How was your last run, tennis match, round of golf? All good?
Or do you have a niggling injury, that’s taking the power out of your stride, or swing?
Maybe you want to push for the longer distance, a faster time, but your breathing's all over the place and your IT Band is killing you?
Maybe you just want to tone up a little, and become a little more body aware?
Well, welcome to Tadasana Yoga. I’m Emma Ryan and I teach yoga classes to sporting men and women. No previous yoga experience is necessary - if your toes feel a long way away that’s a reason to do yoga!
I love to run, so I am fully aware how hard it is to stay injury free, the harder I train.
Yoga helps me to stay mindful of my body, control my breath, and it feels good sometimes to slow it down and focus on the journey, not just the destination!
I’m guessing that you probably feel you don’t stretch enough when you exercise. And I’m guessing you have probably heard that yoga can help give you that flexibility.
Did you know that yoga can also bring a more balanced strength to your body, and can even improve your sporting performance?
Are you up for the challenge?!
People who enjoy a sport on a regular basis are often reluctant to try yoga.
The most common fear is that they are not flexible enough but it's those who are the stiffest who have the most to gain!
On a physical level, yoga restores balance and symmetry to the body, making it the perfect complement to your sport.
With the additional (not to be underrated) benefit of helping you to relax, and to increase your mental focus.
Runners are often drawn to yoga to deal with specific issues, such as improving flexibility or helping with an injury.
Yet many are surprised to discover the strengthening capacity of yoga and how it brings into use muscles they never knew they had.
Is that you?! You aren't alone! Come and try my Runner's/Yoga for Sport classes, and discover the many benefits for yourself.
PS – did I mention that you will also run faster, have less injuries and be more focused?!
Emma's classes focus on stretches and yoga techniques relevant to the runner. I started her yoga sessions when I was unable to run for a couple of months due to injury and muscle strain. The yoga has certainly helped my recovery, as well as minimising any further injuries. Another benefit is that I believe yoga has developed my running technique, and the result of that is that I recently beat my Parkrun PB!
Being a runner, I suffer from all the typical issues like tight hamstrings, lower back problems and tight hips which make my running tough at times. Emma, a runner herself, knows about all these problems (had been there herself) and how to approach them. She explains what area she is working on and why and makes us understand how it will help us, finding time for individual problems during her class. I am glad to have found Emma and look forward to many more sessions so I can keep my running up.