Ana Alvarez

From ‘I HAVE to run’ to ‘I WANT to run’ !
“I started to run occasionally almost two years ago when I was in my early 40’s and realized that some physical exercise should be good, not only for my body but also for my mind.
From a practical perspective, running was the most convenient activity as I could practice it whenever and wherever and could be easily accommodated within my existing (and busy) professional and personal life. However, unlike other type of sports which I used to practice and to enjoy, running was an activity that I hated all my life. It became like a sort of a challenge: the more I run the more I hated it. Then, I stopped for a while, but I felt guilty and restarted again, but again I stopped, restarted, stopped…
Then, by coincidence, I came across Tao of Running. Stephane is a passionate trainer and teacher. His knowledge and his background are amazingly broad and his statements and advices are deeply supported.
Through his coaching sessions, I progressively started to feel what he was telling in the ‘classes’ was not anymore theory but real. Following Stephane’s techniques and mindfulness advices I’ve started to run smoothly, wisely, aware of my physical sensations, then the overall benefits flew naturally.
Personally, I am feeling healthier, with more confidence as my physical condition has improved; it has also impacted positively my professional life as my levels of stress have decreased and mindfulness has helped to analyze obstacles and behaviors from a different perspective, resulting in better overall performance.
Thanks to Stephane, I was able to achieve something unbelievable before I joined the program: I finished a half marathon after two months of preparation in 2h 40’, keeping the same pace along the entire run. The mark could be not remarkable, but I enjoyed so much every kilometer I run that day, without suffering any pain the day after! I achieved my goal and I am convinced I will get better marks in the future. Meanwhile, running has become an enjoyable and pleasant routine in my life!

Rohit Nambiar 

Thanks Stephane for the support, inspiration and coaching…
From panting at 400 meters to running my 1st 6km then 10km, 15km and finally a Half Marathon, it has been an amazing journey…
I couldnt have dreamt of this in just 4 months
The best part is how I dont experience any pain after all the runs thanks to the preparation, training regime and techniques imparted…. I went around Melaka whole day after my 15km and did the same in Ipoh after my 21km… Essentially means I ran for myself and spent the rest of the day with family… This means all parties are happy 🙂
Finally, you were not just a Running Coach. I always refer to you as a Lifestyle Coach to my friends. From nutrition to running and mental conditioning, you really supported me through this journey with the right amount of tips. Thanks a lot! “
Note: Rohit lost 19 kgs in about 8 months by combining running, mindfulness and nutrition new habits !

Michaela Lakota

“Stephane is an excellent coach. As a mental health professional his techniques – a more natural style of running, embedded in mindfulness and a modern view of nutrition – really resonated with me. Following his techniques allowed me to find – or rather make – those much needed breaks in my very busy days. Apart from that he is a lovely man. I thoroughly recommend Stephane.

Sharada & Kareem Qureshi 

“My husband and I were struggling with our running technique for many years, despite having run a few half-marathons. The run was never really that enjoyable until we got to the finish line.
Then it all changed with Stephane. He taught us how to run in the ‘happy zone’ and as a result of this, we now really enjoy our runs. He introduced new concepts of mindfulness during running. His passion is contagious and after each class, we were all totally revved up to go running !!!
Whether you are a beginner or a pro, a runner or simply looking to make a lifestyle change, we would totally recommend you get in touch with Stephane. Totally worth it.

Nadene Tensen

“The 10 week transformation program has delivered much more than expected.
I had several “a-ha” moments along the weeks and it has provided access to a huge amount of information summarized in a logical way, presented in a fun and user-friendly manner. It is like 3 entire courses about running, mindfulness and nutrition and how they relate to each others rolled into one!
For example, it allowed me to change a long-held mindset of “all or nothing”. I run now 3 or 4 times a week without strain. I have more clarity, focus and I am better able to observe my thoughts, feelings and actions.
I have also increased my ability of body awareness/sensing in the present moment.
I highly recommend this holistic and transformative program!”

Oon Hoe Cheng

“I am 72 years old and I am a long time runner. I have ran more than 20 full marathons and many more half-marathons. Age is not a reason to stop improving and I decided to sign up for the 10 week program with an open mind to see what I could get from it. 
I can definitely see a lot of benefits from this program. I was beginning to feel dejected in my recent long distance runs. I was more enduring them and my time/speed were stagnating for a while.  The mind and body training techniques learned during this program are making me more alert, mindful, and enthusiastic in all aspects. I have also increased my running efficiency. As a result of that, I am improving again my speed. I have trimmed 30 min of time in my last ½ marathon compared to the recent ones. And, I still foresee some opportunities to continue improving my time and enjoying more my runs. 
Thank you for your coaching Stephane !”

Michèle Gilles

“The benefits I have gained from this program are immense and unexpected when I started. I have replaced my old sentence “running is not for me. I hate it ” with “I cannot wait to go for my run!”
I strongly recommend this program to everyone. I have learned to listen better my body messages and how not to make the mistakes that many make through ignorance and misinformation.
I am surprising myself of the distance that I can run today with pleasure. I also practice mindfulness on a daily basis.
Thank you Stéphane for this discovery and for giving me the tools to make running a moment of pleasure and mental rest. Thank you for your listening and your availability as a coach!

Manish Chopra

Stephane did an amazing job of training me for my first marathon!
As an amateur runner, I had little knowledge of what it takes to train for an endurance event.  Stephane’s step-by-step guidance and especially the holistic mind-body approach really appealed to me and it enabled me to feel confident and prepared for running the distance.
Stephane also enabled me to learn a lot about the fundamentals that underpin athletic activity and allowed me to self-discover the joys of running long distance.
I recommend Stephane enthusiastically for those looking for a unique and personalized coaching for mindful running!

Rebiha Ghezali

This program was the turning point of my life !  I highly recommend it !”  

Amy Tyers

“The ToR course for me did not only transform my approach to running in terms of techniques taught but also my mind-set to life in general.
It is truly transformational. I have been running for years, not really knowing anything about technique and I would just go “for a run”.
Stephane has helped me to revisit my techniques which has made a  huge difference to my runs and also made me enjoy them so much more and I have seen significant results both physically and mentally. Stephane has been so motivating and inspirational and I would highly recommend his course as well as his services as a “coach”.”

Alame Aramazani

“ I took part in ToR 10 week program to prepare for the running part (20 kms)  of a Spartan race. ToR gave me a total different perspective of what running can be. What used to be a pain became a pleasure in a matter of weeks.  
My old me would have been stressed for weeks before the race but it was not the case. I was ready to enjoy the race and it is what I did whatever the obstacles that came on my way
Additionally, I feel more relaxed and I have a better awareness of my body in my daily life. Until today, I am amazed by this discovery and I am now considering running even longer distances
Thank you Stephane for your secret weapon ToR!”

Joy Santamarina

I have completed 4 marathons and yet this program helped me learn to love running so much more!
For the first time ever I can do long runs without need for music, and just totally enjoy the rhythm of my heart, the scenery, the cadence of my run. Mindfulness helps not just in running but in other areas of my life as well.
Thanks Tao of Running !”

Deborah Whitehead

“ I had a major surgery a few months prior to starting the ToR program.
I wanted to improve my techniques to be able to use running as a way to comeback in better shape.
With ToR, I learnt the way to run without stressing my body. It has now become a habit that I practice in average 3 or 4 times a week and I feel fitter, more energized and I have started losing weight.

Xavier Dubois

“ I have ran my first ½ marathon starting from no sport activity at all with only 4 months of preparation in 2 h 31 min!  Looking forward to the next one… in 2h15 
Here is the story with a bit more details…
In end of January 2016, I have decided to commit for Phuket half-marathon to join a group of friends. The event was happening a bit more than 4 months later in early June 2016.
As I have never done any sport before, I was quite afraid of the challenge ahead of me.  Stephane reassured me that he was confident that with the right approach, discipline and coaching I could make it.
He encouraged me to register for the 10 Week Transformation Program starting at that time first. What I did and it really developed my mind, body, breathing  foundations and built my initial confidence that it was doable. At the end of the 10 weeks, I was able to run several times a week 7 to 9 km without suffering. I even liked it and was looking forward to my runs.
In the remaining weeks, Stephane gave me the additional coaching and support to increase the distance in a healthy and enjoyable way.
Thank you Stephane for your program and your coaching!  What a great feeling of accomplishment! “

Marie Turbang

“Thanks to Stephane, I have learned what running is in essence.
His approach to connect body and mind and his techniques have helped me to enjoy running while being in the present moment.
Running is now part of my life and I am very grateful to Stephane for this gift. Due to the distance (I am in Luxembourg), we have made the program via Skype and it has been really successful.
Stephane is a wonderful person, a great teacher, always receptive and available for any question or discussion. It has been an amazing experience for me and I recommend his programs to anyone who desires to enjoy running.
Hat’s off to you, Stephane!

Tash Beriana 

“ The ToR 10 week transformation program was literally an eye-opener for me in terms of health, running techniques, stress management and nutrition.  
My main objectives by joining the program were to lose weight, increase my energy level and improve my clarity of mind.
I have learned various practical tools during the program. At the end of the 10 weeks (July 2016), I had lost about 5 kg, I was calmer, able to sleep better and more focused in my daily life.
7 months down the road (February 2017),  I have sustained the practices and I have lost 7 more kg and I continue seeing benefits in the others areas of my lifeThis program is splendid! I recommend it to everyone interested to improve health and overall life.

Claire Nutgen

“ Before joining the Tao of Running, I did not think I could jog for more than 5 minutes. So, I was intrigued by this 10 Week Transformation program and I decided to take part in it.
This well researched and very informative training was extremely beneficial for me. It made me progressively change my mind about running and motivated me to practice regularly during the 10 weeks.
Having finished it, running is now part of my routines and it makes me feel happier and healthier. On the top of that, I have more free time as I don’t have to drive anymore to any exercise classes as I was doing in the past.

Denis Manigart

“Stephane is truly passionate about running and he’s contagious.
I would have never thought that I would actually “enjoy” running one day.  I am 37 years old and I have done more running in the last 12 months than in the previous 36 years combined.
With the ToR coaching sessions, I have learned how to run in harmony with my body and with my mind.  I can now go for long runs lasting 2-3 hours and finish refreshed and energized.
Simply amazing!”

Alexandra Le Vaillant

“ Stephane’s approach to running is truly unique. Positive, enthusiastic, attentive and encouraging, he does miracles (really).
For personal reasons, I did not practice as regularly as advised during this program and I cannot say that running has become a habit yet.  But, this program has really reconciled me with running.
When I practice, it is not a pain anymore. The only thing I remember at the end of a session is a feeling of well-being that will take me all the day. It overturns everything one might think to know about running and the approach of a sporting activity in general.
Likewise, ToR goes further than the activity of running. It opens a larger view to life and how a lot of things are integrated. It is similar to a rippling effect. For example, it opened my mind to the fact that I need to structure and organize my personal life a different way if I want to build a long term balance and create a habit so that running becomes an integral part of my life.”

Jerome Desmarest

“ Thank you Stephane for your coaching & continuous support!
I discovered the Tao of running in 2015. As a regular runner, I was not expecting major changes… but after the 10 weeks transformation program and few HM… I realize that it changed completely my vision and perception of running from the way to move, the way to use my mind, the way to breath and even the way to eat!
I completed my first HM in June 2016 after a preparation based on long run in happy zone (1h52). One year later, I ran the SCKL HM with a more specific program, and I improved my performance by 7min.
And in Dec 4th 2017, with my running partner since 2 years (Loic ), we were running the Angkor Wat Half Marathon. Based on a 12 weeks program prepared by Stephane – more performance oriented but still based on Tao principles – I beat my previous record by 10min (1h35) …
This run in the middle of the temples was amazing…
The day after, we were feel so great that we were already thinking to our next objective with Loic… KL FM in April 2018! What a fantastic experience, everyone can find his own pleasure and satisfaction with the Tao of running… beginners likewise more experienced runners.
And last thing, since I am practicing mindfulness regularly inside and outside my running practice, I manage better my stress of my day to day life and I feel better in my body and my mind!
🏃♂ Well done Steph ! 👏

Laetitia Bouazza

“I stumbled upon Stéphane’s facebook page by chance and reading through it got me interested. I then checked his website and I contacted him to see if I could do the programme from abroad (I live in Belgium).
After telling him what my goals were I started the 10 weeks training. My objectives were to 1) stop hating to run 2) connect my body and mind. I did not aim at running a marathon but simply to start enjoying the act of running. I received really more than expected!
Stephane was really committed in this long distance training; He shared his well organised programme with me as well as some very valuable and interesting videos and articles. I really enjoyed the means of communication we used (Skype and WhatsApp). All and all I highly recommend this programme and most importantly the trainer Stéphane. Thanks to him running is no longer a chore! 

Bruno Vanhoucke

“The ToR 10 Week Transformation Program has completely changed my running experience.
Before the program, I was applying a “no pain, no gain” approach to running. I had to force myself to run 3-5 kms knowing that it was making me tired and moody
I just finished the program and now I can easily run 10 -12 km. I can say that running helps me to rejuvenate my body and mind, to feel happier and more energized. I have also lost a few kgs in the process
Note: Bruno lives in Singapore and has taken part in a 1 on 1 remote version of the program

Mari Haapala

Angkor Wat half marathon was an amazing experience for me! Not only because of the scenic route, but also because I was definitely seeing some huge benefits of this program ! I kept my promise to myself and forgot the time to focus on enjoying the run and paying attention to my body-mind connectionI didn’t even bring my headphones, and didn’t miss them either :D. I found my flow very early on (probably the environment helped) and running felt so effortless! I stopped a few times for taking pics too 😛 This was the first time with my minimally cushioned shoes, and guess what, my feet and legs were not sore at all. I was stunned! I could have just keep going 🙂 and also as a result, I was utilizing my body fat as a source of energy as I only used one gel (not sure if I needed to actually, but wanted to avoid exhaustion) and had one banana on the way (and didn’t generate any lactic acids either). So I have to say, even though I haven’t learned that “much” new during the program, those little things were worth more than I anticipated.”
Note : Received after 1/2 marathon of Angkor Wat _December 2015. (Mari had run a few half marathons prior to taking part in ToR 10 Weeks Transformation Program) 

Michael Benamar

“Running used to be a painful and energy draining activity for me. Participating into TOR program helped me to commit some time/energy to do something and change the status quo.
The innovative Tao approach to running made me change gradually my perceptions and my feelings about running. My runs became more pleasant, more relaxing  and my capacity to run longer distance has increased throughout the program. Now, I do feel more motivated, healthy and I have a sense of “inner satisfaction” after each long run.
Otherwise, TOR provided me insights and techniques applicable in my everyday life to increase my well-being in general.”

Karine Meerschman

“Before I knew Stephane, the word “running” was not in my vocabulary. I hated just the idea of it. I decided nevertheless to follow his 10 weeks program, as I wanted to experience this supposedly “pleasure of running” and of course in the long term, to benefit from all the positive, healthy effects.
Stephane taught me to run enjoyably, by adopting the right position and the right mind-set. His pluridisciplinary approach on the subject is really interesting (and impressive). He will guide you from your brain to your feet, going through your breathing, to help you find what makes a run delightful.
He definitely succeeded with me, so why not with you?”

Loïc Martineau

1) After 10 Week Transformation Program in 2015:
“ToR is an astonishing & original approach. It is more focused on learning/experiencing feelings and understanding oneself.
Stephane  is passionate. He communicates his enthusiasm in a cheerful manner that makes the coaching sessions very comfortable.
Stephane managed to create a very original program that allows people from all backgrounds to feel how running can become rewarding without pain.
 This is not theory, this is a living experience combining very interesting techniques and psychological approaches to encompass sport under a new angle, to feel one’s body.”
2) First 1/2 marathon in 2016:
I never thought I would enjoy running a half marathon and when we decided to participate this year to the Phuket half marathon, I was not even sure I would be able to finish it.
Thanks to Stephane’s coaching & techniques, training became enjoyable and really brought me some serenity in my daily life.
Step by step, without suffering, hard-working or struggling I managed to improve the length and speed of my runs. The sensations and the pleasure grew along.
I went to the race not having a serious time objective or intention to fight for it, I just wanted to do it and have a good run.
Those hundreds of people running in silence at dawn creates a very unique atmosphere. Applying the Tao of running techniques, I really enjoyed the moment and the scenery. After 10 km I felt good and relaxed and looking at my watch I started thinking it was too good to be true… I was performing much better than expected… would I burn out before the end? I had some doubts probably because I felt I did not run enough long runs during the preparation. Then slowing down and focusing on my breath and body sensation, I recovered step by step my confidence and finally managed well the second part of the run with the great satisfaction of feeling good, young and happy. I can say that the race has been a unique experience full of positive sensations.
Finishing in good shape and in less than 2 hours for this first half-marathon of my life at age 45, I am looking forward the next one !
Enjoy running !
3) After Angkor Wat 1/2 marathon in end of 2017:
Tao of Running is amazingly efficient! No suffering, no hard time, no injuries, great pleasure and health benefits. And we still enjoy strong improvement in my performance. Two years ago, I could not run more than 10 km and it took almost as long as a half marathon!

 

Pascal De Meester

“Running is something I have been practicing to some extend, occasionally and on rather short distances. I felt good about some of the runs, and not so good about others. I was sometimes tired, sometimes not. I also wondered whether the way I was running was “right” or “wrong”.
Then,  I followed Stephane’ s ToR program. What a chance and a revelation. Thanks to Stephane’ s well thought of program, I got the opportunity to progressively understand what I can feel during a run and why, and how to better enjoy my runs so that it naturally pushes me to do more of them.
You may have heard or gone through other programs before, but the uniqueness of ToR is the strong link that it progressively establishes between the physical activity and the impact on the mind.
Today, I can sense my positive emotions and put them in a broader context that I never experienced before meditation. And enjoy running to its full extend.
I recommend Stephane’s ToR program to anyone who wants to improve his running skills and capitalize on them to develop positive a mindset, and anyone who always wondered about what benefits running can bring to his/her life.”

Antoine Comar

“When I decided to join this program, I could understand the benefits of running for physical and mental health but I was not doing it because I was finding running to be painful and not pleasant. 
After this program, I am convinced that running is a natural and pleasant thing. I now find a sense of well-being and accomplishment in the activity of running. Else, I’m still struggling practicing mindfulness but I have the feeling to be in the beginning of a mindful journey!

Tracy Yong

“I ran my first half marathon in 2010. I enjoyed the 2.5 hours but my whole body ached for few days after! Even though I subsequently went on to do a few runs (10  – 15 km), I  never really felt motivated to run vs going to the gym for my Body Combat/ Yoga/ Dance classes.
Fast forward 5 years later, I am now a very busy full time working mum of 2 kids. I no longer have the luxury of time to travel to my gym as often as before. I wanted to look for a sport activity that I can do anywhere, and whenever I can find time.  Running seems like the most obvious thing to do. However, I know I must enjoy running if it is going to be sustainable.
My 10-week TOR journey had been eye-opening & fun. I learned better techniques to run, and most importantly, running with mindfulness. The end result of most of my runs are I feel energised, relaxed and motivated to continue running. My body no longer suffer from post-run muscle aches. I aim to do a few halfs and train for a full marathon. Stephane will be my go-to coach to help me get there. He had helped me to enjoy running and I believe everyone is indeed ‘Born to Run’!”

Laurent Maillefer

“I have been running for a long time, albeit some times more regularly than others. I typically hit the road when my body asked for it. This was like a call for a physical “detox”.
However, depending how long it was since my last run, I often came up with the desire to give it all out, push it to the limits. In some ways I guess to compensate the “feel bad” sentiment that I could have for not being active for a while. Surely then my body let me know that I went too far, with heart rate hitting the ceiling and legs aching after the run.
ToR opened my eyes on to a better approach. First by going back to basics and (re)learning how to run properly, but then by opening a door to another dimension, linking up body and mind. The latest is most certainly the largest benefit from taking on this course, as it allowed me to learn and practice how to better be in sync with myself during my sessions. The enjoyment during my practice is by far greater, as I can now exercise, relax my mind and feel good in one go. I am looking forward to further fine tune my experience using ToR techniques.”

Jonathan Fernandes

“Running was something that I thought I couldn’t do. However Stephane’ s Tao of Running course allowed me to understand the mechanics of running and to not be afraid of something that we are born to do.
It also gave me a deeper understanding of how life is so hectic that we don’t just stop and think about ourselves.  Learning more about mindfulness has allowed me to focus on my new business and my productivity has increased 10 fold.
 Thanks Stephane for your amazing journey and teachings. Running has never been so enjoyable.”

Thierry Guillem

“As a beginner in running activities, I was very pleased to join the TOR class opened by Stephane. I had never been a very active runner before but I started practicing to have a healthier way of life and to manage my stress in my professional life. I didn’t really know what would be this TOR class but I was curious to find out how running would allow me to mix physical activities and mindfulness as it was presented to me by Stephane. I was also interested to join a group, rather than practicing only by myself.
With his progressive program mixing running sessions and teaching meditation and mindfulness, learning has been smooth and the benefits rapidly noticeable: running has become a real pleasure and not a painful and tiring activity, connecting body and mind has been a good way to control stress and improve sense of well-being, having a regular physical activity has helped to lose weight without feeling hard efforts… running has become a happy time and a need when not practiced regularly.
Even though I had to leave Malaysia, I still continue to learn about TOR and try to improve my practice of its teaching, especially the meditation and mindfulness aspects which has been the most difficult for me. By keeping contact with Stephane, through social networks and internet connections, I can do so and stay motivated to keep the benefits of this activity.
I am also preparing a half-marathon with Stephane’ s coaching, which is something that I would have never imagined a few years ago. I know that I can do it, without any goal of high performance, but for the satisfaction of achieving a new experience for me.
That is why I am very grateful to have joined Stephane’ s class and hope that anyone else can get the same experience and achievements.”
Note: Thierry has ran his first 1/2 marathon in Bali this year (2016) in a bit more than 2 hours while totally enjoying the experience and feeling great during and after the race. He has lost more than 25 kgs in 2 years and he is now envisioning to run Paris marathon in 2017 !