running a half marathon and improving our health with a little help from yoga

A very interesting experience a couple of weeks ago after my weekly lunchtime class at the Nuffield Health gym at Deloitte in Reading.  A chance conversation gave me the opportunity to use my growing yoga therapy skills to offer some help and suggestions to a lovely young man who was about to run the Reading half marathon. His training was going well, but he was finding it hard to unwind.  I suggested a few things to help him relax his tired muscles and calm his mind’s concerns. He looked, and he said he felt, much better after 15 minutes’ of yoga tailored to suit his needs. He said he’d not done any yoga before and it seemed to be a revelatory experience for him.  


For me, it was very satisfying to be able to help demonstrate to someone how yoga can help on an individual, holistic basis. The power of the breath is magical!


Yesterday, our paths crossed again.  Disappointingly, the Reading race was cancelled on Sunday because of the “mini beast from the East”, so he, like many others no doubt, was disappointed and a bit frustrated!  However,  he’s focusing on another race at Easter and is keeping up his tra.ining preparations, but was complaining of very tight hamstrings.   I was able to offer some suggestions again, particularly using the power of the breath to work on the body holistically.


It’s always good to see how yoga can help someone to feel and experience things differently. Using some no doubt familiar stretches, we worked with the breath, paying attention to the whole body, releasing tension in the problem area, but also elsewhere in the body and, I think, in the mind too!  Yoga and the power of the breath transformed his experience of some hamstring stretches to a whole body experience!  I wish him good luck for the race at Easter!

I’m now undertaking some case study work as part of my yoga  therapy training and am working with some lovely people on their own health and wellbeing issues and I’m very much hoping that the experience will be a positive one for them .   Using yoga’s tools and techniques to help individual needs is a rewarding and stimulating activity and something I want to do a lot more of!

Whatever your health and wellbeing needs, if you have an open mind and are interested in using what yoga has to offer, yoga may be able to help you to get to the root cause of your problems.  So, if you’re a marathon runner or you have a bad back or you have problems dealing with stress and anxiety or any other health issue that want to address, please consider using yoga to help you.

If you think about it for a moment, our lives are in our bodies and minds.   We carry not just the physical experience, but the mental, emotional and spiritual impact of all aspects of our lives around with us all day and every day.  Yoga offers a way for us to work with our bodies and minds holistically to bring about changes to improve our health and wellbeing.

If you’re interested in knowing more, contact me.   I’d be delighted to hear from you.

Love & light,
Sarah x

© Sarah Swan (22 March 2018)