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    Posted April 28, 2013 by
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    World Tai Chi Qigong Day, celebrated worldwide


    Practitioners in the arts of Tai Chi, Qigong, and other health and healing modalites gathered together on April 27, 2013, in hundreds of cities all over the world to observe "World Tai Chi Qigong Day".


    Founded 14 years ago by Tai Chi instructor Bill Douglas, the mission of World Tai Chi Day is to celebrate not only the health benefits of activities such as Tai Chi and Qigong ("breathing skill", or "energy skills"), but to send out intentions of peace, harmony and healing.


    Held every last Saturday of April, thousands of people all over the world come together to practice their art, at 10 a.m. their local time. The "Wave of Tai Chi" starts in Australia and ends in Hawaii.


    Tai Chi Instructor Restita DeJesus of Seattle Wushu Center in Seattle, Washington, invited the public to join her and her students in a free Tai Chi practice at Seattle Chinese Garden to commemorate the event. People braved the Seattle blustery weather to share in the peaceful practice in the tranquility of a traditional Chinese setting. Two other confirmed Seattle gatherings were hosted by Tai Chi instructors Kimberly Ivy of Embrace the Moon Tai Chi, and Viola Brumbaugh of Wise Orchid Martial Arts.

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