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ChiRunning is a form of running influenced by t'ai chi.[1][2] It has been described as a "quasi-yoga-based style of running that is purported to reduce injury risk".[3]


ChiRunning has also been described as using "the principles of tai chi to focus on alignment, relaxation and proper form when running and walking".[2] It is said to emphasize posture, core strength, relaxed legs, and "mindfulness".[4]

Reports that the method leads to fewer injuries are anecdotal.[4] Runners that have been previously injured or sidelined due to injuries claim that they are able to return to running using the ChiRunning technique.[1][2][5]


Dreyer has outlined the technique to ChiRunning as follows: "focus your mind", "sense your body", "breathe to tap into Chi", "relax your muscles", "practice good posture", and "start slow".[6] Runners are instructed to have a straight back with a slight forward lean and bent knees.[4][7] Propulsion is said to be gained through momentum attained through the lean, with a midfoot landing directly under the body.[4][7]


ChiRunning was developed in 1999 by Danny Dreyer, an American ultramarathon runner, t'ai chi practitioner, and founder of the North Carolina-based company Chi Running.[1][3][8] Instruction of the method is disseminated in several ways, including instructor led courses, books, and videos.[3] In 2004, Dreyer's first edition of his book, ChiRunning, was released and sold 150,000 copies.[8] Partnered with New Balance, Dreyer helped design a running shoe that was released in 2008 for runners that utilize a midfoot strike.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c Aubrey, Allison (September 14, 2006). "Chi Runners Poised for Softer Landings". NPR. Retrieved December 20, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Carol, Motsinger (June 18, 2012). "Motsinger: Columnist shares her course to complete the Asheville Citizen-Times; Half-Marathon Columnist will share her journey in trying to become a half-marathon runner". Citizen-Times. Asheville, North Carolina. Retrieved December 20, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Fitzgerald, Matt (May 5, 2009). "Can Running Technique Be Taught?". Competitor. Competitor Group, Inc. Retrieved December 20, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d Parker-Pope, Tara (June 26, 2012). "WELL; New Emphasis on Running Style to Limit Injuries". The New York Times. New York. Retrieved December 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Cool New Fitness Trend: Prevent Injuries With ChiWalking and ChiRunning". Health. June 9, 2008. Retrieved December 20, 2012. 
  6. ^ Davis, Jeanie Lerche. Grayson Mathis, Charlotte, ed. "Mindful Chi Running". WebMD. WebMD, LLC. Retrieved December 20, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Seven, Richard (November 17, 2008). "ChiRunning aligns body and mind". The Seattle Times. Seattle. Retrieved December 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Olmsted, Larry (August 21, 2012). "Run Further, Faster - And Pain Free. Does Chi Running Work?". Forbes. Retrieved December 21, 2012.