Saturday, April 27, 2019, 9:30AM-12PM

Asian American Resource Center

8401 Cameron Road

Austin, TX

WORLD TAI CHI & QIGONG DAY: This annual, worldwide event promotes global health and healing.  Every year on the last Saturday in April at exactly 10 a.m. local time around the world, Tai Chi practitioners and the public perform Tai Chi with the intention of sending a wave of healing energy across the globe.  This event is currently celebrated in more than 65 countries across six continents. 

TAI CHI GOAL: Tai Chi’s goal is to strike a balance between our dynamic (male/yang) side and our receptive (female/yin) side. Men and women have both qualities and Tai Chi helps us balance them.  Tai Chi helps us let go of old self-concepts and prejudices, just as it teaches us to let go of tensions and fears. As our physical bodies relax and become more fluid, we become more flexible mentally and emotionally as well.  Tai Chi teaches the practice of letting go on a mental, emotional, and physical level with each exhale.

GENERAL BENEFITS: Tai Chi teaches inner strength while toning muscles, increasing flexibility, and boosting immune power. It is also said to reduce stress, store up energy, increase body awareness, and improve balance and coordination.

GERIATRIC FITNESS: Prevention Magazine reported that “Tai Chi may be the best exercise for people over the age of 60 … providing cardio fitness, muscle strength, and flexibility all in one simple workout that is easy on the joints.”  Tai Chi practice may help seniors avoid falls by improving balance.

CARDIOVASCUALAR BENEFIT: Research has shown that the extremely gentle low impact Tai Chi exercise can provide the same cardiovascular benefit as moderate impact aerobic exercise.

KNEE STRENGTHENING: Knee problems are a common problem as we age. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, conducted a study on older adults using 20 weeks of Tai Chi training. The overall findings suggest that Tai Chi training improves knee extensor strength and force control in older adults.

International World Tai Chi Day Website. 

Facebook: World Tai Chi and Qigong Day in Central Texas.