World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, Kolkata, 2019

Updated: May 1, 2019

Not many people in Kolkata know about this day that is commemorated across the world on last Saturday of April every year. It’s not surprising as not many know about Tai Chi or Qigong in the first place. We as instructors certified to teach Tai Chi for Health programs from Dr. Paul Lam’s institute in Sydney are delighted to have celebrated the day and as luck favors those who try, we were accompanied by a group of students who have found a bigger purpose of life in Tai Chi. See the video. Several passers-by joined us too as we started moving slowly, softly and gracefully. Yes, that’s right, a fitness program that Tai Chi for Health is, indeed slow, soft and graceful.

Practice at Dhakuria Lake to celebrate World Tai Chi Day

So what is Tai Chi? What is Qigong?

Tai Chi is an ancient form of cultivating inner energy or life force, as some would prefer to name it that way, originally practiced by warriors and monks to protect their temple and to remain alert and focused.

Life force or Qi or ‘Prana’ is the essential life biological energy that keeps us alive. As we all know when it diminishes we are left as perishable body. Call Qi as soul, if it pleases you. While the life force is flowing we are alive, we are fresh and we are capable of recovering from some severe damages sustained by our mortal body. According to ancient Chinese philosophy blockage in the flow of this life force or ‘Qi’ causes diseases.

As we spoke earlier, Tai Chi is slow, meditative and mindful practice of flowing forms one