Yoga and Running Like Each Other


yoga and running_rachelle robinett Knew there was something to it. That last quote about breath-syncing and ... yes.

Also yes, that's me, from a few years ago when I "was a model". It was so cold that day. It was like, December and sleeting.

Adapted from well+GOOD:

While the pavement-pounding sport may not seem like a natural fit for someone used to moving on a mat, a growing number of yoga teachers and practitioners are lacing up their sneakers, and running classes are even being added to the schedule at yoga festivals.

So why are more yogis hitting the road? 

“I was just kind of going through something personally, and I wanted to feel really strong,” Sako explains. “My body needed something that wasn’t so controlled and sweet. I needed obnoxious music and to just go out there and pound it out.”

- Marisa Sako, a yoga instructor at Kula Yoga, Bend and Bloom, and Pure Yoga East in New York City.

 “I started running at the suggestion of a physical therapist who said I was too flexible. Running helped me build stability. I’m in touch with the muscles and how everything is tied together because of running—I feel stretches more deeply.” - Jessica Parks, a former dancer and now instructor at Namaste New York and Move With Grace in Brooklyn.

Similarly, Ashley Smith, a yoga instructor at Sangha Yoga Shala in Brooklyn says that it’s improved her endurance during yoga. “Even in a heavier flow, I don’t get that tired, and it almost makes the postures more enjoyable because I feel my hip flexors more.”

“There’s that point in vinyasa yoga when all of the sudden your breath syncs with your movement and you’ve dropped into your practice,” she says. “In running, it’s the same thing. At first it feels cumbersome and awkward, but then you find the sweet spot where your breath syncs up to your stride—I can literally count my footsteps with my inhale and exhale.”

And Sako firmly believes running has enhanced her practice.