WHEELING – The public is invited to a free workshop and demonstration to celebrate World T’ai Chi and Qigong Day 2019 on April 27. The event, sponsored by Wheeling Hospital’s Howard Long Wellness Center, will be held at from 10-11:30 a.m. at Mount De Chantel basketball courts, weather permitting, or the mount gymnasium.

T’ai Chi Instructor Steve Perdok Sr. will lead the event that joins with thousands of people in hundreds of cities in more than 80 nations around the world to celebrate the benefits of T’ai Chi and Qigong. The celebration is always held on the last Saturday in April. Certified instructors Donna Melchiori, Nancy Shuttler and Russ Degarmo also will take part.

Those attending the event will learn about the health benefits of the Chinese art of T'ai Chi and Qigong.

These benefits come from regular practice of T’ai Chi, called "meditation in motion." Recent medical studies have presented documentation that T'ai Chi has proven value in treating or preventing many health problems such as: arthritis, back pain, balance, strength, flexibility, blood pressure issues, ADHD, depression, chronic pain and many other medical conditions.

T'ai Chi was designed to help people go through change with less damage by improving the way they handle stress. Even though change is often good, it can be stressful. If that stress isn't managed, it can damage one’s health and outlook on life. T'ai Chi gives its practitioners the chance to slow down and enjoy life.

Qigong is the practice of aligning breath with a more stationary coordinated slow stylized repetition of fluid movements in a calm mindful state. It is very easy to learn.

To learn more about the free demonstration and workshop, contact Perdok at 740-310-7144, or visit www.worldtaichiday.org. T'ai Chi classes also are offered at HLWC. Call 304-242-9355.