I met Alan back in January during a "mini-private" yoga session, a 25-minute introduction to yoga. An athlete who had never tried yoga, he has quickly become a regular to my 8 am Saturday class at the Aquatic & Fitness Center. I am psyched to see him coming back every week and he is enthusiastic about the class and its benefits...
"After distance running and cycling for the past 13 years, including completing 8 marathons, I became frustrated with plateauing, the usual aches pains and minor nagging injuries that go hand in hand with high mileage training. Someone suggested adding yoga to my usual routine and I found my way into Lindsey's class at the Aquatic Center.
With only a few months of practicing yoga my running is finally showing signs of improvement. Yoga has increased my balance, strength, range of motion as well as putting me more in touch breathing allowing me to use a wider group of muscles. As a result I have already shaved time off regular runs, brought more enjoyment to long runs, and day after aches and pains decreased dramatically placing me in better shape for my next workout. I also credit yoga for increasing awareness to form and breath on my bike providing more power and greater endurance on rides.
I can't recommend yoga, and Lindsey's classes, with enough enthusiasm to anyone interested in improving their training, overall fitness as well as getting in touch with themselves on a deeper level."
Shelly has been to every 6:30am Monday morning class so far and mentioned recently that she could feel the difference...
"I've been a regular runner for the last 15 years and a triathlete for the last 13. I did a few marathons last year and a few weeks ago I decided to sign up for my first ultra marathon 50K. After taking it relatively easy over the holidays, I've ramped up my training to 5 days per week with a weekend long run of 10+ miles. I intend to eventually build up to running 6 days a week with a weekly mileage of 50-65.
Even when training on softer trail surfaces, long training runs leave me with tightness in my shoulders and lower back and often in my joints as well. I started attending the YogATHLETES practice basically at the same time I started my 2011 training schedule. While other members of my running group have been complaining about muscle and joint pain, I've been able to fall back into my routine with virtually no soreness. I most definitely attribute this improved muscle and joint recovery to the inclusion of yoga practice in my training regimen, as it's the only change I've made. Plus Monday morning practice really puts me in the right frame of mind for the week!"