Danny Dreyer is the founder of ChiRunning and ChiWalking which are based on the inner principles of T’ai Chi. Danny and his wife Katherine have been pioneers in teaching runners and walkers how to turn their fitness regimen into a mindful practice. Together they have co-authored three seminal books on mindful movement: ChiRunning, ChiWalking and ChiMarathon, all published by Simon & Schuster.
Danny is also a lecturer and a leader in promoting injury prevention and higher performance through improving one’s running or walking technique. His work is based on his 20-year study of T’ai Chi and his 45 years of running and racing every distance from a 5K to 100 miles, including 43 ultra marathons (with podium finishes in his age group in all but three). He has helped countless runners from beginners to elites set new PR’s in both time and distance… without getting injured in the process. He has also been a featured speaker at most of the major U.S. marathons.
ChiRunning is now published in 12 languages and taught in 23 countries by over 200 certified instructors.
His all-time favorite pair of shoes are the XeroShoes TerraFlex trail shoes.
I was winding down before I decided to retire from competitive running in 2004. Amazingly, or to be more precise, coincidently as my professional running career was ending, a new equally satisfying career was about to begin. I got my hands on a copy of Danny Dreyer’s book about ChiRunning. I couldn’t leave it down. After enduring years of pain and injury and wondering what was the cause of it all, Danny’s book was providing me with all the answers. All I could do was laugh as I read what I should have known ten or twelve years previously. I would not swap my successes as a professional athlete for anything and whatever I was doing during those years, it worked. But I will never stop wondering what might have been had I known about ChiRunning from the start.
After reading Danny’s book, I decided that I needed to meet this man. Within months, I was qualified as a ChiRunning instructor. It was a gift from heaven for I had no real plans post retirement. Yet now here I was with the perfect transitional job, teaching other people how to run effortless and injury free.
Thanks to Danny Dreyer, he has given countless numbers of people all over the world the opportunity to release themselves of the fear of injury so that they can enjoy what is so important to them, the ability to get out into the open air and do what is so natural and pacifying, to nourish mind and body. What more could we ask for.
About three weeks ago I had a very strong memory of what it felt like to run when I was a seven-year-old. The freedom, the exhilaration, the laughter. What happened in the intervening 41 years? Well last weekend I found out how to run like a kid again, all thanks to Danny. I worked with my body, I worked with the road and it felt great.
This is the beginning of a long and daily journey back to running for me, but Danny has made it possible and pain free.
Do yourself a favour and spend some time with this genius communicator. You never know, he may even change your life.
I truly am glad I did the Workshop and Private Lesson with Danny. There’s nothing like one-on-one to get to the heart of things, to get answers, to get such great feedback about my form (Had NO IDEA about my arms/shoulders!!!!), and to feel even more connected to this ChiRunning thing. I’m very grateful that you started this and that you came to Portland! It’s really nice to know, too, that you are as genuine as you come across in your books.
Just wanted to thank you [Danny] again for your fantastic workshop in Los Angeles last November. I am in love with the whole Chi thing as I am now taking Tai Chi, too. I am an ex-swim coach and have used this philosophy even before knowing anything about Chi. I have always told my athletes it is all about technique. Guess you could call it “Chi Swimming”. Anyway, thank you for your expertise.
Dear Danny, I just want to thank you for an incredible ChiRunning workshop this past weekend in Portland. I’m so grateful that you were able to discover this more natural and centered way to run, and generously share it with others. The (shared) private session was also incredibly valuable to me as “preventative medicine”, which will allow me to avoid future pain and injury by running with proper alignment and form. I really appreciate all your wisdom, humor and good energy, and can’t thank you enough. Now I look forward to hearing what you have to say about ChiLiving!
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