Residents celebrate World Tai Chi Day

Tai Chi Practioners at Bay Friendship Center 

Bay Village and Westlake residents celebrated World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 2011 on Saturday, April 30, at Huntington Park and at the Friendship Center in Bay Village. At 10 a.m. in every time zone around the world, tens of thousands in hundreds of cities, in over 70 nations came together... to breathe together... to provide the world a healing image of our planet and our people.

Many of the Tai Chi enthusiasts regularly gather for practice on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. in Bay Way Youth Cabin in the colder months; but from June through September they gather at Huntington Park, facing the lake. These sessions are free and open to all and are led by Bay resident Patricia Heinke. These exercises are for people of all ages and are highly recommended by many physicians for maintenance of balance and muscle coordination.

Qigong, a simplified 24 movements form, is taught by Mike Rhoades on Tuesdays in eight-week sessions at the Bay Village Dwyer Senior Center. Wu-style Tai Chi, also taught by Mike Rhoades, is on Mondays in eight-week sessions at the Bay Lodge on Bradley Road. For more information, contact Dwyer Center manager Susan Zisko at 835-6565.

For more details about World Tai Chi Day, see

George Ryan

George Ryan lives in Bay Village.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 9:10 PM, 05.17.2011