Welcome Back to Running!

Guided by Shannon Smith,

Certified ChiRunning® and ChiWalking® Instructor

Coming back from an injury?  Tired of pain?  Have you been told that running is bad for your knees, your joints, your feet?  Are you new to running?  Do you only want to walk? Do you run a couple of miles?  Are you a marathoner?   Regardless of where you are at or what your goals are, the simple techniques in ChiRunning® and ChiWalking® will help you move with more efficiency while preventing injury.  I will guide you through these techniques and analyze your running form to help you walk smart, run happy, and breathe easy.  You got this!

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Join Us!


May 16, 2021 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
June 13, 2021 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Ultimate Obstacles, West Boylston, MA

This is a relaxed, fun workshop to learn the basics of the ChiRunning Technique including:  

  • Easy drills to help you feel the ChiRunning form in your body.

  • Small group with individual instruction and helpful feedback. 

  • Demonstrations, fun exercises, and technique drills - not a lot of running

  • Appropriate for ALL levels of runners - regardless of your fitness level.

  • Indoor venue however we will be outside weather permitting.

  • All current Covid protocols must be followed.  

  • $125 per person



May 23, 2021 10:00 - 12:00
Location: Ultimate Obstacles, West Boylston MA

Breathing and hills are two of the most challenging obstacles for runners.  Learn tips and techniques for conquering both!  This workshop is designed for people who are familiar with the basics of ChiRunning and ChiWalking.  This workshop will be outside.

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ChiWalking® Workshop  and Rail Trail Walk

May 22nd 10:00 am

West Boylston Rail Trail

Thomas Street, West Boylston

Create balance in your body and yourself with ChiWalking by learning to move from your center and not use your legs to walk. You’ll learn proper body alignment and movement techniques that will give you a powerful sense of balance and stability, as well as relaxation and spaciousness in your body and mind.

In this workshop I will be guiding you through a series of drills designed to leave you with a clear sense of what the ChiWalking technique feels like in your body.


We will follow this with a walk down the beautiful West Boylston Rail Trail along the Quinapoxet River. The focus will be on building a solid base of knowledge that you will carry forward in your walking program. You’ll get lots of personal attention and enjoy a rich learning experience packed with good information to help you walk in balance for the rest of your life.



What you wish you knew when you first started running.




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Everyone can benefit from the ChiWalking® techniques.  Running is not for everyone but even those that run add walking into their run.  The focuses learned in ChiWalking® will help alleviate pain not only when walking but when standing, sitting, driving, and the list goes on.  Every ChiRunning® workshop starts with learning the basics of ChiWalking®.  Then you will learn how to carry that form into your run.

ChiRunning® is a running form and body movement technique that is all about energy efficiency and injury prevention using postural alignment and the central movement principles of  T'ai Chi.  It is not about martial arts or funny breathing. This is all about running smarter, not harder. Your body will thank you.

Why is breathing so darn hard when running?  It is so fundamental that it should be easy but its just not.  Have hope!  There are breathing techniques to help oxygenate your muscles and calm you, making you a more efficient runner.  I will show you how to incorporate rhythmic breathing and abdominal breathing into your run.  
Breathe easy, you got this!

Walk smart. Run happy. Breathe easy.


“The secret to change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”




Shannon Smith
Certified ChiWalking® and ChiRunning® Instructor

Looking for more information or just have some questions?  Email me!  I am happy to help answer any questions.