Each year tens of millions of Tai Chi (Taiji) and Qigong enthusiasts around the world have been waiting for the World Tai Chi & Qigong Day’s arrival so they can get together with their fellow practitioners and exchange their experiences of practicing the art. This year the World Tai Chi & Qigong Day will be on Saturday April 25.
Since the inception in 1999, the World Tai Chi & Qigong Day has been highly celebrated around the world. Starting at 10 am local time, more than 80 countries and thousands of cities big and small celebrate the benefits of practicing Tai Chi and Qigong by hosting various programs. Bill Douglas, the founder of the World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, stated that this year’s theme is “One World, One Breath” and through practice the whole world will unite together in a peaceful way. Recently, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam joined twenty two other states to proclaim the World Tai Chi & Qigong Day. Actually, Brazil and many countries’ central government have already recognized the World Tai Chi & Qigong Day’s importance. Many municipal governments sponsor its celebration and city government of Baja, Mexico, is one example (see their poster in the slide show).
In St. Louis, many Tai Chi Chuan schools will have their individual celebrations. But we are also very fortunate that there will be two open events that anyone can join regardless of experience.
Five years ago instructors Kristen Thompson and Tom Pasley teamed up and hosted a fun event to celebrate the World Tai Chi & Qigong Day. This year Kristen Thompson, Barb Stoneburner and Jan Koch along with Tom Pasley are having a celebration at Lutheran Church of the Atonement, Florissant, Missouri (click 1285 New Florissant Road North, Florissant, MO 63031 for google map). They welcome Tai Chi enthusiasts to join them. The event will be from 9:45 a.m. till 11:45 a.m. To embrace the concept of “One World, One Breath”, they will have group Tai Chi practice first and everyone will practice his own style with the same spirit. Afterwards, they would like every school or individual to perform his own style separately so people can see the diversity and depth of various Tai Chi and Qigong forms. The event is free. For more information and registration, you can contact Jan Koch at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 314-837-1224.
Also at Shaw Nature Reserve, Grey Summit, Missouri, there will be another celebration starting at 10 a.m. Organizer Sue Schulte said that you do not have to know how to do Tai Chi or Qigong to participate. All are welcome! There will be a variety of teachers present to instruct people how to use Tai Chi and Qigong to improve the health, balance and sense of wellbeing. Shaw Nature Reserve is located right off of Highway 44 and the Gray Summit exit. This event is free but there is a $5 fee to enter the Reserve ($3 for a senior) and no charge if you are a member of the Missouri Botanical Garden. After checking in, drive down the hill, the lake will be on your left. Parking will be at the bottom of the hill. They will be practicing Tai Chi and Qigong by the lake. Call Sue Schulte at 636-274-8851 or Ron Rain at 636-274-5288 for questions.
Extra: watch the attached video of the World Tai Chi & Qigong Day celebration and be inspired!
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