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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] A Forbes contributor claims that in 2004, Dreyer's first edition of his book, ChiRunning, was released and sold 150,000 copies however, there was no proper citation within his article to back up that claim.[8]

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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. ^ "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.