I am first and foremost a runner. Eight years ago I sought relief for an injury and found yoga -- this is how I learned its enormous benefits and how it complements running. Now I credit yoga with renewing my love for running, preventing further injury, and sharpening my mental focus for longer distance training, races and personal records.
my favourite yoga moves:
- Sun Salutations to prepare my mind and body for intense exercise such as speed intervals or strength training
- Crow (Bakasana) to feel strong and for a boost of confidence
- Dancer's Pose of Flamingo when I need balance, grace and a mental lift
- Pigeon when I need to let go of everything and decompress
how i stay motivated
Love for what I get to do every day. In running specifically, I am motivated to improve the self I am yet to be. Each run holds new answers, questions, challenges, focus, clarity and freedom.
my favourite place to travel
The South -- namely Savannah, Georgia, Nashville, Tennessee and a few hundred other small Southern towns along the way. To me, the South still defines "you before I" and "how can I help you?" at its best, and in the most genuine, heartfelt way.
By January 2012 I will host 12 national personal appearances on behalf of Runner's Yoga 90210 at marathons and major sporting events across the country.
By July 2012 I will appear on the cover of Runner's World Magazine.
By January 2017 I will positively impact and reach an audience of over 5 million runners, athletes and fitness enthusiasts via print, broadcast and online media.
What is your experience combining yoga with another sport? Has yoga helped you be a better runner, or has running helped you bring your game to the mat?