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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3 Approaches to Maintaining Presence

Balance poses are excellent gauges of how present you are—suddenly falling over can be a “gotcha!” indicator of a wandering mind. Try out Vasisthasana (Side Plank Pose) or Vrksasana (Tree Pose), and notice if you are veering to one side. If you're feeling precariously balanced in a pose (or in life), focus on pushing your standing leg and/or hand down into the earth. Then observe how grounding down and narrowing your attention allows your body and mind to remain steady in the now.

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Ahimsa: What Are You Choosing, Compassion or Harm? 

In Patanjali’s Eight-Limbed Path, there are the Yamas. The Yamas are universal practices that relate best to what we know as the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” The first Yama limb of the Eight Limb Path is Ahimsa (non-harming or non-violence). Ahimsa focuses on one’s ethical standards and sense of integrity. This Yama emboldens you to examine your behavior, speech, actions and generally how you conduct yourself within your daily life. 

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Don't Quiet Your Mind; Rather, Listen to Your Mind.

Your brain and mind have a spiritual purpose, which is to seek the truth and a spiritual connection. To realize your full potential, you must listen to the mind as it helps you make meaning of your human experiences. Instead of viewing your mental chatter or whimsical thoughts as unruly or problematic, take the time to practice embracing and investigating your thoughts; This will prove to be more constructive, positive, and beneficial for your well-being.  

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