Manatee County Parks hosts free lessons during World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, April 29

  • Apr 24, 2017

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (April 24, 2017) – The worldwide Tai Chi celebration comes to G.T. Bray Park this weekend when local instructors offer Tai Chi and Qigong lessons for free this Saturday afternoon.

Free Tai Chi lessons return to G.T. Bray Park Saturday, April 29 as part of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
Free Tai Chi lessons return to G.T. Bray Park Saturday, April 29 as part of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

 Each year on April 29, thousands gather across the globe to practice Tai Chi and Qigong. For the third year in a row, G.T. Bray will host this event to celebrate this gentle fitness practice. From 10 a.m. to noon at the G.T. Bray Amphitheater, participants will have the opportunity to sample a variety of Tai Chi styles. 

It's the third year in a row the event is being held at G.T. Bray Park, 5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton. 
“We are excited to once again bring this health practice to Manatee County and to share it with the community on a larger scale,” said Aedan Stockdale, Volunteer and Education Program Manager for Manatee County’s Parks and Natural Resources Department. “We began offering free Tai Chi classes quarterly at Robinson Preserve as part of our ‘Vitamin N’ program, promoting health and wellness in the preserves.

"Along with yoga, running and walking, and meditative walks, this program is intended to provide participants with a healthy dose of vitamin nature," Stockdale said. "Through this event Manatee County residents and visitors are able to be part of something larger, our community in breath and in step with the rest of the world.”
Tai Chi and Qigong are movement practices that evolved over several thousand years of research in China and are now growing in popularity worldwide. They are used in hospitals, business, prisons, schools, and other institutions. Tai Chi and Qigong can reduce anxiety, depression and chronic pain conditions. The practice can boost the immune system, improve respiratory function, burn calories, dramatically improve balance and provide powerful stress management tools.

Renshi Brian Nell has taught Tai Chi in Manatee County’s Parks and Preserves for more than five years, offering free classes at Robinson Preserve and weekly classes at G.T. Bray as part of the Center’s fitness program.
The event is being co-sponsored by Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department and Cypress Pillar Healing Arts. For more information, visit the event's Facebook page at
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