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Celebrate World Tai Chi, Qigong Day for first time in Prescott Valley

Celebrate World Tai Chi and Qigong Day in Prescott Valley on Saturday, April 30.
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Celebrate World Tai Chi and Qigong Day in Prescott Valley on Saturday, April 30.

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day is celebrated in 80 nations around the world annually and now, there will be a chance to celebrate it in Prescott Valley on Saturday, April 30. Held at the Prescott Valley Amphitheater from 10 to 11:30 a.m., the event is free for all to participate.

The event is being put on by Certified Tai Chi/Qigong Instructor Patti Daugherty, who lives in Prescott Valley and has organized as well as taken part in similar events around the state.

“I was surprised we didn’t have any here,” she said. “I thought it was important.”

The event will see demonstrations by various teachers and the public will have the chance to meet these teachers at the end of the demonstrations. The teachers and demonstrations include Dana Diller and Holly Ueda demonstrating Tai Chi Chih, Vicki Barnes demonstrating Qigong and Daugherty with Quailwood students demonstrating Yang 32 Step Sword.

Prescott Valley Mayor Harvey Skoog even issued an official proclamation concerning the event.

The event is rather small this year, but it’s baby steps to a larger event that will include more next year, Daugherty said. This year, the public will be able to learn the styles and see the differences of the various internal martial arts.

The Prescott Valley Amphitheater is located between the Civic Center, 7501 E. Civic Circle and the Police Station, 7601 E. Civic Circle.

There’s also an awareness aspect as members of the senior crowd might be prescribed to participate in something like Tai Chi and not have any idea what it is, Daugherty said. With the World Tai Chi and Qigong day, they will have some understanding of what it is.

“…Understand that it has huge benefits,” Daugherty said. Such benefits include stress reduction, improved focus, coordination, flexibility and balance. “It’s meditative and it connects mind, body spirit.”

For more information, contact Daugherty at 520-490-4893 or at taichipatti@me.com.

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