Tai chi groups come together in Wanneroo to stretch out for World Tai Chi and Qigong Day


People gathered in Wanneroo for World tai Chi and Qigong Day. Picture: Stewart Gillett
People gathered in Wanneroo for World tai Chi and Qigong Day. Picture: Stewart Gillett

TWO tai chi groups came together in Wanneroo on Saturday to mark an international event.

About 20 people took part in an hour-long exercise session on April 28 for World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, a movement that started in 1999 and this year included participants in about 70 countries.

“It starts in New Zealand at 10am their time, then progresses around the world at 10am in each zone, finishing in Hawaii,” participant Jenny Gillett said.

“It was the first time I’ve attended one of these, and it was brilliant.

“The motto of the annual event is ‘One World, One Breath’ and at Wanneroo, two small groups got together, having never met before, and worked together harmoniously to practise tai chi together for the hour.

“With a gentle breeze and the sound of birds chirping in the trees, it was a perfect start to the weekend.”

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art widely practiced for health, well-being and fitness.

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