By Jackie Halbin
Lakeview Village Wellness Manager
This year marks our sixth annual observance of World Tai Chi and Qigong Day—a celebration of the slow-moving, stress-reducing exercise that so many Lakeview Village residents enjoy.
In usual Lakeview Village style, we will gather on the back patio of Northpointe, on the Eastside Terrace back patio, on the front lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and at Treetop in Southridge.
We invite you to join us as we celebrate on Saturday, April 26, at 10 a.m. in the Northpointe Fitness Room. Participants from the Tai Chi class will put on a demonstration and then everyone is welcome to join in and learn a few simple Tai Chi moves.
Tai Chi is important because today’s world is being shaken to its foundation by the stress of rapid change, and the pressure to multi-task to the max. Our constant connection to the Internet and social media has become more important—in some respects—than our desire to own or drive a car.
Bill Douglas, founder of World Tai Chi Day, and fellow Kansas City native, learned Tai Chi and Qigong to reduce his own stress and learned the importance of breathing fully. His goal over the last 15 years has been to raise the world’s awareness of the awesome benefits associated with Tai Chi. He designated the last Saturday of the month in April as the day for world celebration and recognition. Starting at 10 a.m. in New Zealand and thereafter around the globe, people will come together to create a clearer, healthier and calmer world with “one breath.”