When it comes to yoga, I’m a streaker. Wait, that didn’t come out right. What I mean to say is that I tend to attend a bunch of yoga classes all at once, usually during a break from running, and then attend sporadically when my training ramps back up. Balance, you know.
I love yoga (yes, not all of us here at Salty Running hate it). I love it for the yogi’s high (is that a thing?), but also because it makes me a tougher runner. It makes me tougher physically: the exercises help me to build upper body and core strength and activate all the leg muscles that high mileage tends to make out of whack. However, the biggest benefit for me is that yoga improves my mental toughness! Yoga teachers may catch some flak for sounding kooky at times, but many are full of wisdom. Some of their advice might even remind you of Ginger’s tips for being more mindful when you run.
So even if you’re a yoga hater (*cough* Salty *cough*), here is why you should consider mixing in some yoga to your training.