“I’ve seen such an improvement that I am thrilled that i have returned to running. I even completed a sprint triathlon for the first time in 6 years.”
Injury led to retiring from running and triathlon
Alastair has been a regular attendee of my Monday night yoga class for over a year now and his dedication is really paying off. In the past, he regularly enjoyed competing in triathlons and endurance events, loving the chance to push mental and physical boundaries. But he didn’t pay much attention to recovery or stretching. So, when he retired from competing, due to injury, his muscles were tight, joints were complaining and flexibility was limited. He did not think competing or even running would be part of his life again. But after joining his wife for a weekly class, yoga reclaims triathlon for Alastair.
Regular practice, small changes = big impacts
Since he started yoga, I have seen his movement improving week by week and could not fail to notice a great deal more comfort in his practice. Of late he has been enjoying achieving more challenging routines and postures especially tricky balances.
Feeling these changes, Alistair began to practice at home and didn’t miss when he was on his recent holiday, even practicing by the pool. Commitment to maintaining a regular practice is key to achieving results. Sounds obvious, but it can be easy to skip when life gets hectic. And results are what he has achieved – so much so he was able to start running again.
“Following retirement from competitive triathlon through injury I started yoga to improve flexibility and maintain core fitness. Julie’s knowledge of body mechanics and how to reduce the likelihood of injury shine through in the classes. The result is I’m now significantly more flexible, have improved posture, balance and improved levels of comfort in my body.
I have been able to take what I have learnt and confidently practice at home too. I’ve seen such an improvement that I am thrilled that I have returned to running. I even completed a sprint triathlon for the first time in 6 years.”
Weekly class results in a new level of well-being
Physical improvements aside, Alistair has been surprised at how yoga has led to an improvement in his overall feeling of well-being. His wife noticed too, commenting on his improved mood after work calling yoga his “grumpy man class”.
“With a stressful job role and a busy family life, the weekly class gives me valuable time to re-set. The feeling of deep relaxation and gentle contentedness following the class is superb and overall I have an improved sense of well-being.”
Are there things you have had to give up, things you love?
However big or small, from taking part in a sport you love or just being able to sit on the floor with the kids. You do not have to accept limitations as you get older.