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Learning New Sports & Brain Health

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Tue Sep 13th, 2016, 2 comments

Learning New Sports & Brain Health

It’s no shock that learning a new hobby can strengthen your brain. However, when we think of learning new hobbies we often think of “intellectual” pursuits - such as learning a new language or learning how to write a story.

These intellect-driven hobbies are proven to increase white matter in the brain, which is incredibly beneficial. It helps our overall cognitive ability. However, it’s also been shown that learning new physical abilities can improve an incredibly important part of the brain - the motor cortex - which controls how we move.

So, by focusing only on learning “mental hobbies” we may be short changing ourselves, big time.

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September 2016 Instructor of the Month: Jane Tse

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Wed Sep 7th, 2016, 1 comments

September 2016 Instructor of the Month: Jane Tse

JANE TSE, MASTER INSTRUCTOR AND REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF HONG KONG/CHINA

A Canadian Chinese brought up in Hong Kong, Jane worked in the fields of training consultant and project management for over 20 years. ChiRunning found Jane through through a close friend who was amazed by the concept of using Chi in running. She read the ChiRunning book and started practicing by herself, and noticed there was something profound in the technique and decided to learn it from the masters.

ChiRunning’s effortless running concept has totally changed Jane's approach to body movement and training.  After practicing ChiRunning, running injuries and long recovery time became history. Jane believes that combining her training profession with her passion for running is a gift to her life, and when she sees smiling faces on her students, she feels the energy and happiness radiating from within.

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10 Yoga Poses to Make You a Better Runner

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Tue May 24th, 2016, 5 comments

Yoga takes stress head-on with a whole-body workout that relaxes the body and mind. But did you know that doing yoga postures also packs perks for runners?

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Country of the Month: Netherlands and Belgium

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Tue May 24th, 2016, 2 comments

Country of the Month: Netherlands and Belgium

ChiRunning and ChiWalking are expanding and growing all over the world.  Two of the first countries to truly adopt the ChiTechniques were Netherlands and Belgium.  This is due in part to the efforts Marion Meesters and Ans Oudejaans, who are our Regional Directors of these countries.  And, we believe the early success is also due to the open minded, inquisitive nature of the Dutch and Belgian people.

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The Most Important Chi Skill

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Tue Mar 29th, 2016, 2 comments

The Most Important Chi Skill

In our books we write about the Chi Skills: Focusing the Mind, Body Sensing, Breathing, Relaxing, Non-identification. Which one is most important? It depends, of course, of what you most need, but we think it is Non-identification – learning to observe yourself, (and the world around you for that matter) without judgement, without bias, and with a great deal of kindness and compassion.

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Your posture and your stance toward the New Year

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Fri Dec 18th, 2015, 3 comments

Your posture and your stance toward the New Year

Have you given up on New Year’s Resolutions? If so, you may be missing a great opportunity for the feeling of a new start that can make a huge difference in your life. Every morning is an opportunity to start anew. January is like the morning of the year ahead, a perfect time to initiate and take important steps toward your intentions.

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One Thing to Make Your Running So Much Easier

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Wed Sep 30th, 2015, 8 comments

One Thing to Make Your Running So Much Easier

You can make running easier…after all, why push yourself down the road when you can be pulled…by gravity, that is.

In our last workshop some people found it difficult to let go and let gravity do its job. Whether it’s a mindset that says you need to work hard, or legs that want to be tree stumps and not loose like noodles, the hardest part of ChiRunning® is learning to relax and let go.

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Walk Your Way to Better Brain Health and Longevity

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Wed Aug 5th, 2015, 7 comments

Walk Your Way to Better Brain Health and Longevity

Exercise is being shown to be perhaps the most important factor in keeping healthy—physically and mentally—as we age. Exercise changes the way our brain functions and grows, improving the quality of our whole life experience. When we walk fast, regardless of our age, we produce new cells in the hippocampus, the brain area that plays a key role in turning short-term memories into long.

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ChiRunning, Your Eyes and Your Vision

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Tue Jul 28th, 2015, 8 comments

ChiRunning, Your Eyes and Your Vision

When we teach ChiRunning®, many people notice that good posture changes the line of their eyesight. Before lifting the crown of your head, your chin is most likely slightly lifted. Notice, right now, where your chin is, then gently lift through the back of the neck and lift your crown (the back of the top of your head) into the air. Don’t push or force. Just a gentle lift. Your chin will come down slightly when you do this…and so will your line of vision.

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Chi As Fuel

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Wed Mar 25th, 2015, 9 comments

Chi As Fuel

Usually “fuel” is thought of in terms of nutrition…healthy food, supplements, power drinks, gels, and gu…they all promise high performance and lots of energy.

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A Chi Running Love Letter

I picked up your book 2 months ago. My wife saw you on CNN. I stopped running 15 years ago due to tendonitis in my left leg. 

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