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World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 2018

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day

Tai chi and qigong (pronounced chi-gong) are martial arts forms originating from China. These ancient exercises have been practiced widely for thousands of years. The movements integrate the body with the mind and focus on deep breathing. This is described as “an internal process with external movements.”

The exercises in tai chi and qigong are very similar; the main difference between the two is that qigong is characterized by stationary movements that are repeated a certain number of times. This makes qigong a great place for newcomers. The stationary stance and repetitive movements reinforce the learning process. Tai chi blends movements together and incorporates traveling and turning patterns.

The beauty of tai chi and qigong is that people of all ages and capabilities can participate and gain success. Tai chi exercises are low impact, relaxing, and emphasize the meditative experience that is a part of this practice. This Harvard Health quote draws some light to the meaning and benefits of Tai Chi, “Tai chi is often described as meditation in motion, but it might well be called medication in motion.”

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day is a global event; it is celebrated annually on the last Saturday in April. This year’s World Tai Chi & Qigong Day will take place on Saturday, April 27. On Top of the World will proudly participate in this special event and is hosting a free qigong and tai chi class, led by Master Trainer Art Stalbow. Join Art at 9 a.m. in beautiful Sholom Park (under the pavilion) on Saturday April 27. This mind body experience will celebrate harmony though movement and meditation and welcomes all fitness levels.

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day aims to promote these practices and bring attention to the profound health and healing that they provide. There is an array of evidence-based research proving the benefits of tai chi and qigong. Examples include improved muscle strength and flexibility, and a reduction in stress, depression and fall risk.

This special day is celebrated in hundreds of cities, in over 80 nations across the globe. The event’s motto “One World … One Breath” signifies brining a community together to practice wellness regardless of economic, religious, race and geo-political boundaries. For more information about World Tai Chi & Qigong Day at Sholom Park on Saturday, April 27, please call (352) 387-7532.