Boy am I behind on blogging, it’s been over a week since I got back from Kripalu and I’m JUST getting around to writing about the experience! For the most part moving forward I will be sharing most of my yoga related content over on my new yoga specific website/ blog, but since this is also running related I thought I’d share it here too!
Three years ago I went to Kripalu, a yoga and wellness retreat center in the Berkshires of Massachusetts for a weekend of Yoga for Athletes with Sage Rountree whose yoga books I LOVE! It was amazing and since then I’ve been wanting to go back and do the full week Teaching Yoga to Athletes training for yoga teachers. I finally decided that if I didn’t go this year I wouldn’t have time until I was done with PT school so it was now or never! (Ok, not “never”, but at least not for another 4 years!)
I arrived for the workshop on Sunday afternoon and as I was parking my car I ran into Sage and her assistant for the week, Jenni coming back from a run – not only did Sage remember me (I did the weekend workshop with her 3 years ago and went to a class she did in New York a couple years ago), but she immediately asked how the PT school journey was going – I was so impressed she remembered!
Our first session was that night. We basically went around and introduced ourselves (we had a small group, only 9 of us!) and went over what to expect for the rest of the week.
During the workshop we’d learn the 5 P’s of Teaching Yoga to Athletes – Philosophy, Physiology, Psychology, Pedagogy and Professionalism! This post could get really long if I shared thoughts on each of these, so over time I’ll be sharing some information on the benefits of yoga for athletes – strength, flexibility, balance and focus!
We met twice a day for several hours and in between there were plenty of yoga classes we could attend or we’d head out for groups runs and hikes!
I learned so much throughout the week from Sage as well as from all the other participants in the group. I left motivated and energized to come back to the Cape and work on offering some Yoga for Athletes workshops – I’m so eager to share everything I learned!
As I go through all of my information from the week and organiz my thoughts I’ll be sharing some posts on how your running can benefit from yoga and how to appropriately incorporate it into your training plan!