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The National Qigong Association's annual conference is coming up, Friday, July 26 to Sunday, July 28th, in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania (USA). See below article for details and links.
The below is the launch of an international campaign to collect video testimonials of the health and life benefits people worldwide are enjoying. This is a prototype of that campaign. We'll set up a web page at www.worldtaichiday.org to post youtube videos like this from around the world. See article below for more.
Can Tai Chi end type 2 diabetes problems? You might be surprised. Chronic pain? Help with MS? Parkinson's disease? Be sure to view the moving video in the below article on the Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi - University of Kansas Hospital Project. Students in the Turning Point Center for Hope & Healing Kansas University Hospital Project are finding some stunning results that they describe in this video, as Tai Chi is changing their lives in beautiful ways.
PROFOUNDLY MOVING VIDEO!
TAI CHI & QIGONG CHANGES PEOPLE'S LIVES!
|Tai Chi at Turning Point's Center for Hope & Healing, The University of Kansas Hospital|
The above video was a project of WTCQD Founder, Bill Douglas, that has inspired an idea. That idea is to begin collecting testimonial videos from Tai Chi and Qigong teachers worldwide, for a TAI CHI & QIGONG TESTIMONIAL PAGE on www.WorldTaiChiDay.org. We are not quite there yet, but we suggest that tai chi and qigong teachers, schools, and groups consider doing video interviews, or more accurately, letting students talk about the life benefits tai chi and qigong have given them.
Notes from Bill Douglas:
Suggestion, keep the video statements to about 3 to 5 minutes, because no one watches long videos anymore.
What was stunning to me, personally, was how these beautiful people in my classes opened their hearts to the camera, knowing that they had a chance to help other people by sharing their story.
The thing that really hit me was how much profound benefit they were getting from the classes. As teachers, we often don't get much feedback from students, and you kind of start to think they are just there because they didn't have anything better to do that morning.
So, when your students get in front of a camera and open their hearts, you may be stunned to learn just how profoundly your classes have been changing people's lives and empowering people in huge ways.
My suggestion to teachers and groups is to show your group the above video to inspire them to open their hearts to you about your local classes' impact on their lives. Then shoot your own video of their stories.
I would like to credit Harvard Medical School's tai chi program for inspiring me to do this. I'd been thinking about video testimonials for some time, but when I saw Harvard's testimonial with tai chi students coping with Parkinson's it moved me and inspired me. Below is the Harvard Medical School video that initially inspired me to do my own class testimonial video, above, and to envision a future project where we post testimonials from students in classes worldwide on a special page at www.WorldTaiChiDay.org.
-- Bill Douglas, Founder of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
|Tai Chi Master 3 H|
See more of Harvard's groundbreaking work at:
National Qigong Association's 18th Annual Conference Starts July 26!
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day's concept was first launched at an NQA National Conference, and the NQA has been a profoundly important supporting organization in the global event through all its years of expansion around the planet.
These conferences are unique opportunities to meet and share, learn and study, with some of the cutting edge voices in Qigong.
-- Bill Douglas, Founder of
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
Register or learn more about this important conference at:
The Harvard Medical School Guide -
and Kansas University Hospital Project!
A prototype for an international video
education from the heart project ...
This below video is part of a larger effort to inform physicians and patients throughout the Kansas University Hospital program about Tai Chi & Qigong's profound potential to significantly improve patient's lives, and also to inform them about grant driven Tai Chi and Qigong classes offered for free to patients dealing with chronic health conditions that
many patients are not yet aware of..
|Tai Chi at Turning Point's Center for Hope & Healing, The University of Kansas Hospital|
Kansas University Hospital Tai Chi & Qigong teacher, Bill Douglas, raised funding for 50 copies of the Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi, which analyzed and summarized the mounting medical research showing Tai Chi and Qigong are a powerful adjunct therapy for many conditions.
WHY ARE WE REPORTING THIS AT WORLDTAICHIDAY.ORG? So, to inspire similar projects at health institutions throughout the U.S., and the world. Like we did with WTCQD, creating Organizing Kits, and Media Kits, to train tai chi and qigong enthusiasts and teachers worldwide how to gain media attention for their work, this project is a "prototype" we hope groups worldwide will be inspired by and emulate.
Okay, so we created the above testimonial video, and we raised funds to get 50 copies of the Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi. What's next?
The next step! Turning Point * The Center for Hope & Healing * a program of Kansas University Hospital plans to arrange for Bill Douglas to present to various departments, centers, and physician meetings throughout the KU system, sharing the above testimonials video, and citing the Harvard Medical School Guide to show those departments how Tai Chi can benefit their patients. Each department will then be left at least one copy of the Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi following Bill's presentations, so they can further educate themselves about how Tai Chi & Qigong may help their patients.
The goal is to fill and overfill the existing grant driven classes, to inspire more grant funds to come to Tai Chi and Qigong programs. WHY? You only need to watch the above powerfully moving video of people who have experienced Tai Chi & Qigong's multitudinous benefits in those classes to understand.
Yes, Tai Chi and Qigong can save the health system money, a significant amount of money. But, the real reason Tai Chi and Qigong must be expanded is because it literally changes people's lives. Watch the above video, and share this project with other Tai Chi and Qigong teachers and organizations you know.
WorldTaiChiDay.org's hope is this prototype program will be utilized by Tai Chi & Qigong teachers teaching in health system settings, to take full advantage of the groundbreaking "Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi," as a tool to open the minds and funding of department heads in health systems all over the world.
"The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi is a significant milestone in the integration of Eastern and Western medicine. It deftly summarizes the scientific evidence for the healing potential of this traditional Chinese system of body movement and gives readers practical advice for using it in everyday life. I recommend it highly."
-Andrew Weil, MD, Professor of Medicine, University of Arizona, and author of 8 Steps to Optimum Health
"Dr. Wayne gives us a magnificent and useful contribution for the betterment of our health and well-being through the proper integration of Tai Chi into our lives."
-Herbert Benson, MD, author of The Relaxation Response and Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
"Peter Wayne is that rare individual who is sufficiently 'bilingual' to introduce Tai Chi to a largely open-minded yet skeptical medical community and to sensitively and movingly celebrate its timeless poetry, power, and appeal. This is a book for all to learn from and enjoy."
-David Eisenberg, MD, Harvard School of Public Health and the Samueli Institute, and Former Chief of the Division of Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies, Harvard Medical School
"Dr. Wayne's book, with his expertise in medical research and Tai Chi, is a significant step towards modernizing Tai Chi-essential to making Tai Chi a central part of practical and effective solutions to the epidemic of chronic disease."
-Dr. Paul Lam, director of the Tai Chi for Health Institute and author of Teaching Tai Chi Effectively and Tai Chi for Beginners
"Peter Wayne has long been a leader in scientific research into how Tai Chi boosts health and well-being. In this brilliant book, he blends rigorous Western science with Eastern wisdom to present an illuminating and thoroughly modern view of a wonderful, life-enhancing art. I recommend it highly to anyone interested in Tai Chi, from novice to advanced practitioner."
-Yang Yang, PhD, director, Center for Taiji and Qigong Studies, and author of Taijiquan: The Art of Nurturing, The Science of Power
"Highly readable and deeply informative. . . . This book has the potential of once and for all dispelling any lingering myths that Tai Chi and Qigong, and Western science's growing understanding of its uses, are anything less than a profound health revolution that can help prevent or treat the majority of health challenges, and ultimately may save society hundreds of billions if not trillions in future annual health care costs. The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi may well be that point we look back to and say, 'That was the tipping point that unleashed the building wave of Tai Chi, which has now transformed modern health care.'"
-Bill Douglas, founder of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day and author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & QiGong
Breaking Medical Research-Tai Chi & QG!
Hypertension, Asthma, Allergies, Arthritis! Harvard Health Publications on Tai Chi & Parkinson's!
Are you aware of Worldtaichiday.org's globally popular Tai Chi Medical Research Library? A collection of medical research article links from popular health and media publications, showing how Tai Chi and Qigong can help with nearly 100 common health challenges.
It isn't every day that an effective new treatment for some Parkinson's disease symptoms comes along. Especially one that is safe, causes no adverse side effects, and may also benefit the rest of the body and the mind. That's why I read with excitement and interest a report in the New England Journal of Medicine showing that tai chi may improve balance and prevent falls among people with Parkinson's disease.
-- Peter Wayne, Harvard Health Publications, May, 2013
Peter Wayne, Assistant Professor
of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Read more at: http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/tai-chi-improves-balance-and-motor-control-in-parkinsons-disease-201305036150
Qigong Lowers High Blood Pressure
A recent study confirms that Qi Gong helps to reduce cases of high blood pressure in patients with pre-hypertension and mild hypertension ... Blood pressure reductions occurred in the Qi Gong group and not in the control group. Systolic blood pressure reduced significantly. Diastolic blood pressure was unaffected.
-- Healthcare Medicine Institute, July, 2013
See more at: http://www.healthcmi.com/acupuncturist-news-online/792-qigongbp#sthash.JV1yJq5p.dpuf
Qigong May Ease Cancer Patient's Stress
Researchers from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center have found that qigong, an ancient Chinese mind-body practice, reduces symptoms and improves quality of life in women undergoing radiotherapy for breast cancer ...
About half the women were randomized into a qigong group, while the other half received standard care. Patients in the qigong group reported a steady decline in depressive symptoms at the end of radiation. The most dramatic results came for women who reported high depressive symptoms at the beginning of their treatment.
-- Houston Chronicle, May, 2013
Read more at: http://www.chron.com/health/article/Qigong-may-ease-cancer-patients-stress-4543570.php
Meditation Can Relieve Asthma/Allergies & More!
Research conducted by the Mayo Clinic suggests that meditation can help manage and even improve allergies, anxiety disorders, asthma, binge eating, cancer depression, fatigue, heart disease, high blood pressure, pain, sleep problems and substance abuse.
-- Mesquite Local News, April, 2013
Read more at: http://mesquitelocalnews.com/sections/opinion/guest-columnist/view-over-hill-yoga-tai-chi-and-meditation.html
Qigong Helps Knee Osteorarthritis!
In a 2009 study published in Arthritis Care & Research, Dr. Chenchen Wang and colleagues at Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, recruited 40 subjects averaging 65 years of age suffering from knee osteoarthritis to participate in a 60 minute Tai Chi session, instructed by a Tai Chi master, twice weekly for 12 weeks ... the study showed that Tai Chi appeared to improve physical function and reduce pain and depression ...
In June 2008, Dr. Kevin Chen and fellow researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine Center for Integrative Medicine, Baltimore, published a study in Clinical Rheumatology revealing the effectiveness of external Qigong therapy on people with knee osteoarthritis.
-- Athens Banner Herald, April, 2013
World Tai Chi & QG Day 2013 Events!
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|BBC News - Chinese martial art in Latin America|
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Tai Chi's Flexibility for a Changing World!
Tai Chi/QG and Global Climate Change..
"Life is a series of natural and
spontaneous changes. Do not
resist them - that only creates sorrow."
-- Lao Tzu, Tao te Ching
The past weeks in Kansas City had been suffocatingly humid, as heat records continue to be broken worldwide. I noticed that a large number of my students in various Tai Chi classes were suffering abnormal allergy reactions and respiratory challenges. I even noticed it in myself. Then I read an article about how more and different mold strains are causing an increase in lung infections, and the increasing mold counts and types are a result of global warming
. I realized what the Yin Yang symbol's representation, see below, of each of us being the microcosm of the macrocosm, was evidenced by what my students were suffering, as their local symptoms were indicative of a national and even global issue affecting people worldwide.
Although I noticed this in my sinuses and lungs, it did not disrupt my sleep, which I attribute to Tai Chi and Qigong, because when I was a young man, before learning these arts, I was very asthmatic and suffered allergy issues constantly. (See newsletter's Medical Research article on Meditation Helps Asthma/Allergies.)
My own experience has shown me that my Tai Chi and Qigong practice has made my physical health more adaptable and resilient. But, that may only be scratching the surface of what they offer our modern ever changing world.
The Journal of Black Psychology once ran an article describing Tai Chi as the "perfect model" for the life changes people go through in their lives. In the famous golf movie with Will Smith and Matt Damon, Smith's character is coaching Damon's character, and says, "You know, some people say that the way you hold your golf club, is the way you hold your life."
For a Tai Chi player, the saying would probably go, "The way you hold your body when you do Tai Chi is the way you hold your life." So, if you're Tai Chi forms are tight and rigid, halting and stiff, then that's indicative of the way we approach our life."
Tai Chi and Qigong, but particularly Tai Chi are marked by a smooth flow of motion*
that looks almost as though the experienced practitioner were moving under water. Their motions are loose and adaptable. They have trained for years or even decades at the "art of letting go,"
* allowing their deep skeletal muscles to relax on the bones, enabling their fluidity.
According to the Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi, Tai Chi practitioners know to move with bent knees and slightly bent arms, because that prevents injury from jammed knees or elbows, and keeps the body in a loose and adaptive state when it is flexed, loose, and not rigid.
This cultivation of self-knowledge that the bio-feedback systems of Tai Chi offer, not only make the practitioner's physical motion appear more loose and adaptable, but actually can also help make the body's health responses, and mental and emotional attitudes more loose and adaptable, especially when Tai Chi practice is combined with deep Nei Gong Meditation
In a rapidly changing world, these skills of mental, emotional, and health/physical adaptability will be ever more necessary skills for the mass population to have, and now is the time for them to begin learning Tai Chi and Qigong.
Since the baby boomers were born around WWII, the Earth's population has nearly quadrupled in size, which of course will demand changes in the way we approach the world.
For example, climatologists worldwide having been publishing countless studies about the fact that our planet is warming, due to dramatically rising CO2 (carbon dioxide levels) in our atmosphere, as well as other greenhouse gasses like methane, or natural gas..
One result of global warming is an upsurge of mold-related respiratory infections in people living in areas where humidity is on the rise due to global climate change, or global warming.
Years ago UCLA did a controlled study that found that Tai Chi practitioners boosted their Helper T-Cell counts by 50% over the control group. This is a stunning boost in immune defense function, as Helper T-Cells consume virus, bacteria, and tumor cells in the body.
But, beyond enabling our bodies to handle the effects of climate change, Tai Chi's loosening of the mind and emotions may also help us become as a society, more creative and adaptable, in order to make the necessary economic changes that can arrest CO2 and other greenhouse production.
Some might think, "I have nothing to do with national energy policy! I'm just one person."
The famous Yin Yang symbol, we are all familiar with, is also referred to as the Tai Chi symbol, the symbol of balance. Yet, there are meanings within meanings in that symbol. One meaning is that the larger world is a product of what occurs within our mind.
If you look closely at the Yin Yang, or Tai Chi symbol, you'll find that within the dark circle in the white wave, is another smaller Yin Yang symbol, and the small dots within that one are also yin yang symbols and on and on. The message - that we individuals, the microcosm of society, make up the larger society. The city, state, and nation are us.
So, as we all become more adaptable, using less energy demanding appliances, cars, etc. etc. the national and global impact becomes massive. As we all tell our utility companies we want solar and wind energy to power hybrid and electric cars, the power companies, the car makers and the government begin to adapt to our new desires.
Tai Chi's promotion of loose and adaptable individuals will result in a looser, more adaptable world. It is human nature to hold onto old ways of behaving, we find solace in "sameness" especially in rapidly changing times. We have a nostalgic desire to "do things the old way." But, as our planet's population has quadrupled in our lifetime, there is no turning back to old ways. There are only new innovative ways available.
If you do not change direction,
you may end up where you are heading.
-- Lao Tzu, Tao te Ching
"We find [in our study looking at
powering the world for all purposes]
that there's enough wind power, in
fast wind locations to power the world
5 times to 10 times over. Just the wind ...
there's no need to drill for gas, coal,
or for oil. We have sufficient
resources that are clean renewable."
--Mark Jacobson, Director
Gasland 2 Documentary
Change is good when we breathe, and loosen into those changes, yes, just like our Tai Chi forms. When we play Tai Chi, constantly "letting go of control" to allow the qi to flow through us, we practice letting go of old ways, old self definitions, and learning that it is safe to let go. We are on our way to something wonderful, as we practice un-gripping ourselves from old ways of the past, in order to become adaptable evolutionary human beings, flowing loosely into the brilliant future of possibility.
New study finds that it is technically and
economically feasible to convert New York's
all-purpose energy infrastructure to one
powered by wind, water and sunlight (WWS).
The plan, scheduled for publication in the
journal Energy Policy, shows the way to a
sustainable, inexpensive and reliable energy
supply that creates local jobs and saves the
state billions of dollars in
Mark Z. Jacobson, a senior fellow with
the Stanford Woods Institute for the
Environment and the Precourt Institute
for Energy, co-authored the study with
scientists from Cornell University and
the University of California-Davis.
-- Stanford University News, March 2013
|NASA Global Warming Video Goddard Space Center|
*Video links to text in this article are courtesy of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & Qigong" (Penguin/Alpha 4th edition).
|Can Tai Chi & Qigong Teachers|
Save Society Billions in Prison Costs?!
Tai Chi @ The Beach owner, Bev Abela, just gained approval to begin a groundbreaking Tai Chi program for an Australian Women's Prison.
Bev will send us updates on this exciting development. WTCQD Founder, Bill Douglas, was invited by Judith Trethway to present at their Folsom Prison Tai Chi / Qigong Tai Chi Chih project years ago, where Bill learned that their program had improved prisoner behavior rates, but even more importantly significantly lowered recidivism rates (return to prison rates), meaning that all of society would save economically as well.
Linda Bower, a student of Bill Douglas, who became a Tai Chi & Qigong teacher herself, launched a women's prison tai chi project through the Kansas State Penitentiary for Women at Topeka, and actually certified 3 inmates as Tai Chi and Qigong teachers. It was a moving event Bill Douglas attended to present those teachers with their certification certificates.
U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong, Very Supportive of WTCQD Efforts!
WTCQD co-founders, Bill Douglas, and Angela Wong Douglas in Hong Kong's Central District, just after their meeting with the U.S. Consulate's Cultural Affairs Officer.
WTCQD Founders were granted an audience with the US Consulate, and met with the US Consulate Cultural Affairs Officer stationed in Hong Kong to investigate ways the US Consulate could help our efforts to expand tai chi and qigong usage in Hong Kong, and elsewhere for world health and to expand goodwill international relations. The Consulate Cultural Affairs Officer was VERY supportive of our vision and global health education efforts, and made official introductions on our behalf, to help us make inroads with Hong Kong Government agencies, and to expand WTCQD efforts in Macau. More below!
|U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong Supports World Tai Chi & Qigong Day w Formal Intros to HK Govt.|
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