Yoga, Pilates & More offering Yoga-for-Runners Workshop

By | January 18, 2013 8:11 am | 0 Comments

 

Elyssa Lindenberger, above, is a runner, chiropractor, and proud owner of the newest yoga studio in town —Yoga Pilates & More — 2425 West 26th Street (in the Young Chiropractic plaza across from Champion Ford at the I-79 interchange) which is holding its grand opening tomorrow, Saturday, January 19.

Elyssa is an Erie native who went to McDowell High School where she was a pole vaulter for the track and field team. She got her undergraduate degree at Gannon and went to Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, Missouri.

It was in Missouri that the former pole vaulter and dancer began running.

“My friends and I decided that we would tackle a 5k and then a half marathon,” Elyssa said. “After my first half-marathon, I was hooked and now I run pretty much daily from March to September (I take a running hiatus during the winter months).  I tackled my first marathon last September.”

Elyssa has been practicing chiropractic medicine at Young Chiropractic for over a year now (she’s accepting new patients, too!) and her new yoga studio is conveniently located just around the corner in the same plaza as Young Chiropractic.

I toured the studio last week during a sneak-peek open house and it’s not like any other yoga studio or gym I’ve ever been in. I expected bright lights, pastels and lots of white walls, but Yoga, Pilates & More’s studio has a rustic cabin theme and is lined, literally, in warm wood that give a homey, soothing, rich, sit-down-and-stay-awhile feeling. There are two yoga rooms and the largest one has a gas fireplace flickering in the corner, which will no doubt provide the heat for the “hot yoga” classes offered.

You can learn more about studio, including class schedules and fees at www.yogapilateserie.com.

Yoga for Runners Workshop – Feb. 9

Of particular interest to runners Yoga for Runners workshop that Elyssa will be offering on Saturday, February 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The cost is just $20.  I’m already signed up!

I asked Elyssa a few questions about yoga, runners and why runner should make time for yoga:

Why should a runner do yoga? (How does it help them?)

Yoga is a designed to promote stretching, strengthening, and overall balance in the body.  As most runners know, running tends to “beat up” certain areas of the body, tightening those areas, leading to common discomfort and problems.  Yoga can be used to keep the body balances by keeping muscles stretched that need to be stretched and strengthening the muscles that need support the body.  Another part of yoga is focusing on the breath.  Becoming aware of how to breathe deeply and increase lung function.  Running is as much respiration as it is muscular.  Yoga helps train the body in all aspects.

What’s the biggest problem you see in most runners?

The majority of runners that I see as students in my classes and as patients in the office have chronic IT band problems, shin splints/calf tightness, hip pain, low back pain, and the occasionally shoulder problem.  Occasionally, runners will come in with a sprained hamstring/quadriceps, but it’s mainly leg and hip problems. 

What will runners learn in the workshop?

The workshop will consist of about an hour and a half yoga class. This class will be focused on the parts of the body that runners build tension.  There will be strengthening work done through certain poses along with stretches.  I will have hand out available that lists some of the poses.  We will go over this handout at the end so that way each runner will have a mini yoga practice they can take home with them.

Who will teach the workshop?

I will be teaching the workshop.  I’ll be incorporating my yoga knowledge along with my rehabilitation and education I received from my chiropractic education.

Runners tend to be, um, annoyed by yoga because runners are, by nature, go-go-go people. How do you get them to slow down for yoga?

Yoga can be slow, but yoga can also be strenuous.  Being a runner myself, I find that I keep my classes moving—focusing on the breath, and different poses while moving through a flow.  What this means is you are not holding the poses for as long but are instead moving through a series of poses to your breath.  I find that by having a balance class that has the challenging aspects and then slowing down allows all of us “go-go-go” people to adjust to more of a slower moving class.

Do you have any success stories? Any runners you taught to love yoga?  

I do have a few success stories, mainly within my group of running friends.  While training, we all have our injuries.  I started using a few select yoga poses as my pre-run and post-run stretches.  My friends began to notice and joined me (especially before our longer runs).  We all quickly noticed we were able to run longer and faster before our knee pain, ankle pain, hip pain, etc. began to bother us.  They are hooked on using a little yoga to keep injury free.  The best part of yoga is you don’t have to go to an hour class, breathing through 1 pose is still yoga!

How many opening are left in the workshop?

We are currently about 75% filled.

How do people register for the workshop?

Reserve space by either emailing me directly at elyssa.lindenberger at gmail, signing up at the studio (2415 West 26th Street, in Plaza 79 across from Champion Ford), or calling (814) 636-0198 to reserve their spot!

Anything else you want to add?
I’m looking forward to beginning classes January 19th at Yoga, Pilates, and more.  Feel free to check out the website for more information and keep an eye on the workshop tab as we will be adding more and more!

Also, if you are unable to make the Yoga for Runner’s February 9th, I will be offering a second Yoga for Runner’s workshop March 2nd.  The second workshop will be more focused on specific injuries and what yoga poses you can do to help relieve tension (just in time for the beginning of the heavier training season).  Stay tuned for more information on the March workshop!

 

 

 

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