Sunday, May 17, 2015

Yoga For Runners

Yesterday morning I stepped out of my comfort zone and went to a workshop at our local running store. Don't get me wrong, I am not the anti-social type, but for some reason I've never gotten up the balls courage to go to a scheduled group run or class... Well, I guess I wasn't that outside of my comfort zone because I talked hubby into coming with me, but HEY, it's a step in the right direction ;)

A few weeks ago I had received an email from the Running Center that we frequent (gotta stay on those email lists to learn about the sales - DUH!). It mentioned there was an upcoming Yoga For Runners workshop. I am always "saying" I want to try out yoga, but either due to my training calendar, frugal-ness, or lack of wanting to remove a run for the day and actually trying something new I have been pretty good at avoiding yoga like the plague.

The workshop started at 8am, so hubby and I got over there around 7:55 to find a spot and throw our yoga mats down. (They suggested we RSVP for the workshop {which we did} so I wasn't sure how many people to expect.)

There ended up being 7 of us, along with the instructor. It definitely seemed like a perfect size group. Deb, the instructor, knew all of our names and was able to walk us each through poses to make sure we had proper technique.

The workshop was a little less than an hour long. Although I was hoping to grab a couple more pictures throughout the class, I was really trying to experience what was going on (not to mention I told Ryan to take pictures and he totally forgot).

I am really not sure why I have put off yoga for so long - it is great! For me, I don't think I would consider it to be a main focus of my fitness program, but the stretching is AMAZING. Deb mentioned something that really struck a cord with me: "In life, you can only grow by stretching yourself". SO TRUE!

Afterwards the amazing folks at the Running Center extended a 20% sale to the participants of the class. Hubby decided to finally take the plunge and get a pair of Hoka running shoes (his current pair is about ready to be retired and he has been eye ballin' them for a while, so why not buy them with a discount?).

We also were given a free pass to our first class at the local yoga co-op that Deb is a part of (the premise sounds awesome - more of a space for everyone to showcase their talents and specialties instead of your traditional studio). I am thinking Ryan and I may try out the Black Light Yoga in a couple weeks!

When was the last time you tried something new?


Anonymous said...

Looks like fun! You'd be surprised what one or two yoga classes a week can do to improve running, keep at it!

ahotsouthernmess said...

I was a yogini/dancer before I started running. Once I started seriously training, I spent less time at the barre and on the mat. BIG mistake. I now incorporate more core work/strength training/stretching and it really makes a difference. Good for you for stepping out of your comfort zone :)