I get so many people asking me if yoga would be good for them, my answer to everyone I have ever met has always been YES! For the next week I’ll be doing a quick post outline some of the many benefits of yoga... starting with runners.
The pic above is of me back in 2015 doing the Manchester 10k when I had just started running. The main reason I started was to feel good and to clear my mind, it’s something I still love and up until being 10 weeks pregnant, I ran every day (going to try my first one since giving birth this week!).
Yoga makes you strong, it is low impact cardio that focusses on balance and flexibility. It is not about touching your toes.
Like running, yoga helps to create space. If you struggle with too many thoughts or ideas and enjoy that point in a run where your mind is clear, yoga could be for you. Within each pose (asana), you take time to focus on your breath and your positioning. You flow between movements so that by the time you lie down for savasana (the relaxation at the end), you haven’t had chance to think about anything else other than how your breath is moving in and out of the body and how you feel. Yoga increases your mind-body awareness. It protects you from injuries and helps you to concentrate on the task at hand.
Remember, there are different styles of yoga, each teacher has their own style and methods so it’s important to find the right one for you.
Whether you’re just starting Couch to 5k or are gearing up for a marathon, yoga could be just what you need.
Here‘s my YouTube video on legs if you want to give it a go! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BSgOUKOz5T8&t=1247s