On Saturday, April 28th, at 10 a.m. local time (worldwide) a massive global health and healing event will be held in hundreds of cities in sixty nations. World Tai Chi and Qigong Day (WTCQD) is an annual event held the last Saturday of April each year to promote the related disciplines of tai chi and qigong. Local events welcome anyone interested in personal and global health and healing.
Local tai chi and qigong schools, groups and associations independently organize events. Event format varies by locality, although most involve free classes and mass exhibitions. Events range from small tai chi and qigong group events to massive public events, involving many groups, teachers and schools working together. This global event is held to educate the public of medical research indicating that 70 to 85 percent of illnesses are caused by stress, and of the emerging medical research showing that tai chi and qigong can benefit personal, physical, emotional, and mental health.
The event also provides a vision of health and healing that connects tens of thousands of participants traversing ethnic, religious and geo-political boundaries, while educating about the increasing use of these ancient Chinese medicine modalities in businesses, schools and hospitals everywhere. All styles of tai chi can offer powerful health benefits.
The annual April event is free and open to the general public, and begins in the earliest time zones of New Zealand at 10 a.m., and then participants across Oceania, Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, and South America take part, with celebrations in sixty nations and several hundred cities, ending with the final events in the last time zones of Hawaii almost an entire day later. To find local events, visit www.worldtaichiday.org. The event’s site also provides information on tai chi and qigong, including health research, how tai chi and qigong relate to traditional Chinese medicine and samples of tai chi and qigong exercises and forms.
For information about tai chi individual and group classes contact Dr. Richard Browne, tai chi instructor, at (305) 595-9500.