Among the different methods to achieve a flat stomach, there’s one that has been gaining ground over the last years, and now it stays as a permanent routine on thousands of gyms around the World: Yoga. But Yoga for abs is nothing new; many people in the western world are discovering how it can have a positive impact in their lives.
These types of asanas also help with balance. There are specific postures which are known as balance poses and these are a subset of standing yoga positions as a whole. However, most standing yoga postures do carry some element of balance to them. Not all of us are blessed with great balance, and the condition is known to get worse with age. The amazing thing is, barring a medical condition, the body has a natural ability to balance itself. It’s when the brain gets in the way and over thinks things that balance is negatively affected. The concentration aspect of standing yoga poses for runners allows the body to take over and the more this is practiced the more it is learnt.
Yoga and running are like opposites, but you know what they say about opposites attracting! During a mile, your foot will strike down 1000 times or more. This can lead to bad backs, cruddy knees, knotted up hamstrings and crying feet.
The primary goal that most new marathoners set is to finish the race feeling strong instead of exhausted. Speed should not be something that you worry about. Building a running base that ranges from 25 to 30 miles is a good way to start your training for a half marathon. The training should be progressive and you need to run 8-12 miles to improve your speed. Participating in shorter races will also help you in your yoga poses for marathons. These short races will provide you with an idea of the right running pace.
So rather than trying to conform to society’s worn-out view of what it is “to be in shape” – practice yoga. The mixture of yoga poses, deep breathing exercises, meditation techniques and emphasis on wholesome healthy eating all help to make you healthier, happier and best of all love the shape you are.