Monday, April 17, 2006
Tai Chi and Qigong Day across the globe: Sat, Ap 29; local event at Betty Virginia Park begins at 9 am
In Shreveport the local Tao Ahn Pai group from Phoenix Virtue Temple - as well as everyone who wishes to join in - will celebrate at Betty Virginia Park (Ockley at Line Avenue). "Meet in the park by 9:00 a.m. for warm-up, Qigong and socializing," says Gabriel. "At precisely 10:00 a.m. (local time) we will begin our T'ai Chi to add to the wave of chi flowing around the world."
Questions? Contact Sifu Gabriel by telephone: 227-0744 or 834-0445 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. In the event of blissful rain, events will take place at Phoenix Virtue Temple. "If there is a light drizzle we will meet at the park," says the sifu. Visit phoenixvirtuetemple.com and/or worldtaichiday.org for more information.
You need not have any prior experience to participate. "We hope other practitioners in the region will feel free to join us and practice their own particular forms - yoga comes to mind - or join us in ours," says Gabriel. "This is about all of us coming together for health and healing. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes and bring water to drink. If local drummers would like to join us, so much the merrier! Namaste!"
This event helps raise awareness about health management at a time when Louisianians are struggling to see their toes. World T’ai Chi Day brings well-educated democrats together across economic and geopolitical lines. Hopefully, a few Republicans and working class souls will also participate, said mayor Keith Hightower while donning comfortable slacks and running shoes for a Qigong photo op.
Naturesbridge.com says "Qigong (chee-GONG) is a current name for what was formerly known as Taoist breathing exercises that date back nearly 5,000 years. Qi means energy, the energy of the universe. Gong means to gather with skill, thus qigong is to gather energy from the universe with practiced skill. There are over 3,000 forms of qigong; tai chi, more commonly known is but one form. Like tai chi, qigong appears to be a gentle slow rhythmic movement, usually done while standing."