Celebrate World Tai Chi and Qigong Day at Normandale on April 28

Celebrate the unifying power of Tai Chi and Qigong for achieving better health and a better world from 9:30 am to 12 pm on Saturday, April 28, at the same time as thousands of people in over 70 different countries around the world.

Normandale Community College is a host site and sponsor of "World Tai Chi and Qigong Day" locally, and will have seven different free workshops that feature local and international experts in the gymnasium. Those workshops include:

9:30 a.m. Welcome! from Tai Chi Instructor Marie Mathay

9:45 a.m. Participate in Shibashi qigong
led by Senior Instructor Patricia Gonzales

10 a.m. Big Demonstration of Tai Chi for Arthritis
by Normandale students, local instructors
Senior Trainers and Master Trainer Dr. Russell Smiley

10:15 a.m.
Combined Demonstration of Yang Style 40 Forms and Sun Style Traditional 97
Forms classes taught by Linda Ebeling, Patricia Gonzales, Keith Root, Deb Schumacher and Dr. Russell Smiley 10:30 a.m. Tai Chi Fan Form Demonstration Fan Class led by Linda Ebeling

10:45 a.m. Yang 32 Forms of Sword
Demonstration Solo Demonstration by Dr. Russell Smiley

11:00 a.m. Healing Medication "Illumination the Microcosm"
Dr. Russell Smiley (from Ken Cohen's book The Way of Qigong)

11:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions - Choose your interest
Primordial Qigong
- Dr. Russell Smiley
Tai Chi for Arthritis - Deb Schumacher
ABC's of Tai Chi - Keith Root
Shibashi - Patricia Gonzales
Animal Frolics - Linda Ebeling
Health with Colors - Kristin Boda

Being more in harmony with one's inner and outer self can lead to a happier, healthier, and more fulfilled life. Because of this, Tai Chi and Qigong are becoming increasingly popular in the U.S.

Often referred to as moving meditation, Tai Chi is one of the most effective exercises for physical and mental well-being. The slow, fluid, gentle, graceful and circular movements of Tai Chi relax the body, deepen the breath, and calm the mind, resulting in a more integrated mind and body.

While Tai Chi has its origins as an internal martial art, it is practiced throughout the world because of its many health benefits. In fact, scientific studies have verified that Tai Chi increases flexibility, muscular strength, and fitness. Also, it exercises the entire body, is easy and inexpensive to learn, and is suitable for almost anyone.

Qigong is a study of the whole universe, including physics, chemistry, psychology, biology, astrology, electricity and medicine. As one of the cornerstones of traditional Chinese medicine, it has been practiced for many thousands of years.

For more information on World Tai Chi and Qigong Day at Normandale Community College contact Deb Schumaker at Deb.ChangingFocus@gmail.com or 612-548-1148 or contact Dr. Russell Smiley at russell.smiley@normandale.edu or 952-358-8409.