September 28, 2015
By: Vivinne (Kala) Williams (@KalaViv)
You do not have to be bendy, spaghetti thin or young to do yoga! The body-positive movement and increasing diversity is opening up the stereotype of who does yoga. Back in the day when I began studying yoga (I got certified to teach in 1994) I was usually the only person of color in the room. But the yoga itself made me feel so wonderful, and I felt welcome even if I stood out.
So while I stopped running in college, I still stay active, I love brisk walking around NYC.
Read through the instructions completely first before trying them. Then have it with you as you do them. And always-listen to your body. Each body is different and each day is different. You should never feel a sharp pain, if you do stop what you are doing and rest.
Benefits: this series stretches out the back body, the hamstrings and back especially as runners tend to be tight in those areas.
Do this on level grassy ground or inside on a mat, not a hard surface.
Post-run: If you are not used to stretching much especially after running, take it easy, as since you are quite warmed up, you are liable to stretch fairly deeply.
Pre-run: I actually recommend, doing a bit of aerobic warm up, then once you feel the blood is moving through the major muscles-do these before your run, to enhance your warmup.
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Vivinne (Kala) Williams has 19 years experience teaching holistic wellness & has been featured in Self, Yoga Journal & Essence magazines. During a brutal stint in academia these practices helped her survive the stress of work-place bullying and unemployment. Her site is yogablissdance.com. On YouTube.
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