The Johnstone Chiropractic Center hosted a Tai Chi and Qigong session April 24 in honor of World Tai Chi and Qigong Day. The event started at 9:45 a.m. at the Rockport Marine Park.

“The day couldn’t have been better,” said Dr. Douglas Johnstone. “Mother Nature provided us with the perfect day really. It was comfortable and [had] blue skies so it couldn’t have been better.”

It was the fifth annual Camden-Rockport area World Tai Chi and Qigong Day and around 20 participants showed up, including a number of instructors from local institutions. Three Tai Chi schools were represented.

“It’s a terrific event and it is essentially to create some camaraderie,” Johnstone said. “We are trying to spread the word a little bit about the health and healing and peace and so on around the world.”

Tai Chi is the ancient Chinese martial art involving slow, deliberate movements and is frequently adopted for health benefits. Qigong is a technique using breathing, meditation and movement to improve health.

People of various levels and ages joined the Midcoast group to practice Tai Chi forms with their particular schools but started as one group with Qigong exercise to begin the event.

The event took place in the larger context of the World Tai Chi and Qigong Day recognized on the final Saturday of April and held in locations across the world.