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Quiet time is better than active rest?

Posted by Nick Constantine on Fri Aug 10th, 2012, 0 comments

Chi Running, Yoga and other mindful practices make a distinction about allowing the sub conscious and conscious mind to 'yoke',

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Music, mind and running

Posted by Nick Constantine on Fri Jun 8th, 2012, 1 comments

Music, mind and running

Control, exertion, focus, alignment and one pointedness are at the heart of many creative things.

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How Chi Running helps you decide your own path

Posted by Nick Constantine on Tue Jun 5th, 2012, 0 comments

How Chi Running helps you decide your own path

We run, at times, to get away from decisions. We run to flee from responsibility, to be free from the chains of life, people and stuff.

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Personal bests are not necessarily fulfilling

Posted by Nick Constantine on Wed May 30th, 2012, 0 comments

As I get older I have a lot of questions about my running performances and what they really mean to me.  What is performance? Who am I performing for? Am I really going to compete or am I going to complete?

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On Emptying: Running pure is good

Posted by Nick Constantine on Wed May 23rd, 2012, 0 comments

Running, for me, has allowed me to see this  in an uncluttered and simple manner.  We do not need to make our lives full to live, we need to empty to be!

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Saying “Thank You” to Yourself

Posted by Nick Constantine on Mon May 21st, 2012, 0 comments

Do you ever say 'thank you' to yourself?  Are you ever grateful and compassionate to yourself?

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Tuning our instrument

Posted by Nick Constantine on Thu Apr 19th, 2012, 0 comments

This helps a lot of people who approach form analysis in a heavy handed manner. That is they would like instant or quick results after the session. The instrument analogy is a strong one because it allows the principle of practice and mastery to be understood. When you first begin playing an instrument one can feel clumsy and a little out of sorts. 'Getting it' takes time and although we would love to play fast pieces of music there is a deep understanding that practice makes perfect. Running in my mind is no different from any other skill. As you understand your instrument, alignment and breath you will get the best out of it. Even as we get older your will simply sound different. 

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I wish I was an Ultra runner

Posted by Nick Constantine on Thu Apr 19th, 2012, 0 comments

Unbelievably running does just that, if you allow yourself to focus on running as a process for you and not simply an outcome to be squeezed into a challenge frame of mind then you learn to be compassionate to yourself, your awareness of who you are becomes heightened and, if following a form based approach to running, then your understanding of what a moment can bring becomes clear. When I teach chi running I emphasise that I am not teaching a static fixed movement that is rigid but an awareness that the window of balance is fluid, this moves depending on the surface, gradient or just with you.

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We are hard wired to Run

Posted by Nick Constantine on Sat Mar 24th, 2012, 1 comments

In Chi running the process and signposts of form are as important in raising your awareness of the present. Your running furrows become deeper: you appreciate metaphorically and physically each step. Chi Running improves mindfulness, enhances your quality of thought and gives a sense of balance. This is above and beyond the physical benefits of running which there are plenty.

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Wherever you go, there you are! (running mindfully)

Posted by Nick Constantine on Mon Feb 13th, 2012, 0 comments

The best effect of form running is that this does influence you outside of your running time. As you become more aware of your body and it's responsiveness to different environments   You become more acutely aware of your inner you (breathing) and how you respond and engage with the outer you(improved relationships, calmer, focused, steady, time for people) .

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A Chi Running Love Letter

Over the past 45 years, I have trained for and run a race of one mile or longer every year but one. I worked my way up to running marathons, but in 1982 began experiencing knee pain – ultimately in both knees. 

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