People of all ages are invited to "join the global wave of healing energy" during Akron’s participation in World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 2014. The free community wellness event takes place on April 26, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the grounds of the NIHF STEM High School (Central-Hower),123 S. Forge St., Akron (at S. College St.).

Now in its sixth year, this free event, sponsored by NG Energy, features demonstrations, audience participation and a special segment for kids. The core of this community wellness program is to introduce community members to breathing and movement techniques that will boost energy, improve balance and help reduce and manage stress. The program will be led by NG Energy's Nancy Gardner, certified Tai Chi and Qigong instructor. 

The program is supported by the University of Akron and the City of Akron. Akron Mayor Donald Plusquellic has proclaimed the last Saturday in April as "World Tai Chi and Qigong Day in the City of Akron" and he encourages our community to join in this global movement.

This local event ties in with those being held in all 50 U.S. states and in cities of more than 80 nations. The global event’s mission is to raise awareness of the benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong, which are components of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), and to promote health and healing in individuals, communities and nations.

Akron’s two-hour program is suitable for adults of all ages and physical abilities, and children old enough to follow along. Participants are asked to bring lawn chairs for this outdoor event. (In the event of inclement weather, it will be moved inside to the cafeteria.)

Event details are available at or by emailing

or calling 330-945-5533.