April 21, 2005  
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World Tai Chi & Qigong Day to Take Place Saturday, April 30

By Editorial Staff

Originating in China centuries ago, tai chi - a system of physical exercises originally designed for self-defense and meditation - and qigong - a system of specific movements and breathing exercises performed in a meditative state - have grown to become two of the most popular forms of exercise in the world.

They are practiced by tens of millions of people every day, and provide a variety of health benefits. Research has shown that tai chi and qigong not only help improve one's balance and muscle tone, but that they may strengthen the immune system, improve respiratory function and reduce stress.

To celebrate the effects tai chi and qigong have had on health and wellness, April 30 has been designated as "World Tai Chi and Qigong Day." Beginning at 10 a.m. in New Zealand, the event will spread across each time zone, eventually ending in Hawaii. Events will be held in more than 60 countries, including mass tai chi and qigong exhibitions, and demonstrations of each exercise by certified tai chi and qigong masters.

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day is traditionally celebrated on the last Saturday of each April. For more information, or to learn about a related event in your area, visit www.worldtaichiday.org.

 

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