Whether I'm doing ChiRunning, ChiWalking or my everyday ChiLiving, the one thing that never changes is that I'm in my body. It's where I do my most important work… my deeper study. It's my school. My current course of study is to be present as I encounter the world in each moment.
New to running? Getting back to it after taking the winter off? To start a running program, with the least risk of injury and the highest potential for success, we suggestion the ChiWalk-Run Program to get you started running safely and enjoyably.For those of you who haven't tried a walk/run program, it is basically a series of brief runs interrupted by short walking breaks.
Have you ever spent the day hiking in Nature and come back feeling alive and refreshed… even though your body is pleasantly tired? Or, felt really great after seeing a close friend? Or refreshed after a good night's sleep? All of these are examples of the movement of chi in your direction. It's the most basic definition of nourishment… to gather chi.
Every breath you take, every move you make (enter the distinct guitar sounds of The Police’s wildly popular 1983 hit) is controlled by your brain’s innate timing system. Whether physical movements or production of thoughts, your brain’s ability to time these magical feats appropriately is the difference between unnoticed normal everyday functioning and disastrous consequences.
Kari is a certified Chi Running/Walking instructor, USA Triathlon coach, as well as a ACE personal trainer. She is a competitive age group triathlete and runner winning the NCTS and TTS age group series several years and has run several marathons qualifying for Boston (after finding Chi Running).
In the title of the ChiRunning® book we make the promise of, "Effortless, Injury-free Running." The less effort, the less injury! The more I teach, the more I can get people to use less effort while running. Our clients are experiencing running without the normal feeling of pushing or pulling or straining to move their body forward. As with any change in your movement patterns, it takes some effort up front to get to that place of relaxation on your own… But the feeling of effortlessness is worth it!
I admit it. I'm an efficiency nut. I'm always trying to come up with simple acts I can do that will create the biggest results. Here's one that came to me last week while teaching a group of ChiRunning Instructor candidates. It's so simple it's crazy. But, the number of things it accomplishes is remarkable.
"Lift at the crown of your head"
There is probably no ChiRunning focus I mention more than this. And, it's one of the first focuses every ChiRunner learns.
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