Confucius Institute

Practicing the Art of Physical Balance: Tai Chi Retreat on Xavier Campus
May 23, 2017

Gathered under the big beautiful oak trees on the new lawn in front of the Xavier pharmacy building, a group of people from more than 10 cities across the Greater New Orleans area were practicing Tai Chi, a traditional Chinese fitness exercise on May 20, 2017. The event was hosted by the Xavier Confucius Institute, featuring Terry Rappold, a local Tai Chi master who has been practicing and teaching Tai Chi for more than 20 years. Rappold shared the principles of Tai Chi at the beginning and gave instructions on how to develop the Chi in our body as well as a couple of sessions of guided meditation. Xavier Confucius Institute staff and teachers gave Chinese traditional music instrument performance and demonstrated Chinese calligraphy art.

The event is one of Xavier Confucius Institute’s efforts engaging the community in actively incorporating Chinese culture into their healthy life style. The participants enjoyed a whole day’s immersion of Chinese culture of fitness exercise, music, and art. They expressed great interest in future cultural events organized by the Xavier Confucius Institute.

The Confucius Institute also presented a donation of 20 sets Tai Chi DVDs and books to the veterans taking Tai Chi classes offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Instructor Mr. Barry Goodman accepted the donation at the retreat. 

 

Tai Chi Retreat

Above: Terry Rappold teaching Tai Chi on Xavier campus

Tai Chi Retreat

Above: Jiemin Hu performing Chinese flute

Tai Chi Retreat

Above: Participants practicing Chinese calligraphy

Tai Chi Retreat

Above: Xavier Confucius Institute Chinese director Dr. Tao Yang presenting donations to Barry Goodman, Tai Chi instructor of the Department of Veterans Affairs

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