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ChiLiving > About Us

Teaching the World How to Embody Chi

Through mindful living, health, wellness and fitness

For more than 20 years, ChiLiving, the parent company of ChiRunning and ChiWalking, has helped tens of thousands of people live healthier lives through mindful movement. We are a company of certified instructors, ready to help you ChiWalk, ChiRun, and live with more intention, ease, and joy – embody ChiLiving.

All Chi programs and materials are designed to teach you to become more attuned to your body, and to respond to changing conditions with care rather than by using force to push through.

ChiWalking is a technique that emphasizes body alignment and mindfulness while strengthening the core muscles. Let it transform your  walking into a rewarding practice that enhances your mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Moving and living the Chi way sets up the conditions for energy to flow freely during and creates a higher quality of living.

ChiRunning is a specific technique designed to improve your running form while building a strong relationship between your mind and body. ChiRunning  reduces and prevents injury, while also decreasing recovery time. Runners of all ages and levels have improved their efficiency and performance and experience effortless runs.

Our Journey

1999

ChiLiving Founded

Co-Founders Danny and Katherine Dreyer open up ChiLiving, the parent company that includes ChiRunning and ChiWalking. Their mission is to teach the principles that empower you to live a healthy and balanced life through the sports of Walking and Running.

1999

2004

Instructor Certification Program Begins

Co-Founders Danny and Katherine Dreyer begin a Certification program to train ChiRunning and ChiWalking Instructors. Instructors who meet the qualifications of the rigorous training, teach workshops to individuals looking to transform their running through technique.

2004

2006

ChiWalking Book Published

Co-Authors Danny and Katherine Dreyer published ChiWalking to share how to create a fitness walking practice for lifelong health and energy. The book teaches how blending the principles of T’ai Chi with walking can deliver maximum physical, mental and spiritual benefits. Published by Simon & Schuster.

2006

2006

ChiRunning on NPR

In one segement, Allison Aubrey interviews Dr. Mark Cucuzzella , who turned to ChiRunning to lessen the impact from running, decrease his experience with injuries. In a second segment, Vikki Valentine interviews Danny Dreyer who breaks down the components of the ChiRunning technique, how it is different from other techniques, and answers injury specific questions.

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2006

2007

ChiRunning in the New York Times

Author Sarah Tuff shares her finding on trends in the running world. The trend she describes is one of runners seeking information and solutions to injury so that running can be their sport of choice. Supported with data, she shows the popularity of running instruction, including ChiRunning, running camps, and shoes that promote better form.

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2007

2009

ChiRunning Book Published

Co-Authors Danny and Katherine Dreyer published ChiRunning to share their revolutionary approach to effortless, injury-free running. The book teaches how small adjustments in your movement make a big difference in reducing impact. Published by Simon & Schuster.

2009

2012

ChiRunning in The Boston Globe

Prior to Danny Dreyer, the founder of ChiRunning being the Featured Speaker at the Boston Marathon Sports & Fitness Expo, Chris Muther published an interview with Danny to help people learn more about running relaxed, the midfoot strike, and tips for beginner marathon runners.

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2012

2012

ChiMarathon Book Published

Co-Authors Danny and Katherine Dreyer published ChiMarathon to teach distance runners how to improve perfomance, and decrease injury, through race-specific training tailored for their event. Published by Simon & Schuster.

2012

2012

Company Milestone

ChiLiving has now certified over 200 ChiRunning Instructors in 20 Countries around the world.

2012

2013

ChiRunning in Runner’s World

Dimity McDowell shares her experience at a ChiRunning workshop that she took in an effort to ward off injuries. Her honest account shared details about the technique, her a-ha moments, her frustration with the volume of information, and her transformation that took place over time by sticking with a few of the focuses that helped her running.

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2013

2013

ChiRunning in Women’s Health Magazine

Author Caitlin Carlson shares how ChiRunning has helped distance runners train efficiently for an upcoming marathon. Her focus on five components of the technique and how to learn more about ChiRunning, give readers a snapshot of how running can be both safe and fun.

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2013

2013

ChiRunning App

This app is designed to give runners a way to control the rate at which they absorb new ChiRunning focuses. The app provides video lessons, and gives you the freedom to: build your guided runs with only the form focuses you choose, have audio coaching reminders of your choice, and use the built-in metronome when you want to.

2013

2014

ChiWalking App

This app is designed give walkers the freedom to learn ChiWalking at their own pace and integrate it into their existing practice. The app teaches people how to walk safely and efficiently with video lessons, guided walks, audio coaching reminders and through storing your stats. It’s like having a coach by your side.

2014

2015

ChiRunning School

Released to help runners get the ChiRunning experience anywhere in the world. This online enclyclopedia of over 100 ChiRunning video lessons, audio downloads, and monthly live webinars helps runners transform their running by sharpening their skills and polishing their technique.

2015

2020

ChiRunning under new Leadership

Co-Founders Danny and Katherine Dreyer retire and sell the company to 5 master instructors who will continue their legacy of helping runners grow their practice through technique and mindset.

2020

2020

First Online ChiRunning Essentials Course Available

To keep up with the times, and keep the learning available during times of social distancing, ChiLiving has created their first online course. Taught by certified instructors, the group coaching course covers the essentials of the ChiRunning technique over the course of 8 weeks.

2020
Meet the ChiTeam

The four new members of the Executive Team bring a diverse and comprehensive set of skills to ChiLiving. They are dedicated to the integrity of the ChiRunning and ChiWalking technique and moving Katherine and Danny’s legacy forward in their retirement.

constanza lisdero

Argentine/American based in Basel, Switzerland, a PhD in Biology, is passionate about helping every client make the efficient and joyful practice of ChiRunning and ChiWalking translate into an efficient and joyful way of life. Being able to teach in several languages is one of her many strengths (Spanish, Italian, French and soon German!) – “Showing beginner runners how easy they can run and reach their full potential; how reaching a goal translates into becoming more confident and stronger is what I thrive for”- Constanza

Lisa Pozzoni

Master Instructor and owner of The Running University based in Tempe AZ. Lisa discovered ChiRunning in 2008, when she started running. She went from swearing she would never run a day in their life, to being an ultra runner and running coach. She is passionate about sharing CR/CW, and her motto is: “Helping people cross finish lines they never thought possible.” She loves working with beginner runners, beginner trail runners and beginner ultra runners.

Sarah Richardson

Owner of Rise And Shine Running, Sarah helps walkers and runners create a safe and sustainable practice that feels good and lasts a lifetime. As a part of her business she teaches the ChiWalking and ChiRunning techniques which focus on energy efficiency, injury prevention, and creating an intentional and mindful practice. She is most passionate about helping walkers and runners start from where they are, no matter what the distance or pace. Sarah helps them experience joy, ease and consistency, which builds self-confidence, inner strength and a mindset for motivation.

Vince Vaccaro

Vince brings to the team a lifetime of business experience. He started his first business at the age of 12 and hasn’t stopped. As the principal owner of Tri Tek Events, he gets to share the Chi to runners and walkers alike. Vince has had the privilege of teaching ChiRunning & ChiWalking across the US and Singapore. Along the way teaching thousands of clients over the past 16 years including teaching ChiWalking to participants in Boston University’s Mindful Walking Study and ChiRunning to the triathlete looking to drop to a 5:00 from 5:15 minute mile.

Haley Tunstall

Executive Office Manager & Administrative Expert, Haley is the bedrock of the ChiLiving organization and has been with the company for over four years. Hired by Katherine and Danny, she knows the ins and outs of all things “Chi.” An expert in administrative and office management, she is a true professional and an integral part of the Leadership Team. She is inspired daily by engaging in work that positively impacts the world. Haley is dedicated to expanding Chi’s reach by positively conveying ChiLiving’s values. She cares about, and is truly invested in, helping people live their best lives. Haley spends her free time living out her optimal life by engaging in many outdoor activities. Her favorites include hiking and camping in the woods, and spending time playing with her dogs.

Harrison Wong

Harrison’s extensive work as the regional director of the Greater China region and skills as a Master Instructor made him the perfect candidate to purchase and lead the business of ChiRunning, ChiWalkiing, ChiLiving and their related products in Asia Pacific. He has trained hundreds of students in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. He also assisted Danny in editing and translating the Chirunning books and teaching materials, develops innovative smart wearable technologies to cooperate with online running-posture-training-system, and has trained more than 100 certified instructors in Asia Pacific since 2016. He continues to cultivate and lead his team of instructors to spread the good of ChiWalking and ChiRunning all over Asia.

About Our Founders

For more than two decades, Katherine and Danny Dreyer and the ChiTeam have taught thousands of people the skills that bring joy to their running and walking for a lifetime. They revolutionized the way people move their body by developing a process focused on technique that brings ease to their movement. When aligned and moving with ease, injuries become a thing of the past. And without the aches and pains caused by injury, consistent feel-good training is made possible.

Danny and Katherine’s contributions have created a collection of educational materials, including Best Selling Books, Digital Products, and Training Plans that teach the Chi methods. They have also trained hundreds of ChiWalking and ChiRunning Instructors around the world how to personally, and professionally, teach the ChiWalking and ChiRunning techniques. In their retirement they leave behind a thriving community of instructors and runners who excel at creating a practice they love.

ChiLiving founders Danny Dreyer and Katherine Dreyer
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