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This meetup is for many organizers to share events that promote holistic health community building in Southwest Michigan, including Kalamazoo.

Free weekly Tai Chi Easy classes, drop-ins welcome!

Evidence based health benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong:

http://qigonginstitute.org/category/22/the -...


http://instituteofintegralqigongandtaichi.org/iiqtc/whypractice.htm (https://nccih.nih.gov/health/taichi/introduction.htm)

Why You Should Practice Integral Qigong and Tai Chi:

Qigong and Tai Chi trigger numerous health benefits

Qigong and Tai Chi initiate the “relaxation response,” which is fostered when the mind is freed from its many distractions. This decreases the sympathetic function of the autonomic nervous system, which in turn reduces heart rate and blood pressure, dilates the blood capillaries, and optimizes the delivery of oxygen and nutrition to the tissues.

Qigong and Tai Chi alter the neurochemistry profile toward accelerated inner healing function. Neurotransmitters, also called information molecules, bond with receptor sites in the immune, nervous, digestive, endocrine and other systems to excite or inhibit function to moderate pain, enhance organ capacity, reduce anxiety or depression, and neutralize addictive cravings.

Qigong and Tai Chi enhance the efficiency of the immune system through increased rate and flow of the lymphatic fluid and activation of immune cells. Resistance to disease and infection is accelerated by the elimination of toxic metabolic by-products from the interstitial spaces in the tissues, organs, and glands through the lymphatic system.

Qigong and Tai Chi increases the efficiency of cell metabolism and tissue regeneration through increased circulation of oxygen and nutrient rich blood to the brain, organs, and tissues.

Qigong and Tai Chi coordinate and balance right/left brain hemisphere dominance promoting deeper sleep, reduced anxiety, and mental clarity.

Qigong and Tai Chi induce alpha and, in some cases, theta brain waves which reduce heart rate and blood pressure, facilitating relaxation, and mental focus; this optimizes the body’s self-regulative mechanisms by decreasing the activity of the sympathetic nervous system.

Qigong and Tai Chi moderate the function of the hypothalamus, pituitary, and pineal glands, as well as the cerebrospinal fluid system of the brain and spinal cord, which manages pain and mood as well as optimizing immune function.

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Decorate the town with scarves for homeless tied around trees as ornaments!

Who wants to do this? When are you available? You Happen To See A Scarf Tied Up Around Your Town This Holiday - Here's What It Means Cailyn Finkel 11/16/2016 https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FLifeCraft%2Fposts%2F10211133884848062&width=500 There's a new trend happening around the country and it catching on like wildfire! No, people aren't trying to make trees and lightpoles more fashionable.... It's something much more heartwarming than that! [masked]_[masked]_[masked]_o Facebook/The Shelby Star Thousands of people from all across the nation are taking their old scarves, or making their own handmade and versions, tying them around the base of trees in parks, along city roads and in neighborhoods. These scarves are generously left for homeless people that are exposed to the frigid (and dangerous) winter temperatures! The warm scarves are free to anyone who needs them and can provide much-needed insulation from below-freezing weather. Some scarves are even left with messages like: "I'm not lost! Please take me with you if you are cold. Stay warm. God bless!" It's clear to see that the people who leave these cuddly scarves truly care and want to spread holiday cheer with those who need it the most! [masked]_[masked]_[masked]_n Facebook/Fruitland United Methodist Church Some people involved in the project, like Elizabeth Sammons, use their love for knitting to give out their own homemade scarves! Elizabeth told WCCO News just how amazing it feels to help those in need. "I think it's a great thing to be able to do for the community. [There's] a lot of people behind it, a lot of support. It's really nice." Since the trend started in Seymour, Indiana, church groups, schools fundraisers and kind random strangers from almost every state are pitching in to make sure a good portion of the 1.56 million homeless Americans are a little warmer this winter! [masked]_[masked]_[masked]_n Facebook/REACH & TOTAL St.Jerome

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