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Tai chi, qigong program to explain how world peace can begin with each of us.

Byline: WSFPC

Ryan, a teacher of both practices, will discuss "Tai Chi & Qigong as a Way to Peace" from 7:00 -- 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Lombard Mennonite Church, 528 E. Madison St., Lombard. The program, free of charge, is open to the public.

Ryan's presentation will include the experience of Bill Douglas, founder of World Tai Chi Day, who was part of a tai chi program at Folsom State Prison near Sacramento, Calif. While the program was in effect, officials saw a decrease in violence among rival gangs at the prison. World Tai Chi Day, celebrated the last Sunday in April since 1999, will be held April 28 in over 80 nations spanning six continents this year.

Often referred to as moving meditation, tai chi and qigong can benefit the body, spirit and emotions. The former is a self-paced series of movements performed slowly and gracefully while practicing deep breathing. Qigong generally unites meditation, relaxation, physical movement and breathing exercises to restore and maintain balance. Both also can be practiced by most age groups because they require only gentle movements.

Ryan is an Asian bodywork therapist (ABT) and a licensed massage therapist (LMT). She has studied qigong, tai chi and acupressure, Jin Shin Do' Bodymind Acupressure' and shiatsu for 35 years. Her studies took her to China in 1993 and she made a return trip in 2008. Ryan teaches the tai chi forms of Master Chungliang Al Huang, founder of the Living Tao Tradition.

Passionate both about teaching methods for self-care and promoting peace, Ryan teaches tai chi and qigong at the Lightheart Center in Winfield and at three area retirement communities. She also is active in a Peace Toastmasters group.

Sponsored by the West Suburban Faith-Based Peace Coalition (WSFPC), "Tai Chi & Qigong as a Way to Peace" is part of the Educational Forum series WSFPC offers monthly.

WSFPC is an initiative of faith-based peace makers from Chicago's western suburbs and the general Chicago area. WSFPC includes clergy, congregations, other peace organizations and more. WSFPC is committed to sustaining the work of peace through activities such as vigils, public witness, peace education, lobbying/legislative initiatives, and interfaith dialogue. We are an affiliate of Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) and donations are tax deductible.

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Date:Apr 9, 2019
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