A lot of runners are reluctant to start practicing yoga. Maybe because they fear they will not be flexible enough (number one excuse worldwide), or because they see it as something too gentle for them who like the contact of the asphalt, the race of their heartbeat and the wind on their face.
I started running before I started doing yoga, but it was not like that for me. Running has always been, and I have accepted the fact that it always will be, a love and hate relationship. Whereas yoga is just love. But somehow I need both. Talk about balance.
Runners out there, do not disregard yoga. It helps tremendously.
Things you need for running:
- Muscle strength
- Good balance and alignment to prevent injuries
- Good breathing habits
Things yoga practice brings you: all of the above.
Do not be afraid to replace one run by a yoga class every now and then. You are not slacking, you are growing. Just like you will never evolve by doing the same thing over and over, just like you spice up your runs with a little “fartslek” every now and then, yoga will bring you the little extra to keep improving and reaching further.
Yoga teacher Denise Thompson once said “Yoga and running are the Yin and Yang of fitness”. I could not agree more, and I could not do one without the other anymore. When I feel too lazy to go for a run, I do yoga instead and it instantly makes me want to go for a run the next day. And when I have been running my muscles and my mind are calling for a delicious yoga sequence.
I’ll see you on the road…or the mat.
By: Mo Oléron