Take a breath and pass on the energy

Published on Wed, Apr 24, 2013
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A global health and healing event will unfold across the planet on Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. as the world breathes together during World Tai Chi and Qigong Day. 

Beginning in New Zealand, the event will spread across the globe time zone by time zone through 60 countries across six
 continents. A healing wave, created by people gathered together to practice Tai Chi and Qigong, will circle the planet.

Certified Tai Chi and Health Qigong instructors Guo Cheng of the Blaine Taiji Academy, Kelly Hong-Williams of Powered by Qi and NW Parks and Recreation, District 2 have set a goal to bring 100 people together to breathe as one. They will take their place in the wave at NW Parks and Recreation Gym in Birch Bay, and have invited the community to join in. 

Tai Chi and Qigong (Chi Gung) are health technologies that evolved over several thousand years of research in China and are growing more popular worldwide. They are used in hospitals, businesses, prisons, schools and other institutions. 

Tai Chi and Qigong have been shown to reduce anxiety, depression and chronic pain conditions. They boost the immune system, improve respiratory function, burn calories, dramatically improve balance, provide cardiovascular benefit, provide powerful stress management tools and slow aspects of the aging process.

Free beginner Qigong classes and practices will be held in various locations in Birch Bay, Bellingham and Ferndale. Email kelly@poweredbyqi.com for exact locations and times. If you have a group of 10 or more who would like to learn, please contact Kelly for more information on how to bring a class to you for free.

Following the World Tai Chi Day’s One World … One Breath event at 10 a.m. on Saturday, there will be there will be a Taiji sword and fan performance.

Registration for World Tai Chi Day will be held on Saturday, April 27 from 9:30 to 10 a.m. at the NW Parks and Recreation Gym, 7511 Gemini Street in Birch Bay. 

For more information, please call 360/656-6416.