How to run, meditate, and not get hurt

PastedGraphic-2.jpgIt's a brisk Saturday afternoon in San Francisco, and I'm standing outside of Sports Basement with a metronome in my hand. Several hundred feet away, a guy in a funny hat is running around the empty parking lot at a consistent 85 steps per minute. His upper body angles forward as his legs cycle backwards to the beat... beep beep beep. It looks kind of ridiculous, but the guy is actually demonstrating an innovative exercise regime that combines the concepts of Tai Chi and mindfulness meditation with athletic techniques used by Kenyan Olympic sprinters. It's called Chi Running, and it's directly related to recent debates around natural vs power running and the case against heavy-duty sneakers. Most conventional athletic coaches and sports apparel companies advocate power running &mdash running for max speed, personal records, high performance, lots of muscle (think European sprinters with giant legs surging forward and arms pumping furiously). Chi Running takes advantage of a force that comes naturally to all of us — gravity.
The funny runner guy is Chris Griffin; he's my instructor. I'm training for my first half-marathon right now, so I figured now would be a good a time as ever to learn good form and try to stay pain-free. Earlier, lying on the floor of the Triathlon department on a gaudy red carpet, me and a dozen others — including an injury-prone high school track star and a 60-year old grandma — learned the basic tenets of this unique running philosophy. By using what Griffin calls "the lean," we create momentum through gravitational pull, using the arms as levers and the legs as wheels revolve naturally behind us. "If you ever watch the Kenyans running in the Olympics," he says, "they're practicing Chi Running. It's the most natural way to run." There are some simple rules to follow — core tight, butt relaxed, calves relaxed, head straight, feet straight (a lot of people run with their feet pointed slightly outward, which causes stress on the knees and toes), weight balanced in the middle of the feet, cadence consistent no matter what the speed. And it works. One of Chi Running founder Danny Dreyer's first group of clients in 1999 was a group of rocket scientists at NASA's Ames campus in Silicon Valley. "One physicist came up to me after class and said, 'I don't believe in Tai Chi woo woo stuff, but what you're teaching is straight down the line good physics,'" Dreyer recalls. "Nobody had applied physics to running before, but this made sense to them." In 1972, American marathoner Frank Shorter won a gold at the Olympics and started advocating the idea that anybody could run for exercise. This led to the dawn of the running sneaker industry — by the end of that decade, the first Nike Air product had hit the market, New Balance had earned a reputation as the best running shoe ever, and UK company Reebok entered the US market with the most expensive running shoe to date. The problem is that most running shoes are designed with a half-inch heel lift. "George Sheehan, a cardiologist who wrote for Runner's World in the 70s, proposed quite correctly that by increasing the height of the shoe, you could increase stride length," Ian Adamson, a world champion adventure racer who now directs product development at running shoe company Newton, tells me. "But this can cause a couple of unfortunate results. Changing the biomechanical ratio between the fibula, tibia, and femur causes you to strike the ground too soon. Also, the 1/2 inch lift means you're effectively always running down a 15-degree slope. So you end up constantly over-striding; your joints lock out and it causes immense shock on the body." These performance-enhancing shoes have played a tangible role in the number of injuries caused by running. This has also inadvertently led to the rise of the running injury treatment industry — think braces and surgery and PT. The sneaker industry, though, has been showing signs of change. Newton currently sells about a dozen running shoe models exclusively designed for a mid- and forefoot strike. New Balance's 800s are made specifically for Chi Running, with shock absorption cushioning at the midfoot. Nike's Frees, though still with the half inch heel lift, are designed to mimic the sensation of barefoot running. And if you really want to get close to running with no shoes on there's Vibram Five Fingers. "There are a lot of options out there," Griffin, the instructor, tells our class. "But remember, technique has to precede gear." It's been about a month since I took the Chi Running workshop, and I'm happy to report that the 100+ miles that I've run since then have been injury-free. The hardest thing for me to incorporate was the mindfulness aspect. Most of us have gotten accustomed to listening to music or podcasts while running, so when Griffin suggested we ditch the iPod and treat running as a practice like yoga or meditation, I was hesitant. The whole reason I'd been able to start running distances in the first place was thanks to Nike Plus, so I just wasn't sure how I'd feel to run without knowing how fast and how long. One day, though, I forgot my iPod at home and was forced to run without metrics or music — it ended up being one of my most refreshing runs ever. I just listened to the wind and focused on my breathing. It reminded me of a passage I read in novelist and runner Haruki Murakami's memoir, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running:
I just run. I run in a void. Or maybe I should put it the other way: I run in order to acquire a void... The thoughts that occur to me while I'm running are like clouds in the sky. Clouds of all different sizes. They come and they go, while the sky remains the same sky as always.
I still like to run with my iPod when I remember it, but I think that's okay. Like with any practice, it's important to be comfortable where you are while acknowledging that you're on the road to improvement. That's how I feel about my running now.


  1. Chi running can also be compared to POSE running, both of which encourage you to run on your forefront, and avoid heel striking.

    Take your shoes off and walk or run around (start on grass or dirt track, smooth stone also feels nice), and you will find yourself naturally running on the front of your foot, as heel striking is painful.

    Also check out MovNat with Erwan Le Corre, here’s a video of him running barefoot, I beleive he uses the POSE style:


    Personally I find barefoot running quite relaxing, as you can feel all the different textures and shapes and temperatures of the ground you are running on.

    The other benefit is it is less damaging to your body as you aren’t relying on shoes to absorb the impact, and are using your calves for the purpose they are designed for. It does take some acclimatisation though.

    And no you won’t cut your feet to shreds, build up the toughness slowly, and look where you are going. Don’t run through glass, and slow down for gravel :)

    1. I definitely agree with you gerg how feeling the different textures on the ground while running barefoot is very liberating. I’ve been experimenting with barefoot running for the past month and I’ve had to say I’ve noticed things I never noticed before when running in shoes…

      But unfortunately I had to break down and buy some “barefoot” shoes. I was thinking about vibram fivefingers but ended up getting some Nike Frees… though it was pretty confusing figuring the whole naming convention out for those shoes (this did help though

      So now I alternate between some barefoot running and nike free running…hoping to build up tolerance so I can ditch the shoes.

  2. I wanted to write a witty, nerdy post about how 85 BPM is not even an option with a traditional metronome but I’m just not at all witty. Just nerdy and anal-retentive.

  3. God that sounds complicated. I don’t think I have sufficient powers of concentration. I just ride my bike, it’s very hard to get that wrong, and I can keep the ipod blasting.

    1. Riding a bike with an iPod, there’s a Darwin Award and a Ford F150 grill awaiting you, my friend.

      1. Thanks for the vote of confidence.

        I’m lucky enough to live in an area with an excellent network of bike lanes in parks and reserves, around a very nice bay, where I like to excercise. So fuck off.

  4. Pity that despite having a plausible scientific explanation for the technique they’re still naming it after a magical force with no known basis in reality, big turnoff…

    1. The inventor of the technique specifically says that you don;t have to believe all the philosophical stuff (I also think it is bunk) but the principles he advocates seem to be sound, specially considering that the POSE method (mentioned above) reaches similar conclusions.

    2. I take it you don’t follow local planetary astronomy then. Except for the asteroids with numbers instead of mystic names.

    3. Re: the Magickal Mystical Qi…

      Welcome to the world of Sino-English mistranlation!

      æ°” (simplified) is an important root word in Chinese languages. Derivations:气力 “strength, energy”气流 “air current, breath”气魄 “boldness, spiritedness”

      also important is 电气 “electricity” reference:

      Next you’ll be telling us the “Ideal Gas Law” is superstitious nonsense because it contains reference to Geas, ghost or spirit.

    4. The literal translation of “qi” is air or breath.

      I don’t know, I like to breath when I’m running. :)

  5. Tai chi isn’t something magical, it’s just slow martial arts which help a good bit with strength, balance, health and mobility, without causing undue stress.

    Some of the practitioners assign mystical powers to it, but viewed purely as an exercise, it has a lot of benefits, especially for older folks.

  6. @robulus Few people actually ride a bike with anything like an efficient pedalling action. You need to unlearn a lot of bad habits and focus on delivering power through the pedals evenly throughout the whole stroke, not just mashing the pedals on the down stroke. The French have a word for it – souplesse.

  7. Well maybe this explains why I’ve always found running to be too painful to do.

    Now if someone could explain how runners handle the winter, I might actually give it a go.

  8. @Tzctlp Exactly.

    I’ve been ChiRunning for two years and it’s fantastic. The book gets a little touchy-feely at times, which, I agree, is a bit of a downer, but the technique itself is sound. My terrible shin splints simply disappeared, never to return, after I started ChiRunning, and I went from being a 5’10″/k runner to a 4’40″/k runner almost overnight.

    So I can see why it might seem like magic. :D

  9. As a young adult, I only ran when obligated by my military commitment. That service-related running ended with two very injured knees. I eventually had to wear neoprene kneebraces just to hobble around.

    But after 15 years of never running, I decided to approach running in the same semi-scientific manner that I approach other problems, i.e. I would “learn how to run”.

    Of all the books I studied in preparation, “ChiRunning” by Danny Dreyer and Katherine Dreyer was by far the most helpful. They were the only ones to discuss how my punishing form — toes slightly outward, hammering my heel in long strides — was the source of my painful running. Seems obvious in retrospect, but it was a revelation.

    Now after slowly applying the ChiRunning techniques, I’ve completed a short triathalon and plan to keep going. (Oh, and I’ve lost 12 inches around my waist.)

    I highly recommend ChiRunning for any non-runner — or long-time non-runner like myself — who wants to experience the joy of moving quickly (and painlessly) under your own speed.


    — MrJM

  10. I can’t say I’ve done any Chi running, but I am (now) a barefoot runner.

    I have been running ~3-4 miles a day with Vibram 5-fingers (KSO) for the last two months (having used the Nike Free 5.0 shoe for several months before that).

    At first, my calves were indeed sore, but that went away after a few days. Other than that, I have been enjoying the added tactile feedback that I now receive in my toes.

    As mentioned, it was totally natural to stop running on my heels (as I did with conventional shoes); I now run on the front of my foot.

    If you get 5-fingers (they retail for about $85 in the USA), try them on first (i.e., don’t order them online based only on current shoe size), as they run small. I also found them to be a little slippery, but I hear that Vibram is coming out with an improved model. If so, I’ll try that.

    Oh, and no, I don’t work for Vibram.

  11. i’ve been running in 5Fingers for about a month now… it took 4 weeks before the form became natural, but it did eventually come.

    and then i pulled a muscle in my calf … no shin splints, but all kinds of other things hurt, instead.

  12. @gerg
    ChiRunning is not comparable to the Pose Method. The only similarity between the two is they both suggest a slight forward lean. ALL else is different; including:
    – ChiRunning is mid-foot (or FULL foot with equal pressure across the entire foot).
    – Pose Method is fore-foot on the balls of the feet/calf/etc.

    Like all animals in nature running for efficiency and to prevent injury, [Erwan Le Corre] changes his technique depending on the terrain.

  13. So is there evidence that this actually works, like data comparing the injury rates of runners who were taught this technique (and got the appropriate shoes) and runners who weren’t? If not, I’m worried that this could be like one of those fad diets, where a guru with a plausible sounding theory (plus some mumbo jumbo) and a few success stories from people who’ve tried it attracts a ton of followers. I stopped running a few years ago because of knee problems, and this article almost inspired me to go out, buy a pair of these shoes, and give it another shot, but then my inner skeptic kicked in.

  14. Can anyone elaborate how this technique is supposed to make use of gravity? That doesn’t make sense to me…

  15. The most important thing in running is running how you are comfortable. If your stride makes you uncomfortable or causes injury, then by all means try something else. But the concept that one style is more “natural” is not supported by any conclusive evidence.

    Watch Paula Radcliffe run. Her head bobbles all over the place, not exactly very “chi” but she is the #1 ranked female marathoner in the world.

  16. Re: mystical forces

    I don’t believe Chi is some actual universal force. However, I do think it makes sense that *visualizing* a chi-type force can allow you to do things slightly differently than you would if you try to just do the motions mechanistically. Our brain isn’t simply instruction-based; things like imaginary “forces” allow us to focus differently.

    Watch anybody at a rave doing an energy ball dance and tell me they could repeat those movements without imagining that there’s a ball of energy in their hands. It doesn’t matter whether there is really a ball of energy – the point is that we can do cool things by convincing ourselves, for a moment or a lifetime, that the ball exists. Keying into how we think, especially with abstract movements which can’t easily be put into words, is a valid technique, regardless of whether or not the force is “real”.

  17. I don’t run, although I walk over 200 miles a month. I seriously believe that each person has a natural gait and pace individual to them alone. Of course this can be unlearned or relearned, but in my experience it’s fighting your innate nature in a way which is anything but relaxing.

    Of course, I listen to audio books while I walk, and my experience with that is really interesting, almost trancelike. I start my gps tracker and audiobook where I left off, start walking, and ‘tune out’ until it’s time to take my hydration break a little over an hour later. 10 minutes later, head back.

    In my opinion, running is quite dangerous, hard on the joints, and unsustainable over the course of decades. I’m sure it’s easier to schedule 45 minutes of running over 2.5 hours of walking, but is it really worth it?

    1. It’s great that you walk and enjoy it, others get bored with it, others get different pleasures from both. There have been studies on long term runners, and while studies may refine this further, current thinking is they don’t neccessarily have an increased risk of osteoarthritis (wear and tear on joints) vs. non-runners. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2006 Jun;106(6):342-5
      I think there’s similar studies on injuries vs. non-runners.

      My dad’s been running for 43 years, I know others of similar duration. He always felt running or walking with headphones on was dangerous, as you were susceptible to theft and traffic, but it depends on where you are.

    2. I also began walking longer distances while listening to audio books, pausing every 50 minutes or so and beginning again with the new hour. I started doing it after working and attending university full-time, which left me with very little time to myself (and for that matter very little time outside). I listened to a considerable number of great books and I’m glad to read someone else in BoingBoing land has been doing the same thing!

    3. A study published last September in Arthritis Research & Therapy, under the title “Aerobic exercise and its impact on musculoskeletal pain in older adults: a 14-year prospective, longitudinal study.” It compared the runners, who averaged about 26 miles a week, to a matched set of controls, who averaged about two miles a week. The study’s major conclusion: The runners experienced “about 25 percent less musculoskeletal pain” than the controls.

      Your body isn’t like a car where it will wear out with use, there is a adaptive response to training.

      I do have to agree about the headphones- leave them at home. It seems that a lot of people put a tremendous amount of trust that cars will watch out for them. Why limit your senses while you’re running?

  18. Or, you could not send your money to any shoe company or training program and just run barefoot, like humans were meant to do. But, of course, chi running will be bigger than barefoot running because Americans don’t believe that anything that comes free can be of any value.

  19. I noticed music and audio books are coming up a lot. I use the app that was mentioned above called Cadence. I actually like it that there is no distance or traditional running metric on the app.

    Is great running with music that matches the speed I am running, its just enough to concentrate on and helps me a ton.

    the link is above but I’ll mention it again.

  20. Good luck on your first half-marathon! I admire people who even attempt it. Running has always been a weakness of mine, I couldn’t understand why people would subject themselves to that. The post at least helped me realize that there are other methods to view and approach this task that always leaves my body aching. :)

  21. I learned how to run (rather than just doing what came natural) and started running longer distances soon after.

    My shin splints went away.

    The interesting thing?

    No pain, but I wear tennis shoes rather than run barefoot! The shock!

  22. I didn’t really run much until recently when I started a bootcamp program. During the program I would run hills and I managed to get really nasty shin splints for the first time in my life. I haven’t run any real distance in almost 10 weeks because of it.

    I’ve been considering getting some really thin shoes and trying my hand at barefoot-esque running, but I’ve been reluctant because of all the counter-examples I’ve read of people who continue to have shin pain even doing barefoot and chi running.

    Plus it is getting rainy. :)

    1. If it’s not getting better, an oddball diagnosis could be stress fracture, so getting it checked out is always a good idea. Shin splints are easier to get in both legs than stress fractures, but You can try the “toe drag” stretch found on this page for the tibialis anterior:

      You don’t need to drag the toe, just hold it for 30 seconds. If it doesn’t get the area with your big toe on the floor, try turning your ankle so your little toe is on the ground. Do the stretch a few times a day, as well as before and after any running.

      If it doesn’t relieve the pain, it may benefit from physical therapy/orthopaedic eval (Full disclosure: I’m a chiropractor who also does physical therapy)

      1. Sorry, muddled a sentence:
        Shin splints are easier to get in both legs than stress fractures, but not impossible.

      2. Yeah I went and saw a doctor a few weeks after it happened. I’ll have to go back again if it continues. I have posterior shin splints, so that stretch won’t do much, but there are some others I do from time to time.

        I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to do hill running again. It sounds like chi running just causes you to strike midfoot which wouldn’t help much with hill running since I basically end up on the balls of my feet.

        1. Posterior shin splints suck. Tibialis posterior (if that’s what it is) is harder to stretch and is generally more resistant to therapy. If it’s not improving, you might want to try some deep tissue work on it or get a trigger point injection if it’s interfering with quality of life.

      3. Yeah I went and saw a doctor a few weeks after it happened. I’ll have to go back again if it continues. I have posterior shin splints, so that stretch won’t do much, but there are some others I do from time to time.

        I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to do hill running again. It sounds like chi running just causes you to strike midfoot which wouldn’t help much with hill running since I basically end up on the balls of my feet.

  23. The school I attended K-8 was in what is today called an “economically disadvantaged” area, so when we ran at P.E., we did it barefoot. The P.E. teacher was maniacal about his all-grass track, and made students walk around it picking up rocks for punishment. I have fond memories of running barefoot on that track my whole childhood, and I still remember how it felt. The only downside was that my school always lost at track meets because we were all so used to running barefoot, which wasn’t allowed at inter-school meets.

  24. On the idea of “chi”/”ki” –

    it does seem a bit woo-woo, for want of a better word. That said, I used to train under an Aikido teacher who focussed very heavily on that side of the art, and stressed that aspect when teaching any technique.

    He was probably the most impressive traditional martial artist I’ve ever seen or met – he was in his late 70s but moved like a snake, with very impressive strength/power, and would regularly demonstrate his techniques against multiple students armed with training weapons.

    He always instructed students to use “ki” when performing techniques, and would draw a distinction between when you were and weren’t doing so satisfactorily. It often seemed to make the difference between the technique succeeding or failing, too.

    I found a lot of his fairly mystical explanations for the workings of the art hard to swallow, but my general conclusion: there’s something going on there, although it may not be what they think it is.

    Call it mystical energy, or a useful metaphor for creative visualisation in order to align your body and move with better form, it works.

  25. This sounds great! I gave up running this summer after a knee injury. (Now that I’m recovered I’ve moved into the boring gym world of ellipticals and stationary bikes) I’ts great to know that it’s possible to run without so much stress to my joints.

    I was going to post to whine about there not being any women’s shoes designed for this style of running, but there are, so I’ll just link for others wondering the same thing:
    New Balance
    Nike Free Everyday+ Woman

    FWIW, I never listened to music on runs. Part of it was paranoia over knowing where cars were the curvy narrowish road I ran on most of the time, and part of it was my OCD need to count my breaths.

  26. I’ve been running more or less three times a week for 24 years or so. nothing crazy just running for pleasure (stress relief, better sleep, those addictive brain chemicals that keep you happy the rest of the day…).
    As for chi running, I’m struggling to see what’s so new about this. I learned at age 12 to run with a regular cadence. That’s why you time your breath with your stride. The postural set up is indeed “kenyan” , but it’s also been used by many great long distance runners before them.
    Running is natural. running shoes? not so much.
    form helps, stretching helps. if your getting shin splints, do some slow lunge exercises to develop your gluteals and then stretch them (sounds crazy but it worked for me).
    as for chi doubters, there’s nothing woo-woo about it. some days your dragging…low chi. other days you feel like you could run forever. plenty of chi. learn to be disciplined about the things in life that seem to affect your “chi” (heavy food, t.v., stress) and you can have more energy all the time.
    just some thoughts-carlos
    keep running

  27. Part of the beauty in running is simplicity. Sure, I can wear the gps watch and the ipod and such, but I can also just lace up some shoes and go for a run. I’ve not advanced to barefoot running, but will as time goes by.

    I used to be confused by runners, laboring uphills and down as I rocketed along on my bicycle. But then I tried it, and found that there’s a serenity to going places totally gear free.

    Trail running at 11,000 feet gives a pleasant buzz un-reproducable in all the other sports I play at. It’s not better or higher, but very different.

    If you want to learn to run, buy some shoes and go for a short run. Then go for a slightly longer run. It takes awhile for your leg muscles to build up and be ready for distance. In my case, my legs took a looooooong time to become equal to my already decent cardio. This was frustrating – I could “outrun” my own legs and not feel winded. Eventually I evened out – and I think I’m better at all my other sports than before I took up running.

    This Sunday I’ll do my second marathon, and then look into even lighter thinner shoes, and move toward barefoot running.

    For those questioning – to run in the cold, wear a hat and a long sleeve shirt that you can tuck your hands into the sleeves. I can wear shorts down to about 25 degrees, but it’s tough to get warm in that cold in shorts. For rain, wear a rain jacket and accept a shorter run and wet feet.

    The Fiat RN

  28. I’ve studied mindfulness meditation (via Jon Kabat-zinn). I find that running sans ‘pod or any other distractions can be a very good way to practice mindfulness. Concentrate on steady cadence and your breath. It’s a great meditation.

    Unfortunately I’m completely falling apart and can’t run anymore. Totally sleep deprived (raising a teething baby) and I simply can’t recover from even a short run. I can only manage walks, stretching and some light weight work. Maybe a bike ride here and there. Anything else on six hours a sleep a night and I’m useless. Why am I sharing this? Donno. Maybe to see if anyone else feels the same way. I mean, I know plenty of people who get six to seven hours shut eye a night and can still manage to work out without feeling like a zombie (the President, for example).

    But maybe I’ll pick up a pair of these flat running shoes, study this technique, and give it a try again. My old running shoes are shot anyway.

    1. Anything else on six hours a sleep a night and I’m useless. Why am I sharing this? Donno. Maybe to see if anyone else feels the same way.

      Most people need 8 – 9 hours. Some people only need 6. It’s familial and probably genetic. There was a study.

    2. @Alowishus

      Don’t sweat it too much, when they’re new and not sleeping you have to roll with it, and discover you can push past some different barriers from those you’ve pushed past before.

      Something closely resembling normality will return. The first six months are the worst. (Your baby is 8 months old?) The second six months are the worst.

    3. Most people do need more sleep, but you should also consider that pregnancy and nursing take a lot out of your body. Make sure you’re getting proper nutrition and not trying to lose post-baby weight too quickly.

  29. I have been really interested in this recent increase in running-related press.

    I ran long distance in high school, but during college I found that I couldn’t do it anymore because of my knees. They crap out long before I’m tired. And they hurt for a week after that.

    I kept getting thicker and thicker-soled shoes, trying to eat up all that impact, but none of it worked, and lately, it seems that I’m not the only one with that problem.

    As for the “mindfulness” component of this method, that is the only way I can run. I’ve never been able to run with an iPod or whatever. It doesn’t allow me to get into the trance that allows me to keep going. I don’t like to talk while I run or listen to music or think. If I can, I like to get into what–until now–I didn’t really think to call a meditative state, but that’s exactly what it is.

    Lately I’ve been gaining hope that I might be able to run again. I was never very good, but I always enjoyed it.

    Thanks for the article, Lisa!

  30. 3rd times the charm . I see Cadence app has come up twice already in the comments. I use it too, running has been a different experience since I started. Its easier for me to focus when all my music is at the same speed and I am on pace with my music. is the website, they have a runners tab .

  31. I have been practicing Chi Running. It is not the same as any other technique. I had lost a lot of cartilage due to several knee injuries. I tried everything w/o success to get back to running. After four years of struggling my wife bought me Chi Running lessons.

    I no run comfortably and efficiently. I wish I would have learned Chi Running a long time ago. There would have been a lot less pain and better personal best.

    Take a lesson and find out what it is before judging Chi running. This is not an ad, only a testimonial about what chi running has done for me. I no longer cry when I see people running because I can’t.

    Chi running has saved my sanity and my life style. Thanks Danny!! Take a lesson, it is well worth the money and time. I tried it by reading the book and mastering Chi running is only achievable by getting lessons.

  32. That’s great some folks here feel that their natural running technique or what feels most comfortable works for them. Maybe they do possess the proper form & technique as recommened by chirunning. Many of us however, do not run w/ proper technique.

    Just about any sport I know has proper or efficient techniques. It might be natural for someone to pick up a box w/o bending at the knees but that doesn’t make it the most efficient or proper way to do it.

    W/o understing all the form focuses & principles it would be hard to argue w/ what you agree w/ or not about chirunning. There’s a bit more to it than landing midfoot & leaning from your ankles (this part partially exlains the use of gravity), but I can say everything does seem logical. Every part of your movement should be balanced or have a counter balance (ying & yang)…

    Aside from the running aspect, the philosophical approach can be applied to everyday types of routines. Being mindful when you’re sitting at your desk working in front of a computer all day where you could be sitting incorrectly w/ poor posture, standing & waiting in line w/ proper form, opening your senses to other things going on around you..

    I guess the point is to be open to fully understanding what chirunning is all about.

  33. Yoga is a way of life, a conscious act, not a set or series of learning principles. The dexterity, grace, and poise you cultivate, as a matter of course, is the natural outcome of regular practice. You require no major effort. In fact trying hard will turn your practices into a humdrum, painful, even injurious routine and will eventually slow down your progress. Subsequently, and interestingly, the therapeutic effect of Yoga is the direct result of involving the mind totally in inspiring (breathing) the body to awaken. Yoga is probably the only form of physical activity that massages each and every one of the body’s glands and organs. This includes the prostate, a gland that seldom, if ever, gets externally stimulated in one’s whole life.

  34. Wow, always amazing to me how many people are bothered or turned off by anything that doesn’t conform to the ego-centered limited view of reality. What do you skeptics think of quantum physics? Your version of the world is about to get blown off the map.
    “Bunk” eh? we shall soon see…

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