Thoughts on how running is helping me build a stronger yoga practice.Read More
My intention is that every effort I make on the mat would go toward your benefit.
To all those suffering, may you find peace.
To all those who have experienced grief and loss, may you be uplifted by those around you.
May there be healing, renewal and courage for all who have been affected by the violence.
Even in great despair, we have a chance to love each other and support each other. May we stand strong together and remember who we are as humans, deep down.
A heartfelt namaste.
The other day I was in the middle of a three-mile run, feeling a little tired.
Another runner, a guy much faster than me, passed me with a friendly, "Hello!" He raced on ahead, and I suddenly found myself inspired to go a little faster. I picked up on this fellow runner's energy, and it motivated me.
Later in the run, a passing bicyclist said, "Good job!" as he went by me in the opposite direction.
I was amazed at how much a difference it made to have this little bit of encouragement from a total stranger.
Often when we come to yoga class, we're there for a personal experience. But the reality is, we're sharing our practice with other yogis, even if we never speak a word to each other. We're engaging in heartfelt community. Our positive energy can bring light to others.
My little reminder to you today is to encourage your fellow yogis while you're in class. Do it outside of yoga, too: whether you're participating in another sport, or simply respecting those around you in your everyday encounters, you're making a difference.
Truly, this is the meaning of namaste.
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- Hydrate! If you drink enough water, you'll feel amazingly better throughout the workout.
- Keep good posture: chin up, upper body tilted a little forward so your weight is more on the balls of your feet than your heels, and don't let your torso rotate too much from side to side.
- If you need a boost to run a little faster, swing your arms more and your feet will follow.
- Support your feet and invest in a good pair of shoes and socks that wick away moisture.
- Give yourself permission to take it slow in the beginning. As you improve your cardio and breathing, you'll be amazed at your progress. In just two and a half weeks, I've noticed a huge improvement!