From Newstrack, India

January 2010

Here is another example of the current trend in the cross popularity of Yoga and Qigong from NewsTrack, India

Chennai, India corporates take to Taichi to bust stress
Chennai, Sun, 18 Oct 2009 ANI

Chennai, Oct 18 (ANI): The Chinese psycho-physical exercise, Taichi,
is catching up among overworked and stressed out corporate executives
in Chennai.

A regular session of Taichi near Chennai's famous Marina Beach has
become a popular spot for white and blue collared managers who are
learning the art of unwinding after a daylong physical and mental
strain.

Almost all of them vouch that Taichi has given them a feeling of relaxation.

They also said they have experienced peace within through this exercise.

Fifty-eight-year-old Swaroopa, an Assistant Vice-President with a
company is one of them. For nearly 35 years, she has been spending
nearly 10 grueling hours at her desk. After talking to Taichi, she
has made a new beginning.

"To a great extent it is Taichi which helped me realise that enough is
enough. I didn't want the fast pace of the corporate world. You earn
so much, but you sleep so less. And Taichi makes you think. It's very
slow and meditative. There is a lot of balance and there is a lot of
inner harmony," claimed Swaroopa.

Many Chennai executives have followed in Swaroopa's footsteps.he
practitioners admit that while they earn a lot of money, they don't
have peace of mind.

It is Taichi, they say has enabled them to cope with hypertension and
other lifestyle ailments like insomnia.

"It makes you feel that your mind, body and everything have come
together at the end of it. So health-wise definitely it has benefits,"
said Arvindan, another executive.

Taichi dates back to 5000 years and is almost like a slow dance
similar to Indian yoga-based movements.

People find this extremely useful, as it does not require heavy
physical exercise or great strength. (ANI)