The Benefits of Yoga for Runners
“Calmness comes with Quiet"- B.K.S Iyengar
This is one of my favourite quotes. I find a calmness and quiet in both Running and Yoga. They require you to drop into your body, breath, and connect to the present moment. This creates incredible inner discipline, strength and ease.
Running and Yoga are like a healthy relationship. Running, as freeing as it can feel it can be demanding on the body, nervous system and joints from repetitive action. After my first Yoga class I knew I had found something that was very special.
In both Running and Life we make goals and projects to constantly improve on. This is where Yoga can bring in some balance.
Yoga helps you become aware of your body, mind, and breath, which can awaken you to the possibility of change.
Yoga you are practicing taking a step back, slowing the pace, breathing into the whole body and practicing being in the moment you are in. These teachings can bring great balance to training and everyday life.
I love that I have been practicing Yoga for 18 years and I am still learning. It is a lifelong journey. You practice the physical practice for a certain time but the yoga practice is 24 hours. The teachings are everywhere. You can weave the teachings into your run training.
Being present in your training is a great technique. This can help to avoid injury so you accept where you are in your training and practice being patient to achieve your goals. Being present and patient also means listening to your body. You will learn that if you are feeling tired or something is sore to adjust your schedule and rest. That is probably the hardest one for runners and being goal orientated.
Both in Yoga, Running and Life you are always refining, learning, and changing, it is a continuous practice. I designed Running into Yoga workshops and Retreats to share my passion and Love of both practices. My next Retreat will be in Maui at Lumeria May 27-31 2019. I am also offering local Retreats on Bowen Island July 26-28 and Sept 20-22 2019 at Nectar Yoga B & B. You can also catch one of my public classes at YYoga or Equinox . I believe with patience, practice, presence, healthy eating, yoga, running, you will achieve your goals and more.
For information on Katherine’s upcoming retreats and workshops go to runningintoyoga.com.