5 Yoga Tips For Your Best Marathon Yet
From the desk of Rachael Lappen, RYT ... The approach of the Boston Marathon every year is one of my favorite signs of spring. I get a rush just hearing the buzz around the city. If you are gearing up for the 26.2, I salute you. I also support you in staying in the best possible physical and mental shape throughout your training. Need some inspiration? Check out these tips…
Yoga Tips for Marathon Runners: 1. After a long run, lie on your back on the floor and put your legs up against a wall (called Waterfall pose or Viparita Karani) to soothe tired legs and reverse the flow of energy. Start by placing a Yoga block or towel underneath your tailbone to take some pressure off of your lower spine. Flatten your shoulder blades into the floor, flex your toes towards your face to stretch your leg muscles, close your eyes and enjoy!
2. Did you know that during an average mile run, your foot hits the ground 1,000 times? The impact on each foot equals four times your body weight! Try a Yoga class to tap you into proper body alignment so you can support your body weight and minimize injuries.
3. Marathon running is all about mental preparation. Yoga helps you to clear your mind, reduce stress, and visualize your success as well as appreciate your love for the race.
4. Use your Yoga practice to learn the power of breathing. Yogic breathing techniques help transport more oxygen through the blood to your muscles faster and more efficiently.
5. Balance Yoga and Running to stretch and build flexibility in tight muscles. When muscles tighten, they pull on your bones and can take your body out of alignment, causing many back and joint problems down the road. Be proactive to avoid injury and ensure a lifetime of healthy runs.
Come join me at OMBE for Yoga for Runners, Thursday evenings from 7:30pm-8:30pm. Class focuses on body awareness and alignment with extra attention to strengthening and stretching out the hips and legs. Or, schedule a private session to customize your own routine. Class size is limited to 6 so sign up now to reserve your spot. First time students drop in for only $10! Or, purchase a 5-class pack for $100, a 10-class pack or $180, a 15-class pack for $240 or a single drop-in for $22. Check out our current class schedule at http://www.ombecenter.com/classes or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Our studio is located just past the finish line… what could be more convenient?
Rachael Lappen, RYT, Yoga and Wellness Instructor, Certified Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher is a lifelong fitness and wellness enthusiast and former competitive swimmer with a degree in Biology from Clark University, and has been practicing and studying Yoga for the past seven years and teaching for the last two. From her first moments on the Yoga mat, she was instantly drawn to the balance of dynamic and meditative movement of energy and the constant evolution of body and mind. She has completed Level 1 and Level 2 Power Vinyasa Teacher Training with Baron Baptiste, and is a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200 hour level through Yoga Alliance and a Certified Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher.
Rachael currently teaches Power and Vinyasa-based Yoga classes to students of all levels and ages. She is a member of the Assistant Team at the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute in Cambridge and Brookline, and enjoys teaching in community service venues. Additionally, Rachael continually enriches her professional training and personal journey through workshops with some of the best-known Yogis in the field.
Rachael’s classes are accessible to all students, emphasizing proper alignment through modifications. She encourages students to connect to movement with awareness of breath, a light heart, and to be open to new possibilities. Rachael incorporates her yoga practice into all aspects of her life and is endlessly grateful to all of her teachers and mentors. She is honored to share her passion with her students, encouraging them to cultivate their personal authenticity as well as physical health.