(biology) The organic process by which an organism assimilates food and uses it for growth and maintenance.
That which nourishes; food; diet.
The environmental influences that contribute to the development of an individual; see also nature.
A man either by nature or by nurture is truly wise:
Welcome to (ChiRunning ® and ChiWalking ®):
May this be both—beneficial—and enlightening for all to experience—in the hopes of sharing— a unique journey—combined with—the power of spirit—and well being—through ChiRunning ® and ChiWalking ®
Let us begin with why ChiRunning ® and ChiWalking ®
Well first off—It allows me the freedom to communicate my inner most thoughts—and feelings combined with —my love of running—and walking—with my everyday life as well—making our will on earth—a more holistic experience.
Let's us enjoy this journey together,
be well—run and walk well,
About ChiRunning ® & ChiWalking ® and Danny Dreyer, Founder
Danny Dreyer is the creator of ChiRunning ® and ChiWalking ® they are revolutionary forms of moving that blend—the subtle inner focuses of Tai Chi—with running—and walking.
His work is based on his study of Tai Chi with Master Zhu Xilin—and internationally renowned Master George Xu, along with Danny's thirty-five years of experience—running—racing ultra marathons—and coaching people in—“intelligent movement." He has taught thousands of people the ChiRunning ® and ChiWalking ® techniques—with profound results.
About Katherine Dreyer, Co-Founder of ChiLiving Inc.:
Katherine Dreyer combines twenty-five years experience publishing information about health and fitness with nearly twenty years of study of eastern philosophy and practices.
She was president of New Hope Communications, the leading communications company for the natural health business, from 1991-1995.
She helped launch and was vice president of HealthShop.com, a natural health web site. Katherine spent the first ten years of her career in marketing in New York, working for several top advertising firms, as well as Time Warner's HBO Video.
Katherine left Time Warner and New York City for Boulder, CO and New Hope Communications in 1989.
In 1999 it was Katherine who convinced Danny that ChiRunning ® was worthy of their focus and attention. As she says, “As soon as I heard how people were responding to Danny's classes, I knew that it was important that this information get out to more people.”
As co-founders of ChiLiving Inc., Katherine and Danny have spent the last seventeen years writing the ChiWalking ® and ChiRunning ® books and newsletters, producing the dvd's and other materials along with teaching classes and instructor training courses throughout the country and now abroad. They live with their daughter, Journey, in Asheville, NC.
ChiRunning ® combines the inner focus and flow of Tai Chi with the power and energy of running to create a revolutionary running form and philosophy that takes the pounding, pain, and potential damage out of the sport of running.
The ChiRunning ® program increases mental clarity and focus, enhances the joy of running, and turns running into a safe and effective lifelong program for health, fitness, and well-being.
More than 24 million people in the U.S. alone run, however 65% of runners in the U.S., 15.6 million people, will have to stop running at least once during the year due to injury. Millions more will quit or avoid running because of injury or the fear of causing long—term damage. Yet, there have been few new ideas or fresh approaches to running and injury prevention. The symptoms are being treated, but the problem has not been solved—until now.
The ChiRunning ® program offers a real solution to the high rate of injury that plagues the sport of running.
There are countless books, courses, and classes on how to improve your golf swing, your tennis game, and your cycling technique, but none teaching how to run properly.
The ChiRunning ® program fills this void by teaching people bio-mechanically correct running form that is inline with the laws of physics and with the ancient principles of movement found in Tai Chi.
The ChiRunning ® technique is based on the same principles and orientation as Yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi all working with core muscles; integrating mind and body; and focused on overall long term performance and well-being.
Whether you're an injured runner, beginner runner, marathon runner, a triathlete, or someone who runs to stay fit, ChiRunning ® has helped thousands improve their technique, reduce injury and achieve personal goals. ChiRunning ® helps reduce and eliminate: shin splints, IT band syndrome, hamstring injury, plantar faciitus, hip problems and the most famous running injury of all, knee injury.
Conditioning your mind can be just as important as conditioning your body. ChiRunning ® can be a meditative practice that focuses your mind, lifts your spirits and opens the flow of chi in your life.
In the ChiRunning ® book you'll find information about: race training, trail running, interval training, and endurance running as well as diet and nutrition for peak performance.
The ChiRunning ® program virtually changes the landscape of the sport of running and makes running accessible and appealing to people who have stopped running due to injury, who are intimidated by the difficulty and potential danger of running, who want to have a competitive edge, and for those who seek a spiritual component in their fitness program.
Chi is the life giving energy that unites body, mind and spirit. Everyone has Chi. When you die, your Chi is no longer there.
It is a lifetime (or many lifetimes) of study to understand, develop and direct one’s Chi as the Masters do. However, great strides can be made to increase and direct one’s Chi with simple exercises and practices. It is always worth the effort.
It is amazing how well our body responds to proper care even if we’ve neglected it or been abusive towards our overall health for a long time. This is part of the function of Chi.
When your Chi is strong, balanced, flowing and focused you exude energy and good health. Good health and strong, balanced Chi are almost one and the same. In Chinese Medicine one of the causes of ill health is the stagnation or blockage of Chi.
In the best-selling book "Between Heaven and Earth, A Guide to Chinese Medicine," authors Harriet Beinfield and Efrem Korngold write,
"That which animates life is called Qi." The concept of Qi is absolutely at the heart of Chinese Medicine. Life is defined by Qi even though it is impossible to grasp, measure, quantify, see or isolate. Immaterial yet essential, the material world is formed by it. An invisible force known only by its effects, Qi is recognized indirectly by what it fosters, generates and protects.
"Physical matter is Qi taking shape. Mountains forming, forests growing, rivers streaming, and creatures proliferating are all manifestations of Qi. In the human being, all functions of the body and mind are manifestations of Qi: sensing, cogitating, feeling, digesting, stirring, and propagating. Qi begets movement and heat. It is the fundamental mystery and miracle."
In Tai Chi, ChiRunning ® and ChiWalking ® are some of the goals to increase the amount of Chi, to learn to focus your Chi and to make sure your Chi does not get blocked or stagnant.
Master George Xu, Danny's Tai Chi teacher, is always trying to get him to focus on his dantien, our center and to have our Chi then come from that place and move into our limbs to create movement. Why? Because Chi is stronger than muscles and movement that which comes from Chi is more deeply powerful.
More powerful than muscles? In the West, muscles are almost akin to a god. We worship muscles and what they represent. Covers of magazines and TV commercials extol rock hard abs and buns of steel. What is stronger than rock and steel?
In Tai Chi we quickly learn that muscles are no match for the power of Chi. In ChiRunning ® and ChiWalking ®, we see that the power of Chi takes you much further and faster than vulnerable muscles whose duration are very short lived.
Your dantian is the best home for your Chi and the best place for you to focus your energy so that you can become better by form and more balanced, it is the whole place within yourself.
Your dantien is just below your navel and several inches in toward your spine. In ChiRunning ® and ChiWalking ® we encourage all movement, all action, all choices to come from this center, that deep place within yourself that is home to your greatest potential and power.
In brief, you should know the following about my beliefs and values:
My choice is to live through Conscious Movement which was personally established in June of 2009 and has been responsible for providing me with the clarity to live a life of service which leads to better overall health, wealth and well being.
My passion is also in the of area nutrition—fitness and practice "when you approach anything with the mindset of a practice, you either improve your skill or yourself usually both."
My goal is to combine these two important elements of life into a safe and effective lifelong holistic practice. But I see myself as "more process orientated than goal orientated".
We are making an effort to present you with our entire spectrum of this. We feel that everything grows incrementally through it's own developmental stages, from less to more or small to big, where nothing happens before it's time.
Also you should know that my journey was established in 2009 and has been responsible for providing in-depth training and advice on ChiRunning ® and ChiWalking ® ever since.
Another one of my passions is also in the area of my Holistic approach to Nutrition which combines a vegan 27 day diet challenge for those who are ready and up for it, and also our 3 day Chi Vision Quest challenge which gives my clients the benefits of an unbreakable bond between the human and natural world. Nature vs Nurture approach.
My regular customers particularly value our holistic approach to both running, walking and nutrition which in turn heals the planet and most importantly ourselves.
At this point we can still provide you with information regarding ChiRunning ® & ChiWalking ®. The emphasis of our site is on walking and running with Chi. If this topic is certainly of interest to you.
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