All posts tagged: athletes

Spring Preparation #7: Run and Run Safely

Anyone who knows me understands that I personally only run when chased.  Or, perhaps, if there is a shout-out for free beer and pizza.  Even then, it would have to be really good beer.  But, I support all of my yoga students and the yogis “out there” who do run joyfully just for the sake of running and wanted to share information about this fabulous workshop for runners being offered in Pittsburgh on the first day of spring!  One of the facilitators, Linda Meacci, is both a fabulous yogini and instructor and has always been supportive of Yoga Matrika.  It is my delight to promote her work to share this essential practice and tools for running as safely as possible. Resistance Stretching and Yoga Conditioning for Runners and Endurance Athletes w/ Linda Meacci and Lucas Marsak Sunday, March 20, 2011 2:30pm-5:00pm Schoolhouse Yoga / South Side Works Studio  www.schoolhouseyoga.com $30 in advance / $35 at the door Calling all runners, endurance athletes and Pittsburgh Marathoners! Is it time to inject new life into your training? …

What is Restorative Yoga?

Restorative yoga is a practice that brings the energy of the body into balance, releases deeply held tension and calms the nervous system.  In this yoga practice, there are gentle movements, breathing exercises and physical poses that are held for five-minutes or longer with the support of blankets, pillows and other props.  These longer held poses allow the body to release into the pose with support so there is no physical strain or effort.  In this way, the practitioner receives the full benefit of the pose without creating any additional stress in the body or on the nervous system. This type of practice is counter-intuitive to adults who have come to think that more effort, more work, more sweat and more pain means more and better results.  One of the greatest challenges of restorative yoga is accepting the fact that doing less brings the most significant transformation in the body and mind.  This is not a gentle, wimpy or easy practice!  Restorative yoga is a gentle unfolding of the damage we do to our bodies …