Yoga For Runners & Athletes
March 18, 2009 by Ray Baskerville
Many runners and athletes reject yoga as a beneficial part of their training even though runners are notorious for their lack of flexibility. Their argument is that static flexibility doesn’t translate into better performance and static strength building is of no benefit. The increasing evidence is this view is just plain wrong. All yoga asana practice involves some degree of movement, creating dynamic flexibility and greater elasticity in the muscles.
This is increasingly so with more dynamic styles of yoga like ashtanga and vinyasa, which can also feel like a workout. This can be psychologically important to many results-driven runners and athletes.
The really big benefit of yoga to runners and athletes is it’s strengthening of the small stabilizer muscles, which coupled with greater flexibility greatly reduces injury. Couple this with better balance and mental focus, in addition to all the health benefits of yoga and it’s relly a no brainer.
Imagine then if a yoga teacher who has taught yoga to thousands of students. (Including the Canadian National Snowboard Team, & Olympic Champion runners) designed a home study program that will
* Strengthen and tone every major muscle in your body.
* Build your core strength.
* Dramatically increase your flexibility, head to toe.
* Improve your balance and posture.
* Burn fat.
* Give your cardiovascular system a healthy workout.
* Improve your mental focus.
* And literally melt away stress.
Here it is honed and refined to 30 minutes a day runners yoga everyone can find 30 minutes a day! So give it a try.
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