World Tai Chi and Qigong Day - Health and Wellness Department

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day

Save the Date!

  • Saturday, April 27, 2019
  • 9:00am - 4:30pm
  • Ohlone College Newark Center, 39399 Cherry Street, Newark

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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
  • 9:00am - 4:30pm
  • Session Schedule
  • Ohlone College Newark Center, 39399 Cherry Street, Newark, CA 94560 (Maps & Directions)
  • All workshops and events are Free and Open to the Public
  • View 
  • $4 Parking Fee enforced

People practicing Tai Chi outside on green grass.

  • Performances
    • Classic Tai Chi and Qigong Routines
    • Ohlone College Tai Chi Qigong Club
  • Seminars and Workshops
    • Learn and Practice Classic Tai Chi Qigong Routines
    • What is the Matrix? Engagement, Neuroscience and the Future of Being Human
    • Self-Awareness and YOU: A Toolbox for Creating Healthy Boundaries
    • Everyday Food as Medicine
    • Pole Walking for Exercise, Balance, and Mobility
    • Group Qigong Meditation

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.

The day starts at 9:00 a.m. with a welcome and a participatory community warm-up highlighting popular Tai Chi and Qigong routines led by Master May Chen and the Ohlone College club and class members.  Throughout the day, select topics relevant to healthy lifestyle choices will be showcased. Among the guest presenters is returning favorite, Mamie Chow, TCM practitioner (licensed acupuncture and herbalist, and three-time Tae Kwon Do Black Belt) who believes that we are the most powerful agents of change for our health and our communities.  Mamie's new workshop “Everyday Food as Medicine: Restoring Your Health, Immunity, and Vitality” promises to be another “sold out” event.

New this year will be Deborah Lemon who will enthrall you with her dynamic session on “What is the Matrix? Engagement, Neuroscience and the Future of Being Human.” Lemon is a professor of Spanish and a global expert in social media and educational technology, also the faculty advisor for our award-winning Renegade Esport team.

Rosemary O'Neill is the Coordinator of Mental Health Counseling and Life Coaching Services at Ohlone College Health Center. O'Neill's presentation promises to be an enlightening and useful self-care sampler and highlights why she is one of the college's most popular counselors. O'Neill will be signing her recently published book “Stop Look and Listen, A Toolbox for Creating Healthy Boundaries”. Her workshop is applicable for all ages and stages of life.

And in a more active vein, Jayah Paley, ACE and AFAA Certified Personal Trainer from East Bay Regional Parks and Recreation, will share her expertise along with advice for finding the perfect poles for use. Paley will lead a participatory session on the “Optimal Use of POLES for Walking, Hiking, Exercise, Balance & Mobility”.  You won't want to miss this excellent session.

Master May Chen will facilitate a Qigong Meditation in the late afternoon to bring the day to a close. Chen received her Master's in Gerontology (2015), the study of the aging process.  Chen's teaching methodology includes evidence-based perspectives to augment the exercise and “total care” Tai Chi and Qigong. A world-class martial artist, Master May Chen has lead the Ohlone College Tai Chi and Qigong program since 2008 and was awarded the Tai Chi Master of the Year in 2010 and Ohlone College Adjunct Faculty of the Year 2017. Chen is the author of “Qigong, Meditation, Tai Chi: Pathway to Your Health and Longevity” (Kendall Hunt, 2017).

The Ohlone College Tai Chi Qigong club members will be functioning as “ambassadors” throughout the day and will host a pizza fundraiser during lunch time.

This is a FREE event open to the public. Parking on campus is $4. The open house has garnered increased attendance annually to over 300 attendees last year.

Sample Schedule from 2018

Time Presenter Session Location
  • Master May Chen
  • Tai Chi Qigong Club
Tai Chi & Qigong Performance and Community Participatory Workout Amphitheater
(weather permitting)
10:00am-11:15am Deborah Lemon What is the Matrix? Engagement, Neuroscience and the Future of Being Human Room 2100
11:30am-12:15pm Rosemary O’Neill Self-Awareness and YOU: A Toolbox for Creating Healthy Boundaries Room 2100
  • OC Tai Chi Qigong Club
  • Pizza Fundraiser
Lunch and networking
Rosemary’s Book Signing
Broadsword Performance
Downstairs Lobby
12:45pm-1:00pm Ohlone Tai Chi Qigong Club Classic Tai Chi and Qigong Routines
Learn and Practice Active Session
Room 1407 (Fitness Studio)
1:00pm-2:00pm Mamie Chow Everyday Food as Medicine: Restoring Your Health Immunity and Vitality Room 2100
2:00pm-2:30pm Mamie Chow TCM Consultation Upstairs lobby
2:15pm-3:45pm Jayah Paley Pole Walking for Exercise, Balance and Mobility 2100 and Outdoors
4:00pm-4:25pm Master May Chen Group Meditation Downstairs lobby
4:25pm-4:30pm Master May Chen Closing Remarks Downstairs lobby


Presenter Biographies

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. 

Mamie Chow

Mamie Chow spent the first half of her professional life in social organizations, advocating equity and systems change. She loved the people and sense of community in her work, but years of sitting in front of a computer cost multiple injuries and a lot of physical pain. It was Chinese medicine and training in martial arts that healed Mamie from the inside out. She realized she needed a career that brought together her social justice values with her desire to support people’s health and healing. She is currently a third degree black belt and licensed acupuncturist and herbalist who has been coaching her patients on how to use traditional food wisdom to heal a variety of ailments and how to do so easily and efficiently since 2011. Knowing how much pleasure food can provide. Mamie is committed to helping people optimize their health while keeping their bellies deliciously satisfied. Her private practice is based in Oakland.

Mamie is passionate about educating people about health, nutrition and physical movement from an Eastern medicine perspective. She strongly believes that when people have more knowledge, they make healthier choices. In her free time, Mamie loves to travel with her partner, walk their 19-year-old Labrador retriever and develop easy, delicious, and healthy recipes.

"I think many people are trying to figure out ways to eat healthier in our hurried and stressed out life."

Everyday Food as Medicine: Restoring Your Health Immunity and Vitality

Mamie Chow in the kitchen.The intense pace of this year (and 2017) has caused a chronic state of stress and instability, leaving many people wiped out physically and emotionally. Immune systems have been weakened and anxiety is skyrocketing. So how do we recover and re-gather ourselves? What easy-to-make foods can set us up for success? And what common foods might actually be draining our energy and harming our health? This is the perfect time to focus on restoring mind, body and spirit – for ourselves and our communities.


Deborah Lemon

Deborah Lemon.Deborah Lemon is an Ohlone College tenured faculty member and the Renegade Esports Faculty Advisor. She has served as a member and chair of the Ohlone College Technology Committee. She designs and teaches online/hybrid language courses run exclusively on social media platforms. She started in 2005 in Tribe and now has used Facebook from 2010 to present, incorporating a tiered F2F/blended/online format. Deborah has integrated cloud-based materials since 2000: in 1996 she authored the Spanish Grammar reference site, drlemon, and developed and wrote distance education courses for UNC-Chapel Hill (1996-2003). She facilitated Building Online Community with Social Media for the California @One grant project for 5 years. Deborah has been interviewed regarding her work with Augmented and Virtual Reality; “paradigm-dodging”; esports; and the future of Online and Higher Education. She offers workshops and webinars on Hybridization, Gamification, social media tools, and methodology. She has been an invited speaker at conferences and symposia including The Institute for the Future (IFTF), She's Geeky, Augmented World Expo, Online Teaching Conference, and Augmented Reality Chicago. As a result of her work building transmedia and transdisciplinary courses integrating Augmented Reality, the National Science Foundation invited and sponsored her to speak at the 2013 Radical Innovation Summit in Washington, D.C. Her recent project coordinating engineering, business, social media and Spanish classes prompted an invitation to speak at Harvard’s FLEAT VI, the Immersion Summit at the Sorbonne in Paris ,and National Science Foundation sponsorship to participate in the 2015 and 2016 Language Flagship Technical Innovation Center (LFTIC) Symposia Thinktank. Prior to teaching at Ohlone College, Deborah had a secret clearance working in defense industry (DESG) supporting airborne radar systems in Technical Recruiting/Public Relations and Systems Administration in both the US and México. In her free time, she tinkers with stuff, researches, volunteers, and enjoys A/B testing.

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