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Millennium Park Summer Workouts 2015

Tai Chi in Millennium Park, June 2014

Teaching Tai Chi in the Millennium Park Summer Workouts – June 2014. Photo by Mary Beth Nolan.

We are happy to announce our participation in the City of Chicago’s Millennium Park Summer Workouts this year. We’ll be on the Great Lawn every Saturday morning in June, starting at 7am. Come for the Tai Chi, and stay for the Yoga (8am), Pilates (9am) and Zumba (10am)…! We look forward to seeing you there…!

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

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Join us on World Tai Chi & Qigong Day on Saturday, April 25th in Chicago, Illinois, for a celebration of the health and longevity that Tai Chi and Qigong practitioners have enjoyed for thousands of years. On this special day, our teaching staff and students will travel the Northcenter community leading FREE guided practice sessions in both Tai Chi and Qigong.

All levels of experience are welcome in this once a year event. JOIN US and learn how to improve YOUR well-being!

Choose one or more of these FREE sessions to discover what balance, breath and focused movement will bring to you:

LIST OF EVENTS:

  1. 10:00 am – Meet at starting point, 4043 N. Ravenswood Ave., to walk to our first practice location
  2. 10:30 am – 11:00 am – Tai Chi & Qigong @ Northcenter Town Square (corner of Damen Ave. and Bell Plaine Ave.)
  3. 11:30 am – 12:00 noon – Tai Chi & Qigong @ Wells Park (between Montrose Ave. and Sunnyside Ave. on Lincoln Ave.)

In case of rain showers, all outdoor venues will be cancelled. Please check our World Tai Chi & Qigong Day event page on Facebook for up-to-date information.

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World Tai Chi and Qigong Day (WTCQD) is an annual event held the last Saturday of April each year to promote the related disciplines of T’ai Chi Ch’uan and qigong around the world since 1999. For more information on World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, additional events, and the Tai Chi and Qigong Medical Research Library please visit http://worldtaichiday.org

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day in Welles Park - ChicagoAfter reflecting upon last weekend’s World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, I would like to share why I believe it to be a event worthy of celebration (and perhaps some extra practice).

A long time ago, people left the wilds and their natural surroundings for the benefits of communal living. As the size of these communities grew into kingdoms, the walls that were designed to provide security and convenience also became a haven for stress and conflict. The citizens were becoming afflicted with disease, internal strife, and greed.

Some of the wiser people noticed that communities had strayed too far from the balancing forces of nature, and presented remedies to those who would listen. They called attention to the flowing rivers, which were teeming with more life than stagnant waters. They pointed out that it was the more pliable trees that could weather heavy winds and snow much better than the stronger ones. It was the creatures that lived simply and within their means, they said, that made it through the harshness of winter and enjoyed the next spring.

The place was ancient China, and these wise folk were Taoists, who looked to the elements of nature and the concepts of yin and yang to help them enjoy healthier lives.

Over the years, continued observation and refinement led to the development of systems that helped people live in harmony with the Tao. Tai Chi and Qigong of modern times are direct ancestors of those systems, powerful internal arts that are practiced to balance and maintain the body. It should come as no surprise, then, that the remedies proposed to restore order and harmony to kingdoms of old (flow, softness and sustainability) can just as effectively be applied to our practice:

What adjustments can I make to my alignment that will help with balance and flow? Where are there restrictions in my movement, and how can these be softened? Are there places where I am overextending?

For me, the annual celebration of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day begins with a reminder to look back and consider the roots of these internal systems. I finish the day with the encouragement to continue listening for ways to soften and refine for another year.