Danny Dreyer has taken the benefits of walking-improved cardiovascular and aerobic health-and made it even better! Combining the best of modern biomechanics and the wisdom of tai chi, he offers ChiWalking, a revolutionary fitness program for achieving maximum physical, mental and spiritual health. This easy-to-follow method has helped thousands of people around the globe, regardless of body shape or athletic ability, to walk longer distances with greater ease; lose weight; eliminate back, knee, or hip pain, and get into great shape inside and out.
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The idea behind this speech is a good one. Why not take the mindful moves of Tai Chi and incorporate them into your walking for a better aligned experience? As a walker myself, I am all for anything that will enhance the quality of my walk and reduce or eliminate the possibility of getting injured. And Danny Dreyer's narration is infectious. His tone is light and conversational, engaging, even motivational. Overall, this speech has all the potential to be a five star listen. But, sadly, it falls short.
I thoroughly enjoyed the beginning of the speech where Dreyer discussed how Chi-Walking came to be and how the practice of Chi-Walking can enhance the quality of one's walking experience. I enjoyed learning about the skills necessary to achieve Chi-Walking, including focusing, body sensing, breathing and relaxing. Learning about these skills and how they can improve one's walking is nothing short of enlightening.
Then it's time to learn Tai Chi, and all the fun is over. At this point, the pace of the speech slows to a grinding halt. From this point forward, Dreyer walks the listener through the moves of Tai Chi, explaining in minute detail how to adjust one's foot, how to straighten one's neck, how to tilt one's pelvis. An ideal listener does these moves along with Dreyer. I am not an ideal listener.
However, I continued to listen. I kept waiting for the walking part of the book to commence, where I could listen to Dreyer coach me through Chi-Walking during my daily walks. This was slow to come by. When I finally did reach this portion of the speech, Dreyer spent so much time telling me how to listen to the next several tracks that it felt like we were never going to get to the walking. That's when I decided the speech should be called Chi-TALKING.
If you are interested in learning the theory behind Chi-Walking, you will love the first part of this speech. You may even hang on Dreyer's every word, like I did. If you want to learn Tai Chi, you may also enjoy this speech. If you just want to start walking, you will find yourself constantly dissatisfied. My advice? Turn off the book and just go for a walk already!
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This audio is basically a narration of the principles outlined in the DVD and Book by the creator and founder of CHI Walking.
The beauty of this Audio is that you have Danny in your ear explaining and coaching all the elements that go into CHI Walking.
I recommend this audio to anyone looking for some coaching on the principles outlined in the DVD and CHI Walking book. the narration is very similar to Danny's narrative in workshops I have attended.
I am an experienced Chi Walker and Marathon Runner and found this audio helpful.
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