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July 2016 Instructor of the Month: Angela James

Posted by Super Admin on Wed Jun 22nd, 2016, 0 comments

July 2016 Instructor of the Month: Angela James

ANGELA JAMES, MASTER INSTRUCTOR: VANCOUVER/WESTERN CANADA

“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are”   Ancient Chinese Proverb

A native of England, with a background in Nursing and Midwifery from St Mary’s Hospital, London, Angela immigrated to Canada in 1983. She owned and operated a furniture business, importing Antiques from the UK which she ran successfully for over 20 years. Her custom-built commissioned pieces have become collectible in the city of Vancouver.

Sports have always played a big part in Angela’s life, including tennis squash, cycling, swimming and or course long distance running and walking. In 1996 Angela expanded her fitness program to include marathon running. She has since completed twenty marathons including Boston in 2004. Angela is a traveler and loves nothing better than meeting people in all walks of live from around the globe.In 2003 she found a way to combine her love of traveling and running and her care-giving nature by joining Team In Training, a fund-raising program that raises research money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by running marathons around the world.

Read more about Angela below and visit her website to see her workshop schedule.

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Expensive Running Shoes are Not Better, Study Shows

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Jun 1st, 2016, 4 comments

Expensive Running Shoes are Not Better, Study Shows

The topic of shoes is always a hot topic and I just read about a study that adds even more fuel to the fire. Here's a very interesting study done by the good folks at http://www.runrepeat.com The t.itle itself is even guaranteed to raise a few eyebrows: Expensive Running Shoes Are Not Better Than More Affordable Running Shoes (Study).

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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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10 Things to Do Before and After Your Runs to Shorten Recovery Time

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Tue May 17th, 2016, 8 comments

10 Things to Do Before and After Your Runs to Shorten Recovery Time

How many times have you gone out for a run and felt like your legs were made of concrete, or worse? Well, let me clue you in on a little secret. They might not feel so bad from something you did as from something that you didn't do. Many people don't realize that it's important to treat your legs well during the time between runs in order to optimize the enjoyment of your workouts.

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Get energized and enjoy a great race day with the proven Chi way

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Thu May 5th, 2016, 1 comments

Get energized and enjoy a great race day with the proven Chi way

At ChiRunning, we follow a simple mantra: focus your mind, strengthen your core, run like the wind.  This is more than just a way to run our best; it is a way of life.  And, it should be the entire focus of race day logistics.

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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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Four Core Strengthening Exercises to Improve Your Running

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Tue Apr 5th, 2016, 5 comments

Four Core Strengthening Exercises to Improve Your Running

Ensure that your running is healthy, proper and free of injury with these essential stretches. We even laid them out pre and post run, so you can make sure you have a stress free (and injury free) run!

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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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Chi Running into Springtime with Good Technique

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Mon Mar 14th, 2016, 2 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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