April is National Kite Month. It is the celebration of the arrival of spring! With the breeze and wind we've been having, it is no wonder it's the national month to fly a kite.
Kite flying is a very old sport, yet suited for the young (at heart), too. Traditionally, flying kites is a sport popular among Chinese - as it originated in China over 2,000 years ago. The Chinese have studied the health benefits of kite flying and it's got similarities to the ancient medicine of Qigong. In short, Qigong is a series of exercises to focus your body/energy back to balance. Flying kites has similar effects: concentrating on the kite in the sky helps to clear your mind and strengthen your higher nervous system - stimulating the health of the body (similar to meditation). The Chinese saying, "Those who fly a kite can live a long life," has much truth to it -- who knew that flying a kite could be so fun AND healthy!?
So, take your friends, your kids, or just take your beautiful gal-self to the park and get to flying a kite. "Go fly a kite," may have actually had a good purpose: go outside, find peace in your mind, and relax. Welcome the coming of spring to Denver!