Happy Baby Pose


Benefits:

  • brings awareness to the hip joints
  • stretches the groin and spine
  • promotes relaxation and happiness

Practicing Happy Baby Pose:

Do not include this pose in your practice if you have a neck or knee injury or if you are pregnant. Warm up for this pose by enjoying child’s pose and hero pose. After relaxing into happy baby pose, follow up with downward dog pose.

  1. Begin by laying on your yoga mat with your back supported by the ground
  2. Exhale your knees to your belly
  3. Inhaling, place your hands on the outsides of your feet and widen your knees before raising them up to your armpits
  4. Place both of your ankles above your knees so that your shins become perpendicular to the ground
  5. Flexing through yours heels, push your feet into your hands while you pull your hands toward the ground
  6. Smile!

This pose is beneficial for runners and non-runners alike.


I haven’t been posting as much recently because I have been focused on spending time with my HAPPY BABY (she is 8 weeks old today)


Thanks for reading & have a great day!

Bound Angle Pose


Benefits:

  • Improves circulation and increases energy
  • Stretches the groins, knees, and thighs
  • Reduces pain from sciatica and menstruation
  • Helps to alleviate mild depression and anxiety
  • Aids in the reduction of menopause symptoms
  • May ease childbirth when practiced throughout pregnancy
  • Provides therapeutic benefits for high blood pressure, flat feet, asthma, and infertility

Practicing Bound Angle Pose:

  • To prepare for this pose, practice hero pose, tree pose, and reclining hand-to-big-toe pose
  • If you have a knee or groin injury, practice this pose with blankets folded under the outer thighs
  • Begin in a seated position with your legs extending straight in front of you
  • Exhaling, bend your knees and bring your heels towards your pelvis before relaxing your knees to your sides towards the ground
  • Press your soles towards one another to create resistance
  • Keeping your outer feet on the ground, bring your feet towards your pelvis
  • Grasp your feet, ankles, or shins based on your level of comfort
  • Lengthen your torso extending the top of your head towards the sky
  • Optional: On your exhale, bending from the hip joints, bring your torso forward towards your feet
  • Remain in this pose for up to 5 minutes
  • To move out of this pose, inhale as you lift your knees towards the sky and extend the legs out in front of you
  • Follow up with forward bends, seated twists, and/or standing poses

Running with Gratitude

I just finished reading Deena Kastor’s book, Let Your Mind Run (which I highly recommend… it’s a great book). In her book, Deena spoke about how gratitude transformed her mind and running. Inspired by this reading, I wanted to share a simple gratitude practice to help you improve your mental and physical training this week. This is an excellent practice for runners but, more importantly, it is an excellent practice for people. Focusing on gratitude can improve mood, focus, and energy.


This practice is simple which is partly what makes it so beautiful. Using the list below for each day this week, identify five things that you are grateful for each day. You can form this list throughout your day or solely focus on it at the end of your day. Challenge yourself to identify things that are different from what you noted on your gratitude list the day before. Utilize the follow-up questions to record other important observations about yourself and this activity.


Gratitude List

I am grateful for:

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3.

4.

5.

Follow-up questions:

  • Was this activity challenging or easy today?
  • What did I notice about my thinking today?
  • Did this activity affect my thinking?
  • Did this activity affect my behaviors/ performance?
  • Are there any other observations that I want to note pertaining to my thinking, behaviors, or this activity today?

Developing a Running Habit


It seems like the hardest part of starting or restarting running is developing consistency. Once we have, the runs flow much easier but the initial steps of forming the habit can be so tough! Here are some tips to help you successfully develop running consistency.


  • Choose your when. Commit to a time to run each day. Most people choose to run first thing in the morning or in the evening after work.
  • Don’t let tiredness be an excuse. Choose to face your run even when you feel tired. Running when you are tired can have both physical and mental training benefits.
  • Write down your completed runs. Take the time to log your miles. Reflecting on the work you put in and the progress you have made can help you get back out there tomorrow.
  • Focus on your effort rather than your results. Rather than focusing on your speed and comparing your times to others or to your previous bests, focus on the effort you put into each run.
  • Reward yourself. Take time to reward yourself for your hard work.
  • Share your goals and successes. Boost accountability by sharing your goals and successes with others.
  • Push yourself appropriately. It can be easy to push too hard too fast which can lead to injury or burnout. Examine where you are starting from and understand how much is enough. Don’t be afraid to walk. Taking it slow has great training benefits for runners of all levels.

For running coaching that addresses both mental & physical training, please visit: https://elevaterunning.org