Welcome to dharma running!
Dharma Running is a collaborative coaching model that integrates elements of Buddhist meditation practice with your natural running ability in order to help you run healthier, longer, and hopefully faster (some things cannot be guaranteed!). In addition to traditional coaching, we will teach you ways to cultivate mindfulness before and during your runs, so that you can tap into the natural benefits of being more mindful, both while running and throughout your daily life. These benefits can include:
- Heightened awareness of your body, leading to fewer injuries
- Resilience in the face of adversity - the will to keep running when you don't want to
- Presence of mind in challenging situations both on the run and all day long
- Stronger feelings of compassion and kindness toward yourself and others
Dharma Running is not a new running technique that promises to change your life forever - that part is up to you. While you may be coached by Dharma Running in ways that could lead you to alter your running form, our focus is on helping you run the way nature intended - and that is different for every single runner. We do not offer a one-size-fits-all approach to coaching.
what is Mindful Running?
Mindfulness is a practice of noticing that has been cultivated in the Buddhist tradition for more than 2,500 years. In sitting meditation, you might notice the birds singing outside, your thoughts about what to eat for dinner, your knees as they ache from sitting in such an uncomfortable position...you notice these things, then gently let go and bring your attention back to the object of your meditation - your breathing, your posture, thoughts of loving-kindness. Over time, the distractions become just background noise and your ability to stay present grows stronger - on the cushion and off.
Mindful running is a similar practice. We use the same techniques learned in sitting meditation to bring awareness back to our form, our breathing, our pace...and by doing so we focus on what's important, when it's important. When we train ourselves to run mindfully, we can more easily find the "zone" where running becomes more natural. We can learn to enjoy every moment of the run!