Celebrate World Tai Chi Day This Saturday!
The last Saturday in April is World Tai Chi Day. It is a chance for people to practice their existing skills and learn new ones. Here's what you need to know.
What Is World Tai Chi Day?
World Tai Chi Day was established to create a global wave of positive energy through Tai Chi and Qigong. It takes place on the last Saturday of April at 10:00 am local tie. Read what its founders at WORLDTAICHIDAY.ORG have to say about it:
On the "last Saturday of April" at 10 am local time worldwide, events begin ... starting in the earliest time zones of New Zealand where mass Tai Chi and Qigong teach-ins and exhibitions are held that are FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC. Then, as the planet turns events unfold all across Australia, Asia, Europe, Africa, North and South America, and finally ending this worldwide wave of Qi and health education, with the final events in Hawaii.
Doesn't that sound like something worth being a part of?
Why Should I Give Tai Chi a Try?
There are countless reasons to include Tai Chi in your life. It has been shown to reduce stress and help with symptoms of many common health conditions. in fact, many medical providers (including my own) recommend it as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Need more motivation?
Tai Chi is recognized by the CDC and the National Council on Aging, not to mention government health agencies around the world, as a practical way to minimize the risk of falls.
Check out some medical research about its benefits here and here.
How Can I Get Involved ?
Getting involved with World Tai Chi Day is simple. All you need to do is set aside 10 or 15 minutes for a quick practice at 10:00 am this Saturday. You can also check out the World Tai Chi Day website for events in your area.
If you enjoy it, go ahead and sign up for a class. Many gyms, senior centers, and YMCAs offer them.
If you prefer a virtual format, check out my weekly Tai Chi Stretch class on Tuesdays @ 10:00 am (ET). It is offered in conjunction with Silver Sneakers, but you do not need to be a member to join. Just send an email to email@example.com to request a registration form.