Yoga Monday!

I Namaste all my stress away at the gym tonight.  It is said that “Women who had gone to the mat at least once a week for two years or more released 41 percent less of a tension-triggered cytokine (a type of protein) that can make you feel tired and moody compared with yoga newbies”, a study in Psychosomatic Medicine notes.

I always like my Monday’s to be relaxed and an easy day at the gym.  I usually try to walk/run at a slow pace and then yoga class for an hour.  Yoga is great for runners and also great strength and balance training.  Besides yoga being a great workout, it also possesses secret restorative powers. It includes postures that aid in speedy recoveries from long runs, which is the key to becoming a healthier and faster competitor.

Certain poses offer particular benefits to runners. Here are two of my favorite poses:

Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) stretches the back and the back of the legs, as well as the shoulder and intercostal muscles, and strengthens the abdominals and arms.

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Bound Angle (Baddha Konasana) is a big stretch for the inner thighs, groins and your spine.

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Yoga requires a combination of stability, flexibility, and effort, and any of these aspects of any pose can make you confront your limitations.  Always take it at your own pace and listen to your body.

Big Thanks to my yoga instructor Kara Adams.    Just what my Monday’s always need a little yoga at the end of the day.

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