Holistic Health News
Dr. Cathy Rosenbaum


International Tai Chi Day April 27, 2024

 Tai Chi Easy, a type of meditation, involves a series of slow, rhythmic movements accompanied by deep breathing, performed in a slow, repetitive manner.  Each one-hour session consists of gentle physical exercise and mental focus (6).  You will need the physical ability to stand unassisted for at least 20 minutes.

Tai Chi Easy, a combination of Tai Chi and Qigong, builds strength without much exertion and recovery time.  Gentle stretching, breathing, and mental focus are deepened and broadened during each successive class. Some squatting, lunging, and turning are incorporated in these classes.

Both Tai Chi and Qigong are ancient Chinese exercises that promote optimal health and vitality.  In general, Tai Chi (pronounced tie-chee) emphasizes balance, harmony, and stress reduction (1-5, 8, 11, 12).  Qigong (pronounced chee-gong) is the practice of harnessing your life energy (Qi).

Four Parts to Your Tai Chi Easy™ Classes:

  • Breathing practices – designed to trigger relaxation responses, increase oxygen flow, and provide energy
  • Mindful movements – five gentle exercises (see below) that relax, flex, and stretch your body to help improve balance and coordination, increasing blood and lymph flow (7)
  • Self-applied massage – emphasis is placed on reflex points on hands, ears, feet, neck and scalp; intended to relax your whole body (9)
  • Meditation – focused, intentional centering of your mind on the present to calm your emotions and with Spirit (10)

Five Mindful Movements Per Set (Your Choice of Moving, Standing, or Sitting):

  • Harmonizing Yin and Yang (Active/Passive Energy) (Parting the Wild Horse Mane)
  • Brush Knee, Send Chi
  • Cutting Through to Clarity (Repel the Monkey)
  • Cloud Hands
  • Gathering Energy from the Earth and Heavens

Clothing and Footwear:

Comfortable loose (casual wear) clothing, comfortable flat sole shoes (e.g., Moccasins or sneakers).   Some of your classes may end outside, but most will be held indoors.


None.  Come ready to have some fun!  Please call Dr. Cathy Rosenbaum, Tai Chi Easy Practice Leader at 513.607.3495 or 513.248.3727 at Miami Township Civic Center 6101 Meijer Drive Milford OH for more information and to pre-register for the next six-week session beginning in August 2024.

When you cultivate balance and harmony within yourself, or in the world – that is Tai Chi.  When you work and play with the essence and energy of life, nature and the universe for healing, clarity and inner peace – that is Qigong.”  – Roger Jahnke


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