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|USA Weekend (Circulation 23,000,000) - Feb. 26, 2006 edition
Tai chi, a 2,000-year-old form of exercise, is non-competitive, gentle and self-paced. Anyone can do it, and the benefits are extensive.
"Tai chi is a combination of biofeedback, visualization and gentle exercise movements that together have a profound impact on mental, physical and emotional health," says Bill Douglas, founder and international director of World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, which takes place April 29 this year. "Tai chi is used as therapy for chronic pain and limited mobility, but its greatest power is preventive." . . .
Studies of tai chi show it reduces blood pressure, episodes of anxiety and depression, and symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It also helps give a boost to the immune system, builds bone mass, and improves chronic pain, limited mobility, balance and coordination.
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|International Herald Tribune - London
on World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2006
Tai chi - Old energy for a new age
By C.J. Moore International Herald Tribune
MONDAY, JUNE 5, 2006
LONDON World Tai Chi and Qigong Day has recently come and gone, with thousands of participants in 34 countries giving free tai chi demonstrations and classes. Now in its seventh year, the event aims to send a "positive wave of energy" around the world and draw attention to the benefits of this ancient Chinese form of exercise which is steadily establishing itself in the West.
The early morning practice of tai chi, which can be seen in city parks throughout China, is now an increasingly common sight in Europe and America, too, where it is hailed as the new yoga. Its benefits have been validated by recent studies indicating that regular practice contributes to better balance, flexibility and mobility, can reduce cardiovascular stress, and can help with symptoms of arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Tai chi could well join a growing list of "alternative" therapies invoked by Western health authorities to counter the stress and strain of modern living.
. . . the first stage is to make yourself mentally and physically fit and healthy, that is already well worth attaining.
. . . the underlying philosophy is not one of aggression but of heart, mind and body operating together using a universal source of energy, known as ch'i.
From this surrounding field or source, energy is said to be "gathered" and stored in such a way as to let it flow through the body and create balance and harmony. If this sounds vague and undefinable, that is exactly what it may seem like to a Western mind. Nonetheless, 3,000 years' tradition of using the same principles in traditional Chinese healing adds up to a lot of acquired and precise knowledge. . . .
The link between the health side and tai chi is played out in a series of related tuning-up exercises known as qigong (or ch'i kung) which are designed to clear the meridians, or energy channels, through the body. Organic health problems are seen as related to blockages in these channels, and it is important to keep energy flows clear, especially with advancing age. For this reason, and given the gentle and unpressured style of the movements, tai chi is often recommended for older people.
. . . it can change one's disposition: "After practising over a period of time, a hot-tempered man will change into a gentle man." . . . numerous Taoist masters have turned westward and brought an extraordinary tradition of knowledge with them, including tai chi.
This is an art that needs no special place, fancy equipment or expensive outlay, and its regular practice can build up grace, beauty and strength in a remarkable way, whatever age one may be. Maybe we should have World Tai Chi and Qigong Day every week.
C.J. Moore is the author of "In Other Words: A Language Lover's Guide to the Most Intriguing Words Around the World.
|ASHVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA CITIZEN TIMES NEWS
-April 25, 2006 12:15 am
Mountain residents will join in public spaces Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon to celebrate the Eighth Annual World Tai Chi and Qigong Day
ASHEVILLE Mountain residents will join in public spaces Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon to celebrate the Eighth Annual World Tai Chi and Qigong Day. This year, events will be in Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Marion and Franklin.
YMCAs, recreation centers and private teachers are sponsoring free demonstrations and workshops with one goal: to share the health benefits of these healing arts with as many people as possible. All events are free and available to everyone. You do not have to be a YMCA member.
World Tai Chi and Qigong Day starts in New Zealand and spreads time zone by time zone, sweeping across six continents, with 1,600 events planned in 63 nations. "People are becoming so enthusiastic about tai chi that we are expanding our celebration beyond Asheville to five cities throughout Western North Carolina," said Michael Clark, founder of Heaven and Earth Tai Chi and organizer of the local event for the past two years.
"We are excited about welcoming families to try something new at World Tai Chi and Qigong Day," said Kristin Weaver, wellness director at Reuter Family YMCA in South Asheville. "This day celebrates healthy living by encouraging people to practice the holistic healing arts we offer, such as tai chi, qigong, yoga and NIA."
Tai chi and qigong are low-cost, gentle and effective health enhancement methods that are accessible to people of all ages. . . .
|THE JOURNAL GAZZETTE, FT. WAYNE, INDIANA:
Focus your mind, calm your body in next week's World Tai Chi Day
By Stefanie Scarlett
The Journal Gazette
If it seems like the world has been holding its collective breath, waiting for the other shoe to drop, it's time to exhale.
One world, one breath.
That’s the idea for the eighth annual World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, which seeks to create a healing wave of positive energy and calm around the globe.
|TUCSON CITIZEN NEWSPAPER, TUCSON, ARIZONA:
Cover Story: Tai-dal wave
Practitioners will create a worldwide flow of calm during Saturday's World Tai Chi & Qigong Day. Events are planned in Oro and Green valleys.
SANDRA VALDEZ GERDES
|ACORN NEWSPAPER, THOUSAND OAKS, CALIFORNIA:
Learn from the masters at tai chi event -- 2006 World Tai Chi and Qigong Day is scheduled for Sat., April 29 at Arcadia County Park, 405 S. Santa Anita Ave., Arcadia. The event is free and open to the public. Free classes and information on health benefits, both mental and physical, will begin at 8 a.m.
|THE JOURNAL NEWS - Westchester, New York
|YORK DAILY RECORD:
TAI CHI, QIGONG: Join in celebration
Daily Record/Sunday News
Apr 28, 2006
York's Tai Chi and Qigong instructors invite York County to join them in their seventh annual observation of World Tai Chi and Qigong Day at 10 a.m. Saturday at the gazebo at Farquhar Park on North Newberry Street in York.
Organizers will also join the Unity Celebration planned at Crispus Attucks Community Center to unite the community against racism.
|Utah Health Magazine - Utah's Guide to Healthy Living
Natural Living -- University of Utah and Local T'ai Chi Schools to Celebrate World T'ai Chi and Qigong Day - April 29
Published Wednesday, March 29, 2006
. . . As part of the annual World T'ai Chi and Qigong Day, celebrated in 60 countries around the globe, University of Utah T'ai Chi instructor, Professor William Parkinson, and participating Utah T'ai Chi and Qigong (pronounced "tie-chee and chee-gong") schools invite everyone, regardless of age or physical condition, to experience these ancient Chinese forms of exercise by joining local practitioners at the sixth annual Utah observance of World T'ai Chi and Qigong Day. . . .
|NEW YORK TIMES:
|SENTINAL NEWS - EDISON, NEW JERSEY:
Tai chi aims to calm the body, soothe the soul
BY JOHN DUNPHY
EDISON - Like a wave, their arms swam through the air.
. . . Members of the World Institute for Self Healing (WISH), the Huaxia Edison Taiji Club, the Chinese Heritage School of New Jersey and the Murray Hill Chinese School presented demonstrations in the grassy fields of Roosevelt Park Saturday as part of the World Tai Chi and QiGong Day.
Labeled as "an unprecedented global health and healing event," it began at 10 a.m. April 29 in New Zealand. Mass tai chi and qigong exhibitions followed in parks and public places around the world.
Then, as the Earth turned, these events would unfold time zone by time zone, across 60 nations, spanning six continents, creating a healing wave of health education, according to a press release.
"I see this big gap between the Eastern and Western cultures," said Kevin Chen, a member of WISH and an organizer of the Roosevelt Park event. "I wanted to be part of this movement to introduce what we call a self-healing, preventive culture."
|Australia's Pigmy Possum News on World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Events:
World Tai Chi and Qigong Day aims to promote ancient Chinese art
Date Posted: 06/Jun/2006 Category: Alternative Therapies
More than 34 countries worldwide have recently marked the 7th annual World Tai Chi and Qigong Day with free Tai Chi demonstrations and classes. Accordingly to the International Herald Tribune, London, the event aims to send positive energy around the world, as well as promoting the ancient art of Tai Chi.
|SENTINAL NEWSPAPER - WOODBRIDGE, NEW JERSEY:
CHRIS KELLY staff Barbara Garfinkel, of Colonia, demonstrates the wuji qigong tai chi form Saturday during the World Tai Chi and QiGong Day at Roosevelt Park in Edison. Garfinkel and other members of the tai chi class at the Metuchen Senior Center will be working with residents of the Cedar Oaks Nursing Home in South Plainfield on May 23.
DOVER POST - DOVER, DELAWARE:
Tai Chi demonstration to be held at Brecknock Park
By Jia Din
Chinese Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese martial art that promotes physical and spiritual well being, will be performed at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 29 at Brecknock Park in Camden-Wyoming.
The event is part of the eighth annual World Tai Chi Day. World Tai Chi is an internationally recognized education program for Tai Chi that combines Eastern styles of training with a Western format. Members of the organization throughout the world will be showcasing Tai Chi skills through outdoor demonstrations in their local communities.
The Traditional Chinese Tai Chi School of Camden-Wyoming is participating in this event by inviting everyone to Brecknock Park to learn about and participate in Tai Chi.
Dr. Har Ming Lau, Tai Chi expert and instructor at the school, said the goal of the event is to provide awareness of the benefits of Tai Chi.
"Tai Chi is good for the whole body and it's not too difficult to learn," he said. "It's a type of holistic exercise that increases energy and can potentially prevent bone loss, high blood pressure, hypertension, stress and many other things."
Lau, who has studied Tai Chi since the age of 12 and has competed in international tournaments, said Tai Chi has varying styles and follows the spiritual philosophy of Daoism.
"The purpose of Tai Chi is for people to exercise their whole body," he said. "It consists of a series of movements that helps with healing the body, mind and spirit so there's harmony."
Lau said Tai Chi, which is an integral part of Chinese culture, is not strenuous and can be practiced by people of all ages, from the very young to the very old.
"People who practice Tai Chi are from varying backgrounds and they do it for different reasons," he said. "Some need it for meditation, some are interested in the martial arts aspects and some do it to relieve stress and get some balance in their lives."
Lau and others who practice Tai Chi will be available at the park to answer questions and to give demonstrations to anyone who wishes to join in on the exercise.
"This will be a good resource for the community," he said. "Martial artists and others can gather together and learn from each other." If you go...
What: Tai Chi demonstration
When: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 29
Where: Brecknock Park, Camden-Wyoming
Admission: Free and open to the public
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|THE DAILY NORTHWESTERN NEWS - Evanston, Illinois - May 01, 2006
Local tai chi school participates in martial arts celebration
By Anna Prior
It's 10 a.m. Saturday and although the air is brisk and the sky is overcast, six people are out in Raymond Park moving their arms and legs in slow, fluid motions.
These people, gliding through a series of controlled poses as cars pass by and children play on the nearby playground, are students and instructors from The Human Process, an Evanston-based tai chi and Arica meditation school located at The Evanston Arts Depot, 600 Main Street.
Saturday marked the eighth annual celebration of World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, and as the clock struck 10 a.m. across the world, devotees of the martial arts form went outside to participate in the event.
"It's fun," tai chi instructor Peter Norman said. "Tai chi is great for people looking for a healthy form of exercise."
Norman described tai chi as a "soft martial art," based on meditation. Tai chi focuses on balance and timing as well as relaxation, he said.
"It's really a moving meditation," Norman said. "People can do it to de-stress."
World Tai Chi and Qigong Day founders Bill Douglas and Angela Wong Douglas started the tradition eight years ago as a "global healing event."
|ARIZONA DAILY STAR NEWS
World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 2006 McCormick Park, 2900 N. Columbus Blvd. Groups around the world will perform tai chi and Qigong exercises and discuss the benefits of each. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 29. Free. 331-3941.
|SMOKY MOUNTAIN NEWS -- ASHVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA -- 4/26/06
World Tai Chi and Qigong Day will be held Saturday, April 29, as local residents join tens of thousands of people around the planet who enjoy the health benefits of these gentle mind-body exercises. Asheville-based teacher Michael Clark of Heaven and Earth Tai Chi . . .
|Oregon Daily Emerald Newspaper - Wednesday, May 3, 2006
Eugeneans give pause for tai chi and qigong
World Tai Chi and Qigong Day brought community members outside to demonstrate and celebrate health
By Thomas Miller
A silence filled the air Saturday as various tai chi and qigong instructors and practitioners sunk their hips and glided across a grassy baseball diamond during the third annual World Tai Chi and Qigong Day at Skinner Butte Park in Eugene.
Even runners and bike riders on the path along the Willamette River joined in and celebrated.
"It's fun that even the joggers are stopping by," said Le Allen, tai chi practitioner and Eugene resident. "The rich community support and the acknowledgment of the ancient art was vital to this event."
Eugene's own World Tai Chi and Qigong Day celebration on Saturday was a free event that promoted the related disciplines of tai chi, a moving meditation that focuses on graceful movements and calm breathing, and qigong, an art and science that uses postures, breathing and concentration to gather one's life energy.
The event originated in Kansas City, Mo., . . .
|Peace River Record Gazette
Martial Art, Tai-Chi becoming a popular form of exercise and stress relief
By Mark Rieder
Tuesday June 06, 2006
Peace River Record Gazette Tai-Chi is a discipline that uses the same movements as many of the martial arts -- such as Taekwondo.
Tai-chi’s growing popularity was underscored during World Tai-Chi and Qigong Day, April 29. Practitioners of Tai-chi gathered at Riverfront Park to demonstrate the activity.
Jeff McCann, local Tai-Chi practitioner and instructor, said it is an increasingly popular activity.
Usually perceived as an exercise for mature adults, McCann said it has benefits for people of all ages, especially in today’s fast-paced world.
“It’s ideal for stress and a variety of illnesses ... like high blood pressure,” he said.
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|CNN Headline News
Consumer Health Digest
FOX National News
The South China Morning Post
Conscious Living Magazine (Australia)
German International Radio
The New York Times
USA Weekend (Circulation 23,000,000)
Brasil's National Television News
Health & Healing Magazine (Australia)
Dutch National Television News
Brasil's National Newspaper
The Wall Street Journal
Russia's OMKS Weekly News
American Airlines American Way Magazine
Family PC Magazine
Honolulu Star Bulletin News
Wiesbaden Kurier (Germany)
Tai Chi & Alternative Health Magazine (United Kingdom)
Star Business News
The Business Journal
Whole Life Times
Cooking Light Magazine
Massage & Bodywork Magazine
Tai Chi Magazine
Inside Kung Fu
Desk Top Fitness
Health News Digest
Indian Country Today (National News)
In Light Times
Inner Self Magazine
Kung Fu Magazine
The Empty Vessel Magazine
Martial Arts 101
Meta Arts Magazine
Natural Health Journal
Natural Health Catalogue
New Connexion Journal
Nile Valley Herbs
Tong Ren Magazine (Journal of the Canadian Taijiquan Federation)
Wisdom Seekers Magazine (New Zealand)
WAXK Radio - New London, CT
WOL Radio - Washington, DC
WMGF Radio - Maitland, FL
KWPT Radio - Fortuna, CA
KBUL-A Radio - Billings, MT
KBYG Radio - Big Spring, TX
KIZN Radio - Boise, ID
WAZY Radio - Layayette, IN
KUHL Radio - Santa Maria, CA
WVMT Radio - Colchester, VT
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KODJ Radio - West Valley City, UT
WBBO Radio - Manahawkin, NJ
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