World Tai Chi & Qigong Day - TENTH ANNIVERSARY Sat., April, 26th, 2008
Posted Aug 04 2008 7:14pm
World Tai Chi and Qigong Day is an annual healing event that has subtly spread across the planet since 1999. Millions worldwide have experienced the healing benefits of Tai Chi & Qigong. Many who have felt the profound stress management benefits of these ancient tools and realized what they offer have come together to share that awareness with society at large when our world needs it the most. Celebrations take place in sixty nations and several hundred cities. Mass Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong exhibitions will be taking place in many cities.
World Tai Chi and Qigong Day’s stated goals are to: 1. Educate the world about the emerging medical research revealing the health benefits that Tai Chi and Qigong offer. 2. Educate about the increasing use of these ancient traditional Chinese medicine modalities in business, education and community. 3. Provide a global vision of cooperation for health & healing purposes across geopolitical boundaries, and also an appeal to people worldwide to embrace wisdom from all the cultures of the world.
This global event began in 1999. However the first event that inspired the global event, was held in Kansas City, Missouri in 1998 on the lawn of the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in midtown Kansas City, where the Kansas City Tai Chi Club held a mass Tai Chi exhibition and teach-in involving nearly two-hundred people. CNN Headline News covered the event, which generated interest beyond Kansas City to quickly grow into a national and international event in the following years.
This world event provides a unique opportunity for people of all ages to learn, practice and celebrate the unifying power of Tai Chi and Qigong for achieving better health and a better world.
A growing body of medical evidence and scientific research has established the healing benefits available through the powerful energy techniques of Tai Chi and Qigong.
What is Tai Chi?Tai Chi Chuan is a gentle, refined exercise that offers many healing benefits to people of all ages and physical abilities. Tai Chi is a slow and rhythmical form of exercise that stems from the martial arts and the ancient practice of Qigong (chi kung).
What is Qigong?Qigong is part of traditional Chinese medicine along with acupuncture and herbal medicine and has been practiced for many thousands of years. This Chinese health regime integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. Qi (pronounce chee) means vital life force that flows through all things in the universe. Gong (prounced gung) means accomplishment or skill through steady practice. Together Qigong means cultivating energy. It is a system for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality. Many people, doctors, psychologists, scientists and other professionals are attracted to Qigong because they see its amazing healing powers and recognize a growing need for it. Qigong can heal you physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually and is one of the most powerful self-healing practices.
Qigong means using this vital life energy to create a healthy mind and body. This ancient discipline combines meditation, focused concentration, breathing techniques and body movements to activate and cultivate our “vital energy” as it flows through the acupuncture channels, the meridians of the body.