World Tai Chi and Qigong Day - Health and Wellness Department

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day

Save the Date!

  • Saturday, April 27, 2019
  • 9:00 to 10:30 AM
  • WTCQD Tai Chi and Qigong Community Practice - OPEN TO ALL - FREE!
  • Ohlone College Newark Center, 39399 Cherry Street, Newark

Enjoy these photos from the World Tai Chi and Qigong Day!

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 2018

The Ohlone College Health and Wellness Program invites you to World Tai Chi and Qigong Day!

  • Saturday, April 27, 2019
  • 9:00 to 10:30 AM - Free Community Practice - All are welcome
  • Ohlone College Newark Center, 39399 Cherry Street, Newark, CA 94560 (Maps & Directions)
  • $4 Parking Fee enforced

People practicing Tai Chi outside on green grass.

For more information, please contact Master May Chen at

Tai Chi is a low-impact, weight-bearing, ancient traditional Chinese exercise that has been shown to provide many health benefits including stress reduction, improved balance and strength, reduced pain and stiffness, better sleep and an improved immune system with minimal risk to the participant.

Qigong—pronounced “chee gong”—is an even more ancient traditional Chinese wellness practice that has been referred to as meditative movement. One unique feature of Qigong is the training of the mind to direct the body’s energy, or chi, to any part of the body, thus improving focus, circulation, relieving stress and pain, and restoring health. Tai Chi is encompassed in Qigong. Tai Chi is considered SOFT Qigong practice. Qigong is commonly thought of as easier than Tai Chi.

May Chen in pose with left leg stretched far in front of her.Master May Chen

Master May Chen has been teaching and developing the Tai Chi and Qigong program at Ohlone College since 2008. She is also the Ohlone College Tai Chi Qigong Competition Team coach and faculty adviser to the Ohlone College Tai Chi Qigong Club. Master Chen teaches the popular Saturday morning Ohlone College Community Ed Tai Chi Qigong Basics class.

May Chen was awarded Tai Chi Master of the Year 2010 by the World Qigong Congress. Master Chen received her MA in Gerontology from USC, summer 2015. Her unique teaching style facilitates a Tai Chi and Qigong based lifelong fitness and leisure pursuit through understanding and incorporating the inherent theoretical, philosophical and physical foundations of self-defense, fitness, and meditation. Along with emphasizing contemporary health sciences perspectives—the regard for the physicality, range of motion, safety in motion; essential theories and principles in complementary East West health practices —she actively seeks to perpetuate the beauty and wisdom of the classic forms with today's mindset and lifestyle. Chen published her first textbook “Qigong, Meditation, and Tai Chi: Your Pathway to Health and Longevity” in 2017 through Kendall Hunt Publishers. A second edition is currently in progress.

The Ohlone College Tai Chi Qigong program includes Beginning and Intermediate Tai Chi and Qigong, Qigong Meditation and Walking Meditation, all with university transferable units.

Master May credits Grandmaster Wang Xian, ChenJiaGo, China, for fostering and mentoring a personal passion into a lifelong sharing process, through teaching while addressing continual refinement in practice and appreciation for healthy longevity.

Chen will lead the opening community exercise and the closing meditation sessions.  All aspects of the day's events were carefully orchestrated to share and highlight the changing attitudes and practices regarding healthy mind, body, and spirit within our community and throughout the world. 


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