TCY April 2021 Update
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, 24 April 2021
With glorious sun and no wind, Tai Chi Yukon were very pleased with the turnout of 29 of our members to celebrate World Tai Chi and Qigong Day. We gathered in downtown Whitehorse at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre beside the Yukon River. Due to Covid 19 we did not open this gathering to the public as we usually do. We followed the protocol of wearing masks and keeping our social distance of one caribou☺. Instead of our usual tea and social after our practice, we handed out wee, red boxes with an orange, green tea, and a yin-yang cookie baked by Jo-Ann Gates.
One of our founding members, Helene Dobrowolsky, opened the event with an expression of gratitude that we were able to gather. She dedicated the practice to members of our tai chi family, and those we have lost recently. Joy Waters and Lorne Whittaker were active members of our board, and we do miss them. She also honoured the passing of Grandmaster Yang Zhenduo.
Lisa Pan led us in a Qigong session, followed by the Wellness Exercises led by Judy Forrest, Marina McCready, and Pam Boyde. We then proceeded into the 16 Form led by Marina McCready. The Traditional Hand Form was then led by Jo-Ann Gates, Alison Conant, and Helene Dobrowolsky. The final form we practiced was the Senior's Form led by our Chief Instructor Pam Boyde.
When the practice ended in precisely one hour, everyone broke into thunderous applause and gleeful cheers!
In lieu of our usual social gathering, all participants received a special red box featuring Jo-Ann's famous yin/yang cookies.
Most of our Covid-compliant group after practice.
IJudy (L) leads group in Wellness Exercises; above: practicing and looking toward Yukon River.