Running + yoga = Synergy

Aye, aye, aye!  [is that spelled correctly?]

As stated in a previous post, I [Teresa] am a high school business teacher.   The school year started last week and between being prepared for my active teenage minds, re-adjusting to being a working mom, trying to squeeze in workouts, grocery shopping, cleaning, laundry… there is NO time to blog!  Hoping to get in at least one-two posts per week, but it may be inconsistent for a while. 😦

Anyhow, most of you know that I am a runner and only a wannabe yogi.  I started practicing more regularly this year and pretty much fell in love!

We incorporate it during some of our group runs for stretching…

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We’ve posted about these previously, but we LOVE lululemon’s yoga poses for runners and use them frequently;

My family caught onto this new passion and blessed me with some great birthday gifts last week…

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Over the last eight months of more regular practice, I’ve discovered SO MANY BENEFITS of yoga…

  • Its a great workout [especially  Harbor and Thank‘s hot vinyasa – my two favorite studios so far] that mixes it up, keeping your workout fresh and fun
  • Its an awesome low-impact cross training activity that can still get your heart rate WAY up and be an amazing sweat session  [depending on the type you choose – I prefer hot, power vinyasa]
  • Become more at peace with the chaos of life – no matter what type of yoga; slow, restorative, vinyasa, ashtanga – a little time on the mat helps reconnect with your inner thoughts, emotions & self
  • You will get stronger [all those crazy chaturangas!] and become more flexible, both great for running 
  • You learn to breathe deeper and more efficiently, also great for runners
  • Lan, a fellow runner friend and true yogi, stresses the importance of yoga for injury prevention.  Hoping she will blog about this soon!

A little more info and some specific poses/sequences can be found on our YOGA [for runners] page HERE or via some of the articles below.

Whitney Carlson – Stretches you must do if you are a runner

Love Life Surf – Yoga poses for runners

So back to the term in the title… SYNERGY = the interaction of two [or more] agents that produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.

Basically this means that running and yoga on their own are pretty cool… but together, they are AMAZING!

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Why else would our favorite apparel store combine these two things?

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I’ll close with this.  An excerpt from another blogger, Tracey, who has a passion for both yoga and running;

I am a yogi, and I am a runner.

I credit my running with the fact that I’ve never had any yoga injuries.  A lot of my yogi friends have torn a hamstring or two, because they are constantly lengthening them and never contracting or strengthening them.  The backs of my legs are really tight for a yogi –  in fact, my heels have never reached the floor in downward facing dog – but I’ve never popped a hamstring either!

On the flip side, I credit my yoga practice with the fact that through over a decade of running, I’ve only suffered one small injury, an aggravated Achilles, which was quickly healed through acupuncture, and – you guessed it! – yoga.  My running friends who skip the yoga are constantly suffering from heel spurs, shin splints, stress fractures and all manner of knee and ankle issues.

Early on in my yoga practice, I tried to give up running so that I wouldn’t sacrifice so much flexibility on the mat, but the truth is, I love to break a sweat.  I know you can break a sweat in yoga, but I need to jump around, to propel my body forward, to move miles, not just move from up dog to down dog…

I am a yogi, and I am a runner.

Read more on the blog, BreatheRepeat.com or visit the article HERE.

Running Yogis

Love running, but not a fan of yoga?  Or maybe vice versa?  Try to commit to BOTH for a ONE MONTH CHALLENGE and see the benefits for yourself.  

We DARE you! 

Hope to see you soon.

Photo credits to:   inkiesink.com, LeenaBeePhotography.wordpress.com, lululemon.com, breatherepeat.com   

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