Lots of runners are not good stretchers and are nervous about getting into yoga. What would you tell a beginner to “ease their fears?
That was me 14 years ago!
It would be a rare runner that could show up to their first marathon without training & expect to win it. Just like that, with yoga you have to start somewhere. A small step is to incorporate some yoga into your daily routine.
Our plan for this retreat is to put together a great foundation in yoga from an anatomy and alignment perspective. This won’t be about the end result of touching your toes (for example) but about how you can get there, slowly. You’ll learn about both strength and flexibility, while we make it fun and playful. Overall you’ll be able to take home a mini-program that you can incorporate into your training plan.
4. What is the most rewarding thing about teaching yoga for you?
By far the most rewarding thing about teaching yoga for me is watching people change. It’s about seeing how the practice influences their lives in a positive way. Over time I see people stretching the edges of their life, moving through fears, doubts, uncertainty, and all the other things that make us human and open us to grow and evolve.
On a more physical level, it’s amazing to see people nail their first arm balance or to watch their body move deeper into a pose. These ‘aha’ moments never fail to bring smile to someone’s face!
If somebody only had time in the day for 10 minutes of yoga (or meditation), what would you suggest?
I would say take 5 minutes to sit in a quiet space and meditate. Go screen free and listen to your breath. Then, turn on some music and take 5 minutes to run through some yoga postures like sun salutations. Or just unroll your mat and move in a way that feels intuitive. The key thing is to use those 10 minutes, embrace them, don’t be afraid or to busy!
Words of Wisdom?
Our beliefs create our environment. They have the incredible potential to attract more kindness, abundance, gratitude and beauty, thus setting the tone for greater wellbeing and self-empowerment.
The Golden Ultra is a three-day stage running race (or relay) in Golden, BC, Canada. Runners may participate in all three stages as a solo or part of a relay, or may register for any single or combination of two stages separately.