Yoga poses make us better runners, that is for realsies. I am pretty sure I have done about a million posts on this. Because sure, yoga is AWESOME for stretching out the wound up runner body. But today, changing things up here guys, I would like to talk about how yoga makes me a happier runner (and not so much a better one 😉 ).
1) Yoga = acceptance = happy running. Maybe not faster running, but happy running. Yoga somehow makes me feel a lot more accepting of myself. I feel my absolute best, calmest, and most confident after practicing yoga.
According to this lovely article:
“Women have so many expectations of themselves. We’re constantly bombarded with unreal expectations that everything should be perfect — I should look perfect and I should be accomplishing it all with ease. I think yoga allows us to take a break from all of the chaos… and start to say, ‘I have a need to be good to myself and slow down, and as I’m able to show up for myself, I’m more able to show up for others’.”
This translates to my running because I don’t torture myself if the run feels horrible. I walk a little, think about why this might be (stress in my life, I am looking at you), and then decide whether it is going to be more important to me to push through it or accept where I am and go back to running another day when my body and mind are ready for it. Regardless, I am much more accepting of not every run having to be amazing and this makes me a much happier (and slower, HA) runner.
2) Joy of sensation. I love the feel of running. Maybe this is weird but I just feel like it is the most natural thing in the world for humans to do. I have visions of cavemen and cavewomen running around with hairy feet looking for dinner and for some reason that inspires me and makes me feel like it is a natural human thing to do. Obviously it doesn’t always feel great (hello side stitches) but most runs I love the feel of. Fun fact: I used to have a lot of dreams about running before I actually started. Like my body just craved it. Yoga has made me feel way more connected to my body and this further enhances how much I enjoy the feel of running.
3) Surrender to the moment. Yoga has made me WAY better at not constantly rushing onto the next thing. I can be crazy type A and constantly be thinking of what I’ll do next and wanting to rush what I am currently doing. Yoga has helped me rein that shizzle in a whole lot. This is definitely a huge plus for my running because I cannot stand the feeling of being miles from my house and feeling like I should be rushing back because of the bajillion things I have to do. Way to cramp my style right?
(Image from here)
4) Meditation. Yoga brought me to meditation which I then brought into my running. Running meditation – people, it is the shizzle. All the benefits of meditation and working out rolled into one? All I can say is DO IT NOW, thank me later 😉
5) Self growth. To me yoga is about self- growth. So is running. They complement each other, and what I learn in each I take into the other. Feeling like I am moving forwards as a yogi, runner, and human makes me very happy.
While all these things make me a happy little (kiwiyogi)runner (see what I did there?), in my case, they do not contribute to speediness. And strangely and wonderfully, I am perfectly happy with that.
How does your yoga practice impact on other competitive type activities for you??
What helps you be competitive/motivates you to strive for better running? I would love any tips to balance out my non-competitive side haha