Tai Chi for Health TM and Wellness Workshop presented by Sensei Lonnie Calhoun, Jigoku Dojo
Join Sensei Lonnie Calhoun, as he leads a workshop at the LCVA’s Art After Dark series Wednesday, September 18th at 6:00 p.m.. This workshop is to provide a brief introduction to Tai Chi and engage the audience in the active practice of T’ai Chi, the Moving Meditation.
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese Martial Art that involves slow movement and coordinated breathing. “Tai Chi is a weight-bearing and moderate-intensity cardiovascular exercise. Current research suggests that practice of Tai Chi can improve balance, reduce falls and increase leg strength.”
According to Chinese philosophy, Tai Chi works by using opposing forces within your body (a concept called yin and yang) to release your vital energy source, called your qi. Practicing tai chi may teach you better balance and get your qi flowing. Although it's hard to study yin and yang and qi, many studies do support the benefits of tai chi.
Research into Tai Chi has suggested many possible benefits:
Prevention of falls in older adults
Reduction of pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis
Reduction of pain in people with fibromyalgia
Doors will open at 6:00 pm for refreshments and the program will begin at 6:15 pm.
This event is free and open to the public. No registration required. LCVA exhibitions and programs are made possible through the generous support of the Wells Fargo Foundation, the Walter J. Payne Foundation, Anne Carter & Walter R. Robbins, Jr. Foundation, the E.B. Duff Charitable Lead Annuity Trust, Southside Electric Cooperative, Walmart, Julie Kline Dixon and Guy Dixon, Navona & David Hart, Real Living Cornerstone, Helton House, Haley Auto Mall, The Woodland, Inc., Candice Jamison Dowdy ’69 and Charles H. Dowdy III + Northwestern Mutual, Foster Fuels, Linda Arthur, Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, and Longwood University Office of Alumni and Career Services.
The LCVA is a 20,000-square-foot exhibition center featuring two rotating galleries that have shown works of worldwide importance, including the award-winning Reflecting Centuries of Beauty: The Rowe Collection of Chinese Art, the nationally traveled Pre-Columbian Art from the Mississippi Museum of Art, and a steady stream of solo and group exhibitions for nationally known artists such as Faith Ringgold, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Lesley Dill, David Macaulay, and Kojo Griffin.
The LCVA also dedicates one gallery to a permanent exhibition of stunning African art, part of the Ziegler and Brumfield Collections of African Art. In 1997 Robert Ziegler, a longtime resident of Africa, established this collection with twenty-six important pieces. In 1999, Thomas and Donna Brumfield donated an additional eighty-eight works of African art. The collection includes an impressive array of statues, masks, drums, baskets, and garments, covering four geographical areas, twelve countries, and twenty-seven cultures. A catalog of this collection, Telling Objects: African Art from the Permanent Collection of the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, is available.