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World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
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n April 25, World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
exhibitions and teach-ins in hundreds of
cities in 65 nations on six continents will unfold,
as people gracefully move into and glide through
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sequences of poses, practicing the age-old
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Chinese exercises of qigong and Tai chi. Qigong
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means cultivating one’s vital life force energy (qi)
over time. As a practice, it combines movement,
self-massage, meditation and breathing. Tai chi is
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the most well-known and popular moving form of
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qigong; it is essentially meditation in motion.
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Reported benefi ts of Tai chi include
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improved posture, balance and fl exibility, muscle
strength and defi nition, energy, stamina and
agility, all while reducing stress and promoting a
general sense of well-being. Since the American
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Heart Association reported on Tai chi’s effect of
lowering blood pressure in older adults a decade
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ago, supporting science has been emanating from the Mayo Clinic, National Insti-
tutes of Health and American Cancer Society. Extensive medical studies conducted
in China underscore qigong’s ability to ease chronic problems such as hypertension,
allergies and asthma, and to improve cardiovascular health.
Roger Jahnke, doctor of Oriental medicine, author of The Healer Within and
director and chief instructor of the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai chi, says,
“When you cultivate balance and harmony within yourself, or in the world—that
is Tai chi. When you work and play with the essence and energy of life, nature and
the Universe for healing, clarity and inner peace—that is qigong.”
For more information visit WorldTaiChiDay.com.
Sleeping on It Helps Us Learn
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leep helps the human mind learn complicated skills and recover learning we
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thought we had forgotten from the previous day, concludes a new study by the
University of Chicago. Howard Nusbaum, professor of psychology at the university,
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explains that “Sleep consolidates learning by restoring what was lost over the course
of a day and by protecting what was learned against subsequent loss.”
the environment.
Researchers tested their theory by asking 200 college students to learn a new
video game containing a rich, multisensory virtual environment, in which play-
ers had to use both hands to deal with continually changing
visual and auditory signals. The volunteers, most
of whom had no previous gaming experi-
ence, were divided into three groups,
each trained and tested at different
times of the day. The groups that
were allowed to get a good
night’s sleep before being
tested again the next morning
achieved the highest perfor-
mance scores.
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