Tomorrow on Saturday, April 27, at 10:00am,
Body Moves students and friends will join
with others across the globe
to participate in World Tai Chi and Qigong Day.
This is a FREE event so be part of the world-wide chain
that will connect this 24-hour long practice of t’ai chi and qigong!
Since 1999, World T’ai Chi and Qigong Day has been held the last Saturday of April to promote the related disciplines of t’ai chi and qigong. The event officially begins at 10:00am in the earliest time zones of Samoa, then travels across the globe, spanning Oceania, Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, and South America with participants enjoying celebrations and the practice of the two disciplines.
Although t’ai chi and qigong are both meditative exercises that coordinate slow, deliberate movements with mental focus, breathing, and relaxation for physical, mental, and/or spiritual cultivation. They can help a person’s circulation, balance, and alignment. They can also help restore your energy or “chi” or “qi” (pronounced “chee”).
T’ai chi originated as a means of self-defense in ancient China and has evolved into a modern, effective health practice based on establishing the natural flow of “chi” or “qi” (life energy) through the body. As exercise, it’s principal goal is not to raise a person’s heart rather. Rather, it teaches participants how to relax into the normal movements and activities in order to minimize stress accumulation.
T’ai chi focuses on where to put the hands and feet, and how to align posture and move the body. The movements used in t’ai chi are accessible to everyone, regardless of ability, age or fitness level.
Many t’ai chi teachers also include qigong practices in their t’ai chi teaching. Qigong means “breathing exercise” or “life energy exercise,” and can include sitting meditations or gentle moving meditations. When practiced as a mindfulness meditation, t’ai chi becomes qigong.
To learn more about t’ai chi and qigong,
join us tomorrow at 10:00AM for this FREE Event as we
commemorate World T’ai Chi and Qigong Day!
You can sign up here!
Body Moves offers t’ai chi and qigong as separate classes. Qigong is offered as part of our Active Living classes; you can read more about it HERE. Due to it’s progressive movement, T’ai Chi is offered as a Specialty Class; you can read about it HERE.