Mindful Running with Yin Yoga - online workshop
Saturday 18 April 2020
14:00 - 18:00 UTC +01
The workshop will be hosted on Zoom. To register, please complete the registration form. Nearer the time we will send you a link and password 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 feel they need without having any concerns about finances.
Mindful Running with Yin Yoga
Mindful Running with Yin Yoga for Runners
RUN:ZEN's Mindful Running combines the physical and mental health benefits of both running and mindfulness in one innovative and unified whole.
Whether you are an experienced runner or just starting out, RUN:ZEN’s workshops introduce mindfulness skills that can help you to:
> run with more enjoyment and awareness
> prevent injury through learning good running form
> find greater all-round well-being
This four-hour online workshop offers an immersive introduction to the essential building blocks of mindful running and includes guided Yin Yoga practice designed specifically to support runners of all abilities.
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.
The invitation for the whole event is simply to be curious about our experience. Each practice is followed by an opportunity to share as a group what we may have discovered.
How fit do I need to be?
The course is suitable for anyone able to run for at least 25 minutes without the need for frequent stops.
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's 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.”
“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.”