Another hectic work day is about to begin. The commute has been an exercise in frustration and when I finally emerge from the clogged subway stairs I need to make a quick dash to get to the office on time. Hurriedly passing Bryant Park I notice out of the corner of my eye a group of people purposefully moving slowly in unison. Risking a late start I take some time to see what they are doing. The movements are graceful and the participants seem much more relaxed than me. Overhearing a conversation between some passersby, I learn they are practicing Tai Chi. What is it about anyway and why can I never feel that relaxed that early in the morning?
Are you interested in finding out what Qigong and Taiji (Tai Chi) are about and how they are practiced? Do you have some experience but want to learn more? Either way, you should check out a program being held at the Mid-Manhattan Library on Tuesday, October 7, starting at 6:30 p.m. titled Nurturing Health via Qigong and Taiji with Yang Yang, Ph.D.
Dr. Yang will lecture on traditional Taiji and Qigong practice and will summarize research on Taiji. Participants will also learn and experience Taiji and Qigong exercises which they can practice at home. Yang Yang, Ph.D. is a traditionally trained and internationally recognized Master Taiji and Qigong instructor and adjunct faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research has focused on the efficacy of Taiji and Qigong practice for older adults, and he is the Director of the Center for Taiji and Qigong Studies right here in New York City. Save the date and come explore Qigong and Taiji with an expert in the field. Try not to let it make you late for work though.