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Chi Walking teaches you excellent mind-body connection

Posted by Elizabeth Frost on Sat Apr 17th, 2010, 2 comments

This weekend, I have the honor of working with a small group of lovely ladies who are on their way to becoming Certified Chi Walking Instructors. We will spend the entire weekend together (Chi Walking Instructor Training), going through the Chi Walking form, lessons, tips, tricks, exercises and drills, which they’ll eventually teach to their own students across the world.

What has hit me in the last several hours is that in some respects, Chi Walking is almost more difficult to learn than Chi Running. Why? It’s more subtle. Chi Walking and Chi Running both revolutionize the way people move, and both rely on the tenet of Alignment & Relaxation (the principle from T’ai Chi of Needle in Cotton) to produce efficient and mindful movement.

The devil is in the details. I think that part of the reason it takes more focus to truly Body Sense Chi Walking is because we all walk more than we run; therefore, the amount of re-learning (and re-teaching) our bodies must undergo as we rewire synapses and connections is more significant with the act of walking than with running. So, in a way, you can almost develop deeper mind-body connection with a more subtle way of movement. I think learning Chi Walking can make learning Chi Running enormously easier…

Many of you who use and love the Chi Running technique might be “waiting” to discover the Chi Walking technique… I urge to go read the Chi Walking book and watch the DVD as soon as you can. You’ve felt the benefits of open, joyful, pain and injury-free running, and certainly created an exceptional mind-body connection. When you try Chi Walking, you will be amazed at how intently your mind must quiet itself to listen to your body speak. It’ll do you worlds of good, both for your running practice, and for your overall feeling of well-being.



  • relaxation,
  • mindfulness,
  • alignment

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Nancy Nelson Apr 18th, 2010 03:23am

Hi Liz,  I really enjoyed your blog this morning.  I am running my first half marathon in a couple of weeks.  I totally believe in all the positive self talk and loved what you said about speaking to each part of your body when you felt pain.  Running a 9 yesterday, it worked, I actually came home tired but relaxed and so content!  Still learning the technique and I want to learn more, so that I can run and walk without any pain.  I will would love to come to one of your seminars. Well see ... take good care, safe running, keep on doing what you are doing for others.  Nancy

Hi Nancy—thanks for taking a look! And sorry for not replying to your post earlier, I didn’t see it until now! Sounds like you’ve really “got” ChiRunning… isn’t it kind of fun to talk to various parts of your body and have a conversation? It’s like you can completely control the experience your body goes through with running, and then when you’re finished exercising, you feel great bc endorphins are high, and especially bc your body doesn’t hurt!

Congrats on your first 1/2… they’re fun aren’t they? Take care, and keep at it. We’d love to have you at a seminar anytime you can make it… Keep in mind that most Instructors teach one-on-one, too, so that’s always an option. Good luck, Nancy!

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