Did I breathe that word out loud ?
For years it conjured up in my head visions of people in white gossamer clothing getting in touch with their inner selves and eating tofu.
OK, admittedly, I am a bit more educated on it.
It’s supposed to help with flexibility, strength, better posture, help you with your breathing and over all reduce stress and make you feel more calm. Who wouldn’t be down for that ?
I’m sure there are a lot of other benefits too.
Here’s where it’s been kinda in my face for awhile….. it’s supposed to be really good for runners. I’ve read articles about the benefits of yoga as a recovery or strengthening process.
Alright so I’ll admit why I’ve steered clear…. don’t judge me now….
it’s just so… tame… and quiet….and not… intensely active like I’m used to….
It’s different than flying down the road on a bike… or running a zillion miles… or knocking the heck out of a punching bag.
I secretly wonder if I could handle such a wide shift of physical activities….. being more….still…. yikes.
Ok but then, as I runner, how can I ignore these promises of incorporating some yoga into all my other activities :
It can make you a better runner, improve form and balance, it can also decrease your susceptibilities to over use injuries. It can also improve mental focus which is so important before and during a race when mental staying power is as important as physical strength.
Now….how can I not look at that a little closer ?? Our local running store offers a runners yoga class once a week… and if I can ever get my schedule to bend that way I might check out.
As much as running can build a strong body, those muscles get tight in all kinds of places. Flexibility and fluid motion is so important in running. Things that are tight don’t allow for optimal performance.
I found some moves that were targeted at runners and even told you what muscles they opened or loosened. I figured… why not? What runner doesn’t want to be more strong and flexible ? So I’ve tried some.
Hahaha….. oh my gosh. You know that term hurts so good? I immediately found places in my hips that were tight… and let me know it. My back…legs… all kinds of tight spots.
On top of holding the pose… you have to remember to breathe… I realized… I kinda sucked at that part 😛
Then you get in this pose…and your “reps” ( which Is how I’m used to operating) are more like the amount of breathes you take holding that pose.
This is when I pondered : where is the woman who ran marathons who’s whining about this pose and attempting to breathe at the same time ? Here’s what I know thus far…….. I’m breathing hard from pain, not cardio exertion haha
I decided this could be a butt kicking adventure in a different kind of way. I think I’m definitely going to try and add some into my training with the intent it will benefit my body for running. It always comes back to that for me.
So my readers…. who does yoga? Do you like it? What benefits have you seen ? If you’re a runner, have you seen benefits from it ?