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Attention Runners: Here’s Why Yoga Can Be Great Pre-Marathon!

Balanced Athlete: Mondays 6:15-7:15pm with Deb Bowen

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Although the weather hasn’t felt much like spring yet, the sun is shining a little brighter and a little longer. This is a good indication here in Boston that the marathon is just around the corner. With just a little over one month before the big day, this year’s marathon promises to be a special one given last year’s tragedy. Our city will shine, and “we will finish the race!”

Yoga can be a terrific tool for long distance runners, especially as they head into the final month of preparation. Stephen Allison, a teacher at Health Yoga Life, Advantage trainer, and five-time Marathon finisher himself, explains below:

  • More runners should incorporate a weekly yoga practice into their regimen. Yoga increases flexibility and adds strength without adding size. It will help you recover faster and will prevent injuries. You’ll be amazed by the things your body will learn in a short time.
  • If you run enough, you will get injured. That’s just a fact. You can train smart, and take all the precautions, but eventually a pothole will find you, or you’ll get stuck in a car seat after running long. Your hips will be sore or your Achilles will ache. Yoga will not fix everything, but it will make you less susceptible to injury and quicker to return.
  • You don’t see too many 60 and 70 year olds running, but you do see people that age with thriving yoga practices.
  • The perfect time to increase your yoga is during your taper. You take the last few weeks before the big race lightly. Add a few (light) yoga classes. Your body will remain stimulated without taking anything away from your race day effort.
  • Your body is designed to run. Your body is also designed to move through the poses in a yoga practice. Yoga is thousands of years old. If a pose were detrimental to your movement it would have been marginalized already. The more ease your body can move through a yoga practice, the more ease you will experience when you run.

If you are newer to yoga, I would caution not to overstrain and don’t try to do all the poses in a typical yoga class. Make sure to introduce yourself to the teacher and explain that you are new, that you are a runner and what is a good way to take some precautions during your first few classes.

Yoga can also help you find ease from the anticipation and tension prior to race day. You have prepared long for the moment of stepping over the start-line and you want to get to the finish line. Being able to reduce your own expectation of how it all should go, or your own judgments after the race, can you help you actually enjoy and relish in the experience.

And this year, Marathon Monday isn’t just Boston’s day. The world will be watching. The cheering crowd no longer is just lining heartbreak hill, it’s extending from “sea to shining sea.”

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Yoga for The Seasons: A Spring Ayurvedic Flow

with Stephanie Ford
Sunday March 30th 2-4pm

Spring is the most dynamic, energetic, and creative time of the year. Nature wakes up from her resting phase full of vitality, which she uses to manifest her creative vision after a long winters sleep.

In Ayurveda, spring is all about the Kapha (earth/water) phase releasing into Pitta (fire/water) phase. As soon as the solar heat is sufficient to soften and melt the frozen earth, creating faster flowing rivers and perhaps even floods, our bodies respond to this change in nature in similar ways. You may feel like you want to cleanse, purge and rejuvenate both in the your mental and physical body. This might also be called “Spring Fever”. Take this time to honor the mantra “Elimination equals Illumination”. Come join me for a spring cleaning flow with focus on : twists, inversions and asana that correlate to the meridian lines that feed into the gallbladder and liver. The Fire Element is honored by building heat resulting in a cleansing sweat!
$35 Call the studio to register: 339.337.3660 or sign up online: Yoga for the Seasons: Spring Ayurvedic Flow
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Healing through Yoga: Exploring Emotions

“This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
 A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
–Rumi, from “The Guest House”
The term depression has become commonplace in many everyday conversations. We all experience life’s difficulties and have a varying range of “normal” emotions. Many of us are seeking natural ways to help ourselves stay in balance while managing everyday ups and downs.
In this workshop we will look at the differing philosophies of the term “depression” as viewed by Eastern and Western medicine. We will explore three archetypes of depression, as identified in the study of Ayurveda and Tibetan Medicine. We will also address our nervous and immune systems. Armed with some basic understanding of the science  of our amazing and unique human body, we can begin to approach our yoga practice as a form of customized self healing. Each day is a new day in our bodies. Plan to leave this workshop with heightened self awareness and some simple “tools” (asana, pranayama, mantra…) to select for YOUR body and to put into practice each unique day.

Saturday, March 8th 2-4pm

$25 by 3/1. $30 after

 

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