An opportunity to slow down and catch your breath


​On Sat., April 28, the Eugene/Springfield community will join people around the world in celebrating the 14th annual World Tai Chi and Qigong Day.

The local event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on April 28 in the grove of fir trees behind Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend, 3333 RiverBend Drive, in Springfield.
Tai Chi instructor Suman Barkhas of the Holistic Healing Institute will lead the celebration. Barkhas teaches Tai Chi and Qigong, along with Yoga Therapy, at Oregon Heart & Vascular Institute (OHVI) at Sacred Heart at RiverBend.
“World Tai Chi and Qigong Day is a collective global focus of energy and consciousness, a shared breath that can help heal and strengthen individuals and the entire planet.  In addition to being fun, this free, all-ages event is a great way to encourage a more stress-free and healthful lifestyle,” explained Barkhas.
The goal of the local event is to hold a massive outdoor Tai Chi demonstration event for the community to show the benefits of Tai Chi. Tai Chi is known around the world as a proven and effective balance and coordination conditioner, and is believed to boost the immune system, slow the aging process, lower blood pressure, and to reduce the incidence of anxiety, depression and overall mood disturbance. 
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