Welcome to the ‘longrunergy’ blog! Before you dive into our posts, I thought I’d share a little about the whys and wherefores of the site.
On a personal level, practising yoga together with running just seems to make sense. It’s taken about twenty years of running, and 5 years or so of more serious yoga practice for the pieces to fit together, but it really works! I find that wherever I am in the world these are grounding activities, for peace and quiet, but also as tools for learning and discovery. Ever been lost on a long run only to find your sense of direction? Tried a regular asana only to discover something new about your breath and shoulder blades?
Yoga as a tool for the long run of life, or even a life on the run, may sound pretty cheesy but as part of the bigger picture they both create balance. Taking up yoga requires self-enquiry, patience and discipline. So does running. Yoga and running have many qualities in common: the regulation of the breath; precise consideration of the body and the muscle groups; relaxation; meditation and ultimately, if you are ready, a path to enlightenment.
But this is not a post about enlightenment, that’s a whole other topic – although this is about union. If initially you considered running and yoga to be quite different, I hope you will find that they are truly complimentary – maybe even the same. And maybe you already understood this.
To quote Born To Run: “How about yoga? That’ll help, yeah?” “Forget yoga. Every runner I know who does yoga gets hurt” (McDougall, 2010).
I beg to differ. How about you?