(Clearwisdom.net) On June 17, 2011, local practitioners from the region of Veneto introduced Falun Gong at the “Power Gym” facility in Padova, after being invited by the CESN (National Centre for Sport and Education in Italy).

Practitioners explained how Falun Gong had become the most popular Qigong practice within only a few years of being introduced to the public in China, in May 1992. Today Falun Gong is freely practiced in over 100 countries, with over 100 million practitioners from all walks of life.

Practitioners also shared about the health improvements they experienced from practicing Falun Gong and how they improved their moral standards by following the principles related in the books Falun Gong, an introductory book for the practice, and especially Zhuan Falun, the main book of Falun Dafa teachings.

Learning the five exercises

After answering questions, practitioners demonstrated the exercise movements and helped the new students learn them.

At the end of the meeting, practitioners invited the students to join them at the local practice site, which is open to the public. In the following weeks, many of the new students participated in group practice of the exercises at the local practice sites.