I have discovered a new love for yoga. I used to take weekly yoga classes prior to having children. I started with Bikram's yoga and tried kundalini yoga. I always thought other types of yoga were too laid back or not enough of a workout. When I started working out again a couple of years ago I would do the occasional yoga video. Usually the Biggest Loser Yoga. I enjoyed it, but would rather have ran or do another type of workout.
All of that type of thinking changed at the start of this year. I had a new type of schedule for my Around the Bay race. I was only to run three days a week, (I switched it to four days a week) with cross-training and strength training alternating running days. At my gym yoga was offered one day a week - Wednesdays. It was perfect that Wednesday was on the schedule to be my strength training day. The style of yoga I do now is hatha or vinyasa yoga, its a great counter to running. And guess what - its a workout.
My instructor knows that I run as do a lot of people in the class so she focuses on hip opening stretches. Because I have been doing yoga regularly for over four months now I notice a huge difference in my flexibility. My core is also much stronger. I really believe that the reason I have been able to train for long distances for almost six months straight is because of my yoga practice. I usually run through a quick routine everyday. Below is a link to a YouTube video I enjoy.