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Yoga for Runners Workshop

Last weekend I had the incredible opportunity to teach a Yoga for Runners workshop at Yoga on Ridley. A few months ago, Graylin had put out the idea to teach a workshop in her space, and before I knew what I was doing, I jumped on it. The thought of teaching yoga for runners had been floating around in my head for a while, but I hadn’t acted on it until this opportunity.

My goal for this workshop was to teach a flow that would demonstrate how yoga can be used an efficient warm-up before a run, an excellent form of cross-training for strength and stamina, and a means to gain greater flexibility after any kind of workout. In the warm-up, I focused on “waking up” all the major muscle groups used in running, especially the core. If you’ve ever taken a yoga class from me, you know how much emphasis I put on core strength! The strengthening portion targeted the full body, which is what yoga does naturally. I based this off the power yoga sequence that I learned in teacher training. For the opening and release, we stretched the major muscle groups, especially the hips, to improve flexibility and range of motion.

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The students of this workshop were so welcoming and easy-going. I had a great time leading their practice and hope to meet them on their mats again in the future. I can’t thank Graylin enough to bringing me into her studio for this class. That day was also the first day in an Instagram photo challenge hosted by Runners Love Yoga that I am participating in, so the timing was felicitous. (Follow along with the challenge here!)

If you’d like to know more about the content of the workshop, don’t be shy! Leave me a comment or send me a note via the contact form on this blog.

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