Tao Lifestyle™ -
A Fit Body, A Sharp Mind, A Happy Soul!
Hey I'm Stephane ! I help you balance and optimize your lifestyle within a few weeks!
I am passionate about TRANSFORMATION.
The first part of my career was devoted to business transformation. I worked as a management consultant, specializing in Operational Excellence. However, in 2015, I followed my calling to become a transformational [lifestyle] coach, blending my professional expertise with 25 years of personal growth and development.
Through my unique holistic approach Tao Lifestyle™, I help people from all walks of life find their balance and optimize their health and well-being for a fit body, a sharp mind, a happy soul!
Here are a few links to learn more about [click on the blue text]:
- My Tao Lifestyle™ approach and main pillars
- My background and personal transformation journey that inspired me to create The Tao Lifestyle™
- My 2 main programs, the Tao of Running™ 10-Week Transformation and the Tao of Peak Performance™ [for business leaders]
- My 4-week online course Tao of Running Fundamentals ™
- Corporate talks and workshops
Holistic Health Coach
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner
Vipassana Meditation Trained & Daily Practitioner
Foundations in Neuroscience Dr. Rick Hanson
Tao Lifestyle in a few words....
Tao Lifestyle™ is a holistic approach to transforming your health, well-being, and brain performance by incorporating and interrelating five key areas:
1. Movement and exercise to incorporate various forms of movements and physical activities, with a particular focus on running, in your daily life.
2. Mindfulness/mind-training and breathing techniques to improve your mental and emotional health and performance.
3. Nutrition principles to help you understand the impact of different foods on your mind-body and improve your eating habits.
4. Sleep and recovery science to understand how sleep works, how various behaviors impact it, and optimize your daily recovery routines and sleep habits.
5. The design of positive habits and routines to support your physical, mental, and emotional health, well-being, and performance in the long term.
All the programs are designed with this approach in mind, to help you achieve your goals:
The Tao of Running™, the art of effortless running: These programs are designed to help you live a more healthy, balanced, productive, and fulfilled life through mindful running.
- The 10-week transformation program and the long-distance event preparation program are both available through face-to-face or video conferencing.
- The 4-week fundamentals program is available online.
The Tao of Peak Performance™, the art of effortless working: This program is specifically designed for business leaders and entrepreneurs who want to harness the power of their body and mind to feel at their best and perform at their peak at work. It is available through face-to-face or video conferencing.
TRANSFORMATION stories from VARIOUS PROGRAMS...
"This program was the turning point of my life ! I highly recommend it !"
"This is not a new year resolution… It's a lifetime resolution!
I am 44 yo. And I didn't know how to breathe. I didn't know how to run. I didn't know how to eat. I didn't know how to be at peace with myself. Now I do.
I (re)learned it through this great program. Lasting impact on your well-being!
Good for your body, your mind, and your soul. Try it and (re)connect with your true self."
“I have completed 4 marathons and yet this program helped me learn to love running so much more!
For the first time I can do long runs without the 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 ! Thank you for your coaching, Stephane !”
" I joined the Tao program as a birthday gift for myself :D Looking for a way to better manage my personal energy and continue my performance improvement. What an experience!!! By far my best gift this year!!! Starting by a great epiphany during the program related to balancing different areas and how to manage my life's cycle using all pillars of a holistic approach - for a "work hard, party harder, and run like there is no tomorrow" kind of person this was definitely a turning point.
Then learning and practicing mindfulness has really enhanced my focus. Stephane's "field and forum" method has provided me with the foundations for a continuous improvement journey, and for an engineer/expert consultant, knowing the science related to these was definitely a plus!
The results so far are beyond expectations - running better, higher energy when it matters most and I'm now a more present person - so I definitely recommend Stephane as a coach, improving with him has been a great journey so far! "
"A few months ago, I was diagnosed with lung disease. I was new to running and ready to give up. But I was already addicted to this sport and I wanted to persevere.
Thanks to my meeting with Stéphane, and through the program Tao of Running, I was able to move beyond my illness... Each module of the program was a step towards my new balance... running techniques, breathing, mindfulness, serenity, acceptance, and resilience...
Today, I practice running several times a week with a lot of fun! Stephane accompanied me step by step to find my own pace, my own "running style", and I cannot thank him enough for that. Tao of Running is a fantastic program created by a fantastic coach! Thank you Stephane !"
"I was under super high work pressure, my sleep was badly affected and I was consistently feeling low in energy and had difficulties concentrating.
I have always had some sports activity in my life, in my younger days, I used to play handball and do cycling at a good level and I had run a few half-marathons in the past with a very honorable performance.
But this program has not only changed my approach to running and sport in general but also my approach to my overall lifestyle. I have changed how I use my mind, how and what I eat, how I breathe during and outside my exercise. Today, I feel more relaxed and balanced. I have lost weight. My energy is higher and more stable and I’m more aware of my emotions.
I highly recommend Stephane's program to anyone who needs to find lifestyle solutions for a high-powered career life!"
“Stephane is an incredible coach. His program is not only a method for running, but above all a holistic approach to well-being through running better, breathing better, eating better, and regaining balance to feel good.
I thought it was impossible for me to run... now I have fun running and it even solved my back problems !!! A MUST without moderation... I am addicted.
Thank you, Stephane, for sharing your passion. Best coach ever!"
“I started this program to mainly improve my running techniques so I wouldn’t have soreness every time I run and to lose weight.
This program has brought all of that but much more. The way Stephane shows how this is only part of the equation, how he links mindfulness, nutrition, and sleep to the whole experience is very compelling.
I consider myself as a more rational left-brain person so combining the theory with the exercises really drove it home for me that the real benefit is in the right balance. I got the results I wanted, expanded into meditation, eat differently and I see results are continuing to improve after the program. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a change that can last.”
”I reside in the States and participated in the Tao of Running 10-week program, which changed my life!
First of all, Stephane is truly an amazing and accommodating coach. My program ran over the allotted period, due to time constraints and holidays, but Stephane was a dedicated professional and committed to helping me complete his unique program.
The program helps with running techniques, nutritional recommendations, lifestyle changes, all to help one live a healthier, happier, and more balanced life.
I highly recommend Tao of Running to anyone in any part of the world looking to learn how to enjoy running with its benefits. Stephane is a great motivating coach who will ensure that you reach your personal physical and mental goals. A life-changing program for all fitness levels.”
“Combining the lessons I learned from Stephane has allowed me to lose 20kgs and incorporate a number of healthy habits into my day.
Once I learned to run more efficiently, I was able to run daily without injury or any of the aches and pains I would usually experience, and my speed has increased. It became a habit that makes me feel good, productive, and gives me a sense of accomplishment every morning.
And the daily exercise habit combined with new nutrition/intermittent fasting habits has turned on my fat-burning engine as I would never experience before, and my resting heart rate is down to 45 from 60 before.
I have never felt better by living the Tao Lifestyle.”
"I thought I had signed up for a running coaching program but I received so much more than that. Stephane presents a holistic approach to improving one's lifestyle through his Tao of Running transformation.
And a transformation program it is! He does not only advise on proper running techniques, but he also offers a complete toolset to develop healthy habits with nutrition, mindfulness, etc.
The results are quick to show: I enjoy running regularly again despite previous injuries to both knees, the quality of my sleep has improved and the occurrences of my migraines have reduced significantly. Add some weight loss to that and joining Stephane's coaching has been the best investment for me last year.
I highly recommend it to anyone who wishes betterment in their lifestyle."
"If you are looking for a program to spark your joy of running and learn about why and how aspects of your lifestyle impact your overall health, then I highly recommend Tao of Running.
Stéphane translates his deep knowledge and passion for running and well-being into an interesting mix of practical techniques and insights that allow us to take action to benefit our health, performance, and happiness.
The program content is powerful and impactful and, most importantly, Stephane is a great support and coach during the process. Personally speaking, it was a great experience and I look forward to keeping in contact with
the Tao of Running community!"
“My name is Ankit, and I work as a procurement excellence professional. I am from India and I live in Malaysia since 2013.
I want to thank Stephane for exposing me to a whole new outlook toward running. I enrolled in the Tao of Running program mid of last year, and there hasn’t been a single week since then without a run. Through the program, I have learned to truly enjoy the experience of running and it helps me center myself and be more self-aware. I feel a stronger connection to nature and it inspires me to keep growing on this path.
The holistic benefits are undeniable. I have been suffering from health issues post-COVID and it was getting worse. The regular practice and nutritional changes have helped strengthen my immunity, and be in good health.
If you are seeking holistic growth physically and mentally, no matter at what stage you are in life, this program is for you.
I am thankful to Stephane for these invaluable learnings”
" I am 72 years old and I am a long-time runner. I have run 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 and 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 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 !”
"As many executives, one of my biggest challenges is to keep clarity, focus, and strength to make the best possible business decisions. These decisions are more and more difficult to make in dynamic, volatile, and overwhelming environments. No need to add that work-life balance is a crucial topic in our over-demanding world. I was looking for a holistic program to support me in balancing everything and re-developing the feeling of control and mastery in my life
Stephane is using running as a mean to bring the puzzle pieces together. Always backed up with scientific researches, Stephane is guiding us on a very interesting journey where we learn how works our body. I better understand myself and discovered the limitless capabilities of my machinery. And it works!
Results are really amazing (and for me very fast): Better focus and clarity during the day and much better quality time with my family.
I highly recommend the Tao program for everyone that has to manage a very demanding environment, who has the impression to pay a too high sacrifice to succeed, or simply who wants to feel much better in his body."
"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 habits and routines and it makes me feel happier and healthier. On 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."
“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 distances.
I recommend Stephane enthusiastically for those looking for unique and personalized coaching for mindful running!“
"Taking part in the Tao of Running program gave me the ability to run and enjoy it. Feeling the body and liking the movement, the feeling of being in nature, etc... has been a big achievement for me.
But, what I liked the most about this program, is that it is a 10 weeks course that gives you so much knowledge that you can continue on your own. I'm grateful that Stephane has guided me through good and hard times. It is life skills and a lifelong lesson.
Today, I feel healthier, my overall well-being has improved a lot, my skin is better, I have fewer sick days, much fewer headaches and my digestive system has improved.
Thank you, Stephane! You are a wonderful mentor and a big inspiration!!"
“I spend over 60% of my time traveling in the APAC region. Although I enjoy my hectic life and work, I felt the need of managing better my lifestyle, especially my health and mind to create a postive 'virtuous circle' and go out of the vicious one!
To do so, you need guidance and support: I decided to take part in the Tao program. The holistic approach promoted by Stephane is very concrete: Running and exercise, mindfulness, nutrition and sleep principles, and other techniques taught by Stephane are easy to understand and the interactions between each of them are powerful which makes them easier to apply in your daily life.
It really works! I was for example very reluctant to run (I hated it!). And now, I feel the need of going out and run a few times a week. Also, today I feel much more relaxed, I have a clearer mind, I’m more creative and I have a better approach to problems at work. My energy level is great and I have more smiles on my face ;-).”
"I had major surgery a few months before starting the Tao of Running program. I wanted to improve my techniques to be able to use running as a way to come back in better shape.
With Tao of Running, I learned the way to run without stressing my body. It has now become a habit that I practice on average 3 or 4 times a week and I feel fitter, more energized and I have started losing weight."
"I never thought that I would be able to run a half marathon before I met Stephane Thiltgen, founder of Tao of Running and Tao Lifestyle.
Fast forward to 2018 and I am proud of having run 5 half marathons this year. My yearly body check is also showing some improvements compared to previous years.
Over the same period, my team at work grew from two to a department of 40+. Running with Stephane and changing my lifestyle enabled me to drive this change successfully at work and to become a better leader. It reduced my stress, anxiety, and worries and helped me wake up fully energized. It also gave me a calmer and clearer state for decision-making and problem solving and improved my concentration power.
Finally, it also increased my ability for authenticity, empathy, and compassion and improved the way I relate to my colleagues and subordinates."
"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."
“ 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 a few half-marathons, 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 half-marathon in June 2016 after a preparation based on long runs in the happy zone (1h52). One year later, I ran the SCKL with a more specific program, and I improved my performance by 7min.
And on Dec 4th,2017, with my running partner for 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 felt so great that we were already thinking about 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 the 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 ! “
“For many years, I have tried to incorporate running into my life without success. I was aware of the benefits but I was not taking any pleasure.
A few months ago, I joined a group program of the Tao of Running – 10 Week Transformation. Since then, I’m running a few times a week with great pleasure. It is now part of my lifestyle.
Stephane is a passionate and inspiring holistic coach with deep knowledge in many topics related to personal development and human sciences. He is also an active listener. Even in a group setting, he does his best to personalize his approach to the needs of each participant.”
“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 could not have dreamt of this in just 4 months…
The best part is how I do not experience any pain after all the runs thanks to the preparation, training regime, and techniques imparted…. I went around Melaka the 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
"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 day. It overturns everything one might think to know about running and the approach of a sporting activity in general.
Likewise, Tao of Running goes further than the activity of running. It opens a larger view of 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."
" Stephane has found the simple words that allowed me to drastically change my approach to running and health and wellbeing in general. Thanks to his passion for everything he teaches, I have found my "aha moment", understanding the benefits of moving and that enjoying a run comes before performance. An incredible eye-opener for me that allowed me to stop associating run and pain.
The real power of Stephane’s program is to connect the essentials of movement, nutrition, sleep, and breathing. He is a true expert in all 4 and I would definitely recommend his program to anyone, really anyone! Thanks, Stephane "
TAO OF RUNNING 10-WEEK TRANSFORMATION™
[Face To Face Program]
Learn The ART Of Effortless Running, And Incorporate New Lifestyle Habits To Be Fitter, Healthier, And More Fulfilled
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