There are many inspiring people out there, but three women have really made an impression recently.
First of all, about a month ago, the Equinox video was brought to my attention by an article in The Elephant Journal article here.
As stated in the article,
“…the world’s biggest yoga video is a learning opportunity”.
It is also very inspiring. But what did I learn?
1. That I need to develop deeper core strength – engaging the muscles at every opportunity.
2. To be mindful – to work with the body not against it.
3. To focus on length & strength in the lower back – runners need a strong lower spine.
4. Sit in childs-pose more often (which led me to think – do runners have an equivalent?)
5. To close every yoga practice with savasana “to quieten the mind”.
Briohny Smyth mentions Kathryn Budig as an early mentor and inspiration. My next steps are to take the advice from the video, do a few more Kathryn Budig routines, and keep focusing on building strength.
Strength of the mind is also a vital aspect of building strength in the body. The two are intimately connected.
A National Geographic piece this month told the story of Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner’s attempt to climb K2. A quiet, peaceful but determined personality shone through in the article, that of someone who has faced the toughest environments on the planet, and the death of a close friend at the same time as trying to face her own challenges. The story is ultimately of strength – not only of the body but mostly of the mind. I wonder if Gerlinde practices yoga?
At this point, let’s also congratulate Ellie Greenwood for her first trail running win of the year!
Read more about it HERE.
Three inspiring women for spring! Next question is – who inspires you?