BENDING – THE RULES
How to make yoga a part of your life
EASE IN Begin with a sequence of one to three poses (see Pose Priorities, p57) as well as a meditation practice – set a timer for five minutes and breathe quietly, advises Zotos. Do the poses straight after a run, when your muscles are warm.
FIND YOUR NICHE For a more formal experience, look for a studio near your home or office, or stream an online class. Find ours at runnersworld.co.uk/yogacentre. If you don’t like the first one you try, sample more until you find a style that suits you.
DON’T COMPETE ‘Even if you’re a hardcore runner, you might be a beginner at yoga,’ says Zotos. Ignore what others do in class, and tune into any discomfort, which may mean you’re overstretching – as with running, you’ll improve with time.
SCHEDULE WISELY Yoga can be restorative, but it’s still a workout, especially if you practise power or advanced varieties. It’s OK to do yoga on your days off from running, but avoid strenuous classes the day before a race or a speedwork session.