5 Reasons for Runners to Practice Yoga
From the desk of Sara Packard E-RYT... It's marathon training season here in Boston and the one thing I would encourage anyone in the middle of training to add to their routine...YOGA!! Here are 5 reasons why:
1. It makes you more limber. Limber = Longer which means the more you work to lengthen your muscles, the less work you will have to reach your optimal time/stride....in other words: same/better results for less work!
2. It keeps your joints healthy. Yoga is to running what the oil can is to the Tin Man. It allows the body to release the tightness that is created by running. While that tightness is actually a good thing du ring the run to keep joints stabalized, it does need to be released afterwards so that the body can heal and prepare for the next run.
3. It opens up the hips. Runners are usually the tightest in the hip area. The hips can dictate a lot of other areas in the body such as the lower back and the hamstrings. Allowing for the hips to take some time to open up, stretch and breathe will allow for everthing around them to do the same.
4. It strengthens the mind. Just like running, a lot of yoga is mental. In running there is " the wall", in Yoga "The Edge". Your yoga mat is the perfect place to practice the art of patience rather than panic and breathing, even in the most difficult of moments.
5. It strengthens the body. Contrary to what a lot of people think, yoga is very much about strengthening the body. A lot of times students will comment on how they did not expect yoga to be so hard. There is a lot of core and muscular work that goes into any yoga practice and it is a great way to get strength training without the use of weights or machines.
So join us at OMBE for our Yoga for Runners classes on Thursdays @7:30pm or Sundays @9:00am, whether you are training for the marathon or not! Sign up online today as space is limited! Follow me on Twitter @SaraJPNYC while you're at it!
Sara Packard, RYT Registered Yoga Teacher
Sara received her 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification from Zuda Yoga in Sacramento, CA under the guidance of Anne Marie Kramer and Dr. Bill Prysock. She has been teaching yoga since 2009, most recently in New York City until recently relocating to Boston. Sara has taught for Crunch Fitness, New York Yoga, as well as being a frequent guest teacher at O Yoga in Syracuse, NY. She was also the yoga teacher for the NYC Marathon team, "Fred's Team" through Lululemon, and has extensive experience teaching yoga to athletes and dancers.
She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theater from Ithaca College. She believes in the power of yoga as both a physical practice and a mental release as well as a way to tap into our personal strength in a safe and non-competitive environment. Sara lives in Charlestown, MA with her husband Justin and their pug, Oscar.