THE RUNNER’S YOGA SYSTEM
Runner’s Yoga is more than a yoga class. It is an integrated, multi-dimensional training program that includes a system of dynamic yoga postures and mindfulness practices ideally suited to fit the needs of runners.
Runners Yoga promotes wholeness and balance, allowing the muscles to regain their suppleness and range of motion. This will allow for faster recovery from hard workouts as well as increasing strength, stamina and resiliency in the musculature. Finally, it will enhance your ability to withstand or recover more quickly from injury.
HOW IT WORKS
“It is amazing to me that we can be simultaneously completely preoccupied with the appearance of our own body, and at the same time completely out of touch with it as well.”
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., Full Catastrophe Living
Runner’s Yoga was born from my own experiences as a runner after seeing and experiencing the unnecessary and sometimes debilitating injuries that runners sustain while running for fun or training for competition. One of the central tenets of Runner’s Yoga is that injuries are not an inevitable part of recreational or competitive running, and my goal is for you to use the Runner’s Yoga system to enjoy a long and healthy athletic career.
The one-dimensional nature of running promotes imbalance in the body’s musculature, leading to chronically tight muscles and compressed, over-stressed joints. At first glance, running and yoga would seem to have little in common. Running shortens and contracts, yoga lengthens and expands; running spends the body’s resources and breaks it down, yoga builds and rejuvenates the body; running is one-dimensional, promoting imbalance and asymmetry in the body, yoga is multi-dimensional, it promotes balance, symmetry and wholeness; running promotes lightness in the mind and body, while yoga grounds, centers and focuses our bodies and minds.
Three important concepts form the foundation of Runner’s Yoga:
The need to build a strong, supple and open physical body.
The need to train the mind to be fully aware and completely present.
The need for embodiment, or our ability to actually exist in rather that apart or outside of our bodies.
Runner’s Yoga will open our tight, injury-prone bodies and make us supple and strong. And like all of the ancient eastern “body” disciplines, yoga is first and foremost about training the mind by using the body as a vehicle for physical, spiritual and psychological enlightenment.
This is what the Runner’s Yoga system is all about.