Why Yoga Makes Me a Better Runner

There is a lot out there now about bringing yoga to runners and other athletes. And, while the stretching aspect is important, in my experience, it’s the mindfulness practice that helps the most. Of course it is important to train and be physically prepared for a preferred distance, but SO much of running, especially long distances is mental. It is important not to get psyched out at the first sign of fatigue, but also not to ignore it. It’s important to be aware of aches and pains, but not necessarily to react to them immediately. I am constantly surprised by how much my energy, muscles, mood, and mindset can change over the course of a run. And, furthermore, how much I may have held myself back if I let myself believe that a sluggish start determined a sluggish finish.

In addition to helping during a run, mindfulness is also a fantastic tool between runs. Life happens and your body feels it. Some days are going to be better than others. Sometimes it’s important to rest. Sometimes it’s important to push. It can be easy to get caught up in a rigid training plan, but I find that listening to my body, remaining open to the idea that what I feel right now might not necessarily be what I feel tomorrow, whether it is feeling great or feeling awful, helps me maximize my own abilities to build distance.

How does yoga help your running or other training?

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Yoga: Beautiful and Powerful

Hi Yogis! Today’s Post is from Debi Schenk!

I often say to my fellow yogis that nothing makes us feel as beautiful and powerful as yoga does. The beauty lies in the flow – the dance like sequences that give us grace. But the power lies in the arm balances. Have you ever felt as powerful as when you pull yourself into Bakasana (Crow Pose)? There is nothing like it.

And have you ever really looked at people when they leave yoga? They look amazing. Yogis glow. I once had a teacher say that the best I ever looked was right after class. Really wasn’t I a sweaty, sticky, yucky mess? Nope. I left with a huge smile on my face, a radiant complexion, a positive attitude, and a feeling that I could conquer anything in my path.

I don’t know about you but nothing else works this magic on me. Not running, not spinning, not barre. Just yoga.

Debi is founder of trueUyoga, is a registered yoga teacher with over 15 years of yoga experience. She has helped numerous clients on the path to better health. Debi began practicing yoga before it became a trend and understands the positive benefits that it can have in many areas of your life. What makes Debi different is her extensive background in alternative health. She is able to draw from her knowledge and create a yoga practice just for you, while keeping your overall health in mind.

Why Vinyasa?

Hi Yogis! Today’s post is from Debi Schenk!

There are many different styles of yoga as many of you know. Vinyasa is very popular and for good reason…it encompasses so much. Vinyasa is true to it’s definition – “breath -synchronized movement.” It’s a series of poses that flow together somewhat like a dance sequence. As we move through the poses we use inhales and exhales to guide our movement.

What drew me to Vinyasa was the power to ease my mind as I was focusing on the breath work and movement. I also never felt graceful in my life, until I began flowing through poses. I also like a good sweat. So as I continued trying the many styles of yoga, I kept coming back to Vinyasa.

But what keeps me coming back to Vinyasa is that I will never, ever, “finish” or “master” it. It is a new experience every time I flow. There are always new ways to stretch my body, new poses to challenge me, and new ways to connect to my self. And since I have the wonderful honor of guiding others through classes, I will never stop creating new sequences. It’s the most wonderful adventure to be on – a never ending flow.

Debi is founder of trueUyoga, is a registered yoga teacher with over 15 years of yoga experience. She has helped numerous clients on the path to better health. Debi began practicing yoga before it became a trend and understands the positive benefits that it can have in many areas of your life. What makes Debi different is her extensive background in alternative health. She is able to draw from her knowledge and create a yoga practice just for you, while keeping your overall health in mind.