Blog - Chi Running
  • <
  • Page 1 of 66
  • >

ChiLiving Blog - The Conscious Process of Positive Change Part 3: Understanding, Resolution, Action

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Thu Aug 17th, 2017, 0 comments

ChiLiving Blog - The Conscious Process of Positive Change Part 3: Understanding, Resolution, Action

Nothing is so wonderful as those “aha” moments when understanding dawns upon you and suddenly bewilderment and confusion disappear into a moment of clarity and insight.

There is a sense of relief at the resolution of whatever problem you were contemplating; an almost startled awakening to an understanding that is new and complete unto itself. It is a body-mind experience that can overtake all of your awareness in that moment. It is the Einstein moment of  “getting it”.

You can create the conditions for this kind of understanding. Just follow the yellow brick road that starts with awareness and acceptance.

Read More >

August 2017 Instructor of the Month: Hazel Wood

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Wed Aug 16th, 2017, 0 comments

August 2017 Instructor of the Month: Hazel Wood

This month, we are featuring our amazing Master Instructor, Hazel Wood! Hazel has been practicing and teaching ChiRunning since 2002 and is dedicated to making a posiitve impact on the running communities in her beloved San Francisco Bay Area! Read on to learn about her history, her goals and why she loves ChiRunning so much...

Read More >

Personal Performance for ChiRunners

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Aug 9th, 2017, 0 comments

Personal Performance for ChiRunners

The term “performance” in athletics has been usurped by top athletes and has become riddled with so many innuendos that the term itself can scare off the athlete and the runner in you.

However, the concept of personal performance can be the best kind of motivation. Personal performance asks you to listen deeply to your own self and do what feels good for you and for your body. When you focus on personal performance, you stretch yourself, make that extra effort, and find the place within yourself that wants the best.

Read More >

ChiLiving Blog: The Conscious Process of Positive Change, Part 2: Awareness and Acceptance

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Wed Aug 2nd, 2017, 0 comments

ChiLiving Blog: The Conscious Process of Positive Change, Part 2: Awareness and Acceptance

If you’re trying to map out a run in a new city, you’ll get lost if your directions start from the wrong Marriott in town. Same with any plan for improving your life. If you start from the wrong place, you won’t end up where you want to.

Awareness and acceptance are the first stages of conscious change because they place you, exactly where you are, right now. If you want improved health, better communication in your relationships, a career that suits who you are, you have to start exactly where you are, at this moment…not where you want or wish to be.

Yes, you can visualize, see, feel, taste where you want to be, but first comes awareness and acceptance of your current situation and experience.

Read More >

ChiLiving Blog: The Conscious Process of Positive Change, Part 1

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Wed Jul 26th, 2017, 0 comments

ChiLiving Blog: The Conscious Process of Positive Change, Part 1

Life does not stand still. No matter how we try to stop it, change occurs and time carries life forward like the steady flow of a river.

So even without our conscious effort, change happens.

But there are many times when we want that change to take a certain direction; we’d like a particular outcome. Running is a great example. Without conscious effort, running can often degrade into injury. The 65% injury rate is a testament to that.

And, with conscious attention, it doesn’t have to be that way. You most certainly can learn to run or walk or eat or talk or listen in a way that does not degrade your quality of life, but in a way that increases the potential for enjoyment, for feeling healthy, for expressing yourself in a positive way, for feeling deeply nourished physically and in your relationships.

Read More >

Personality Test for Runners

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Thu Jul 20th, 2017, 0 comments

Personality Test for Runners

“Your biography becomes your biology.”

Judge your personality or place in life based upon how you run.  As a more fit and modern palm reader, ask your friend, spouse or take it upon yourself to take off a shoe and read into a sole.  Instead of looking at hand lines and wrinkles, learn how your experiences and attitudes shape the movement of your body.

Read More >

Mindful Fitness: A Guide to Incorporating Mindfulness Into Your Daily Workout Routine

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Tue Jul 18th, 2017, 0 comments

Mindful Fitness: A Guide to Incorporating Mindfulness Into Your Daily Workout Routine

Mindful Fitness: A Guide to Incorporating Mindfulness Into Your Daily Workout Routine
- a guest post from Jesse Silkoff, of FitnessTrainer.com

 

These days, our minds are constantly running in the background. Where did I put my keys? Did anyone like my post yet? Am I going to be late on that project? We’re juggling so many thoughts and distractions that it’s safe to say that our brains get the best workout of any part in our body.

But all that static starts to take a toll: stress and anxiety can hasten the onset of aging-related memory issues, and in the short-term, contributes to unhealthy behaviors like overeating and disrupted sleep.

So we’re pretty tense as a nation, on the whole. And for many of us, exercise is our go-to stress management strategy. Many Americans use their fitness routine as their chief stress reduction technique. And it’s no wonder: multiple studies report that physical activity relieves anxiety and lowers the stress response in the body.

Mindfulness practice offers many of these same benefits. Mindful meditation has been shown to be an effective technique to manage anxiety and depression, because it teaches participants to recognize harmful recurring thoughts and acknowledge destructive patterns. Knowing that both mindful meditation and exercise help soothe stress and anxiety, is it possible to harness both methods at once? The answer is a resounding “yes!” Here’s how to do it.

Read More >

Cross Training for ChiRunners

Posted by Danny Dreyer A on Tue Jul 11th, 2017, 0 comments

Cross Training for ChiRunners

I am not a huge believer in cross-training for running. I do believe in cross training if you have some weakness in your musculature that is affecting your ability to run efficiently and uninjured. In this case you need to strengthen those areas. I am also a huge believer in cross training to keep your mind interested in fitness, your body in good shape so that you can live a full life, and your spirit enriched by a consistent fitness routine.

I don’t just run. I practice T’ai Chi, regularly. I actively garden as often as I can. I ride bikes (more like a kid, for fun, than for serious training). Katherine and I walk after dinner and kayak when we can. I play 4-square and tennis with my daughter. I have meditated regularly mornings and evenings for most of my adult life. I consider meditation to be part of my cross training because it is where I practice focusing, being fully present, and being an astute observer of my inner self. My meditation practice supports my running and vice versa.

To be the best runner you can be, practice refining the fundamentals of your running technique all day long. Make good posture and deep relaxation a part of every thing you do, from sitting at your desk to washing the dishes. That is my very best cross training advice.

Read More >

July 2017 Instructor of the Month: Vince Vaccaro

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Mon Jun 26th, 2017, 0 comments

July 2017 Instructor of the Month: Vince Vaccaro

Vince Vaccaro is one of our most active Instructors, constantly teaching new and seasoned runners how to harness the power of Chi in their own running practice. He is dedicated to his own goals as a runner as well, having completed multiple 100k races - most recently the Lighthouse 100 in June of this year! Read on to discover what drives Vince, his favorite training tips and what he thinks about while running. 

Read More >

Pelvic Rotation: The Secret to Effective Running Form

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Mon Jun 26th, 2017, 0 comments

Pelvic Rotation: The Secret to Effective Running Form

One of the most challenging aspects of running form to learn, and to teach, is pelvic rotation. If learning pelvic rotation is not in your training plan, it should be. It plays a key role in being able to run injury-free, whether you want to do a 5K run or train for a marathon. So, as you might guess, I’m always looking for better ways to teach it. I adopted this recently with a group training for a half marathon and had great success.

Read More >
  • <
  • Page 1 of 66
  • >
Top 100 Runnning Blogs award
 image

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.

Home