Story last updated at 4/22/2009 - 11:31 am
JUNEAU - April 25 is World Tai Chi and Qigong Day. Tai chi is an exercise form with slow, continuous movements that has been practiced in China for centuries for its health benefits. Juneau's Tai Chi for Health and the Arthritis Foundation will host a free public tai chi class on Saturday April 25 from 10-11 a.m. at the UAS Student Recreation Center gym, 12300 Mendenhall Loop Road. Please bring clean indoor shoes or remove street shoes in the gym.
World Tai Chi and Qigong Day is an annual event held the last Saturday of April since 1999 to promote the related disciplines of tai chi ch'uan and qigong.
Tai Chi for Health's owner, Jo Boehme, is a local occupational therapist and an Arthritis Foundation certified Sun style tai chi instructor.
"Tai Chi from the Arthritis Foundation is a joint-safe program developed from the ancient Chinese discipline of tai chi," Boehme said. "It is practiced all over the world as an exercise for better health. International scientific studies have proven tai chi's effectiveness in managing chronic arthritis pain and reducing fall risk."
Many also practice tai chi for the health benefits of stress relief, improved concentration, and integration of mind and body. To learn about tai chi in Juneau, visit www.JuneauTaiChi.com.