I have written about yoga before and the benefits of yoga for runners. I’ll admit, since marathon training abruptly ended a few months ago, I have not kept up with my goal of doing yoga once a week. It is a struggle for me to commit and go to yoga classes. But I have been to a few classes at CorePower Yoga, which has studios all around the Twin Cities area and multiple locations around the country.
As part of the Twin Cities Fitness Guide, I have written about my experience taking yoga classes at CorePower yoga so today’s post is not that. Instead, I have a Q&A session with someone who is more in tune with the practice of yoga and the benefits yoga can bring to a runner’s routine.
Q&A with Sasha Zerin, asst. manager & instructor at CPY
How did you get into yoga?
I started doing yoga as a way to compliment my on-ice training as a competitive figure skater.
What are the benefits of yoga?
Yoga connects the mind and body. It also increases mobility and flexibility by stretching tight muscles to increase the range of motion in the joints.
Why did you want to become a yoga instructor?
I wanted to become a yoga instructor to share the benefits I’ve experienced from my yoga practice with other people. It is something I never thought I would do, but when I discovered the CorePower Yoga community and class format, it became such an integral part of my life. I realized how much yoga had impacted me not only physically but also mentally and I had a strong desire to share it with others.
What other activities do you participate in besides yoga?
I am an avid runner. I run about five times a week. And, while I don’t compete anymore, I still figure skate regularly.
How does yoga help you with the other activities?
Yoga restores balance and symmetry to your body, which makes it complimentary to most sports and activities. My commitment to my yoga practice enhances my performance when I run and skate.
How can yoga be beneficial for runners?
Yoga can benefit runners both mentally and physically. Physically, yoga builds strength and flexibility. CorePower Yoga classes, specifically, are physically intense and focus on building core strength. As runners primarily use muscles in the lower half of the body, strengthening the upper body and core can help improve posture and running efficiency. This also reduces the risk of injury for runners. Mentally, yoga gives runners the chance to focus on breath and keeping your mind in the present moment.
How often should someone practice yoga?
For maximum benefits, I recommend doing yoga after each run, if possible.
Are there certain classes that would be most beneficial for runners?
All types of yoga classes can be beneficial for runners. A CorePower Yoga vinyasa class can help runners increase flexibility and mobility. Hot Power Fusion is a great one to relieve tired muscles. And, CorePower’s unique Yoga Sculpt class can help runners build strength in ways that running doesn’t, which helps reduce injury and increase running efficiency.
There you have it! I hope you enjoyed today’s Q&A session regarding the benefits of yoga and yoga for runners. Check out CorePower Yoga for a location near you!