I love yoga because I love the way I feel after practicing. Kind of like I love barefoot running because I love the way it makes me feel.
Running in general really, but who’s being specific?
I started getting really interested in both somewhere around the same time but as completely separate things. But somehow these days the two have merged. Usually the only time I do yoga anymore is after a run, but it could be anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. Yoga is just the perfect after run stretch and cool down. The down side being I rarely do an intense yoga session anymore because who wants to put THAT much effort into it after all that running? Hmmm, maybe I should start doing at least one just yoga session a week now that I think about it.
Anyways, one negative thing about my first year running barefoot is sometimes my feet hurt the next day. Also, and this could be a good or a bad depending on your view, I notice unbalances in my body more. I often literally feel like I am not standing evenly on my feet the day after a run, I balance more on the inside of my feet. Being the oddball that I am I think it’s kind of cool that I even notice that. But still, it’s a kind of uncomfortable feeling. I’ve found that a couple of yoga poses can fix that right up. The main one? Mountain pose.
Now as you may or may not have read on my disclaimer page (probably not but whatever) I am not an expert on yoga or anything else so HERE is a link to The Yoga Journal’s official and professional and all that‘s explanation to how to properly do the pose.
Now for my not official nor professional nor all that take. If you clicked the link you would see that in step one they say to ‘rock back and forth and side to side’. This is KEY in my humble opinion. My main goal (running related, not yoga related) is for my feet and then the rest of my stance to feel completely balanced. This is significantly easier in theory than in reality. Just like everything else, I know. The thing is to do this rocking back and forth after each check in with the rest of your body. As in – Balanced? Good. Firmed your thighs and lifted your knees? Good. Now get balanced again. Tucked your tailbone? Oh good, now rock back and forth and get balanced again. And so on.
I find that doing mountain pose (every morning at my desk at work then occasionally throughout the day just because) is a great way to just kind of get centered both physically and mentally. Who doesn’t need that during a busy work day full of meetings, customers, and whatnot?
1) I’m too lazy to take a picture of me doing mountain pose
2) I couldn’t find a good picture of anyone else doing mountain pose
3) I miss Camelback Mountain (and all mountains, Florida is flat as flat can be)
here is a lovely picture of Camelback Mountain. See how stable it looks? THAT isn’t falling over, push as you will. Be the mountain! 🙂
Are you a runner or a do you practice yoga? If so do you find the two go together (you know, like peas and carrots)?