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Keeping Mindful Running Real

Keeping Mindful Running Real

One slight problem with today’s so-called “mindfulness movement” is due to vague, lofty claims and generalizations about what it is and what it can do in the area of sports performance. Even though I have a meditation background (or perhaps because of it?), I can feel the powerful allure of such claims.

What I love about Feldenkrais therapy is that we do the movements simply to test whether we are asleep or awake. Are we able to pay attention to what we want, or is something else inside of us, automatically doing what it wants? – Art

The gradual result of this kind of “awareness through movement” is greater relaxation, less self- and other-judgment, and greater mindfulness of one’s inner and outer environment.

This is why Jae is recognized by Runner’s World as one of 70 most influential people in running. She gives you an idea of what it’s like to learn movement instead of trying to stretch or strengthen your way to better running. Why not explore new, more efficient movements in a way that feels safe and comfortable? If you want to see what Feldenkrais can offer, don’t overthink it. This workshop is definitely for you.

Every Day is Global Running Day

People around the world are celebrating the joys of running this week. Participation is easy. The key is to share your passion for the sport and inspire others to get moving. The Day makes me think of ancient ancestors who shared our love-hate relationship with this demanding but rewarding pastime.

It’s fascinating to realize that more than four millennia ago King Shulgi of Mesopotamia, boasted of running from Nippur to Ur, a distance of not less than 100 miles. Legend has it that Ancient Egyptian pharaohs ran to prove their vitality and power while Norwegian Vikings exercised by running races against animals. In the 13th Century, the Incas constructed one of the greatest imperial civilizations in human history, complete with an ingenious infrastructure of professional runners who roamed the highlands of Peru.

So you see, the modern running craze is not so new. What’s changed are the myriad reasons why we have performed this exhausting yet exhilarating activity through the ages.

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