MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Experience the tranquility and peacefulness of the grounds during the 2017 World Qi Gong and Tai Chi Day 10 a.m. to noon April 29 on the grounds of Oaklands Mansion. The event is free and open to the public.
Local Tai Chi Chuan/Qigong teacher, Bret Hawkins, will lead visitors in interactive participation and demonstrations.
Tai Chi Chuan (Tai Chi) is an ancient Chinese discipline that incorporates Internal (soft) martial arts, Traditional Chinese Medicine and meditation. There have been many studies, including those conducted, or sponsored, by Harvard University, Vanderbilt University, and The Mayo Clinic, that prove practicing Tai Chi daily can vastly improve one's health (lower blood pressure, improve balance, expand lung capacity, improve blood flow, strengthen muscles, increase bone density, and more) as well as increase flexibility and promoting a deep sense of well-being (Tai Chi is often referred to as "moving meditation"). Qi Gong is a series of breathing exercises that is similar to Tai Chi, and often done together.
Bret Hawkins, CFT, and Tai Chi Chuan/ Qigong teacher, began studying Tai Chi and Qigong with Tseng (Tom) Wang in 1999, became his assistant teacher in 2004, began teaching on his own in 2006. He has taught in Murfreesboro since 2008. He currently teaches classes at Patterson Park Community Center, and is scheduled to teach at MTSU later this year.
There will be interactive participation, demonstrations, and a Q & A session. For additional information, email Bret Hawkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Oaklands Mansion
Oaklands Mansion is nestled in Oaklands Park, a native tree arboretum and natural wetlands, which includes Maney Spring as well as heritage and native gardens. Oaklands Visitors Center houses a gift shop and Maney Reception Hall for special events and temporary exhibitions. Oaklands Mansion is open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. For more information, visit www.OaklandsMansion.org.