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Balavan Thomas

certified instructor

Certified since May 2012

Balavan Thomas

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I have been a runner for 30 years.I enjoyed cross-country running at school,but then took up cycling and swimming to keep fit.

In 1985 I started running on a regular basis. Coincidently, I also studied T’ai Chi about this time for a year and started a daily meditation practice. I became a keen runner and my favourite distance was 10 miles which I managed to run in 59 mins (6 min mile pace).

In 1987 I took part in the Peace Run an International Torch relay.In 1991 I became country coordinator for the Peace Run and remained coordinator for 20 years.During this time I ran with the team throughout Britain and Ireland.In 2005 the Peace Run became the World Harmony Run and I also joined the running teams many times in Europe and America.

While running with the World Harmony Run team in the Czech Republic I met a friend who was an ulta runner. He was a very experienced runner and had recently become a ChiRunning instructor. As we ran through the Czech Republic he introduced me to the concepts of ChiRunning. I found my running becoming more flowing and effortless. I was really inspired to learn more and on my return to the UK I attended a ChiRunning Workshop. Now it all seemed to make sense and I gradually incorporated ChiRunning into my running style, occasionally it would all come together and I would experience moments when running felt effortless.

As I integrated ChiRunning into my daily running I started to observe other runners and saw how many were struggling with their running because of bad running technique. After some time and inspired by my instructor friend I decided to become a ChiRunning Instructor. I was lucky enough to be trained under the supervision of Master Instructor Marion Meesters and I also got the opportunity to assist master instructor Catherina McKiernan(winner of the Berlin,London and Amsterdam marathons) in Dublin.

So now I am able to combine my love of running with my work as a certified ChiRunning Instructor. If you feel you would like to learn how to run in a more energy efficient and bio-mechanically correct way then don’t hesitate to contact me.

I run regular one-day ChiRunning Workshops in central London. Each one day workshop includes, video analysis and access to a regular ChiRunning Club where time is spent on particular focuses before heading out for a run around local parks to put them into practice. I also offer 1-2-1 and small group sessions by appointment.

Also you can see details of my workshops and free running club and talks at Run and Become, a running shop, in Victoria, London.
(click on running workshops).

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