We all know that running increases strength, stamina and strengthens our respiratory system....right? But did you know that Yoga does all of those same things too? Coupling the two disciplines together just makes sense. Yoga is something that all runners should consider implementing into their schedules. A few simple yoga poses, done correctly before and after a run can create lasting and noticeable results in our bodies.
The great thing about yoga is that it can be an intense aerobic workout or a restorative session following a grueling run. Yoga helps lengthen the muscles of the body, reversing muscle tightness caused by running. The body becomes more flexible, stable. The repetitiveness of running causes the muscles to shorten, particularly in the legs. Yoga elongates the muscles, creating better alignment of the muscles and bones, while correcting posture and gait problems.
A yoga practice causes us to become more "in tune" with our bodies. Recognizing stress points and learning to relax, breathe and focus all at the same time. A runner may find a point far off in the distance to focus on....yoga does exactly the same thing. Training our minds and eyes to focus on a distant point while holding poses.
A regular yoga practice can make us stronger and more flexible. We can then take the same concepts from the yoga mat out onto the road when we run.
We carry a wonderful selection of yoga apparel. Each brand provides distinct fits for a range of activities, feels so good on that you will want to make it your every day wardrobe and will help make your workouts more enjoyable.
Meet Our Greensboro Instructor, Renee Clifford!
Renee Clifford is a busy wife, mother of three, public school teacher and yoga enthusiast! She has been teaching yoga at the Spears YMCA for ten years. Renee loves using yoga to stay flexible, build strength and handle the stress of life. Renee’s goal for you in yoga is to help you become more flexible, learn how to reduce stress and laugh a little along the way. She is certified through Yoga Steps, as well as CPR and First Aid certified.
Meet Our High Point Instructor, Cindy Jolly!
I have been practicing yoga for many years. I began practicing in order to run. I had been a long distance runner for many years, suffering with lower back and foot pain. Practicing yoga allowed me to run with less pain. I earned my 200 hour registered yoga teacher certification at Triad Yoga Institute. My style of teaching is based in Hatha yoga, which merely stresses lengthening, strengthening of muscles, joints, and spine with a focus on healthy alignment and breathing. Helping others live more fully brings me great joy. I truly believe yoga is a practice that can keep you active an entire life time.