Neighborhood digest: April 18

Tai Chi, QiGong Day at Annapolis Harbour

PAROLE - To celebrate the 8th annual World Tai Chi and QiGong Day, a local group is staging free demonstrations from 10 a.m. to noon April 29 at the Annapolis Harbour Center in the outdoor pavilion.

Learn about the ancient form of exercise as its fans participate in a 24-hour, round-the-world celebration that kicks off in each time zone at 10 a.m.

The event includes free demonstrations of a Chinese Lion Dance and Tai Chi as well as free mini-workshops on Tai Chi, yoga and QiGong.

In case of rain, events will be moved to Jing Ying Institute, 1195 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., in Arnold.

This is the local portion of an event that starts on the last Saturday of April at 10 a.m. in the world's earliest time zone. Tai Chi and QiGong groups form mass gatherings in public parks or open spaces to exhibit these arts publicly to the community. The 24 hour global event unfolds as the earth turns.

Billy Greer, of Jing Ying, said: "If the benefits of Tai Chi were available in a pill, it would be the miracle drug of the century. Tai Chi, yoga, and QiGong are all considered forms of 'energy work' or exercise that involves a physical component as well as a mental component of mindfulness."

In preparation for World Tai Chi and QiGong Day, the Jing Ying Institute is offering free, 90-minute Tai Chi introductory workshops on at 7:30 p.m. April 21 and at 6:30 p.m. April 26 at its studio in Arnold. For information, call 410-431-5200 or visit the events page at

- From staff reports

Published April 18, 2006, The Capital, Annapolis, Md.
Copyright 2006 The Capital, Annapolis, Md.