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Yoga and Running | Physical and Mental Benefits For Runners

Does adding yoga into your running make you a faster runner?  Rachel Pelham Serafino is a yoga instructor at Running Asana, a new kind of yoga studio built by and for runners.  In this episode, she dispels common misconceptions about yoga as well as breaks down the physical and mental benefits that you will see as a runner.

In this Healthy Runner Podcast episode, Rachel covers 5 common questions relating to muscle recovery and integrating yoga practice into your training to run.

 

I hope you enjoy the episode and thank you for listening!

 

Click the video below to watch the LIVE interview with Rachel within the Healthy Runner Facebook Group

 

You can also listen to the audio version of the Q&A I had with Rachel Pelham Serafino on the Healthy Runner Podcast…now available on your favorite podcast app!

 

 

Here is what other runners are saying about the podcast

 

 

In this episode you will hear Rachel Pelham Serafino answer 5 common questions that relate to becoming a better runner and can serve as your guide to starting yoga right now!

 

 

Isn’t yoga just stretching? What is Yoga?

 

 

 

Is yoga good for running? What are the physical and mental benefits you will see as a runner?

 

Does yoga help you run faster?

 

There are so many types of yoga, it’s overwhelming.  How do I know what type of yoga is best for runners?

 

How do I balance yoga and running?

 

 

In order to run for the long run (pun intended) and stay healthy you need to take care of your muscles!  In fact Rachel spoke about the 4th principle of our SPARK BLUEPRINT of how to run healthy without getting injured!  CLICK HERE to read and listen how you can start taking care of your muscles for recovery in addition to yoga!

 

Decided to try my first yoga session by the end of this interview!

 

Listen to the Podcast Episode during your next run and I am sure you will be convinced to start yoga yourself!

 

 

I personally want to thank Rachel for her time the podcast episode helping to educate all of us runners why we should consider adding in yoga into our training.

 

Thank you (running friends) for taking the time to read and I hope you enjoy the podcast episode!

 

Stay active, stay healthy, and just keep running!

 

Stay safe,

 

– Duane

 

Duane Scotti, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS

 

 

Connect with Rachel Pelham Serafino:

 

 

Website: runningasana.com

Email: rachel@runningasana.com

Facebook Group: Running Asana Community

Instragram: @runningasana      @rachelruns_xo

 

Do you want to know more about our SPARK Physical Therapy running injury clinic or our healthy runner evaluation to get you on a specific plan to PREVENT any running related injuries as you run to stay healthy during COVID-19?

 

 

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Other Resources To Help You Run Through Coronavirus:

 

 

Are you starting to walk, jog, or run because your gym is closed or your other hobbies and activities are shut down during COVID-19? Are you intimidated by other runners or worried you are too slow to be a runner? During this live interview with Catrina Aniballi, Duane and Catrina answer some common questions and provide 5 tips for runners to get started today!

 

CLICK HERE to read and listen to get motivated and learn from Catrina that ANYONE can run!

 

 

Are you new to running during the coronavirus crisis or have you been running for years but are not sure if you are in the right shoe, how to properly care for you shoes, or even when you should replace them? I was lucky enough to bring on Matt Santillo, running shoe expert from Woodbridge Running Company to the show to answer the most common questions asked by many beginner and advanced runners.

 

CLICK HERE to read and listen to all of Matt’s running shoe tips!

 

 

Did you struggle to stay fit in April?  Get your SPARK back as you rise up from this downturn!  Dropped some serious fire on this Monday Night SPARK Live!  This video outlines the 3 benefits of having structured workouts.

 

Want the 3 reasons why you need structured workouts to hit your health goals?  CLICK HERE

 

 

Are you a runner who has had your spring race cancelled or delayed and you are struggling to get your running mojo back?  In this episode we talked about how to run and train safely during this COVID-19 crisis with our Special Guest, Steve Carmichael who is founder of Runbuzz Pacebuilders online run coaching and running community as well as the host of the Runbuzz podcast.

 

To hear all of Steve’s knowledge and tips to get your mojo back CLICK HERE

 

 

Have you been worried about your health or the health of your loved one’s during this whole COVID crisis we are going through? In this episode we are talking about how we cope with this new world we live in during COVID with our Special Guest, Irene Bosco who is a Clinical Social Worker Specialist at Nutmeg Counseling Services in North Haven, Connecticut.

 

Click THIS LINK to hear Irene’s 3 tips that we can all implement during social isolation to help keep our families healthy.

 

 

Are you a parent who is feeling like you are juggling 3 jobs right now? Employee, mom, and teacher 24/7?  Are you struggling to keep your children active right now?…  Are you wondering what the best practices are to motivate your children to stay active during this coronavirus isolation? I know this is going on in my house and I had the pleasure of interviewing my cousin who is an expert in this area!

 

In this episode, we are talking about how we can help and keep our children active during this crisis with our special guest, Brett Yarris who is founder and instructor at BioKinetiX a movement company in New Canaan, Connecticut.

 

 

Click THIS LINK to hear Brett’s 3 Tips to help get your children more active!

 

 

What 3 tips did I learn during the beginning time period of home social distancing from my world as I knew it? How did I stay active and fit and maintain my sanity?… “I feel so out of control and with all the chaos going on in my house … how do I stay fit without going to the gym?!” Have you thought this to yourself?

 

I know I have! Personally I’ve had this issue in this beginning of this coronavirus crisis trying to balance life, family, work, and staying active. We all had big goals for 2020 and spring races, now that the plan has changed we can’t let ourselves dip into a place we don’t want to go! In this blog article, I got you covered on how you can stay active and fit with these 3 tips I learned during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

Click THIS LINK to learn about my 3 Tips to boost your confidence with your home workouts during this difficult time.

 

 

Are you in need of some mental relief (like me) and are looking to get in some exercise during this time of social distancing?

 

Are you a runner who wants to stay healthy now more than ever for the benefits of your immune system while we try and prevent the spread of this virus ?

 

Click THIS LINK to learn how to “just keep running” during social distancing.

 

I hope these resources help you stay active, stay healthy, and just keep running through COVID-19!  Be safe and well my friends!

 

Warmest wishes,

Duane

 

 

 

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