Transform your walking or running into a safe and mindful practice that can help you move with balance for the rest of your life.
Guided by ChiRunning® and ChiWalking® senior instructor Donna Melville, you will learn to combine the inner focus and flow of tai chi with walking or running to create efficient and graceful movement along with proper body alignment and biomechanically correct movement techniques that give you a great workout, a powerful sense of deep relaxation and spaciousness in both body and mind. You will also discover how to walk or run faster, easier, and injury-free; how to relax and conserve energy at any speed; and personal check-in tricks and technique drills. Of course...it isn’t JUST about running or walking...meditate, practice yoga, have a massage....relax....reflect...
and ask yourself...
How easy can it be? Am I willing to be shown?
What is ChiRunning®?
When you were a child, you didn't think about how you ran, but chances are, you ran more efficiently then than you do now. As teenagers and adults, we have been conditioned to run by pushing ourselves forward, to strengthen our muscles and use them for propulsion, and to "work hard" when we run. In contrast, a child runs much more effortlessly. ChiRunning changes the way you think about running from solely a fitness activity or sport to a practice like yoga or Pilates. When you practice ChiRunning, you use a process called "body sensing" that teaches you how to connect your awareness and attention with what's going on in your body. You can then learn to listen more carefully to what your body needs and interpret how to meet those needs.
As you learn the skills of ChiRunning, you will learn how to evaluate and apply them when necessary, making running into an ongoing opportunity for self-growth and development. This improved mind/body communication will naturally spill over into the rest of your life and will help you make choices and decisions that are better grounded in your own well-being.
Scenes from Mexico....and me, running up hill...the easy way....
The one day workshops are perfect for busy people and those traveling from out of town who want to learn the Chi Running method in one day. You will be able to learn the full technique and incorporate all the focuses into your daily runs by the time you leave this workshop.Chi Running practice helps you focus your mind, lift your spirit and open up your flow of Chi. It combines the inner focus and flow of T'ai Chi with the power and energy of running, creating a revolutionary running form and philosophy that takes the pounding, pain, and potential damage out of this sport. It increases mental clarity and focus, enhances the joy of running, and turns it into a safe and effective lifelong program for health, fitness, and well being.
Thanks to your excellent instruction into the ChiRunning method, help from the video and book, and with a little effort on my part, I just today ran my FIRST ever 20 K run through the forested hills at RRU. Was I born to run???
Ted ( a 75 year "young" participant)
Testimonial and wonderful article by Chris, a participant in the workshop at the Haven personal and professional development centre.Read it here