Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi™ - 2014 International Awareness Day Celebration

Pain is overrated - Taoist Tai Chi™ helps (CNW Group/Taoist Tai Chi Society of Canada)

Free introductory classes for the public, and demonstrations of the Taoist Tai Chi™ arts, as practiced by more than 40,000 members in 27 countries around the world, all part of the Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi™ International Awareness Day celebration from 9 am to 2 pm. Visit www.taoist.org for details. Cultivating the Spirit for Better Health. (CNW Group/Taoist Tai Chi Society of Canada)

Two of the longest dragons in North America will dance at Yonge-Dundas Square on August 7 as part of the Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi™ International Awareness Day celebration from 9 am to 2 pm. Visit www.taoist.org for details. Cultivating the Spirit for Better Health. (CNW Group/Taoist Tai Chi Society of Canada)

Visiting dignitaries and members of parliament who address the crowd as part of the Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi™ International Awareness Day celebration from 9 am to 2 pm. Visit www.taoist.org for more information. Cultivating the Spirit for Better Health. (CNW Group/Taoist Tai Chi Society of Canada)

The International Taoist Tai Chi Society is the largest non-profit tai chi organization in the world with more than 40,000 members in 26 countries. To find out more information about branches, classes and events worldwide, visit www.taoist.org. Cultivating the Spirit for Better Health. (CNW Group/Taoist Tai Chi Society of Canada)

Free Introductory Taoist Tai Chi™ Classes for Everyone
At Yonge-Dundas Square on August 7, 2014, Starting at 9 am

Cultivating the Spirit for Better Health

TORONTO, July 21, 2014 /CNW/ - Free introductory classes for the public, colourful dragon dances, presentations from local, national, and international dignitaries and a festive parade will mark our International Awareness Day on Thursday, August 7, to be held in downtown Toronto's Yonge-Dundas Square starting at 9:00 am. A detailed schedule is available at http://www.taoist.org/iad/.

The theme of the festivities is Cultivating the Spirit for Better Health, which speaks to the unique mind-body health and healing benefits of these ancient Taoist practices. Taoist Tai Chi™ arts have been proven an effective tool to manage pain and maintain health. As spirituality columnist Micah Toub wrote in The Grid, "An all-body exercise that accommodates practitioners of all ages and levels of mobility, Tai Chi makes muscles more elastic, works the spine and nerves, and increases circulation and balance. Meanwhile, without one even trying—or, rather, because one is not trying—the mind finds peace."

Free public introductory sessions will begin at 9:00 am and start every 30 minutes until 1:30 pm. All are welcome to learn a few moves, while demos, speeches and the parade take place.

Special guests who will address the crowd starting at 10:00 am include: City of Toronto Councillors Norm Kelly (Scarborough-Agincourt) and Chin Lee (Scarborough-Rouge River); Member of Provincial Parliament Jack MacLaren (Carleton--Mississippi Mills); and Consul General for the United States, Jim Dickmeyer.

About Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism
The Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism was founded in 1970 by Master Moy Lin Shin, a Taoist monk. He devoted his life to help people restore and maintain their physical, mental and spiritual well-being through the practice of the Taoist Tai Chi™ arts. Fung Loy Kok is a volunteer driven organization with the aim of alleviating suffering through promoting Taoism, a transformative path of physical, mental and spiritual cultivation.  Today, more than 40,000 members in 26 countries around the world feel the benefits of the internal arts of health that Master Moy taught.

For more information, visit http://www.taoist.org, call +1 (416) 656-2110 or e-mail press@taoist.org.

SOURCE Taoist Tai Chi Society of Canada

Image with caption: "Pain is overrated - Taoist Tai Chi™ helps (CNW Group/Taoist Tai Chi Society of Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140721_C3386_PHOTO_EN_4385.jpg

Image with caption: "Free introductory classes for the public, and demonstrations of the Taoist Tai Chi™ arts, as practiced by more than 40,000 members in 27 countries around the world, all part of the Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi™ International Awareness Day celebration from 9 am to 2 pm. Visit www.taoist.org for details. Cultivating the Spirit for Better Health. (CNW Group/Taoist Tai Chi Society of Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140721_C3386_PHOTO_EN_4386.jpg

Image with caption: "Two of the longest dragons in North America will dance at Yonge-Dundas Square on August 7 as part of the Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi™ International Awareness Day celebration from 9 am to 2 pm. Visit www.taoist.org for details. Cultivating the Spirit for Better Health. (CNW Group/Taoist Tai Chi Society of Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140721_C3386_PHOTO_EN_4387.jpg

Image with caption: "Visiting dignitaries and members of parliament who address the crowd as part of the Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi™ International Awareness Day celebration from 9 am to 2 pm. Visit www.taoist.org for more information. Cultivating the Spirit for Better Health. (CNW Group/Taoist Tai Chi Society of Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140721_C3386_PHOTO_EN_4388.jpg

Image with caption: "The International Taoist Tai Chi Society is the largest non-profit tai chi organization in the world with more than 40,000 members in 26 countries. To find out more information about branches, classes and events worldwide, visit www.taoist.org. Cultivating the Spirit for Better Health. (CNW Group/Taoist Tai Chi Society of Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140721_C3386_PHOTO_EN_4389.jpg





For further information: Sylvia Goodeve, +1 416 817 8560