Tips for Teaching Tai Chi & Qigong to Children

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these ancient arts to students/clients in modern ways

Don't make kids move too slow.

Get them to do vigorous exercise to tire them a bit and settle them down, then get them to lay down and breathe deeply in, hold the breath, tighten their feet, feel the feet tight, then as they exhale let their whole body sink into the mat/floor, and notice the tingle in their feet as they let them relax.

Take this breathing/muscle tension/ exhale-letting go exercise up thru their body one section at a time. Have them close their eyes thru the whole process so they can "feel" inside.

The purpose is to use muscle tension in areas, with an in breath, and then "letting go" of that area and the whole body on each exhale, so they can feel the tingle of blood and life energy going back in to fill the areas as they exhale and let go. I have an Qigong Meditation for Children audio cassette for children you might find helpful. You can see it at

Then after they are centered and relaxed a bit, have them do the tai chi faster than adults do, until they do it a few times, and then you can "play" with slowing it down. Keep it fun and light, not too serious. Just getting them to move and breathe deeply will help them, always congratulate them, never correct anyone individually.

Bill Douglas, World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Founder

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Reading on Tai Chi / Chi Kung
& Asthma/Allergies:

Links to Allergy and Asthma Information, Resources, and Support Groups:

Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America 800-7-ASTHMA

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network

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800-878-4403 (support group)

National Jewish Medical and Research Center 800-222-LUNG (free consultation with a nurse)

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day provides the above links to encourage Allergy & Asthma Support Groups and health professionals, to contact local Tai Chi teachers, and visa versa.

Medical Research on T'ai Chi & Allergies and Asthma.

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Research & Articles on Tai Chi & Qigong, Allergies and Asthma:

BREATHING, ACHES, BLOODPRESSURE: ...participants observed a "big increase in breathing capacity", a disappearance of backaches and neckaches, those with high blood pressure claimed a drop of 10 to 15 mm Hg systolic at rest, and all participants claimed to have more energy in their daily work. Hawaii Medical Journal - Vol 51 No. 8 August 92

[from] Practicing the Chinese art of Tai Chi may help some elderly people stave off age-related breathing problems and improve cardiorespiratory function, and in addition, it can improve their moods.

In one study of 84 people whose average age was 64, those who practiced tai chi regularly over two years had less of a decline in lung function than those who were more sedentary.

In another study, after practicing Tai Chi for 16 weeks participants said they felt calmer, more vigorous and in general were in a better mood.

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May 1, 2005

Tai chi aids people with chronic ills

By Hap LeCrone -Cox News Service

An ancient Chinese exercise has become a mainstream approach to enhancing medical care and therapy around the world.

Tai chi is a form of martial art that has been practiced in China since the 12th century. As a movement therapy, tai chi is well-suited for a number of medical- and health-related issues, including arthritis, balance and movement control, lowered blood pressure, improved flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. . . .

The exercises take the group through a calming and peaceful repertoire of movement that results in enhanced feelings of relaxation, stress reduction, self-esteem and social participation.

more at:

Why Tai Chi Is the Perfect Exercise - Time Magazine

Especially for seniors. The slow-motion martial art builds strength, agility and, best of all, balance


Aug. 5, 2002 It's easy to tell people to make exercise part of their daily routine. It's not so easy to tell them what to do. Some folks like to run marathons or climb mountains. But if you would rather care for your body without risking life or limb or increasingly creaky joints, you might consider Tai Chi Chuan, the ancient martial art that looks like a cross between shadow boxing and slow-motion ballet. Not to be confused with Falun Gong, a quasi-religious and political movement that uses similar exercises, Tai Chi combines intense mental focus with deliberate, graceful movements that improve strength, agility...,10987,1002991,00.html?internalid=related

Tai Chi as an ASTHMA Therapy rated "9.9" on a scale of best being "10", at


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