World Tai Chi & Qigong Day : Cultivate Your Vital Life Force Energy
On April 28, 2012, World Tai Chi & Qigong Day exhibitions and teach-ins in hundreds of cities in 65 nations on six continents will unfold, as people gracefully move into and glide through sequences of poses, practicing the age-old Chinese exercises of qigong and Tai chi. Qigong means cultivating one’s vital life force energy (qi) over time. As a practice, it combines movement, self-massage, meditation and breathing. Tai chi is the most well-known and popular moving form of qigong; it is essentially meditation in motion.
Reported benefits of Tai chi include improved posture, balance and flexibility, muscle strength and definition, energy, stamina and agility, all while reducing stress and promoting a general sense of well-being. Since the American Heart Association reported on Tai chi’s effect of lowering blood pressure in older adults a decade ago, supporting science has been emanating from the Mayo Clinic, National Institutes of Health and American Cancer Society. Extensive medical studies conducted in China underscore qigong’s ability to ease chronic problems such as hypertension, allergies and asthma, and to improve cardiovascular health.
Roger Jahnke, doctor of Oriental medicine, author of The Healer Within and director and chief instructor of the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai chi, says, “When you cultivate balance and harmony within yourself, or in the world—that is Tai chi. When you work and play with the essence and energy of life, nature and the Universe for healing, clarity and inner peace—that is qigong.”
For more information visit www.WorldTaiChiDay.com.
Reserve a spot to try a Free Tai Chi or Qigong Class at the following places in the Lehigh Valley during the month of April.
Tuesday, April 24 @ 5 p.m. at Akido Masters, 2008 Eberhart Road, Whithall. 484-245-0567
Wednesday, April 25 @ 10 a.m. at The Yoga Loft, 521 East 4th Street, Bethlehem. 610-867-9642 Wednesday, April 25 @ 8p.m. at The Human Performance Center, 250 Centronia Road, Allentown. 610-751-6090
Thursday, April 26 @ 11 a.m. at The Human Performance Center, 250 Centronia Road, Allentown. 610-751-6090
Thursday, April 26 @ 7:45 p.m. at The Yoga Loft, 521 East 4th Street, Bethlehem. 610-867-9642
Saturday, April 28 @ 9:30 a.m. at Bethlehem Kung Fu Center, 819 Broadway, Bethlehem 610-691-5750
Also registration is now open for the June 8 - 10, 2012 Taijiquan Retreat and Enthusiasts Event at Mensch Mill Retreat Center in Huff’s Church, PA. Call 484-332-3331 or visit TaijiquanEnthusiasts.org