Saturday, July 11

Yoga or running... you know my choice

Cute newspaper column comparing running and yoga. Totally from my perspective, as someone who prefers the ease and relaxation of yoga to the anxiety and tension running long distance gives me (Sorry Dad, who has long coached cross country, but you know I can't run longer than a 400.).

Figure if you're going to exercise - and yes, yoga is much more than "just" exercise - might as well do what you enjoy, right?


Johanna B said...

I've always wanted to be a runner. I sometimes dream that I'm running easily and it's such a great feeling but the fact is I will never be a runner in real life. Yoga, however, is beautiful and comforting. My choice is Yoga.

Charlotte said...

There was a short period of time when I was into running. Just before I got hugely pregnant with twins which made running more difficult. But yoga is something that I have been able to do no matter the circumstances - pregnancy, torn knee ligament, post surgery, whether completely pooped or energetic. I like the idea of running but it makes me think "oh do I have to" whereas with yoga, it's more like "ahhhhhhh, yes yoga!"

A Yoga Mama is a Rama Mama said...

I love both of these descriptions of why we choose yoga over running. Why is yoga our choice? It fills us up and makes us smile.

Ahhhhh, yoga. ;)

Maybe I should make my dad read these reasons why we love yoga. Maybe then the CC coach will understand my passion, and then again, maybe he won't.

Either way, who cares? At least I know why.

soma online said...

As far as I'm concerned, I enjoy doing both. There are times when I need to feel the adrenalin rush of running more than the ease of Yoga. Other times, I long for the relaxation and meditation of Yoga techniques. I can't really choose which one is better for I like them both.

Fine Life Folk said...

I haven't exercised in a very long time. What stretch exercises can I use that mimics yoga?

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