In 1998 in the largest gathering of Tai Chi players outside of China (according to CNN's report) and held a mass Tai Chi exhibition that CNN's report carried worldwide. Other Tai Chi groups and eventually Qigong (pronounced chee gong) groups got involved ... and in 1999 it was called World Tai Chi and Qigong Day. It spread through over 80 nations as a mass global celebration and health
But, what about
World YOGA Day?
As this event spread around the
world, the Founders of this event,
Bill and Angela Wong-Douglas, saw a great
potential for expanding awareness of not just Tai Chi and Qigong, and the mounting medical research showing it could save society hundreds of billions of dollars in saved health costs, court costs, prison costs, etc ... but they saw World Tai Chi & Qigong Day's mass education model, as a model for all mind-body practices that could benefit society.
AND they began to see a profound global connection forming that could be an inspiration to the world ... and the event's motto became "One World ... One Breath"
So, they created an umbrella event known as World Healing Day, which included:
* World Yoga Day (www.WorldYogaDay.org)
* World Reiki Day (www.WorldYogaDay.org)
* World Art Day (www.WorldArtDay.org)
* World Sufi Dance Day (www.WorldSufiDanceDay.org), etc.
At the same time, many World Tai Chi Day events had already begun to include Yoga events as part of their World Tai Chi Day event, which further inspired World Tai Chi Day's Founders to expand this event to a mass mind body wave of Qi and Prana around the planet, all the events held on the same day ... at 10 am local time on the "last Saturday of April" each year.
Events have since been officially proclaimed by governors of 25 US States; senates, including Puerto Rico, California, New York; the National Congress of Brazil; and officials and government bodies, agencies and ministries worldwide have supported this global effort including across the U.S., Italy, UK, Mexico, Brazil, etc. Many hospitals and health institutions have participated, and Harvard researchers held a series of mind-body science lectures in recognition of World Tai Chi Day.
So, how do you or your Yoga group, school, or association become part of this annual global health & healing wave ... whose motto is One World ... One Breath?
Visit www.WorldTaiChiDay.org and use all the resources there to organize your local event as part of the global wave, or connect with an existing event to see if you can join forces. In the photos below you'll see how Yoga and Tai Chi, Qigong, and Sufi Dancing have become part of this global wave of events each year in many nations.