Whether it be from working, running, walking, etc., your feet are constantly meeting the earth with an impact on a daily basis. Runners create an impact of about 3 or 4 times their actual weight when their feet hit the ground during a run. The impact and pressure can build up and foot pains can arise. These pains can lead to other pains in the hips, back, and knees. This accentuates the importance of ones feet and keeping them healthy and alive. Viewing running holistically it can become a meditative practice more than a sport similar to the practice of yoga.
Constantly running is a repetitive action that can create imbalances in the body. Yoga is not only beneficial for runners because it strengthens and creates flexibility throughout the body, but it also creates balance with its cross training effectiveness. As one creates balance in their body through yoga, they are gaining knowledge as to how their body’s movements work. Think of your body as a tree. Your feet act as the root to your tree. If the roots of the tree are strong and deep, the more stable the tree will be. Treat your feet first by noticing how your weight falls when standing in Tadasana or Mountain pose. Stand naturally and take notice to how your feet hit the earth. Think of your foot as though it were a drum and elongate your toes making the bottoms of your feet as taut as possible. Creating this movement also creates alignment in your body by making your feet centered, allowing your feet to ground into the earth and root your body as if it were a tree. Lift the arches of your feet and notice all four corners of your feet equally pressing into the ground. Taking the Tadasana pose before the big race will help focus the mind and body for the best performance.
Photograph by: Rich Spencer
After a long run, Downward Facing Dog helps to stretch the calves, hamstrings, back and feet. By elongating your fingers, hands, toes and feet assures a healthy alignment, especially following a run. An exercise that also helps the feet is to stand on a tennis ball and create circular motions with the ball, targeting the bottom of your foot.
Join Andrea Cirignano on April 22, 2012 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm as she shows you how Yoga can help you run faster, stronger and longer: All while preventing injuries along the way! Andrea is also very passionate about nutrition and overall wellness and likes to bring a wholesome approach to her personal practice and to the students in her classes.While teaching, Andrea places a focus on breath, alignment, therapeutic benefits, and incorporating asanas into a home practice. Andrea’s goal as a teacher is to expose students to the world of yoga and encourage them to get to know themselves and their bodies to find out where yoga can take them, mentally, physically and emotionally. This special workshop is designed for the runner in us all. Whether you are an avid runner or newer to the activity, this workshop is right for you! This workshop will include a lecture and an all-levels asana practice where you will explore pre-run and post-run poses to prepare your body for both rest and activity, as well as discuss what changes you can make to your diet & lifestyle to help improve your runs. Helping you avoid injury and run pain free!
“Anybody can do just about anything with himself that he really wants to and makes his mind to do. We are capable of greater than we realize.”
– Norman Vincent Peale, author