Dr. Mike Spino


Coach Mike Spino

Mike Spino, former director of the Esalen Sports Center, teaches some of the primary techniques of his renowned ‘Beyond Jogging’ method in this new DV Tapes course. With instruction designed to optimize performance and enhance the overall athletic experience, Spino draws on strong spiritual foundations and insights cultivated through decades of writing, coaching world-class athletes, and leading workshops at Esalen Institute and beyond.

Mike met Esalen co-founder Michael Murphy in the early 70’s, and while Murphy was Mike’s meditation and inner-space mentor, Mike became Murphy’s running coach. Under his direction, The Esalen Sports Center became a phenomenon that drew spiritual seekers and athletes from around the world and culminated in the iconic ‘Beyond Jogging’ manual.

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Meet coach Mike as he introduces his program designed to seamlessly blend the mental and physical aspects of running.
Mike applies a variety of gaits, tempos and rest periods in a stop-and-go manner. These kinds of workouts maximize our ability to run within various heart rate zones and intensities. Over time, and combined with continuous training, they precipitate an improvement in both fitness and internal perception.
Mike guides us through an internal journey using visualization. These images are proven to refine our ability to recreate the emotional phenomena experienced while running.
Two breathing techniques to propel yourself forward. A surge is utilized at a chosen acceleration point to release emotion and increase your speed.
A rendition of a martial arts technique, in this session Mike shows us how to look in and out at the same time, and how to keep an image in mind while running.
Integrating the energy fields of two or more people can be invigorating and can improve performance.
Finishing our running practice with recovery and meditation, the ancient discipline of breathing and watching our thoughts. Integrating these states of awareness into our physical training is the goal of all mindful runners.