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Life Lesson from Running

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Tue Mar 14th, 2017, 5 comments

Life Lesson from Running

Maggie MacGill, one of our talented ChiRunning/ChiWalking Instructors, submitted this story on the Life Lessons she's learned from ChiRunning:

I have learned so much about life through running. I think I could write forever on this topic. The mental clarity, emotional peace a physical calm that I gain from my Chi Running® practice is worth every moment of persistent practice. Here are some life lessons that spring to mind...

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The New York Times: Running May be Good for Your Knees

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Thu Mar 2nd, 2017, 3 comments

The New York Times: Running May be Good for Your Knees

Recently the New York Times published an article that had many runners excited about the implications. For years, running has been lauded as a sport that even if not downright bad for your knees, certainly isn’t good for them.

Good news! According to the New York Times, running may in fact benefit the joint, changing the biochemical environment inside the knee in ways that could help keep it working smoothly.

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February 2017 Instructor of the Month: Soledad Darquea

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Wed Feb 8th, 2017, 2 comments

February 2017 Instructor of the Month: Soledad Darquea

This month, we are highlighting our amazing Senior Certified Instructor, Soledad Darquea, from Ecuador! Read more to learn about her favorite focuses in ChiRunning, her hardest race and who her favorite cheerleader is on the sidelines.

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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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Congratulations to our newest Certified, Senior and Master Instructors!

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Wed Jan 11th, 2017, 0 comments

Congratulations to our newest Certified, Senior and Master Instructors!

Congratulations to our newest Certified, Senior and Master Instructors!

Every year, our Instructors spend hundreds of hours teaching, studying and deepening their knowledge of wellness.
Our Instructors are so dedicated, and it takes so much work to become a Certified Instructor. It takes even more time, effort, study and teaching to become a Senior or Master Instructor.

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Staying Visible While Running

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Thu Jan 5th, 2017, 0 comments

Staying Visible While Running

Hi folks, we got a blog from a legal group regarding preventing accidents when you run. All the tips he makes are just what we'd suggest. We think it's worth a read!

Staying Visible when Running

If you are a runner, you need to stay visible as you are jogging when you are around cars. There are several things you can do to make yourself more noticeable. By being proactive to make yourself more visible, you are significantly decreasing your chances of being involved in an accident. There are many things you can do to make sure you are noticed by drivers in the area.
Here are the top five ways to stay seen...

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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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December 2016 Instructor of the Month: Master Instructor Michal Artzi, Israel

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Wed Dec 7th, 2016, 0 comments

December 2016 Instructor of the Month: Master Instructor Michal Artzi, Israel

This month, we are highlighting one of our amazing Master Instructors: Michal Artzi from Tel Aviv, Isreal. She has made it her life's mission to bring effortless, graceful running to all!

Right after the workshop with Kathy I went for my first run, and for the first time in a very long time, I did not feel the pulse aching in my heels! I was thrilled! In a very gradual way, I implemented the principles of Chi into my runs and into my life. I learned so much about my body; about the way I can use it. Gradually I added more distance to my runs. It took me 4 years to do my first marathon.
Every distance I achieved, I thought I would never run more than that. I thought I’ll never run more that 10 k… more that 15… more that half a marathon. Than I thought I will never run more than one Marathon. But I did not believe myself anymore… As of now I ran six marathons and three ultras... And the future is wide open!

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

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Nov 30th, 2016, 0 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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