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The benefits of yoga for runners

For a runner, there is nothing more exhilarating than the rhythm of the breath and the power of the stride. It’s meditation in motion. Whether you are on a leisurely jog or pushing yourself to beat your last time, if you are a runner you are an athlete. Alongside its meditative qualities, running can be one of the most stressful things you can do to your body. This highly compressive, repetitive movement can result in stress and strain. Over time, this continual unilateral movement creates an imbalance, one which yoga can help restore. Yoga and running are a perfect complement, as if the two were created for one another. The meditative quality of running matches the oscillation and meditation that yoga brings with it. At the same time, the practice of yoga provides balance to the runner’s body by engaging the side of the body. The number one thing that

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Fitness

The importance of daily mobility

A pattern of daily mobility will prime and nourish the entire muscular system, keeping the whole joint nourished. First, let’s get over the stigma of what it means to be “flexible.” Do away with any unhelpful terms that may be holding you back from picking up a yoga mat, like “bendy, or “limber.” None of these things have anything to do with flexibility. In fact, I’d like to shift the conversation from flexibility, to mobility! As we begin to develop daily habits in our muscle use over weeks, months, or years, these could be blocking the pathway of our entire kinetic chain of movement. This could lead to weakening of certain muscle groups and misfiring of others, overtime, causing injury and unbalance. Remaining open in the body allows for deeper connective communication with your whole muscular system and helps us move towards our goals. In truth, there are many physical

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Health

A different approach to goal setting

Traditional goal setting often doesn’t work. The mindfulness you learn from yoga can help. We begin with the best intentions, whether our goal is to lose 10lbs, run a marathon or work out five times a week. Recent research has emphasized creating SMART goals: goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. However, even these goals have a high failure rate. The statistics are dreary, with 80% of us not achieving our new year’s resolutions. What are we doing wrong?  When we create goals focused on a singular outcome, they by their very nature set us up for failure. These outcome-focused goals can trigger resistance and frustration because we are constantly fighting against learned behaviours, old habits and prior experiences that create “negative chatter” in our minds. Instead of persevering when we miss the mark, we give up. Adopt a yoga mindset When we adopt the yoga mindset off

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