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BIG NEWS! There will be a "2nd" International Tai Chi Symposium at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky in July, 2014. See article.
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Our newsletters are highly useful for those curious about tai chi and qigong, as well as highly experienced students, teachers, and even masters of the arts. So, in addition to our popular educational articles, we also often have Teachers Tips. In this edition of our Ezine Magazine, you'll find a "Marketing Tips 4 Tai Chi & Qigong Teachers" article, offering ideas that can help teachers expand public awareness and interest in their classes. See article for more.
New study reported by Reuters News Service shows that Tai Chi players live longer! Another study shows Tai Chi helps older people stay active. See article in Breaking Medical Research!
WorldTaiChiDay.org Ezine Magazine works to educate our readrs about Tai Chi & Qigong breaking breaking medical research, but we also work to educate the mass public via media. This exposure for Tai Chi an Qigong is then directed through our WorldTaiChiDay.org website to connect media consumers with Tai Chi & Qigong teachers in their local areas. Last week we announced our success in a coming Spirituality & Health Magazine's summer issue. This week we kept working, and got more coverage for these healing arts thru WebMD, and a popular senior living publication:
WorldTaiChiDay.org once again gets Tai Chi & Qigong
into national media ...
Reduce stress, weaken disease
The slow movements in tai chi are accompanied
by conscious breathing, which helps lower stress.
Not only will this potentially put seniors in better moods, it could improve their physical health.
Bill Douglas, tai chi teacher and founder of
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, told WebMD.com that stress is known to
aggravate certain health conditions and become a condition in and of itself.
This might be the reason why the exercise
has been found to improve heart function
and lower blood pressure.
-- Sunrise Senior Living Blog, July, 2013
One of the most significant benefits [of
Tai Chi & Qigong] is stress reduction,
says [World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
Founder] Douglas, who lives and works
outside Kansas City, Kan.
Stress is known to aggravate some health conditions, he says. And, according to some estimates, unmanaged stress could be costing U.S. businesses billions each year.
''If we provided tools like tai chi and qigong and other mind-body techniques through public education, every kid could be graduating high school as a tai chi or yoga master,'' Douglas says. ''This could conceivably save hundreds of billions of dollars, not once, but every year.''
Also, in the news ...
China Daily reports that China is launching a program to monitor the food safety levels of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) products, which is good news for those using TCM, herbs, etc.
Read more ...
Breaking Medical Research-Tai Chi & QG!
Tai Chi players live longer!
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.
Tai Chi Tied to Longer Life!
... researchers found they [tai chi practitioners] were 20 percent less likely to die than men who didn't exercise.
-- Reuters, July 18, 2013
Read more ...
Grasping the Bird's Tail - Guilin, China
Tai chi helps older people stay active.
Now investigators say the ancient exercise may make healthy older adults better able to tackle a range of activities such as walking, climbing stairs and carrying groceries. Their findings are published in the May issue of Annals of Behavioral Medicine.
-- Toronto, Newsfix, July, 2013
Read more ...
Tai Chi for Diabetes Testimonials. Tai Chi students are seeing benefits for their type 2 diabetes. In the below testimonial video, one student was put on 20 units of insulin after being diagnosed as diabetic. She changed her diet and began walking regularly, and was able to reduce her dosage to 18 units per day.
THEN, only four months after beginning at Tai Chi & Qigong program at the University of Kansas Medical Center's Landon Center on Aging, her blood sugar levels normalized, and her physician took her completely off of insulin. See video below.
This is stunning! Diet and walking only were able to lower her dosage from 20 units to 18 units, only 2 units difference. Tai Chi and Qigong classes, in only 4 months, enabled her physician to drop the remaining 18 UNITS, to get her completely off of insulin. Cases like this are why WorldTaiChiDay.org advocates much greater NIH spending on Tai Chi and Qigong medical research.
|Tai Chi at Turning Point's Center for Hope & Healing, The University of Kansas Hospital|
World Tai Chi & QG Day 2013 Events!
BIG NEWS! A "2nd" International Tai Chi Symposium is Scheduled for 2014!
For information on the coming International Tai Chi Symposium, July 6-11, 2014, visit:
"I attended the 1st International Tai Chi
Symposium a few years ago, and it was a
profound experience. The grandmasters
from China, representing the 5 major
Tai Chi styles, were present, as well as top
medical researchers from Harvard, the
Mayo Clinic, etc. This is a conference you
do not want to miss. It had a profound
impact on the expansion of Tai Chi and
-- Bill Douglas, Founder of
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
Engaging and Useful New Tai Chi Book!
Arthur Rosenfeld's new book is useful to teachers too ...
As a Tai Chi & Qigong teacher, I see tai chi book's from another angle than I did when I was a budding student. I'm still a student, and will be my entire life, learning from every single teacher I meet, as well as from my students.
But, when I saw Arthur's new book, "Tai Chi -- The Perfect Exercise," I saw a gem in it as a teacher. Arthur is not only a great tai chi student and teacher, but a great author, a powerful combination.
One part of his book that I have used over and over again in my classes is a part where he describes what "quality" ensures someone's success as a Tai Chi student, not athletic prowess, or physical strength, or speed ... but a sense of comfort with a "feeling of bewilderedness."
Arthur said something that all teachers realize they had been thinking, but were unable to articulate it. Many students get in a panicked rush, trying to push the teacher to answer all their questions in 1 hour of class, or 2 hours, or 20 hours, but that is impossible.
What we know as teachers has "sunk into" our cells, by "experiencing sensations," etc. It is not something you can hold in your mental head, let alone convey in words. We have to take our students on a journey they can never understand, until they walk down the path with us from months and years.
Thank you Arthur, for this profound book, every tai chi and qigong teacher should get it, as well as every student, which we all are.
-- Bill Douglas, World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Founder
Tai Chi--The Perfect Exercise: Finding Health, Happiness, Balance, and Strength
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Videos Make it onto "I Love My Music" Website!
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day events, and WorldTaiChiDay.org Ezine Magazine have worked for 15 years to mainstream Tai Chi and Qigong into popular culture. WHY? Because its good for people and good for society, and ultimately good for the world.
Often our work takes us in unexpected directions. This week an interesting turn of the road came when an internet press release alerted us that the popular website "I Love My Music," now has a "World Tai Chi & Qigong Day" video music page.
See page at:
Marketing Tips 4 Tai Chi & QG Teachers!
Video is a powerful promotional tool for teachers ...
6 Healing Sounds Qigong on Great Wall of China
Years ago, I wrote the ebook "How to Be a Successful Tai Chi Teacher," for Namasta University Publishing.
Since then, I've added to that book in our WorldTaiChiDay.org newsletters, which are free. Why do I give these new ideas and insights away? I believe that Tai Chi and Qigong teachers are one of the most profound ways to improve our world, to make it healthier, calmer, and a better place for all of us to live in.
Tai chi and qigong groups worldwide help support our global education efforts via our beautiful Official World Tai Chi & Qigong Day T-Shirts.
One of our latest "Tai Chi & Qigong Class Promotion projects" , has been to collect testimonials of our student's explaining the benefits they've gotten from our local Tai Chi and Qigong classes. We got the idea first from Ken Ryan who organizes the Maine World Tai Chi & Qigong Day event, when Ken included student testimonials in his WTCQD event video. (An aside, we are profoundly grateful to Ken Ryan and Brunswick, Maine WTCQD participants for year after year supporting our work at WorldTaiChiDay.org via the Official WTCQD T-Shirts.)
Then later Harvard Medical School released a video of their Tai Chi program student's benefits, which was also a motivating inspiration to our local "video testimonial" project, we are now expanding into an international "testimonial project." See article.
|Tai Chi Master 3 H|
So, after recently creating our local Kansas City "testimonial project," we have since shown these to other students in other classes, who were profoundly moved by them, and VERY excited about their own possibilities for the future. When we showed these testimonials of students who've experienced healing benefits of Tai Chi & Qigong, we reminded them all to get The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi, because our local student's testimonials reflect the research catalogued and summarized in that groundbreaking book.
Here's one of the videos we created, Were doing a version for every location and institution we teach classes through. This one was for the City of Shawnee, Kansas, who we've taught through for about 15 years. They were excited to get it and plan to use it on their website and promotions for their Parks and Recreation programs.
|Shawnee (KS) Civic Centre Tai Chi and Qigong Classes with Best-Selling Tai Chi Author|
We offer this as a prototype for teachers worldwide to create for their local Tai Chi & Qigong class offerings.
Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi Publisher Partners w/ Tai Chi & QG Teachers Worldwide!
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Founder, Bill Douglas, used a local project with his Kansas University Hospital program, as a prototype that can serve as a model for all tai chi and qigong teachers teaching in medical and hospital systems.
Bill reached out to his department, to students, and to the community, to raise funds to purchase bulk copies of the Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi. Bill's program is purchasing 50 copies.
The plan is to set up Bill to present on tai chi medical research to various departments, centers, and other physician & health professional's meetings throughout the Kansas University Hospital Program. You can do this in your community with medical programs you teach tai chi and qigong through.
The plan is three-fold:
1) Present Tai Chi & Qigong Medical research to various departments Cardiac, hypertension, neurology, and so on.
2) Leave a copy or two of the Harvard Medical School Guide with each center, group, or department for their further study after the meeting.
3) Create a Testimonial Video like the below "Tai Chi & Qigong Testimonial Video" of Bill's Kansas University tai chi & qigong programs. This video can be shown at these physician meetings, in addition to the medical research presentation and the leaving of the Harvard Guide to Tai Chi, to show physicians in the health network you or your teacher teaches in that local people are already experiencing the benefits the Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi's medical research indicates are possible.
* We spoke to the publisher of the Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi, and they said that any group ordering a minimum of a $200 order of Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi can get copies for 50% off list price, plus shipping costs, because they believe in this project as being good for society.
If you, your group, or health system program wants to look into this, email firstname.lastname@example.org
w/ Harvard Med School Guide to Tai Chi Education Project in subject line, and the publisher will get back to you.
* Note: WorldTaiChiDay.org has no financial interest whatsoever in this Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi. This is a public service project of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day's WorldTaiChiDay.org
|Tai Chi at Turning Point's Center for Hope & Healing, The University of Kansas Hospital|
"Alone we can do so little ... together
... so much."
-- Helen Keller
China to Combat Illegal TCM Production
(TCM is Traditional Chinese Medicine)
China, Summer Palace
BEIJING - China's food and drug safety watchdog on Wednesday pledged to fight illegal production and adulteration in the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) market ...
... according to Yan, the administration will establish more regulations and mechanisms during the campaign to intensify regular management in relevant fields and better control the drug safety risks.
-- China Daily, July 17, 2013
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.|
Together, changing the world one central
nervous system at a time.
|World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Press Release|
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