BEND­ING – THE RULES

How to make yoga a part of your life

Runner's World (UK) - - YOGA FOR RUNNERS -

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.

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