ways to go, but progress is always nice.

I also did some of the silk tendon Daoist Bagua exercises this morning.
Last night I did the 5 yin organ exercises and a few of the tendon stretching ones. I knew better than to do the 5 yin qigong that close to bedtime…. but did it anyways. Ooops LOL. Fortunately I still got to sleep at a decent hour. I did end up crawling out of bed half an hour late today though due to my later bedtime. I’ll have to get used to this getting up before sunrise stuff.

All of the Bagua stuff I have learned over the years is coming rushing back bit by bit. It’s all packed within that circle walking, just waiting to be extracted ;).

I think all my torn ligaments have finally healed!

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While the various arm positions did hurt, nothing like before. They hurt from muscle soreness, and some tending stretching, but not from injuries. Definitely a nice change :D.
I’ll go gentle on them anyways though, so they can build up strongly.
Anyways, I took 3 years off (after doing it for 7 years straight) of Bagua…… well OK what I mean is, I would practice at random, perhaps for a month at a time, then stop again, then the odd bit here and there….. so now getting back into the practice. I’m remembering things bit by bit. I’m starting from the beginning and most basic stuff, then working up slowly from there.
Today I focuses on pushing off with my heel. Of course also feet flat, and trying to turn inwards, but the main focus was the heel thing.
Apparently my twisting in to the center of the circle ability has diminished greatly LOL. Perhaps I’ll focus solely on that during an upcoming session. (with everything else running more in the background).
I haven’t looked over my notes yet really, so I’m doing this all from memory as it comes up. Which is really interesting, since at first I didn’t remember anything really, but then the act of circle walking keeps bringing up more and more memories of how it’s supposed to be done and things to add. I have remembered more than I want to add quite yet though since I’m going slowly. Trying to build a solid foundation.
I’m also trying to avoid my plethora of Bagua mistakes I made last time around :D.
I’ll start to incorporate the various neigong movements soon, but wanted to get at least a couple of weeks in before adding those. I’ll add them slowly though, since I figure until I catch back up to where I was before, that I’m pretty much starting from square one again. Can’t overload the system with too much energy and etc. at first.
I also want to add the 14 (there were 14 right?) tendon “ouchy” stretching exercises, as I think those would be really helpful in my practice.
So how is everyone else’s Bagua going?

What is the most important Bagua practice?

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Circle walking!
But aside from that?
Horse stance?
Palm changes standing still or during circle walking?
Iron body exercises?
Complete forms?
The internal movements done during everything else?
The applications?

I’m curious which of these, or perhaps some I have forgotten at this moment, folks find the most important in the training and practice?

I think personally I’m going to go with circle walking. Obviously, all of the above and much more, but if I have to choose one…

The ground is finally warm enough for bare feet Bagua :D

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Barely lol.
My feet were a little numb after circle walking today out in the grass at sunrise. I have been practicing at sunrise, since it’s much cooler at that time, which makes it easier to put more effort in :D.
PERFECT outdoor Bagua weather currently I think!
Last week it rained, not quite as perfect. Good thing for covered areas nearby, and raingear.

Oh yeah this blog; I have been busy, blogging in other areas about my spiritual/magical life instead. I went to visit Togo last year……
What has everyone else been up to?

Removed some spam and approved some comments :D

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Anytime I have been logging onto here, I have been ignoring the comments because soooo much spam! I finally got rid of all the old spam and approved a few comments today. Er comments from a year or 2 ago lol.