Today we have a snow day (yay!), so I’ve decided to use this extra time to do some snow-filled yoga practicing!
Those who know me know that I have been a yoga enthusiast for a few years now. Though my ever-changing schedule dictates how often I can hit the mat, I usually go to one or two classes a week and do some poses on my own a few times a week as well.
I’ve never been particularly flexible to begin with, but since taking up running I’ve noticed that I am significantly tighter. Last semester I was able to go to class two days a week, but in the months of December and January I think I went to a total of three yoga classes. Since I’m finally getting into the flow of my spring schedule, I’ve managed to fit in one class a week.
Below are some of my favorite poses for post-run, or when I’m feeling particularly tight (shout out to my roommate/photographer!). Although not all of my yoga practices are focused on running-related stretches, they’re especially helpful at this point in the training process.
The mat I’m using is my old one (since I was outside and all), but if you’re in the market for a yoga mat, I highly recommend my “The Mat” from Lululemon; I’m in love with mine.
Note: Should go without saying, but I’m not a yoga teacher, so make sure that if you do try some of these poses, you ask a certified professional and modify the pose as needed.
I’m a firm believer in mind-body connection and I think that whether you’re spiritual or not yoga can be amazingly beneficial to your life!