Fine-Tune Your Form: Integrating Yogic Principles with Running

Mindfulness, an imperative component of the yoga practice, is a tool that emboldens mental focus, physical awareness, and conscious breathing. When the mind starts to wander, or when the breath becomes shallow and quiet, there are four yogic techniques that can be effortlessly integrated into the skillful art of running long distance!

 

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Meditation, Mantra, and Malas

Meditation is key to helping us get in touch with our essence, our Buddha nature. However, quieting the fluctuations of the mind's thoughts is no easy task! When your mind is scattered, it’s a bit more challenging to reconnect to that innate place within you where bliss consciousness resides. Be that as it may, when you diligently practice synching your breath (pranayama) to the calming repetition of mantra recitation, it helps quiet the fluctuations of thoughts and allows you to tap into a calmer, more aware state of being.

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“I AM” – Activate Your Inner Power

Your solar plexus chakra the energy center that encompasses your personal power and will. It is a large energy center, for it is located in the area between your navel, all the way up to the base of your sternum. It’s called Manipura in Sanskrit, which translates to ‘lustrous gem’. When Manipura is activated, our whole system becomes fully energized; which in turn fires up our power, drive, and sense of purpose. When you practice balancing this chakra, you will begin to experience a true, inner strength and authentic power. You’ll begin to move away from the unhealthy habits such as the desire to gain power over others, yearning for external validation, playing the role of the victim, taking things personally, a poor sense of self, or inertia. 

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Why "OM"?

Om (or “Aum”) is a sacred mantra and sound. Despite its Hindu roots, it’s a mantra that anyone of any religious or spiritual path can chant to align their mind, body, and spirit; Om is said to represent the sound of the universe.

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