YOGA time!

YOGA for runners

In this month’s Runner’s World Diana Sotos talks about the benefits of Yoga for runners and as this coincides with the opening of the New Energy Yoga Studio in Winchester I thought worth looking at the points she has to make … taking up yoga meant that she dropped her 5k time from 20:16 to 17:11 and, in her words, believes ‘Yoga will help you run better and faster.’

So …. why IS yoga so good for you?

FIRSTLY:  BREATH CONTROL & MINDFULNESS

Yoga teaches you to breathe from your diaphragm loading your blood with more oxygen.   The deep breathing techniques also improve the function of stabilising muscles in your core and pelvic floor.   SO WHAT …?     It creates a much more efficient stride – what’s not to like!

Yoga’s meditative aspect combines a runner’s breathing with the training of the brain to focus on the present.  It’s said that this can actively lower blood pressure, ease tension and slow your breath.

AND … STRENGTH & FLEXIBILITY

The more yoga you do the more strength and control you’ll develop.  Standing one-legged poses and twists target the muscles on the sides of your hips and core.   Weaknesses here are common in runners and can result in IT band problems, knee pain and other associated injuries.

SO how can YOU make Yoga part of your life?

Begin with a sequence of one to three poses (see below) and the best time to do these is straight after a run when the muscles are warm.

See these exercises in ACTION at:
https://www.runnersworld.co.uk/8-yoga-moves-for-time-pressed-runners

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So if you don’t do YOGA yet as part of your running routine … get to it at New Energy Fitness:   https://www.newenergyfitness.co.uk/classes/yoga

… and keep an eye out for the opening date for New Energy Yoga in Parchment Street Winchester.   Coming soon!

https://www.facebook.com/newenergyyoga/

Happy running!

 

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