Mindful Running with Yin Yoga - new online workshop
Running with Embodied Awareness

Sunday 10 May 2020
13:00-17:00 UTC +01

Running with Embodied Awareness

Have you ever noticed those times when you've been running and your experience was totally in your head? It's as if you've disconnected from your body and find yourself running on autopilot.

Fortunately help is at hand with our new online workshop which investigates the qualities of running with embodied awareness, inviting us to come home again to the body.

Whether you are an experienced runner or just starting out, RUN:ZEN’s mindful running and yin yoga workshops introduce mindfulness skills that can help you to:

> run with more enjoyment and awareness

> develop greater agility and strength

> prevent injury through learning good running form

> find greater all-round well-being

Workshop format

This online workshop introduces the essential building blocks of mindful running. Our main focus will be to explore how we can develop greater embodied awareness as our focus when running.

The workshop also introduces the key mindfulness concept of the Doing and Being modes of mind.

Establishing a mindful running foundation and focus

To run with mindfulness requires that we establish and maintain a foundation based on good posture, relaxation and body awareness, which has the added benefit of injury prevention. The first part of the workshop supports our understanding of the mindful running foundation through the introduction of guided mindfulness meditations in stillness and gentle movement.

Participants will then be given guidance for a self-led run, including how to apply a specific focus for mindful running,  before rejoining the online session.

Deepening our mindful running experience through Yin Yoga

The workshop will conclude with guided Yin Yoga practice which balances the 'Yang' activity of running. In a Yin Yoga practice each posture is held for between 3-5 minutes. This allows the major muscle groups to relax thus placing a positive stress on the deeper connective tissues (joints, ligaments and tendons) and allows us to be with ourselves experiencing different emotions, body sensations and noticing what arises enabling an inner resilience. As we learn to combine a Yin Yoga practice with running, we understand the physiological changes and internal states that can compliment our running.

image of claire zamora teaching yin yoga

Connecting to the workshop

The workshop will be hosted on Zoom. To register, please complete the registration form. Nearer the time we will send you a link to the meeting.

We recognise that many people are experiencing financial challenges right now so we suggest a donation of £20, £30 or £40. However, we would like everyone to benefit from the support they need without having any concerns about finances.

Registration form

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Workshop content and timetable

The individual practices range from 5 to 40 minutes and anything in between, allowing elements to be delivered in a balanced, integrated and bite-sized way, suitable for beginners and existing practitioners alike.

The workshop includes:

  • guided mindfulness meditations in stillness and gentle movement
  • 30 minute mindful run
  • 40 minute Yin Yoga practice
  • small group discussion for those who would like to share their experience

How fit do I need to be?

For our online events, all levels of running ability can be supported. The run practice will last up to 30 minutes. Running with walking would be fine too.

No prior experience of meditation is required.

Participants will receive a follow up email with supporting materials and will be invited to participate in RUN:ZEN's free community runs throughout the year.

PLEASE NOTE: It is very important that everyone participating in the workshop follows their Government's current guidelines on physical distancing during the running element of this workshop.

Past participant feedback

"Great experience and well-designed content, delivered in a thoughtful and sensitive way.”

"If you like yoga; like running; understand the benefits of mindfulness; try combining the three."

"The course has helped me tune into why I took up running in the first place and let go of the negative train of thought that sometimes creeps in whilst I am running."

"I would highly recommend it to others"

“Restored a sense of joy to my running. Feel now I can just run for the joy of it and not be constantly beating myself up for not performing or doing as well as I think I should be.”

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