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Exponentially Improve Your Running and Walking with Imagery

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Mon Dec 4th, 2017, 0 comments

Exponentially Improve Your Running and Walking with Imagery

We've all heard about the use of guided imagery and visualization to help athletes perform better. It has been used by everyone from Olympic skaters and swimmers to pro football players. But, what I've discovered from my study of T'ai Chi, is how the Chinese have used imagery for centuries as an integral part of learning how to direct one's chi, as well as one's movement.

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5 Best Tips for Staying Healthy this Holiday Season

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Tue Nov 14th, 2017, 0 comments

5 Best Tips for Staying Healthy this Holiday Season

Knowing that the Holidays can be a dietary minefield, here are 5 great tips for getting through this Holiday Season in great shape!

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November 2017 Instructor of the Month: Gray Caws

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Tue Nov 7th, 2017, 0 comments

November 2017 Instructor of the Month: Gray Caws

This month, we are featuring our amazing Master Instructor and Regional Director of ChiRunning UK, Gray Caws! He has been practicing and teaching ChiRunning since 2012 and is dedicated to keeping up on the most current health and fitness developments and continuing to improve his clients! Read on to learn about his history, his goals and why he loves ChiRunning so much...

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Keep Moving, for Your Brain’s Sake

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Nov 1st, 2017, 0 comments

Keep Moving, for Your Brain’s Sake

I know for myself that when I run I can think more clearly. It's where I mull over possible topics for blogs, or pick apart my latest running "Aha!" moment. I also use my running time to solve Life's problems. Then, when I come back home afterwards, I feel more grounded in my body. ... read more

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The Quickest Way to Improve Your Running with a Metronome

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Tue Oct 10th, 2017, 1 comments

The Quickest Way to Improve Your Running with a Metronome

Your body thrives on rhythm… your heart beat, your breath rate, your love for dancing, are all based on rhythms in your body or that you've established in your life. The more rhythms you establish, the better your body likes it.

When you're body has a rhythm to follow it doesn't work as hard. It knows what to do and when to do it. If you go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning, your body experiences a rhythm... "now I get to rest, now it's time to get up."

One rhythm I'm acutely aware of when I run, is my cadence…the number of strides I take per minute. I have found that most people do best when they run with a steady rhythmical cadence. It varies slightly from person to person based on height, body structure and personality type, but the optimal cadence for humans, seems to fall between 170-180 strides per minute.

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5 Great Tips for Healthy Feet for ChiRunners and ChiWalkers

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Sep 27th, 2017, 0 comments

5 Great Tips for Healthy Feet for ChiRunners and ChiWalkers

It amazes me that we, as human beings, pay so little attention to the daily health of our feet. But, what amazes me even more is how little attention runners and walkers put into having healthy feet. It's not like they're a body part that gets seldom used. In fact, I would say that they are one of the most important parts of our body… right up there with the heart, lungs and brain.
Because they are literally, "where the rubber meets the road" our feet are one of the most common places where running and walking injuries happen. They are the farthest from our core and contain some of the smallest muscles in our ambulatory system. And, for these reasons they are some of the most overused muscles, and over-impacted bones and joints, in the human body.

So, when I talk about taking care of your feet, the best way to take care of those tootsies is to use them as little as possible… and everybody's goal should be to never require more from all those tiny little parts than they are designed to provide.
What does that look like?

Here are 5 ways to gain that enlightened state of "Happy Feet," as Steve Martin would say.

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What a Real ChiRunner Looks Like

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Sep 20th, 2017, 0 comments

What a Real ChiRunner Looks Like

So, what does a real ChiRunner look like?

I get asked this question all the time, and the answer is actually twofold:

A: How does a real ChiRunner appear to you

B: How do they "feel" as they cruise past you?

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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.

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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...

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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.

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A Chi Running Love Letter

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