Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Yoga is to Running AND Pregnancy as Payday is to Rent - Essential

Runners know we have to stretch. I've experienced first hand the pains of not stretching enough - ala, waking up in the middle of the night with cramped calves or arms so sore they don't work for typing. As this is my first pregnancy I haven't experienced the pains ... er, joys ... of labor first hand - yet. But I'll get to experience it twice in a few months! I have heard, though, that yoga helps with the pregnancy, birth, and healthy babies (a result of a healthy pregnancy) into the world.

So my take?
Yoga + Running = Good
Yoga + Pregnancy = Good

Win-win!

Runner's World has a great article on how Running and Yoga go Hand-in-Hand detailing how yoga can help with the breathing aspects during a run and alleviating pain post-run.

Health and Yoga offers 5 "tools" detailing how yoga is beneficial for expecting mom's:
  1. Yoga Exercises
  2. Breathing
  3. Mudras
  4. Meditation
  5. Deep Relaxation
Recently I've been finding I need to incorporate yoga into my daily routine to:
  1. Stop stressing so much about the what ifs of the first trimester of pregnancy (which I'm almost finished with - woo hoo!)
  2. Get all the snap crackle pops out of my joints so I can make it out for an enjoyable run (rather than short or painful)

3 comments:

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Amber said...

Thanks Joicy! It's an exciting time and I can't wait to share "the real me" - it's just scary these first few months. So far so good!