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Stress Management: 5 Ways ChiRunning Can Help

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Wed Jan 18th, 2017, 0 comments

Stress Management: 5 Ways ChiRunning Can Help

This time of year can be an extremely confusing period for many people. Riding the wave of the holidays, we can lose ourselves in deep interactions with family and friends.  But once January hits, a wave of simultaneous stress and exhaustion washes over us. This year in particular has left many feeling apprehensive for what the future holds.

For managing stress, ChiRunning is uniquely suited to help - not only to relieve stress, but to reorient the mind and body to one another, promoting true revitalization and peace. Though all aspects of ChiRunning can be utilized with great results, these five aspects stand out among the rest...

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Cultivate and Direct your Chi in the New Year

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Wed Dec 28th, 2016, 3 comments

Cultivate and Direct your Chi in the New Year

No matter your New Year’s Resolution, or lack thereof, there is one thing that everyone needs more of: focused, clear, directed life force – Chi.

Take a moment and feel the rise and fall of chest and belly as you breathe. Do it for 3-5 breaths. Now, feel the slight buzz of alive energy in your arms and legs. Notice whatever your skin is touching: your clothes, the chair you’re sitting on, your feet on the ground. None of those sensations would be available to you without Chi, the life-giving energy that is in every cell of your body.

Every moment that you turn your awareness to this foundational energy that imbues your body with life, you are cultivating and enhancing that life force. Chi follows your mind’s attention, moves with it, and grows from its attention like a plant that soaks up the sun’s rays.

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The Art of Eating Well

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Wed Dec 14th, 2016, 1 comments

The Art of Eating Well

Recently Danny and I went to Trader Joe’s and were literally bombarded with the most beautiful and tempting displays of sweets and chocolate and candy of every kind. I felt my craving for sugar take over my whole mind and body, shouting at me, “This is what you need to celebrate the holidays…lots of SUGAR!!!”
I was made almost senseless by the battle between the desire to buy all kinds of sweets and the knowing that I don’t feel great when I eat more than just a little bit of sugar.
It is said that sugar is as addictive as crack cocaine. I believe it.
The question is, how to celebrate and not overdo. Isn’t part of celebrating indulging oneself just a bit?
What I’d like to suggest is that we can get inspired by Dickens and Tchaikovsky and we can make art of eating well. What great art does is take almost anything and make it sublime, the ultimate, the quintessential, so that you fully appreciate and enjoy even the simple and humble. Look at Van Gogh’s Chair, a simple, common item brought to the heights of human sensibility

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The Wisdom, Power and Gentleness of T’ai Chi as a Roadmap for Life

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Tue Nov 1st, 2016, 3 comments

The Wisdom, Power and Gentleness of T’ai Chi as a Roadmap for Life

The fundamental principles that make T’ai Chi the “mother of all martial arts” present us with a skill set to live and grow by. Bring these ancient guidelines to bear on your everyday choices and improve the quality of your whole life. Join ChiLiving®, ChiRunning® and ChiWalking® founders, Katherine and Danny Dreyer, at their first-ever ChiLiving Workshop at the Omega Institute September 17th-22nd, 2017.

Many people have said ChiRunning has changed their life, not just because of the running, but because they transferred their experience and knowledge to the rest of their life. You can apply these principles to: parenting, health and fitness, career, relationships, creative expression, spiritual exploration...wherever your life needs to be rebalanced and supported.

Learn to approach life as a T’ai Chi Master would, focused in your intent, centered in your physical and personal integrity, clear, open and innately responsive to the world around you.

Katherine and Danny Dreyer are teachers, speakers and co-authors of ChiRunning, ChiWalking and ChiMarathon (Simon & Schuster). With a global presence of Certified Instructors in over 25 countries, they have taught thousands of students the art of intelligent movement. Their mission is to offer innovative tools that create real change and a higher quality lifestyle.

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This Is Your Brain on Running

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Tue Jul 19th, 2016, 4 comments

This Is Your Brain on Running

Ready, set, go!

Did you know that your brain benefits from your run before you even begin running? Yep. While the physical benefits of running are often talked about, the mental benefits are just as impressive. At ChiRunning, we often discuss the integration of running with your mind, body and spirit. Today, we’ll be looking at the “mind” in running, and what your brain experiences during each and every step.

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Boost Your Training with Mindful Eating

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Thu Apr 21st, 2016, 1 comments

Boost Your Training with Mindful Eating

It’s important to apply mindfulness principles widely to your life. But you’ll experience possibly the best mindfulness effects if you make an effort to eat mindfully.

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Chi Running into Springtime with Good Technique

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Mon Mar 14th, 2016, 4 comments

Chi Running into Springtime with Good Technique

I've been training a bit more this spring; a few days of running, as well as cycling, and some circuit training work on the trails. Not to mention plenty of gardening and working in the yard! All of this movement has made me remember what the pain-free Chi Running and Chi Walking techniques have taught me about how to move my body.  Read more...

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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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How to Focus Your Body and Relax Your Mind

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Tue Sep 1st, 2015, 3 comments

How to Focus Your Body and Relax Your Mind

"Focused spaciousness"… Katherine coined this phrase years ago when she was describing the state of mind she experiences when she applies the ChiRunning and ChiWalking focuses to her movement. You might think she was talking about focusing her mind while relaxing her body. But, what if you switch the words in the phrase to mean the inverse: focusing your body and relaxing your mind.

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Finish Line

Posted by Super Admin on Tue Aug 11th, 2015, 6 comments

Finish Line

I hate running. I ran The Columbus Half Marathon because I knew that I could, not because I liked running. Actually, the thought hit me the day my dad crossed the finish line at his first half marathon. In my mind, he was the last person that I thought would run that far, and I thought that if he could do it, then I could, too.

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ChiRunning began to enrich my life on July 3, 2010 when I read the first 100 pages of the book and went for a run, and just focusing on ankle lift made a difference! My running life continues to transform and create joy! I smile when I run and love every minute. I am thrilled and grateful to be part of this ChiRunning community. Thank you for the opportunity to pursue becoming an Instructor.

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