The incorporation of yoga for runners brings many positive benefits - improved physical performance, improved mental performance, accelerated recovery, and injury prevention.

Photo Cred: Angie Afman

Photo Cred: Angie Afman

Physical benefits of yoga

From a physical standpoint, runner's yoga serves it's greatest purpose as a balancing force to the (often) high intensity training of runners. Running produces improved cardiovascular function and muscular strength - but often results in a lack of well rounded conditioning in the body. Yoga postures can balance out weaknesses, improve mobility deficits, and reduce lack of flexibility that can occur from focused training. This not only improves body function as a whole, but fine tunes the machine that is the body, and helps accelerate recovery from workouts as well as prevent overuse injuries. 


Photo Cred: John O'Nelio/Alex O'Nelio

Photo Cred: John O'Nelio/Alex O'Nelio

Mental benefits of yoga

When we think of the mental benefits of a yoga practice we often think of meditation. While this can be a facet of yoga for some athletes, the mental benefits extend beyond our traditional definition of meditation. Through learning how to focus on, connect to, and control our breath we develop a closer connection to the mind. Being able to quiet the mind, to tune away from negative distraction, to tune into a deeper place of focus (even while things may become physically or mentally difficult) we give ourselves a mental edge. Through yoga for runners, we train our minds to remain positive, focused on our goal, and internally strong - no matter the external situations.

"Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like the muscles of the body." - Lynn Jennings (long distance runner and Olympic medalist)


Photo Cred: John O'Nelio/Alex O'Nelio

Photo Cred: John O'Nelio/Alex O'Nelio

How to incorporate yoga for runners:

See Lauren's schedule for runner's yoga classes on Sundays. These are a great way to introduce yourself or your team/club/group to yoga. 

Lauren also does workshops, classes, and events for groups, teams, and clubs.

Please contact her to discuss setting up an opportunity to learn, practice, grow, improve performance, or prevent injury.


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