At 10am on the second Sunday of August, Tai Chi Australia (TCA) was honored to host the inaugural annual World Health Qigong Day at Federation Square.
Coordinated by the International Health Qigong Federation (IHQF), thousands of enthusiastic Health Qigong (HQ) practitioners descended upon venues in 43 countries across five continents to practice non-stop together for 24 hours. Starting in New Zealand and ending in Canada, the event proved an enormous worldwide success.
HQ is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Fluid physical movements, mental cultivation and regulated breathing guides and promotes the free flow of energy (Qi) throughout the body, which helps to balance Yin and Yang, improve general health and a greater sense of well-being.
TCA instructors, students, local Melbournians, interstate and overseas visitors were all privileged to have Professor Wang Yulin and TCA chief instructor, Master Han Jin Song to demonstrate and teach three HQ forms: Eight Golden Brocade, Yangsheng Zhang and 12-Step Daoyin Health Preservation Exercises.
For over ten years Federation Square has been recognised as the Melbourne hub for HQ and Tai Chi. Curious on lookers were attracted by the soothing traditional Chinese music, the relaxed movements and the serenity of those participating. Many could not resist the opportunity to join in and learn the basics of HQ.
The benefits and practice of HQ have been growing in popularity worldwide. The first World Health Qigong Day proved an enormous success and will be held on the second Sunday of August each year. Many people became aware of what HQ is and its many health benefits.
Leda, a Greek visitor said, “What a pleasant surprise to be able to experience HQ in Melbourne” and Graham from Melbourne has had wonderful results and proudly said, “I have been practicing HQ at Federation Square for the past eight years. This has strengthened my legs and improved my balance.”
TCA chief instructor Master Han Jin Song said Melbournians are fortunate. “Federation Square is the first and only single place in the world where you can learn and practice HQ and Tai Chi, free of charge, every week, 52 weeks a year regardless of the weather.” HQ classes are held from 8am to 9am every Friday and Tai Chi from 7.30am to 8.30am each Tuesday. Everybody is welcome.
TCA acknowledges Federation Square management for their continual support for over ten years. Special thanks to IHQF and Professor Wan Yulin for their generous assistance.