Here's how Chi Running will teach you to cooperate with these two powerful forces:
1. Your upper body cooperates with the pull of gravity by leaning forward in a controlled forward fall.
2. Your lower body cooperates with the force of the oncoming road because your legs and hips are swinging rearward, in the same direction as the oncoming road.
Having your upper body moving forward while your lower body moves rearward allows you to run in balance, reducing your energy expenditure and lowering your risk for injury.
Chi Running follows the Principle of Gradual Progress.
Chi Running also uses the principle of Gradual Progress, mentioned in the Chi Running and Chi Walking books. This principle states that everything has to grow incrementally through its own developmental stages, from less to more or from smaller to larger. When a growth process happens gradually, each step forms a stable foundation for the next step. This insures that nothing happens before its time, and teaches you to be process-oriented instead of goal-oriented.
Chi Running focuses can be done anytime.
The beauty of the Chi Running focuses is that you can practice them all day long, not just while you’re running or walking. The body learns best by repetition, so the more often you practice the Chi Running focuses, the more quickly your body will learn to move in a new way. you can be practicing good posture and relaxation no matter what you’re doing.