meet angie stewart-goka

Are you a runner interested in yoga, or a yogi who runs? Angie Stewart-Goka, lululemon Beverly Hills ambassador is a runner who discovered how yoga can heal and take her runs to a whole new level.

meet angie

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.

my goals

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?

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Love your goals! I also found yoga as a complementary therapy following an injury, and it was love at first breath. Yoga fosters awareness, and recognizing the mind-body-breath connection has helped me better focus in athletics and everyday life.

Comment by Jen — January 6, 2011 @ 11:32 am

Angie: you are a rockstar!! The one, the only Runners Yoga 90210. Thanks for being such an amazing inspiration.

Comment by Claire — January 6, 2011 @ 6:07 pm

Hi Angie. I wish you all the best and know you will reach your goals because of the positive attitude that you send out.

Comment by Lois — January 7, 2011 @ 6:42 am

hi…i’m also a runner first, all else second, and found the pilates route to healing and improved running. now i am a certified STOTT pilates instructor as well as a certified instructor of xtend barre method. the benefits to running have been amazing, and have also seen me through injuries and rehab. keep the message moving!

Comment by tamara — January 7, 2011 @ 10:10 am

Angie, you are an inspiration and a balanced woman. Health equals happiness and you are firmly on the path. By the way, this website is terrific – easily navigated and informative. You go go go girl and keep up those Sun Saluations!

Comment by Pierrette — January 7, 2011 @ 10:40 am

I too, am a running nut who found yoga. I have since become a Moksha Yoga Teacher because it has had such an impact on my life and my running. Now I have redirected the benefit and brought yoga into my running, using meditation as a way of getting through ultra distance runs. Keep up the awesome work!

Comment by Brian — January 7, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

You are a true rock star. Your positive attitude is amazing and your work outs always make me feel better :) I can’t wait to see you on the cover of Runner World!

Comment by kathy — January 8, 2011 @ 4:26 pm

Angie- it an amazing person and yogi. She personally was my first instructor to yoga. I have been a competitive distance runner most of my life and have had several injuries as a result. Through Angie I have significantly decreased my running injuries by adding yoga to my routine. She has now inspired to become a yoga instructor. Currently I am now enrolled in 200 yr yoga teacher training! Thanks Angie!

Comment by Emily — January 8, 2011 @ 7:29 pm

Angie!! We are so proud of you and honored to have you as our ambassador!!! You are an inspiration to us all!

your Bev Hills lululemon family

Comment by kristen — January 16, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

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